Much to the chagrin of its fans (present company included), Legend of the Seeker was canceled last month after the conclusion of its second season. Not able to imagine a world without a Mord-Sith or a Confessor, the LoTS fans have kicked their show-saving efforts into high gear, firing off thousands of letters, purchasing a number of advertisements, and collecting DVDs for local libraries. You can read more about it here.
So, this begs the question - is the effort worth it? Can a canceled show be saved? And the answer is...of course! To name a few:
- Most recently, both The Game (CW) and Ghost Whisperer (CBS) were axed by their networks, only to be picked up by BET and ABC, respectively.
- Mystery Science Theater 3000 made it seven seasons on Comedy Central until it was canned. Fans shopped it around to other networks (and, like our intrepid LoTS fans, purchased a full-page ad in Variety), finally persuading Sci-Fi to pick it up.
- Sci-Fi also saved Stargate SG-1 after it was canceled by Showtime. It made it five more seasons on Sci-Fi.
- Fox shut down Family Guy after its third season until DVD sales skyrocketed; the show is about to air its 9th season.
- Like LoTS, the original season of Star Trek only made it two seasons. A letter-writing campaign got it brought back for a third.
- America's Most Wanted was canceled for only six weeks after Fox received 200,000 letters from unhappy fans.
- CBS fired Cagney and Lacy after only two seasons. The fans responded in force, and the show was brought back for four more seasons, as well as four Made-for-TV movies.
- And speaking of CBS, they famously picked up JAG after NBC dumped it after one season. It ran for nine more seasons, and sparked another series of series - NCIS.