Tonight is Emmy night! We’re always super excited about the start of awards season, and this year, the Emmy’s is certain to be groundbreaking. Ava Duvernay’s When They See Us swept the nominations. We’re crossing our fingers that she, her amazing cast and crew, win some if not all of their categories.
But, the television awards also make us think about all the amazing shows we loved, that never got the honor of a nomination, because they were canceled. And we think they were canceled way too soon. Here’s our list of ten TV shows that were canceled too soon.
10 TV Shows Canceled Too Soon
(not in order)
This 90s ABC drama was the highlight of every teen girls week. I mean, drooling over Jordan Catalano (Jared Leto) was enough to look forward too. But, Angela Chase (Claire Danes), her mom drama and her best friend drama, was super relatable. Unfortunately, we only got one season of this gem. It has become a cult favorite, so we’re secretly hoping there are plans for a movie!
Okay, Michelle Dockery is a chameleon. To go from Lady Mary on Downton Abbey - in all her bitchy regalness - to Letty Raines on Good Behavior - in all her junkie criminal realness - shows a tremendous amount of talent. Tremendous! We loved the two seasons TNT gave us, but we were really hoping for more. Letty and Javier’s (Jaun Diego Botto) crazy love story was far from over, and we wanted to see who was next to get killed or conned.
3. The Event
This is one that not too many people will remember, probably because it didn’t get a full season. This political conspiracy drama was interesting and well cast, with Jason Ritter, Blair Underwood and Laura Innes. Maybe it premiered before its time because political conspiracy shows are hot right now. But, NBC sadly let this one go.
4. The Nine
The concept for this 2006 drama was pretty awesome. Nine surviving hostages from a bank hold-up meet up and face the memories that haunt them from the traumatic event. And, there’s a big secret about what happened… that we never got the chance to know! We were super bummed when we got left hanging on the big mystery. ABC cut this one off after only a few episodes.
5. The Crossing
Steve Zahn the action hero. Never saw that happening when we first met the comedic actor in the 90s hit Reality Bites, but he’s had quite the diverse career. And leading this sci-fi drama as Sheriff Jude Ellis, Zahn did not disappoint. From the network that brought us Lost, there were high hopes for The Crossing. And although we were glued to the screen, surprised as every mystery was revealed, we think the depths of the show went over the heads of some viewers. Thankfully, we got a full season of this show.
Off the success of teen musical shows like Glee, we thought Rise would do really well. The cast of teens was diverse and talented, and the concept of the show was based on the true story of a teacher who produced a controversial musical in a small town, much to the shagrin of the parents and community. And we got to see Rose Perez on the small screen! We love her. But, even though this tear-jerker fit nicely into NBC’s theme of sentimental dramas, we did not get a season two.
Omar Epps is one of those actors who plays Omar Epps so well, in every role. Cop, Doctor, Best Friend. He’s great at playing himself in different outfits. Leading this sci-fi drama, he was both tough and warm and we loved it. And the concept of the show - dead people returning home - was super intriguing. We did get a full season of this show, but we really wanted more.
8. Day Break
ABC did something unique and pretty dope when this Taye Diggs mystery was canceled mid-season. They put the remaining episodes online! The networks should do that for every show they cancel, right? This show was a play on Groundhog’s Day, where a detective is accused of murder and keeps reliving the day, trying to uncover the mystery and clear his name. I’m sure there wasn’t more the writers could do with this concept, but if they had something interesting up their sleeves, we would have been down to watch.
9. Zero Hour
This is another show we think no one else was watching, but we’re okay with that. Anthony Edwards, of ER fame, came back to the small screen in this bizarre drama that reminded us of The DaVinci Code. The show spanned time and countries and tested our understanding of history. A story that compelling could maybe only stand one season, but it would’ve been cool to see what bit of history they tested next.
Before Taylor Schilling grabbed our attention on Orange Is The New Black, she starred in this NBC medical drama where she plays a nurse who returns home from overseas, with a slew of issues. There was a lot of family drama and an intense love triangle. We were there for all of it, and definitely wanted more.
So, enjoy the 71st Emmy Awards and keep your fingers crossed that all your faves have more seasons to come!