Aired: 2012-14 (2 Seasons Totaling 44 Episodes)
Starring: Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Giancarlo Esposito, Zak Orth, David Lyons, Daniella Alonso, Anna Lise Phillips, Elizabeth Mitchell
Series Website: http://www.nbc.com/revolution
Description: “Revolution” is an epic, swashbuckling drama from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and “Supernatural” creator Eric Kripke. With sweeping scope and intimate focus, this show centers on the Matheson family’s struggle to survive 15 years after a mysterious worldwide blackout. Their post-apocalyptic world is juxtaposed with bucolic, overgrown cities and a journey of hope, rebirth and retribution. NBC.com
Why Was It Cancelled? Revolution bowed in the Fall of 2012 to high ratings, but saw its numbers decline steadily throughout its first season as fans complained that it was derivative, confusing, and offered too many leaps of logic. It still received a second season renewal, but NBC moved it from its safe, post-The Voice timeslot on Mondays to Wednesdays at 8 PM EST. That family friendly hour did not work well with the darker tone of its second season and its numbers continued to decline. The show slipped to all time low numbers during the second half of its second season and NBC decided to cancel it despite a vocal fanbase that was very active online. That group continues to try and revive the series with the #RelocateRevolution campaign.
Can It Be Saved? This show’s prospects are looking grimmer as time marches on. The actors have almost certainly be released from their contracts, and it could be difficult to bring them all back together. Plus, this was likely an expensive production making it unlikely that one of the cable networks would pick it up. Amazon or Netflix could take a flier on it if they thought it would bring them some good PR, but it would likely be stretching the budgets they are targeting for their original productions. A pre-funding campaign could work for this show, but I haven’t seen the network express an interest in that initiative. A third season is not impossible, but I don’t like the odds at this point.
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