2016 Cancelled TV Shows: Which Should Netflix Save?
With the news that Marvel’s Agent Carter, recently cancelled by ABC after its second season, has gained a ton of support in social media, begging Netflix to rescue the series, we thought of some more 2016 cancelled shows that need saving.
At the time of this writing, nearly 75,000 people have signed the online petition to “Save Agent Carter.”
We know that some streaming services have come to the rescue of several shows in the past, including Netflix taking over the distribution for:
- AMC’s The Killing
- Fox’s Arrested Development
- A&E’s Longmire
And Hulu came to the rescue for The Mindy Project.
Let’s also not forget that Netflix saved Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt from being buried as a midseason replacement on NBC’s crappy slate. (Imagine how NBC could have built an entirely new Must-See-TV sitcom slate around Kimmy – rather than continue to be in last place among the four major networks.)
2016 Cancelled TV Shows: Streaming Rescues?
So now, we find out about all of the other 2016 cancelled TV shows, and we hear about the petition for Netflix to save Agent Carter, and we ask, which other cancelled shows deserve a second streaming life!?!
Marvel’s Agent Carter
One huge stumbling block Netflix will face here is that star Hayley Atwell has already agreed to join the cast of ABC’s legal drama, “Conviction,” which debuts next season … and will likely be cancelled shortly thereafter. It makes sense for Netflix to bring Agent Carter into their Marvel fold, along with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and The Punisher, all three of which are in the same Marvel universe as Agent Carter.
Cancelled after four seasons, Nashville is reportedly being looked at by a rival network to ABC, so Netflix might not even get the chance to steal this show about country music stars.
I loved the first season of this Chris D’Elia sitcom was hilarious, with quick jokes at every turn, similar to a meaner version of Friends. Then the show went live – and Undateable became Unwatchable.
In another case where NBC has dropped an opportunity, this Eva Longoria sitcom based on the soap-opera-like drama behind a Spanish soap opera was very funny. Hoping to attract a Latino audience, the fastest-growing demographic in the country, Telenovela just couldn’t gain the traction it needed.
Fox cancelled two really promising sitcoms starring ‘80s stars in Grandfathered (John Stamos) and The Grinder (Rob Lowe and Fred Savage. What’s great about Grandfathered is they did get a chance to sort of wrap it up, so it makes for a great mini-binge for Season 1. Don’t think of it as an open-ended show that got cancelled.
Without a doubt, this was one of the smartest written comedies on TV, as Lowe starred as a former actor returning home to Idaho, where his father and brother (Savage) run a small law practice. Lowe’s character was semi-delusional, thinking his lawyer character on his TV show, “The Grinder,” gave him the ability to be a real lawyer in his brother’s firm. The interaction between Lowe and Savage is too fun to just let go into the ether.
On a side note, however, I do think the title of the show was a huge problem. Whoever greenlit that name should be flogged.
This animated comedy set in a U.S.-Mexican border town in Texas could have been called All in the Family Guy with its sharp wit and hilarious racial jokes that bite both ways.
This ABC drama was fantastic, but building a series around the kidnapping of a child, and two sex offenders, is a tough sell, understandably. This show really should have been on AMC or Showtime, or it should have been limited to just being a 13-episode series with a that-makes-sense ending. I haven’t seen the season finale yet, so it just might have wrapped it up nicely! We’ll see.
So dear Netflix, Hulu, Crackle and Amazon, please rescue some of these 2016 cancelled TV shows! Most of them are definitely save-worthy! And yet, Dr. Ken and The Odd Couple, two truly horrible sitcoms, both got renewed for second seasons.