April 2012 Archives
We should probably point out off the top that The Thick of It, the terrific British political satire created by Armando Iannucci -- the mind behind the new HBO comedy Veep -- is not technically cancelled. (It's definitely brilliant, though.) Since airing its first two series of three episodes apiece back in 2005, The Thick of It has returned to the BBC for a series of specials that aired in 2007 and an expanded eight-episode third series which ran in 2009. (BBC America aired the first two seasons stateside in 2006 and will start running the third season on April 28.) Additionally, a fourth season is currently being filmed and will air in the U.K. sometime in the fall.
It's the 25th anniversary of the Fox broadcasting network, a fact they are celebrating this weekend with a big retrospective special. But what are the odds that it will acknowledge one of the biggest mistakes in Fox history: the cancellation of Firefly after eleven episodes (which aired in the wrong order, to boot)? And while the Serenity movie and all of the related books and comics have since helped soften the blow, we still can't help but point out all of the sci-fi/supernatural series that Fox programmers chose to keep on longer than Mal and his crew. Sure some of them were worthy of the support -- but not most of them...
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