Arrested Development fans lived through years of rumors of movies and reboots before Netflix swooped in and bought the rights to the show. It's being written now, and Jason Bateman announced that new episodes will begin filming in a few weeks. In all corners of the Internet, there was much rejoicing.
Since the announcement of the Arrested Development reboot, fans of other TV shows that were canceled too soon have raised their voices to demand new seasons of their favorite series. FireFly is a common request, but, this many years after the end of the series, it's probably not going to happen. Netflix has also, perplexingly, floated the possibility of making new seasons of Terra Nova, but, is anyone really chomping at the bit for that one?
There are a ton of TV shows that were never given enough time to get their footing, and were gone too soon. Here are a bunch that I'd like to see Netflix resuscitate:
This show was one of the sad casualties of the writers' strike. With only 13 episodes, this time travel series never really had time to find its footing. But, the ideas were intriguing, and I think that it could find an audience.
I never understood why this well-written, well-acted, genuinely scary show never caught on. Maybe we’re fatigued with documentary-style shooting. Maybe it just wasn’t promoted right. Whatever the reason, I’d love to see it get a second chance.
Even the HBO executive that canceled this show admitted later that they could have made it profitable through DVD sales. The promised movie that would tie up the story never materialized, so, the story ends abruptly. How about a little closure, Netflix?
Yes, some of the conceits, like the smart house/android deputy romance are a little silly. Sure, the science is a little soft. But, Eureka delves into relationships and character with an authenticity that is hard to find in any genre.
Internet superstars Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton don’t have much pull on broadcast television. But, they have a huge following online, and, as long as Eureka continues with their characters, I think that the show would be a winner on net-streaming service Netflix.
Fans saved the show from cancelation once by mailing thousands of bags of nuts to network executives. Unfortunately, their efforts only managed to buy seven new episodes. There are a lot of stories that were never properly told: what are they going to do when two teenagers figure out that they own the salt mine and the only store? What was going on with the whole FBI conspiracy? I’d love for Netflix to pick the show up so we could find out.
I know we still have a year, and, that could easily be enough time to bring the narrative to a close. But, the implications of the worlds in Fringe could be explored for years without running out of stories to tell. Plus, if we start bugging Netflix now, maybe they’ll act before the stars get roped into new commitments.
Can we just get a standard agreement that allows all J.J. Abrams series to run for as long as they need to to tell the story? This one stopped airing abruptly, leaving all of its questions unanswered.
What canceled shows would you like to see brought back from the dead by Netflix?
Last year, we talked to Felicia Day at the "Assassin's Creed Brotherhood" event. Hear what she had to say below:
Categories: On TV
Posted by Lara
7/17/2012 1:32 PM