Why Was Farscape Cancelled?

Looking back on cancellations from the years past. Farscape arrived on the scene in 1999 when Star Trek: DS9 was just wrapping up and Star Trek: Voyager was well into its seven year run (and Enterprise was only a few years away). So grand space dramas were not uncommon on television at that time, though this new series… Read More »

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Cancellation Watch: The Tick Gets Renewed, Black Lightning Debuts Strong

The Tick Will Continue to Fight Evil for Another Season Amazon announced today that its superhero comedy The Tick, based on the Ben Edlund comic book of the same name, will be getting a second season.  That news comes as no surprise as the series has received warm reviews and good buzz thus far in its first season… Read More »

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Cancellation Watch Breaking News: The Shannara Chronicles Has Been Cancelled, But It Is Getting Shopped Around

Spike has announced the cancellation of fantasy series The Shannara Chronicles just ahead of its name change to the Paramount Network which occurs on January 18th. That series aired its second season on Spike this past Fall to low ratings and the cancellation announcement comes as no surprise. The Shannara Chronicles started on MTV in 2016 where it… Read More »

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Sci Fi TV Listings: Premieres for Black Lightning and Godzilla Planet of the Monsters, Arrow-verse Shows Return, and More

Mid-Season picks of steam this week with several premieres along with a number of shows returning form hiatus.  Premiering on The CW is new superhero entry Black Lightning which will take up the Tuesday 9 PM EST lead-out slot from The Flash.  And the majority of that network’s Fall shows are back from their Winter breaks as Supergirl, The Flash,… Read More »

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Cancellation Watch Breaking News: AMC Renews The Walking Dead for a Ninth Season, Brings on New Showrunner

Coming as absolutely no surprise, AMC announced yesterday that its zombie-pocalypse series The Walking Dead will be returning for a ninth season. That show has seen a notable decline in its ratings over the past two years (what I have referred to as the “Walking Dexit”), but it is still the highest rated scripted show on all of… Read More »

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Sci Fi TV Status Report: Runaways and Future Man Get Renewed, Extinct Gets Cancelled, and More

Recapping the stories from the week relating to the renewal / cancellation of sci fi and fantasy television shows.  This article may be reprinted in part or in whole as long as links back to the original post are included. Hulu Renews Runaways and Future Man It is TCA time of year, when the networks meet with the… Read More »

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Cancellation Watch: The Magicians Has Decent S3 Debut, The X-Files Drops

Ratings Results of Interest: It has been a slow week with quite a number of shows still on their Winter breaks, but there was some ratings activity of note. On Wednesday, Syfy’s fantasy series The Magicians returned for its third season and posted a 0.30 rating based on same day viewing for the 18-49 demographic with 782K total… Read More »

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Was Babylon 5 Cancelled?

Looking back on cancellations (and almost cancellations) from the years past. Was Babylon 5 cancelled after five years and could it have run longer? The short answer: no. The slightly longer answer: it was almost cancelled after its fourth season. Creator J. Michael Straczynski approached Babylon 5 with a grand plan. He wanted to produce a space epic for… Read More »

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Cancellation Watch: ABC Discusses Prospects of Agents of SHIELD, Once Upon A Time, and The Inhumans, The CW Expects More Supernatural, and More

Renewals Possible for Once Upon A Time and Agents of SHIELD, Unlikely for The Inhumans The TCAs are going on now when the networks discuss upcoming plans with the Television Critics Association, and the ABC’s Entertainment president Channing Dungey had some comments about the future prospects of several of the network’s genre entries.  Discussing Once Upon A Time,… Read More »

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Cancellation Watch Breaking News: Hulu Renews Runaways and Future Man

It is TCA time of year, when the networks meet with the Television Critics Association and reveal their upcoming programming plans. Amidst that, Hulu announced this afternoon that its two freshmen series Runaways and Future Man have both been renewed for a second season. That news comes as no surprise for the former series because there was plenty… Read More »

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Sci Fi TV Listings for the Week of January 8th: Premieres for Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams and The Magicians S3

Mid-Season continues to roll forward as this week brings two more season premieres. On Wednesday, Syfy’s The Magicians returns for its third season. On Friday, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams has its debut on Amazon. That show has already aired in Britain to much acclaim and will now be starting up its run in the States. Also this… Read More »

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Cancellation Watch Breaking News: Extinct Cancelled by BYUtv after One Season

BYUtv’s science fiction series Extinct, created by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston, has been cancelled after one season. The non-profit network issued a statement (see below) announcing the cancellation late last week. The network claims that the show was not cancelled due to the ratings (though they did not share the numbers), but apparently because they believe… Read More »

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Sci Fi TV Status Report: The Gifted is Renewed, The X-Files May be Ending, and More

Recapping the stories from the week relating to the renewal / cancellation of sci fi and fantasy television shows.  This article may be reprinted in part or in whole as long as links back to the original post are included. FOX Renews The Gifted for a Second Season The TCAs kicked off this week, when the networks discuss… Read More »

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Cancellation Watch: The X-Files Returns Down

Not as Many Want to Believe in The X-Files On Wednesday, The X-Files was back after two years and posted a 1.3 rating based on same day viewing for the 18-49 demographic with 5.2 million total viewers. That is down notably from the 6.1 rating the show had for the debut of its first revival season, but then… Read More »

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Cancellation Watch Breaking News: FOX Renews The Gifted for a Second Season, Has No Current Plans for More X-Files

FOX had its presentation at the TCAs today and used that opportunity to announce the second season renewal for its X-Men tie-in series The Gifted.  That announcement comes as no surprise because that show performed well in Fall and regularly showed up in the Top 25 broadcast network shows when Live+7 delayed viewing was factored in.   It also… Read More »

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