"The Unit" is cancelled, too

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  1. whitson77

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    I'm pretty sure it derailed with the whole spear of destiny crap episode and Bob's drug habit. Those were horrible storylines. Which is too bad because they got it back on track on the end of the season. It's unfortunate that it is gone. I liked the show, but I blame it's cancellation on the previous mentioned storylines. Just abominations.
     
  2. hanumang

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    True, but that's apples and oranges. Most game shows are much cheaper (and get better ratings, being half-hours) than hour-long scripted dramas, making them much more appealing to stations. And there isn't much of a market for syndicated hour-long dramas (as their was in the late 80s/early 90s) since almost all stations have a network affiliation now.

    But who knows, things could change. Since the CW will no longer program Sunday nights in the fall, maybe some shows - like Reaper, if you believe the rumors - will indeed live-on in first-run syndication. But Dennis Haysbert (aka Snake Doctor) has gone on record as saying they don't want to come back if the budget is slashed (as it would be to survive in syndication).
     
  3. Alfer

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    What's funny is if I was sitting having lunch with say 4 or 5 co-workers and one says "Oh wow, CBS canceled "The Unit"...odds are some in the group would speak up and say either "that sucks I liked it"...some however would say "I never watched it"...nobody baulks, no hate, just simple feedback..then folks would go on and say something like "oh you should watch it on Hulu etc, it's a good show"....those who haven't seen it then can opt to say "cool thanks" or wait till the conversation changes to something else.

    So I always wonder why some folks here go completely ape-sh*t if someone doesn't cookie cutter comment on how it will be missed or whatever like some others have?

    Crazy how some conversations can go.
     
  4. hanumang

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    Your response is an attempt to apply the 'rules' of real-life conversation to the internet? Please, don't insult our intelligence.

    On the net, what is the point - outside of post-whoring - to 'answer' in the negative? There is no 'uncomfortable silence' on the internet. :rolleyes:
     
  5. fmowry

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    Can't they save a lot of production/salary costs by cutting the wives out and just giving us new eye candy each week? Like hot hookers during the foreign country missions or something?

    Frank
     
  6. Roswell

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    I hate to see it go - my nieces play the two Gerhardt girls and it was one of the few times that I got to see them. Guess they will have to get new gigs now.
     
  7. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    In real life, you don't get to read the topic of conversation up front and decide whether to participate. Conversations just happen. On the internet, it's different. Every thread is labeled with a topic, and if it's a topic/show you're not interested in, you simply don't participate. I've never understood the point of popping into a discussion where people are clearly passionate about something just to post that you're not passionate about it, or even worse, to post some reason why others shouldn't be passionate about it (i.e. bad ratings).
     
  8. Church AV Guy

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    My wife and I will really miss this show. Its cancellation is too bad.

    While I agree with your comments on the spear and the drug habit storylines, I have to say that had CBS promoted it better, and putit in a better timeslot, it would have helped a lot. Late, Sunday is not a good spot. I thought for a long time that CBS was trying to kill the show deliberately. Maybe that's my own impression.
     
  9. DavidTigerFan

    DavidTigerFan No, not Detroit. TCF Club

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    they average 9M viewers and they cancel it? WTF? Were the production costs too high?
     
  10. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    Economics are different on CBS than on any other network. They get many more viewers, but they don't get the key demographics that advertisers pay a premium for. So total viewers, while very respectable, does not tell the full story. In addition, a show with ratings that would be a lock for renewal on the other networks might not be a lock for renewal on CBS because of the additional viewers they draw. It's not about a competition with the other networks, it's about a competition with themselves, and they clearly think they could put something else in that timeslot that would generate more revenue.
     
  11. evaporated

    evaporated SSDGM. Elvis, want a COOKEE?

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    I hate to be a selfish brat, but I didn't like this show, and it seems that R was always watching this, or 24. I'm glad that we're down to just one show that he tends to hog the DVR for a marathon of... ;)
     
  12. hanumang

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    Actually, according to the production company, The Unit is actually pretty economical for an LA-shot production ($3 million an episode).

    The official 'reasons' were it skewed older (average viewer age was 55) at a time when too many CBS show skew old and the production company (Fox) was unwilling to cut the budget/licensing fee.

    Another reason, unstated, is that rating for The Unit never saw any kind of boost after season 1 (when it averaged 15 million an episode). Not that it's very common, but some CBS shows do - lWithout A Trace (yeah, I know, it's cancelled too) saw bumps in season 2 thru 4 before tailing off recently.
     
  13. holee

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    I know that Dennis Haysbert was holding out for more money. I would imagine his salary is a pretty gigantic chunk of the budget.

    In order to keep him on the show they'd have had to drop a few of the cast members at least.

    But then there's also the fact that it's a show involving a lot of explosions, fights and a fairly large guest cast.

    It annoys me a little that he's part of the reason the show's not renewed (I don't know how much, mind you. Cost was probably one of the factors). On the other hand, he's a guy who can get a lot more money even without The Unit. He can afford to play hardball. And it is just a job for him.
     
  14. bareyb

    bareyb Under Maintenance TCF Club

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    Alfers weird. He does stuff like this all the time. :D
     
  15. DavidTigerFan

    DavidTigerFan No, not Detroit. TCF Club

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    I don't own an iPod.
     
  16. MasterOfPuppets

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    Booo.
    Yet "Rules of Engagement" gets renewed.
    Also renewed something called "Gary Unmarried", which was the first time I've ever heard of it.

    Now that Shawn Ryan has some time on his hands, let's bring back The Shield. :p
     
  17. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    Rules had very good ratings since they brought it back midseason. Don't know what the ratings for Gary were, but I like the show.
     
  18. Alfer

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    HEY NOW!! Be nice.


    :D
     
  19. smak

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    So wait, you're saying I shouldn't have gone into the "This thread for unwed teenage mothers only" thread, and posted "I'm not an unwed teenage mother?

    -smak-
     
  20. smak

    smak TV MA SLV

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    I think Shawn Ryan is going to be running Lie To Me next year.

    -smak-
     

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