Lots of people hate to learn that their favorite TV program gets axed, sometimes there's nothing you can do to save them. But here's my list of the worst network/cable TV cancellations of all time:
2.)All My Children/One Life to Live (Cancelled by ABC thanks to TPTB Brian Frons in 2011, AMC aired it's last episode on 9/23/2011, OLTL in 1/13/2012) - .
What does TPTB mean?
'The Powers That Be'....
Or, alternately, TIIC
- "the idiots in charge", which, in some of these cancellations' cases, they were/are.
-- Another World
. Already mentioned, but very worthy of mention. Many stories still left to tell. And 13 years later, still missed and fondly remembered by its fans.
-- As the World Turns
/ Guiding Light
-- All My Children
/ One Life to Live
. Never given a real chance by NBC to get its groove, and that up-against-Y&R
time slot didn't help things either.
-- Santa Barbara
. One of MANY cases of NBC not leaving well enough alone. Probably would have lasted much longer (if not still on today) had things gone differently. One of the few latter-day soaps created from scratch that deserved any success it had.
-- Living Single
. This one definitely had more years in it, despite being overshadowed by overhyped competition (mainly Friends
). Great writing, great cast (well, if you don't count that guy that moved in at the last, he was a bit obnoxious), was sad to see it go.
-- Days and Nights of Molly Dodd
. Really talented cast, different/quirky situations that weren't dumbed-down. A pleasant surprise that NBC actually gave this show 2 full seasons before booting it. Probably a couple more seasons in it if Lifetime hadn't given up on it.
-- The Jeffersons
. Gets on this list not necessarily because it should have stayed on the air, but because of the way CBS handled it.
-- The Edge of Night
. Despite great and long-running headwriting by "blue herring" himself, Henry Slesar, the show was a victim of its timeslot--and the times (too many soaps tried to copy GH
's storylines and ratings success when they weren't a GH
-type of show to begin with). Edge
could have lasted much longer had stations not bailed on it (could have used better PR from ABC also).
-- The $
(whatever amount),000 Pyramid
. Great game, players, host, exciting bonus round, what wasn't to like? Oh, that CBS cancelled it. It may not have lasted as long as Price is Right
, but Pyramid
surely could have gone on a while longer.
I know there are more shows than these, as boneheaded as the nets have been over the years.
EDIT:::: Cash Cab
! How soon I forget, having just posted about it.... Definitely one of the more surprising cable cancellations in recent memory. And again, one of the few reasons to have cable or a dish.