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What's the deal with ABC cancelling shows I like?
« on: March 03, 2009, 10:43:08 AM »
First it was Cavemen, and now this:

March 2, 2009 6:13 PM

ABC Gives 'Life on Mars' a Finale
By Josef Adalian

ABC is giving fans of "Life on Mars" some closure.

The network has told producers that it won't be ordering any additional episodes beyond the 17 currently in the works for this season. But rather than play the usual "Let's-wait-until-May-before-we-make-a-decision" game regarding the fate of "Mars," ABC brass have admitted to producers that they won't be ordering another season of the show.

That means that, rather than letting "Mars" drift away with no resolution, producers will be able to write and film a definitive ending to the saga. Production is expected to continue for at least a few more weeks, with the finale expected to air no later than early April.

"We felt it was the right thing to do for the producers and the fans and creatively," ABC Entertainment Group President Steve McPherson told TelevisionWeek.

ABC took heat from critics and loyal fans for the abrupt endings to its well-regarded dramas "Eli Stone" and "Dirty Sexy Money" last year. By giving "Mars" a chance to complete its mission, the network is hoping to avoid any similar "controversy."

What's more, the U.S. "Mars" now will end up more closely resembling its British predecessor, which lasted for 16 episodes and also was a close-ended series. While the British series spawned a sequel of sorts, dubbed "Ashes to Ashes," no such plans are in the works Stateside.

Ensuring a definitive ending for "Mars" might also make it easier to promote the show's 17-episode run as a DVD release or, possibly, on a cable network should the series land an off-net run.

Mr. McPherson admitted the ratings for "Mars" were the main reason behind the decision to convert the show from a regular series into, in essence, a close-ended "event."

He has no regrets with how "Mars" is going out, however.

"I look at it creatively, and I couldn't be prouder," he said.

Jason O'Mara stars in "Mars." Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg are among the executive producers of the project, which is produced by 20th Century Fox TV and ABC Studios in association with Kudos.

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Re: What's the deal with ABC cancelling shows I like?
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2009, 10:49:34 AM »
Well I rather thought that would happen, shame though.


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Re: What's the deal with ABC cancelling shows I like?
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2009, 10:50:17 AM »
Why does BeerXTaco not post this in the TV forum.


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Re: What's the deal with ABC cancelling shows I like?
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2009, 10:53:55 AM »
I don't watch any prime-time shows hardly ever, especially ABC because of them cancelling Battlestar Galactica (1978) after only one season.. :angry:

You'd think they'd have learned after 30+ years, but NNOOO!! :grr:


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Re: What's the deal with ABC cancelling shows I like?
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2009, 11:04:34 AM »
That's what happens when you don't cast Miles O'Brien.

Yeah, Keitel was probably a "get", but he's too old for the role.  I'm glad it's getting an ending though. 


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Re: What's the deal with ABC cancelling shows I like?
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2009, 11:07:11 AM »
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What the hell is Life On Mars?

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Re: What's the deal with ABC cancelling shows I like?
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2009, 11:09:03 AM »
A song by David Bowie.


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Re: What's the deal with ABC cancelling shows I like?
« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2009, 11:17:29 AM »
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ABC cancelled that song? Those bastards...

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Re: What's the deal with ABC cancelling shows I like?
« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2009, 11:50:10 AM »
At least you GET a finale. My Eli Stone never did.. (the F***ers!)




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Re: What's the deal with ABC cancelling shows I like?
« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2009, 05:45:45 PM »
At least you GET a finale. My Eli Stone never did.. (the F***ers!)

What's worse: to not get a finale or to film a finale for Pushing Daisies that will never be shown on tv?
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Re: What's the deal with ABC cancelling shows I like?
« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2009, 05:48:03 PM »
First it was Cavemen, and now this:

March 2, 2009 6:13 PM

ABC Gives 'Life on Mars' a Finale
By Josef Adalian

ABC is giving fans of "Life on Mars" some closure.

The network has told producers that it won't be ordering any additional episodes beyond the 17 currently in the works for this season. But rather than play the usual "Let's-wait-until-May-before-we-make-a-decision" game regarding the fate of "Mars," ABC brass have admitted to producers that they won't be ordering another season of the show.

That means that, rather than letting "Mars" drift away with no resolution, producers will be able to write and film a definitive ending to the saga. Production is expected to continue for at least a few more weeks, with the finale expected to air no later than early April.

"We felt it was the right thing to do for the producers and the fans and creatively," ABC Entertainment Group President Steve McPherson told TelevisionWeek.

ABC took heat from critics and loyal fans for the abrupt endings to its well-regarded dramas "Eli Stone" and "Dirty Sexy Money" last year. By giving "Mars" a chance to complete its mission, the network is hoping to avoid any similar "controversy."

What's more, the U.S. "Mars" now will end up more closely resembling its British predecessor, which lasted for 16 episodes and also was a close-ended series. While the British series spawned a sequel of sorts, dubbed "Ashes to Ashes," no such plans are in the works Stateside.

Ensuring a definitive ending for "Mars" might also make it easier to promote the show's 17-episode run as a DVD release or, possibly, on a cable network should the series land an off-net run.

Mr. McPherson admitted the ratings for "Mars" were the main reason behind the decision to convert the show from a regular series into, in essence, a close-ended "event."

He has no regrets with how "Mars" is going out, however.

"I look at it creatively, and I couldn't be prouder," he said.

Jason O'Mara stars in "Mars." Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg are among the executive producers of the project, which is produced by 20th Century Fox TV and ABC Studios in association with Kudos.



Well the British version only have I think 16 episodes so I don't see why this should be that big a deal.

Also not to nitpick but shouldn't this be in the TV section?


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Re: What's the deal with ABC cancelling shows I like?
« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2009, 08:24:51 PM »
That does suck but at least we get an ending. I think we are going to see more and more series like this that only go on for 16 episodes then ends. I just seems that is they way the broadcast nets are going to go.

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Re: What's the deal with ABC cancelling shows I like?
« Reply #12 on: March 03, 2009, 08:26:20 PM »
The funny thing is, I wondered how it was going to sustain itself with its core mystery.  I figured he'd at least know how he got back in the 70s by the end of the season, but not why or how to get back. 


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Re: What's the deal with ABC cancelling shows I like?
« Reply #13 on: March 03, 2009, 08:31:35 PM »
That does suck but at least we get an ending. I think we are going to see more and more series like this that only go on for 16 episodes then ends. I just seems that is they way the broadcast nets are going to go.

You know, oddly, I'm not at all upset by this. Lots of shows from other countries only have a limited amount of episodes-why not American shows? And besides, at least this will prevent future ERs and Simpsons-shows that go on way, way too long.


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Re: What's the deal with ABC cancelling shows I like?
« Reply #14 on: March 03, 2009, 08:45:32 PM »
Every network but CBS: "We don't like any ratings."