3 canceled shows that deserve to be saved

3 canceled shows that deserve to be saved

Mike Cabellon, Ted Danson, Holly Hunter and Vella Lovell, Mr. Mayor

Mike Cabellon, Ted Danson, Holly Hunter and Vella Lovell, Mister Major

Colleen Hayes/NBC

It’s that dreaded time of year when broadcasters make room for new fall TV shows by canceling some old ones, but this year’s Upfronts season has been particularly brutal. The ax has fallen at 17 shows so far, with one showrunner calling the cancellation spree as Red Wedding. Among the fallen are fan-favorite series like MagnumPI and Good Sam on CBS, Batwoman and Roswell, New Mexico on The CW and The final game on NBC.

We’ll miss all of these shows, but three in particular deserve a second chance with another network or streamer before they’re condemned to television’s graveyard.

Jenny Boyd and Danielle Rose Russell, Legacies

Jenny Boyd and Danielle Rose Russell legacies

Chris Reel / The CW

Where to see: The CW | Netflix
The third series in the Vampire Diaries franchise, after that the Vampire Diaries and The original, was a victim of The CW’s cancellation carnage this season, but The CW will likely regret the decision to cancel it after four seasons. The series followed Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell) as she attended the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted, a high school for supernatural beings that was under the supervision of the principal Vampire Diaries Alum Alaric (Matt Davis). legacies has a dedicated fan base that only grows stronger as each season arrives on Netflix, where it consistently features in Netflix’s top 10 shows. In its final season legacies presented an excellent story with gay characters, a first for the series, and clearly had many more stories to tell. The series finale is scheduled to air on June 16.

DC's Legends of Tomorrow

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

The CW

Where to see: The CW | Netflix
No rejection hurts like DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, the wildest and weirdest superhero show on TV. Over seven seasons on The CW, legends has earned a reputation for reinventing itself in brilliant and surprising ways, pushing the boundaries of what a broadcast sci-fi show can be. Insulting the hurt is the fact that season 7 ended on a HUGE cliffhanger, with some important unanswered questions. That’s no surprise Fans put up a billboard in Manhattan called for the show’s rescue with the caption “We Won’t Go Softly” — a reference to a recurring line on the show. We’ve followed the Waverider through time and space, and there’s no doubt we would legends to a new network or streamer.

Ted Danson, Mike Cabellon, Holly Hunter and Bobby Moynihan, Mr. Mayor

Ted Danson, Mike Cabellon, Holly Hunter and Bobby Moynihan, Mister Major

Casey Durkin/NBC

Where to see: Hi
Mister Major never understood in the way one would expect from an NBC workplace sitcom teaming creators Tina Fey & Robert Carlock (30 rocks) starring Ted Danson, which is a shame as it was packed with witty jokes delivered by an experienced cast that included Bobby Moynihan and Holly Hunter. Danson played Neil Bremer, a wealthy man who ran for mayor of Los Angeles to earn his daughter’s respect, won, and then had to figure out how to govern. If it had been on Netflix it would have been a hit, but it never got the attention it deserved. NBC canceled Mister Major after two seasons; The series finale will air on May 17.

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