The Cancellation Season That Wasn’t
The 2018 Spring cancellation season was brutal, but suddenly all the shows that we thought were slaughtered in their prime are finding new life.
The cancellation season got off to a rough start with the untimely death of Brooklyn Nine Nine, but within 24 hours it was revived by NBC. In my thirty years of television viewing, I’ve never seen something like that happen before. The collective outrage at the show’s unjust murder brought it back to life before many people even realized it’d been axed. Honestly, the brief brush with death was probably the best thing that ever happened for its viewership. I marathoned all the current seasons in about two and a half weeks and many of my friends are doing the same. NINE NINE!
But it wasn’t the only show to be resurrected from death this cancellation season. The Expanse was renewed for a fourth season by Amazon after being cancelled by SyFy. Much like Brooklyn Nine Nine, The Expanse has been praised for its diverse cast as well as its enthusiastic fanbase. Emboldened by the renewal of the popular cop comedy show, The Expanse fandom amplified their efforts for a show pick up and found success with the quickly expanding online streaming service. One show being brought back is stunning, but two shows being resurrected like this is unprecedented.
Now we’ve reached a third TV show resurrection with Lucifer. The popular supernatural show, like The Expanse, has found new life with an online streaming service. This time it’s Netflix to the rescue! The Lucifer fandom is also not easily defeated by the cancellation season beast, it seems. The shift to online streaming services is also interesting to note as it solidifies the ongoing debate about the future of television. Shows that wouldn’t last long with traditional network programming standards (often outdated for today’s media consumers) have a chance to thrive online, which has an entirely different model of success.
Will Lucifer be the last show to be revived this season? Do other shows from earlier seasons have a chance? Can we still #SaveHannibal? Who knows. But the future looks much brighter now than it did a year ago in regards to saving our favorites from annihilation. NINE NINE!
Author: Angel Wilson
Stephanie “Angel” Wilson is the admin of The Geekiary and a geek culture commentator. She earned a BA in Film & Digital Media from UC Santa Cruz. She’s contributed to various podcasts and webcasts including An Englishman in San Diego, Free to Be Radio, and Genre TV for All. She’s written for Friends of Comic Con and is a 2019 Hugo Award winner for contributing fanfic on AO3.
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