BBC cancels "Survivors"

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  1. Malcontent

    Malcontent Ancient Astronaut Theorist

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    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/apr/13/survivors-bbc
     
  2. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

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    The orig one lasted 3 seasons ("series" for UK people).
     
  3. ebf

    ebf New Member

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    :thumbsdown: bummer
     
  4. Jeeters

    Jeeters Registered Snoozer

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    Oh well. I just finished watching Series 2 about two weeks ago. It ends on a cliff hanger, but at least enough was answered in the second series that I feel satisfied.
     
  5. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

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    I like this show. Sad it's been cancelled.
     
  6. baxter316

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    Darn you Fox!!!!!!!!!
    Oh wait...... Nevermind
     
  7. whitson77

    whitson77 Active Member

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    That stinks, we really liked the show.
     
  8. tivogurl

    tivogurl New Member

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    Anybody else find this reasoning to be totally bizarre? Not that it surprises me, the BBC doesn't have to cater to its viewers tastes (see "popular" above) because it's a government department that doesn't need to make a profit, and the cultural elites who run it have always hated Science Fiction.
     
  9. deandashl

    deandashl New Member

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    Great show. Really moving along nicely.

    BBC does change it's mind.
     
  10. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

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    Yeah, they hate it so much that they only let Doctor Who run for 26 years the first time. :rolleyes:

    The BBC isn't really a government department, either -- it's more like PBS with money. It's funded by "TV licenses", outside the regular tax system, and not directly answerable to the government.

    And yeah, cancelling popular shows to make way for new ones does make sense to me. I wish US networks would do that more often, or plan for more limited runs, instead of always running popular shows into the ground, until they're no good anymore, and they die ignominiously instead of going out strong.

    Not that "Survivors" was all that popular, actually. It was cancelled for the usual reason, low ratings.
     
  11. tivogurl

    tivogurl New Member

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    And then they canceled it for 16 years. My point was that BBC execs have long had antipathy towards certain genres of programming. Doctor Who stayed on until the budget squeezes and bad writing lowered the ratings enough to make it politically viable to kill it.
    PBS doesn't have its own tax authority. If PBS could force me to pay it money under pain of incarceration I'd call it a government department too.
     
  12. Jeeters

    Jeeters Registered Snoozer

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    I agree that I wish U.S. series would have shorter runs, but I disagree with just canceling shows and leaving outstanding plot lines hanging instead of planning the run of the show to a final conclusion. Let the shows get some closure. At least the BBC did that a few years ago with their "Bodies" medical drama... they canceled it after its 2nd season, but the went back and did a nice 90 minute finale that they aired a year later which tied up all the lose ends.
     
  13. Cainebj

    Cainebj Well-Known Member

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    I agree with all said - especially since most British shows have a season of only 6 episodes.

    Since I assume most of us are watching on BBC America - at least we can prepare ourselves for no answers on the cliffhanger that someone mentioned up above... :(
     
  14. JohnB1000

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    It's something of a dooze of a cliffhanger.

    I watched all 12 eps in February. At least I don't have that feeling of waiting. I REALLY liked the show.
     
  15. tiellv

    tiellv Pluviophile

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    :thumbsdown:
     
  16. spikedavis

    spikedavis New Member

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    Damn. I just caught up with this through Netflix and I absolutely loved it. Great cast, great characters and great story. Is there any chance it could be brought back??
     
  17. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

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    Nope.

    It's dead, Jim.
     
  18. spikedavis

    spikedavis New Member

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    That SUCKS.
     
  19. phox_mulder

    phox_mulder I get paid 2watch TV

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    The same was said about Primeval, and it's coming back.

    Not holding breath or anything.


    phox
     
  20. busyba

    busyba The Funcooker

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    What's Jeff Probst going to do now???
     

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