CBS (ended 2006)
I can't believe they are cancelling this one. I was happy to see CBS could create something other than just adding cities in their CSI lineup. (Not that CSI is bad, but do we really need 3 frickin identical shows???)
I've come to the conclusion that with new 'serial' type shows like "Smith" on Big Broadcast networks [ABC, etc.] in which you might be interested, if you have access to a TiVo or DVR, you should record the first 7 or 8 episodes without watching them. Then, you can find out if the idiot savants who run the networks will kill the show after just a few episodes. If they do, just delete the recordings without having wasted time in getting engaged in the story. If they don't cancel it, then watch 'em on a rainy weekend sans commercials and catch up. Cable shows [like, e.g., Dexter this year] are different because cable outfits like HBO and Showtime are less quick to pull the trigger to kill the show and plug in reruns if they don't like the numbers / demographics after 2 weeks.
I find what they did with a show like this really offensive. They bring in two quality Theatrical film actors [Liotta, Madsen], start a serial with a continuing story, and pull the rug out after just a few episodes. The first series the big networks ever did like this serial approach [sort of] was "Murder One" a few years ago, but at least they committed to finish the story by showing the whole season. By doing what they did with "Smith" they are breaching an unstated bargain with the viewers that they will finish the first story line and we will watch. It happened last season with "Threshold", and I'm sure there are other shows where it happened that I just didn't watch. So, screw 'em. No more new 'serials' for me until I know if the show is going to make it to a resolution of the first story line. Whadda you think?
|No more new 'serials' for me until I know if the show is going to make it to a resolution of the first story line. Whadda you think?|
After watching the first three episodes I can't believe they cancelled this! This show was so good, it had good actors, good characters, excitement building in the plot... I was really waiting for what would have happened next - and plonk, gone! While other mundane shows go on... unbelievable!