Around this time of year as seasons of television shows end and new shows and seasons begin comes the dreaded c-word in television, cancellation. (wikipedia) There are certain shows that get the ax and everyone just somewhat smiles, shake their head, let out out a slight chuckle, and say that the move wasn’t a shock and everyone just moves on with their lives as if nothing had changed. (wetpaint) Other shows that get canceled make you scratch your head, they just completely baffle the viewing audience, in some cases the numbers may not have been what the network wanted, but those who did watch absolutely LOVED the show, these shows were actually solid but just missed the mark in one way or another. (buzzfeed) They may have been on the wrong night of the week, maybe they just didn’t quite have enough advertising behind them, maybe the network just wanted the show to fail, whatever the case, the show isn’t brought back which leaves the people who have fallen in love with the show completely agitated. While it’s rare, there are some occasions where a show gets cut but somehow gets brought back to the roster, it takes some work and some serious persuading of the network, but it can be done. (ign)
When you look at the shows that were brought back from the dead, typically they wind up becoming classics, from Star Trek to Family Guy, and of course cult classics like Arrested Development, when a network admits they made a mistake it usually turns out to have been a massive one. (whatculture) Yesterday Fox announced the shows that were being cut from their lineup, some I agreed with, some I really didn’t have an opinion about, but one stood out above the others as quite possibly a glaring mistake by the network. Surviving Jack was a solid comedy, it wasn’t some deep thinkers show, but it was a very funny show and the characters made it enjoyable. (fox) Fans are already upset, taking to Twitter already creating the hashtag #SaveSurvivingJack in appreciation of the show, hoping that they’re able to find some way to keep a very entertaining sitcom from being thrown away before it’s had a chance to flourish. (twitter) The belief is that the show was essentially setup for failure, getting very little publicity up front, then being stuck at 9:30 on Thursday nights behind Hell’s Kitchen and the American Idol results show. Sure, it had a solid lead in, but at the same time if you bury it behind two shows which have nothing in common with it, on a night when your network doesn’t do comedy programming, and you don’t advertise, you’re likely to lose plenty of potential viewers. (tvseriesfinale) While it’s a longshot, there’s always a chance the network could change their mind, at this point we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.