Broken series, broken hearts: Let’s #SaveSaturdays this 2019
Last year was especially brutal for television fans and bingewatchers. Seemingly safe in the knowledge that our favorite shows have secure second homes on streaming sites like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, cancellation season was just as harsh as ever, with many examples of stellar TV receiving cuts from networks.
We’re standing with these shows this year in hopes of saving what deserves a second chance. The majority of these series have enjoyed viewing figures far beyond their initial Nielson ratings, an outdated method of record-keeping that is totally archaic when considering the vast swathes of fans watching on catch-up services or binging entire seasons in extended weekends of Netflix-gazing.
Film Daily strongly believes network execs should make 2019 the year they finally straighten up and take notice of factors beyond the archaic viewership measures. Merchandise, live events, and conventions are proving over and over many series that have been unceremoniously sliced from the airways have fandoms in the multitudes whose dedication is not being considered when iconic series are slashed from schedules.
Just because an episode gets a viewing figure below that of a series premiere or finale, that doesn’t mean the viewership has fallen considerably. Networks now have a responsibility to establish a dialogue with streaming platforms to consolidate more accurate figures and finally find out for themselves which are the best performers.
What’s still being faithfully watched on catch-up a few days later? Which series are being binged in one go? Whose lives are being saved by that one episode they keep watching over & over?
In 2019, we want you to stand with us and make this the year we finally say “no more”. Join us every weekend as we do our best to get the decision makers thinking and prove to them fanbases are more than an overnight average. Here are the shows we desperately need back on our screens. If Veronica Mars can do it, we have faith at least some of these can make their deserved return in due time.
We’ve been rallying behind the #Shadowfam for some time now, as Shadowhunters is one of the shows that, for our money, has received the most unjust cancellation in recent memory.
Luckily, we are seeing a conclusion of plot threads and loose ends this year, with a continuation of season 3 including a two-part grand finale – but there’s so much content to wrap up it’s going to be hard for Freeform to satisfy all of Shadowhunters’s hungry fans.
Not only that, but the series features one of the most compelling and fully-formed fantasy worlds on TV right now, as well as a diverse range of cool, fascinating, and inspiring characters. We say: enough’s enough. Just give us that fourth season it deserves, and let Shadowhunters’s millions of fans experience the Shadow Realm for a little longer.
For those of you who just a little bit let down by this latest season of Doctor Who or at least frustrated by the now two-year gaps between seasons, Timeless was the ideal successor, a fun, kinetic, and mysterious time-travel yarn led by one of our new favorite women of sci-fi, Lucy Preston (Abigail Spencer).
Thankfully, like Shadowhunters, it was at least granted a blowout series finale, but a measly 28 episodes just isn’t enough. For science-fiction fans, it now seems their favorite genre has been taken over by the “prestige” stamp of misery and pretense (we’re looking at you, Westworld), so it’s saddening to say goodbye to a show we actually looked forward to tuning in for each week.
This family drama set within a dystopian sci-fi world under a repressive extraterrestrial regime was one of the most thrilling we’ve seen. With tight action and a harrowing plot progression, sure, it made us feel down, but the character arcs and suspense quickly made Colony compulsory viewing.
Despite one of the strongest fan connections in TV and a tease of big things to come in Season 3, this season actually served as its last and it was quickly rushed to series finale last summer. We don’t think that’s nearly good enough and there’s so much more to explore with that world, so we’re coming out in full force to save Colony.
Creator and showrunner Bryan Fuller has been adamant in the past that a revival is completely possible, but he and the studio execs have been umming and ahhing about it for so long it’s looking like it won’t be coming together until at least 2021. We’re just gonna go ahead and say we’re willing to take to the streets if that’s the support needed to see what Fuller could do with Silence of the Lambs and beyond. Get it done.
Yes, everything does indeed suck without another season of this inventive take on adolescence hitting Netflix this year. Brutally cancelled after just one season, the series was still finding its legs during the first ten episodes, but the characters and premise were enough to keep it going for at least ten more, and it’s featured one of the best coming-out stories we’ve ever seen in the mainstream, just beating Love, Simon to the punch by a month.
We’re begging Netflix (or any other platform with an eye to pick up a popular, topical teen drama) to reconsider their decision and give Everything Sucks! another chance.
Like a fever dream fuelled by battery acid, Sense8 was the kind of visual kick in the teeth you might see once in a decade before the Wachowski Sisters came along. Proving the filmmaking partnership’s still got it years later, the duo took what they’ve learned from their stunning sci-fi invention in projects like The Matrix and Cloud Atlas and stretched it into two stunning seasons of television.
As has become the norm, Sense8 at least received an extended series finale to wrap things up, but we think the Wachowskis still have another genre-bending season in there somewhere.
Based on Joseph Mallozzi & Paul Mullie’s comic book of the same name, Dark Matter was pulled from Syfy after just three seasons. The amnesiac science-fiction series was a chance for the creators to flex their expertise after their deal with Dark Horse ran its course in 2012, but we still haven’t seen a satisfying ending to this amnesiac thriller. Syfy would be wise to give us at least one more season to tie up some loose ends.
Yet another project from Syfy prematurely pulled from our screens. A Canadian series produced for the Space channel, Killjoy’s signing with Syfy felt like a dream come true, until it was announced the upcoming fifth season would be the show’s last.
Given its broad sci-fi premise, and the fact that it announced Hannah John-Kamen (Ant-Man and the Wasp) as a star to watch out for, we’re justifiably let down the show will only get fifty episodes to explore its characters and setting.
All we’re going to say is: why was this series of harmless dumb fun axed so quickly when crap like the CSI franchise continues unabated for at least ten seasons? Give this one a chance – at least we didn’t want to punch most of the cast in the teeth.
This energetic celebration of all things hip hop was criminally given one fleeting chance at success and, despite rave reviews, was pulled from ABC after just one short-lived season.
Featuring an amazing cast including Brandon Michael Hall (Search Party) and Yvette Nicole Brown (Community), each episode was a protest against mediocrity and the series was on its way to becoming compulsive viewing until it was cancelled after just 13 episodes. We think it’s absolutely essential that The Mayor gets a chance at reelection.
Starring two of television’s funniest performers, Ghosted’s Craig Robinson (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) starred as two hapless agents of the paranormal.
Despite a strong start and a warm reception leading to a full series order, Fox pulled the plug just as quickly as they bumped up the episode run. We still think it’s about time two of our favorite actors got their chance at leading roles, and a Ghosted revival could be the show to do it.
Ash vs. Evil Dead
This comeback tour for Sam Raimi’s collaboration with Bruce Campbell started off great, and each episode just got groovier. A long-awaited sequel to Raimi’s Evil Dead trilogy, Ash vs. Evil Dead largely ignores that overly serious reboot we got in 2013 and kicks things back into gear with the same exuberant energy and sly sense of humor exhibited in Army of Darkness.
The series finished on a high note, but surely its universal critical acclaim was enough to propel this nostalgia trip for a little longer than three seasons.
Letty is an addict-ridden con artist freshly released from her prison sentence for good behavior. Determined to regain custody of her son, she embarks on a determined struggle that leads once again down the path of crime and self-destruction.
While some considered the two seasons a little confusing to follow, the critical reception was very favorable and Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) gives an absolute powerhouse performance as Letty. We have no doubt a third season would have aired out the cracks and delivered a suspenseful, sexy drama.