Sometime in the not too distant past the masses cheered and waved their remotes when they first learned that there would be hundreds of TV channels to choose from. At last something worth watching anytime day or night we thought. The hard reality is that things aren’t always as they seem which brings me to one of my favorite topics science fiction television. Often times I feel a wave of nostialga (in between the torture) of sitting through yet another B movie on the Sci Fi channel on a Saturday night. I miss the old days when you looked forward to another episode of Babylon 5, or Odyssey 5. The demise of the latter is still a mystery to me. According to Wikipedia “The show was cancelled despite the fact that the series was one of Showtime's highest rated original series.” Why cancel a show in the middle of its second season if the ratings are okay?
Networks are too eager to pull the plug on shows that could have a long life if adjustments were made before things got too bad. One of the most underrated actresses in the business is Leslie Silva, seems like every show that she’s on gets canceled. Odyssey 5 is not the only sci fi show to die an early death, Roswell, Tek Wars, The Dresden Files, and for those who are old enough to remember VR5. There must be something about TV exec’s and sci fi shows with the number 5, anyway I have some advice to offer the suits at the networks, if a show is not performing well CHANGE THE TIME SLOT, or maybe hire better writers, how bout holding a contest or spending a few dollars on promoting the show. If you don’t want to do it for the sake of your career then do it for me because I am not looking forward to another Saturday night watching another B movie just to please my better half.
Random Cancellations are such a big topic there's a wikipedia page on it. The Friday Night Death Slot. Is your favorite show on the list?