Like Conan's Tonight, 10 TV shows that got screwed
Television, as Conan O'Brien will tell you, is a fickle business. They build you up, they use you up, they toss you aside. And sometimes the powers that be don't even wait to use you up -- they just decide that you're done, for reasons that have little to do with quality and everything to do with money, and you're a footnote in the television archives.
Word of an Arrested movie can't quell our depression.
Not all cancellations are created equal, granted. Some shows deserve their grim fate in the potter's field of TV. But other shows deserved far better than what they got.
Ten dollars if you can explain to me why this brilliantly funny, terribly romantic, and quirky as hell bowling-alley lawyer series ("I'm a lawyer, and I own a bowling alley. Two separate things.") didn't hit with more viewers. Actually, the answer is easy: because NBC never stopped moving it around the schedule. It also didn't help that Ed was always on the verge of cancellation, it tried to come to some sort of series conclusion at the end of every season, just in case. This caused something of an identity crisis for the residents of Stuckeyville (and their faithful fans), and a serious disservice to its stellar cast.
The late Jeremy Piven (wait, he's not dead; I must thinking of his reputation) starred in this late-90s will-they-or-won't-they that went on to get remade (with a lot less charm) in 2009--a version that lasted only two months. But the first go-around was rife with Moonlighting-style banter, courtesy of Piven and co-star Paula Marshall--and, sadly, the same schedule-shifting madness that took the legs out from under so many shows on this list.