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Re: Shows That could have been Faves if the network did not cancel them
« Reply #25 on: November 19, 2018, 06:06:17 PM »

Freaks and Geeks should have survived longer than it did
Oh yes, good call.
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Re: Shows That could have been Faves if the network did not cancel them
« Reply #26 on: November 19, 2018, 06:10:04 PM »

Life on Mars (US)
I know the US series, post-cancellation-announcement had a terrible ending, however the UK series' sequel had likewise with the finale. It aired a couple of days before Lost's infamously terrible finale, though I watched it pretty much straight after to try and get over the terribleness of Lost - it was a show I enjoyed more, but cared less about the theory stuff and wasn't what people were talking about, and it hurt in that same way, but more so. That same, crippling, "Well everything that's gone before, that I enjoyed so much, has been turned into ash. Thanks for wasting so much of my time - it was great until I saw this, now it's annoying and unpleasant" feeling.
I agree, the finale was appalling, moreso now that I know that was the plan for the finale all along and not just a fuck-you to ABC for canceling the show.

I’ve been trying to watch the UK version, but I know very little about Manchester specifically and the UK in general, so I don’t really get all of the various references. Though I finally got to see that weird “girl playing noughts and crosses with a clown” test pattern I read about in a book.
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Re: Shows That could have been Faves if the network did not cancel them
« Reply #27 on: November 19, 2018, 06:38:49 PM »

Freaks and Geeks should have survived longer than it did

I didn't regularly watch this show, but I burst out laughing when I happened to see the episode where the kid said, "Remember when I tried for a fart and it came out a poop?"
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Re: Shows That could have been Faves if the network did not cancel them
« Reply #28 on: November 19, 2018, 08:16:35 PM »

As a native Chicagoan, I would say Superior Donuts. I wish they'd add a third season to see what would become of a stellar cast that included the always brilliant veterans Katey Sagal and Judd Hirsch.

Another recent CBS sitcom that died earlier than it should've, IMO, was "The Millers" with Will Arnett. That may be the last network sitcom I've watched regularly.

If I'm watching junk TV, it's often basic cable stuff like (pseudo)History or Discovery and those have plenty of shows with the opposite problem; shows that could be faves if they developed and didn't get too repetitive.
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Re: Shows That could have been Faves if the network did not cancel them
« Reply #29 on: November 19, 2018, 09:10:50 PM »

I think 'Enos' could have been a bigger hit.
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Re: Shows That could have been Faves if the network did not cancel them
« Reply #30 on: November 20, 2018, 02:10:23 PM »

Wasn't there a third spinoff of Law & Order that didn't last? I think it may have been called "Trial By Jury."

Not quite fitting the OP's criteria, but it's hard to believe that as big of a franchise as "Star Trek" became, the series only lasted three seasons.
There was also a spinoff called Law and Order: UK that lasted a lot longer than it should have. Particularly since, as I understand it, the scripts paid no attention to the substantial difference between UK and US criminal justice systems.

There was also the short lived Law & Order: Los Angeles (or it might have just been "LA")
I caught a bunch of the episodes, but it wasn't that great.  If I recall correctly, they decided Alfred Molina would make a better detective than an ADA about halfway into the season, and had to try and "explain" that to the audience. 
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Re: Shows That could have been Faves if the network did not cancel them
« Reply #31 on: November 20, 2018, 05:20:16 PM »

Wasn't there a third spinoff of Law & Order that didn't last? I think it may have been called "Trial By Jury."

Not quite fitting the OP's criteria, but it's hard to believe that as big of a franchise as "Star Trek" became, the series only lasted three seasons.
There was also a spinoff called Law and Order: UK that lasted a lot longer than it should have. Particularly since, as I understand it, the scripts paid no attention to the substantial difference between UK and US criminal justice systems.

There was also the short lived Law & Order: Los Angeles (or it might have just been "LA")
I caught a bunch of the episodes, but it wasn't that great.  If I recall correctly, they decided Alfred Molina would make a better detective than an ADA about halfway into the season, and had to try and "explain" that to the audience.
And Chicago Justice didn't even last a full season.  I'm sensing a pattern here.
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Re: Shows That could have been Faves if the network did not cancel them
« Reply #32 on: November 20, 2018, 08:38:44 PM »



There was also the short lived Law & Order: Los Angeles (or it might have just been "LA")
I caught a bunch of the episodes, but it wasn't that great.  If I recall correctly, they decided Alfred Molina would make a better detective than an ADA about halfway into the season, and had to try and "explain" that to the audience. 

Correct the first time. :)
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Re: Shows That could have been Faves if the network did not cancel them
« Reply #33 on: November 21, 2018, 10:53:51 AM »

As a native Chicagoan, I would say Superior Donuts. I wish they'd add a third season to see what would become of a stellar cast that included the always brilliant veterans Katey Sagal and Judd Hirsch.

My wife and I liked that show. I was disappointed it got canceled. I enjoyed how they dealt with some relatively heavy topics.
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Re: Shows That could have been Faves if the network did not cancel them
« Reply #34 on: November 21, 2018, 02:26:26 PM »

Wasn't there a third spinoff of Law & Order that didn't last? I think it may have been called "Trial By Jury."
Yep. It was notable for the last appearance of Briscoe. Also its arrangement of the Law & Order theme was reused for the later seasons of Criminal Intent.

Well, the death of Jerry Orbach (playing Lenny Briscoe) might have had a little to do with it.

Didn't he quit the original L&O before he got sick?
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Re: Shows That could have been Faves if the network did not cancel them
« Reply #35 on: November 21, 2018, 02:38:41 PM »

Wasn't there a third spinoff of Law & Order that didn't last? I think it may have been called "Trial By Jury."
Yep. It was notable for the last appearance of Briscoe. Also its arrangement of the Law & Order theme was reused for the later seasons of Criminal Intent.

Well, the death of Jerry Orbach (playing Lenny Briscoe) might have had a little to do with it.

Didn't he quit the original L&O before he got sick?

Yes, he did, so he could do the new show.
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Re: Shows That could have been Faves if the network did not cancel them
« Reply #36 on: November 22, 2018, 12:02:21 PM »

The Dana Carvey Show.  It only lasted like 5-6 episodes before it was cut.  Look for the original episodes on Youtube.  They're downright hilarious.  You also get to see a young Steve Carell and a young Stephen Colbert in action.
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Re: Shows That could have been Faves if the network did not cancel them
« Reply #37 on: November 22, 2018, 12:58:32 PM »

The Dana Carvey Show.  It only lasted like 5-6 episodes before it was cut.  Look for the original episodes on Youtube.  They're downright hilarious.  You also get to see a young Steve Carell and a young Stephen Colbert in action.
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Re: Shows That could have been Faves if the network did not cancel them
« Reply #38 on: November 22, 2018, 04:06:38 PM »

WKRP, CBS still moved its schedule from year to another. It's been a miracle then it menaged to last 4 years with the way CBS treated that series. Got more popular with the reruns.

Hee Haw was more lucky and menaged to survive the CBS Rural purge to continue to be produced in syndication until the early 1990s.
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Re: Shows That could have been Faves if the network did not cancel them
« Reply #39 on: November 22, 2018, 04:17:12 PM »

Wasn’t there another show in the same universe as Petticoat Junction and Green Acres?
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Re: Shows That could have been Faves if the network did not cancel them
« Reply #40 on: November 22, 2018, 09:28:33 PM »

Wasn’t there another show in the same universe as Petticoat Junction and Green Acres?

Beverly Hillbillies.
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Re: Shows That could have been Faves if the network did not cancel them
« Reply #41 on: November 22, 2018, 09:34:32 PM »

Wasn’t there another show in the same universe as Petticoat Junction and Green Acres?

Beverly Hillbillies.
I meant another show set in/near Hooterville. You are right, though, apparently Hooterville is mentioned on BH.
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« Reply #42 on: November 23, 2018, 12:53:21 PM »

Wasn’t there another show in the same universe as Petticoat Junction and Green Acres?

Beverly Hillbillies.
I meant another show set in/near Hooterville. You are right, though, apparently Hooterville is mentioned on BH.
Beverly Hillbillies and Petticoat Junction didn't start to cross over until the later seasons of both series.  One of my favorite crossover episodes was when Mr. Drysdale wound up in the Ripley county jail when he was caught driving the Clampett's truck with some of Granny's "tonic" in the back and Elly's bear (who was drunk) in the front.
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Re: Shows That could have been Faves if the network did not cancel them
« Reply #43 on: November 23, 2018, 12:59:40 PM »

Wasn’t there another show in the same universe as Petticoat Junction and Green Acres?

Beverly Hillbillies.
I meant another show set in/near Hooterville. You are right, though, apparently Hooterville is mentioned on BH.
Beverly Hillbillies and Petticoat Junction didn't start to cross over until the later seasons of both series.  One of my favorite crossover episodes was when Mr. Drysdale wound up in the Ripley county jail when he was caught driving the Clampett's truck with some of Granny's "tonic" in the back and Elly's bear (who was drunk) in the front.
Wasn’t Hooverville supposed to be relatively close to NYC? I thought the Douglases traveled back there frequently.
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Re: Shows That could have been Faves if the network did not cancel them
« Reply #44 on: November 23, 2018, 01:28:25 PM »

Wasn’t there another show in the same universe as Petticoat Junction and Green Acres?

Beverly Hillbillies.
I meant another show set in/near Hooterville. You are right, though, apparently Hooterville is mentioned on BH.
Beverly Hillbillies and Petticoat Junction didn't start to cross over until the later seasons of both series.  One of my favorite crossover episodes was when Mr. Drysdale wound up in the Ripley county jail when he was caught driving the Clampett's truck with some of Granny's "tonic" in the back and Elly's bear (who was drunk) in the front.
Wasn’t Hooverville supposed to be relatively close to NYC? I thought the Douglases traveled back there frequently.

Hooterville was at an undesignated distance and location west of Chicago, and required about four connections between NYC and Pixley.  This was established in the first episode of Green Acres when Lisa asked Oliver where Hooterville was.  Also, a little known fact.  The railroad initials "C&FW" in Petticoat Junction stood for "Chicago and Far Western", which was a play on Chicago and North Western and Chicago Great Western, two of the mainstay railroads in the Chicago area in the early 1960s.
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Re: Shows That could have been Faves if the network did not cancel them
« Reply #45 on: November 23, 2018, 01:47:40 PM »

Wasn't it established that the Beverly Hillbillies were from Arkansas? I grew up thinking they were from Tennessee.

Was there ever an attempt to tie in Gomer Pyle to the BH/GA/PJ triad? I also remember there being a fourth show that had a connection, but can't remember what it was.
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« Reply #46 on: November 23, 2018, 02:08:16 PM »

Wasn't it established that the Beverly Hillbillies were from Arkansas?

They were from a fictional town in northwestern Arkansas called Bugtussle.  Jethro went to school in the town of Oxford, AR.  Your confusion is likely due to Grannie being from Tennessee originally, before her daughter Rose Ellen married Jed—upon which they moved to Arkansas.
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Re: Shows That could have been Faves if the network did not cancel them
« Reply #47 on: November 23, 2018, 02:09:56 PM »

Wasn't it established that the Beverly Hillbillies were from Arkansas? I grew up thinking they were from Tennessee.
Maybe they did in the Jim Varney movie? The Wikipedia entries for the TV series and movie just say “the Ozarks.”
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« Reply #48 on: November 23, 2018, 02:16:19 PM »

Was there ever an attempt to tie in Gomer Pyle to the BH/GA/PJ triad? I also remember there being a fourth show that had a connection, but can't remember what it was.

Gomer Pyle was a spinoff of the Andy Griffith Show, and wouldn't have had any relation to those shows.  I vaguely recall there being a fourth show with a connection to the others (something about Eb's life after leaving the Douglas farm), but that it didn't get much traction due to the CBS "rural purge".
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Re: Shows That could have been Faves if the network did not cancel them
« Reply #49 on: November 23, 2018, 02:20:28 PM »

Irwin Allen's "Time Tunnel" lasted more than a season but it was a short lived series.  I bought the DVD sets for it.  Included was a pilot of a more modern version that was actually a decent show.  Too bad it was stillborn.

"The Invaders" was another short lived series.  A conclusion to the show was never reached.  The original "Star Trek" could have grown legs but NBC buried it by scheduling the show for 10 PM on Fridays on Season 3.

For those into post-apocalypse shows, "Jericho" was one with a lot of potential.  Fans demanded more so CBS did an abbreviated season to wrap it up.  "The Last Ship" lingered on too long for me though.

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