Show Stoppers

Joy to the world! No, this is not a Christmas post. I’m happy because a cult classic show is being resurrected after twenty some-odd years. It was recently announced that David Lynch’s “masterpiece” Twin Peaks will be coming back for another season in 2015. While I haven’t seen a single episode I am happy for those fans who were devoted to the ill-fated gem that was cancelled right at a critical apex in the story arc. No spoiler here, I just know that what turned out to be the last episode of the series was certainly not designed to be that way. Lynch and his crew definitely had future plans that resulted in one of the most frustrating cliffhangers known in TV history.

And that’s what got me thinking. I HATE when shows get cancelled on a cliffhanger. ย I can’t relate to Twin Peaks per se, but there was a show I absolutely adored on BBC called Coppers. It was set in post-Civil War era New York and showcased the lives of Irish immigrants. I probably didn’t really sell it in that description, but trust me, it was a great show. By all accounts, it should’ve stayed on the air. It had great ratings and a huge fan base, but BBC pulled the plug on it unexpectedly. Why? Money. It always comes down to money. The show got too expensive to maintain so they cancelled it and decided to run with Orphan Black instead. I guess I sort of understand. TV is a business like any other and networks need to pull in profits. But still, Coppers ended on this trulyย amazing cliffhanger and now I’m left with this sinking feeling in my stomach because I know that I’ll never, ever find out what happened. It will forever be an unresolved issue and that’s pretty awful.

In a perfect world television station bigwigs should go to a show’s producers/creators/brainchild and say, “Hey, we’re going to give you the ax, but you get [insert number] more episodes to wrap everything up before you’re off the air.” Wouldn’t that be great if shows always had the chance to tie up the loose ends as they take their final bow? Again, that’s a perfect world and unfortunately we don’t live in one.

Canning a show out of the blue is sort of like firing someone in an office. They have 30 minutes to put their stuff in a box and get escorted out by security. Quick, precise, and sleek so no one else around is too heavily affected. It’s not like they have the rest of the day to go around cubicle to cubicle shaking hands and wishing everyone well, so I know I shouldn’t expect TV shows to be given so much slack.

Still…it would be nice, wouldn’t it?

23 thoughts on “Show Stoppers

  1. oh I know what you mean so much – “HATE when shows get cancelled on a cliffhanger” – and I like how you note it is not always possible to give us the closure we needโ€ฆ and I also have heard some shows criticized for closing with too much of a bow – like Alias and even Breaking Bad I have heard wrapped it up a little too quaintly – but I don’t think so – I liked the warp-ups. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I never saw Twin Peaks, but I am sure fans are excited and maybe I will have to check it outโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ™‚

      • well that is a pretty big recommendation! and in my experience – when people are adamant about it – well many times I glean something. ๐Ÿ™‚
        oh and my favorite show ever was Monk – which ended with a neat and tidy closure bow!

      • yes, and how it integrated some of the mistakes or “oops” things we do – like Trudy was not perfect and then the whole humanity feel – (adopted baby) and the chemistry he had with the daughter – okay, I will stop but I keep episodes in our dvd cue cos I love it stillโ€ฆ

      • I loved that series. I watched them all more than once! And yes, him coming to terms with Trudy not being perfect (though I did like the fact that it was before she met HIM) was a great growing point for his character. I agree with you, the whole thing was done extremely well.

  2. Oh, Musings, I have my own TV world protocol set up. There are so many networks that a show should never have to be canceled anymore. It should just drift down the popularity chain. Numbers too low for NBC? TNT gets you. (Been done with “Southland.”) TNT tires of you? Hello “Animal Planet.” And on down the line until three guys with a camcorder are skyping for their frat brother’s cell numbers. Have a good day, my friend.

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