Discovering Cancelled TV Series on DVD

Firefly LogoPossibly the best use of our Netflix account is watching TV series that we enjoy without having to wait a week between episodes. Kate and I finished watching Freaks and Geeks a couple of weeks ago, and really enjoyed it. It is one of many cancelled shows that we seem drawn to.

In an attempt to post something with actual WORDS, I’ve put together the following list of canceled shows that you should check out (in your gobs of free time). Keep in mind this list is limited to those shows that really got cut off prematurely (2-3 seasons, max), which is why Buffy and Angel don’t make the cut.

  • Firefly – I’ve written about it before, and it still remains number one on my list of “quality shows that shouldn’t have been canceled.”
  • Freaks and Geeks – Quality characters, great dialogue, and the typical high-school situations that everybody can relate to.
  • Arrested Development. – This show was gut-bustingly funny. Rumors of an Arrested Development movie are making the rounds, but it just won’t be the same.
  • Wonderfalls – A quirky show from the mind of Bryan Fuller. Caroline Dhavernas (as Jaye) deserves another prime-time shot. She’s hysterical.
  • Pushing Daisies – A quirky show from the mind of Bryan Fuller. Do you sense a theme here? This is the most recently deceased show on the list. Lee Pace (who also starred in Wonderfalls) leads a stellar cast in a high-budget show that was only recently cancelled.

I’m a glutton for punishment. There’s nothing like getting sucked into a show with nothing to look forward to after the first (or second) season comes to a close. Use the comments to recommend your favorite canceled show.

What are you watching?

Last night’s episode of Lost was quite possibly the best since the pilot way back in the fall of 2004. Are any of the readers of this blog Lost fans (all 2 of you)? It made me wonder what other show readers are “passionate” about. Is there anything on television that you feel like you have to watch every week. Other than Hokie football, of course – that’s a given!

There’s too much “good” TV on out there to watch it all. What’s your show(s) of choice?

Serenity – Can a Failed TV Show Make a Good Movie?

Mark your calendars for October 7. On that day, the age old question posed above will be answered. Okay, maybe not age-old, but the attempt to do so will certainly be a departure from the recent glut of successful TV show remakes that have made their way to the big screen.

A long time ago, when this blog was in its infancy, I posted about the idiocy of Fox executives when they killed the sci-fi show, Firefly. A bit later, I mentioned in passing how a movie based on that show was currently in production. Now, there is verifiable evidence on the web – in the form of a trailer – that this is actually going to happen. And from the looks of it, Serenity may be pretty darn good.

Originally, this movie was scheduled to be released this spring. Much to Kate’s chagrin (she may not admit it, but she LOVED that show), the release date was pushed back to October 7. At that point we will either have a newborn, or Kate will be BEGGING TO BE INDUCED. I suppose the studio executives at Universal decided that with The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Star Wars Episode III, and War of the Worlds all being released this spring, a later release date for Serenity was in order. I certainly can’t blame them.

The trailer gives a lot of time to Captain Mal, who, it could be argued, seems a lot like Han Solo reincarnated. This could be looked upon as a bad thing. However, with the recent stink-fest that has been the Star Wars movies, I think a good healthy dose of Han Solo in the science fiction genre may be just what the doctor ordered.

Anyway, I am taking it upon myself to firmly plug this movie for anybody who will listen, mostly because I was a huge fan of the series and hope they will make sequels. Oddly enough, it seems studios only make sequels for movies that make money. Go figure. So get out there on October 7 and see Serenity. And for those with broadband, check out the trailer.