TV cancellation isn't as permanent as it used to be. "Community" is moving to Yahoo, we're allegedly going to get another "Arrested Development" season on Netflix soon, and the "Entourage" cast will soon be infecting a movie theater near you.
But many more shows stay canceled than get to come back, even as we wish it were otherwise. And because it's fun to think about the possibilities, we've decided to do a wildly unscientific poll to determine what show you'd most like to have back, with our first Uncanceled Showdown bracket, featuring 32 shows that we're guessing some or many of you would prefer to have back in your lives.
Some of these shows ended prematurely because they were too expensive ("Deadwood"), some because the network didn't know what to do with them ("Freaks and Geeks"), some because they simply ran out of steam ("Twin Peaks"), and some because they had a terrible name and an ad campaign that made it seem like a show about dog fighting ("Terriers"). But they're all gone, and many is the day where I wouldn't light up at the thought of a new adventure of Al Swearengen, Kim Kelly, Agent Cooper or Hank and Britt.
And if we can't bring them back for real, we can at least vote on which one we most want to see return in some form.
We've divided the bracket into two categories: shows that only lasted a season, and shows that ran a bit longer but remain unfinished in some way. A few of these had brief second lives (the existence of the "Serenity" movie pushes "Firefly" out of the one-season wonder bracket, and "Cupid" already had a failed remake), but most just went away for good.
Some of these shows could be revived today with almost no trouble (I assume that Natalie Morales keeps her "Middleman" costume on her person at all times in case of a surprise resurrection), while others would require a time machine, recasting or a revamp of the concept (maybe you try to find a new teen girl to play Angela Chase, or give "Freaks and Geeks" the "Girl Meets World" treatment where Lindsay and Sam have rebellious kids of their own, or vice versa). You don't have to worry about that, though, because Starz isn't actually going to use these results as the tipping point to bring back "Party Down." But we can dream, can't we?
So go vote for your favorites. The first round of voting ends on Thursday, August 14 at 5 p.m. Pacific. Round 2 begins on Friday, August 15 at noon Pacific. The winner will be announced on August 28 at noon Pacific.
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
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