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TV Outside the Box by Neil Landau

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Chapter 8

Life after Broadcast

The road to network cancellation is paved with good intentions. Many prematurely canceled shows were simply ahead of their time, often not given the chance to take flight. In other cases we had the right show but wrong network, and/or wrong time slot, poor marketing, ineffective casting, maybe a weak pilot and surrounding factors that led to the ultimate purge. No matter the reason, now-obsolete overnight Nielsen ratings sounded the death knell before a worthy show had time to ripen.

Here’s my partial list of personal favorite, provocative, high-quality TV series that IMHO died all too young:

Star Trek (The Original Series). Born: 1966 on NBC. Died: 1969. It’s surprising that the original, groundbreaking series ...

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