Tuesday, May 15, 2012

"Unforgettable," "Rob," "A Gifted Man," "NYC22," and "CSI: Miami" Cancelled

It's tough to be a TV series on CBS these days. The network is so successful that a show with millions of viewers will still get cancelled--as it doesn't have as many millions as the series ranked above it. More importantly, there's the almighty ad demo, and most of these shows unfortunately lost ground on that coveted younger audience as time wore on.

"Unforgettable" fans aren't happy, and they're a pretty sizable bunch, considering the show was averaging about 11 million viewers per week. It's tough enough letting go of a favorite show, but the mystery of Carrie's (Poppy Montgomery) sister's murder will now go unanswered. While I feel for the viewers who enjoyed this drama, the show was lacking some important qualities, which I discuss over on Yahoo!TV: "Should CBS's 'Unforgettable' Be Forgotten?"

My only regret about the loss of the rookie show about rookie cops, "NYC22" is that poor Adam Goldberg just can't seem to catch a break. First there was cancelled series "Relativity" back in '96, which ironically also starred Poppy Montgomery. Then there was short-lived "The $treet" with future movie star Bradley Cooper in 2000, followed by the blink-and-you-miss it comedy "Head Cases" with Chris O'Donnell.

Goldberg also appeared in "Friends" spin-off "Joey," and 2009 series "The Unusuals" with Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner. Goldberg has practically made a career out of quickly-cancelled series. Once again he brought that intriguing blend of dark comedy and pathos to "NYC22," but the show just seemed to be trying way too hard to be "edgy" and "cool" and we literally forgot to watch it after 2 episodes. The Sunday night timeslot couldn't have helped its viewing numbers, either. Plus we want to smack the person who thought Leelee Sobieski made a believable policewoman.

"A Gifted Man" never quite gelled with audiences either--it was an odd premise that wasn't executed very well. "Rob" actually had decent numbers, but since it lost a lot of its "Big Bang Theory" lead-in, CBS will be looking for something better. And I think we can all agree that "CSI:Miami" has had a good run. Eventually three versions of the same show gets to be too much for any network (see "Law & Order").

PHOTO: "Unforgettable" finale screencap, c2012 CBS.


  1. I'm unhappy about the cancelling of unforgettable. It was a great show and had 11 million viewers. So why cancel it? Move it to a different spot or different day. Any claim of not getting enough younger viewers is ridiculous. Old people buy products too. CBS ad marketing people just to lazy to find the right advertisers.

    1. CBS shows do so well, that sadly some popular shows get canceled because they're not doing *as well* as the biggest series and they want to make room for new shows. If a show were getting 11 mil on CW, for instance, that show would be on for 10 years. But on CBS, it gets cut.

      Also, statistics show that older viewers watch a lot more TV than the younger crowd. So advertisers assume they already have that demo, and are always looking to score the harder to reach viewers. So young viewers aren't necessarily more important, they're just more rare.

      This is just how the system works, of course. I don't agree with it, and hate that a show that appeals to an older demo gets cut in favor of something they won't want to watch.



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