This has certainly been an extensive fall season. Usually most of the prime time shows enter their winter hiatuses the week after Thanksgiving. This year, however, many shows are finishing out a contract that began more than a year ago.
Many people are upset by the cancellations of Eli Stone, Pushing Daisies and Dirty Sexy Money on ABC. While these are certainly smart and entertaining shows (absolutely better than the reality shows that might replace them), it is important to remember that many shows that began last fall were picked up for a full season. A full season means that a show is guaranteed to have at least 20-30 weeks of on air time. When the writer’s strike lasted as long as it did, many television show producers chose to not show their shows remaining episodes over the summer (when they would most likely not get watched, since television watching drops dramatically during the summer months) and, instead, air them in the fall of this year.
It is heartbreaking that so much smart television is being cancelled and so quickly. My Own Worst Enemy has gotten the axe on NBC as has Lipstick Jungle. Ironically, Knight Rider has not been cancelled and that show is so awful that you can’t force people to watch it!
There will also be many midseason replacements in
Remember that it is not always a good idea to get attached to midseason replacement shows in
Television has become a fickle business (really, how is Knight Rider surviving the hiatus cut) and it is important to remember that the reality television of today could turn into tomorrow’s high concept drama. Of course, the opposite could also happen. There has to be a reason that Deal or No Deal was aired so many nights a week in 2006!
Source by John Parks