In a time where just about everything is getting a reboot or a revival, it seems appropriate to remember some recent dearly departed shows that were sadly not given the opportunity to grow past their first season in the hopes that with a little talk (and luck) they might be next on the revival list. It might also just be an excuse for me to talk yet again about a show I loved that should NOT have been cancelled, but you’ll just have to keep reading to find out.
1) “BrainDead” – CBS
In hindsight this series, about a hyper-partisan Washington, D.C. plagued by brain-invading aliens with very specific policy ideas, was way ahead of its time despite the fact that it only aired months before the 2016 election. Now it would be an all too prescient take on the ways that extreme political differences can make or break a society. Despite the eerie similarities its plot lines might have with our current political situation, the show’s clever satirical tone and great performances by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Tveit and Tony Shalhoub would provide a nice respite from real world horrors. The first season finale also hinted at a shift in focus towards the financial sector, another environment in need of some serious self-assessment.
2) “Son of Zorn” – FOX
Sure, a comedy about an animated He-Man like guy moving to the states from his island home of Zephyria to develop a better relationship with his half animated, half live action son might seem like a pretty hard sell, but I would have a hard time believing that anyone who actually gave it a shot didn’t immediately love it. The outlandish premise somehow worked and resulted in a really hilarious and sometimes surprisingly heartwarming show. Plus, anything featuring Tim Meadows should be preserved, simply because Tim Meadows is great and should be on TV all the time.
3) “The Family” – ABC
Okay, hear me out. Yes, this drama about a kidnapped boy reuniting with his family after years in captivity who might not be exactly what he seems was overly dramatic, corny and kind of poorly written. And the reveal that (*spoiler alert if you actually care to not be spoiled about “The Family”*) the boy that came home was not actually who he said he was but a different boy who was trapped with the family’s missing son (who allegedly got sick and died in captivity) wasn’t nearly as satisfying as anyone still watching the show at that point might have hoped. But the season finale flipped everything around, revealing that not only was their actual son alive, but he was mad pissed that this random kid was trying to take his place. It’s certainly possible that the show would have bungled this potentially fascinating development as well, but I think those of us that stuck around for an entire season of this show deserve to find out!
4) “Pitch” – FOX
Yes, of COURSE I was going to mention “Pitch,” the best new show of the last five years that got zero respect from its network (who had the genius idea of pitting it up against “Scandal” on Thursday nights. SCANDAL.) or its creator (who was probably too busy coming up with new played-out ways to torture the Pearsons on his other new show that season, “This Is Us“). “Pitch” was wonderful; it was well written, well acted, and looked amazing. The only problem with it was that it was poorly promoted and as a result didn’t have the viewership deemed worthy for a second season. If I can’t convince Fox or some other network or streaming service to revive the show and give me more stories about the first female player in the MLB, then can they at least put the first season out on DVD so I can buy it, constantly watch it, and complain under my breath about how it should have been renewed. It’s the absolute least they could do.
What do you think? Do you have any recent one-season wonders that you want given another shot? Are you also scrambling to figure out how you’re going to see every movie that’s in awards contention before the Oscars in March? There’s just too many!!!! Commiserate with me in the comments. And, of course…