When Your Show Gets Cancelled: How to Avoid the HeartacheKacy Faulconer
TV is so good these days. Shows engender a passionate following among their fans. Whether niche or mainstream, we love our TV. And there are so many ways to watch that we have to start making decisions about where, what, and when.
I mostly watch shows on my DVR a few days after they air. But there are still lots of folks watching live (and tweeting their experience). I have a friend without cable who uses a combination of Hulu, Apple TV, and iTunes to access the best shows. We all want to know if a show is going to be worth it — and last — before we invest time and money that could be spent on re-watching a sure thing (FNL, for example) or venturing out to see an actual movie.
If you can live without the live buzz that accompanies watching a show in real-time, waiting until a series has run its course is always a safe bet. Then you can spare yourself a terrible series finale or an abrupt cancellation. People always recommend How I Met Your Mother to me. I’ve never seen a single episode, but I bet I’d like it. I always figured I’d binge on the whole thing some lazy summer or snowed-in winter. But now that everyone is all up in arms about the ending (which disappointed many, from what I hear) I may never watch it. I can have discussions with friends about whether or not I should watch it. These are the kinds of discussions I love to have so I’m in a win/win situation here.
On the other hand, I jumped into the show Hannibal with both feet and haven’t looked back. I’m not, exactly, proud that I love a show about a cannibal. It just has its own brand of fantastic. Come to find out, in spite of critics being in love with the show, Hannibal is in danger of being cancelled! I wish I’d known.
One wonders, is it really better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all? When it comes to impeccably clothed, psychopathic gourmands such as Mads Mikkelsen’s Hannibal Lecter, I’m not so sure.
If you’re thinking about getting involved with a new show you might want to check out Vulture’s rundown on TV fates, just to be safe!
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