Who really knows why great TV shows get cancelled while a nightmare show like “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” not only exists, but also makes national headlines. Perhaps it’s some cosmic practical joke where all thought-provoking TV shows are replaced by reality shows in the style of “Toddlers & Tiaras.” Maybe it has something to do with money or maybe TLC and MTV just have some high-ranking executives in the New World Order. Regardless of the reason, the past few decades of television have been marred by the departure of some truly beloved shows that we will probably never see on TV again.
Luckily, as YouTube steadily shifts towards network-style content, it will hopefully provide a chance for cancelled shows to rejuvenate themselves. After all, since its inception, YouTube has steered relatively clear of executives with an eye towards nothing but that big dollar sign in the sky. If and when YouTube makes their big move towards network programming, here’s hoping that they will see the great opportunity to breathe life back into these canceled shows.
I can’t think of a single reason why “Firefly” wouldn’t kill on YouTube. In case you didn’t hear, the show’s creator Joss Whedon just directed “The Avengers,” which I think did okay at the box offices. Secondly, YouTube is the home of the diehard geek, as is evident by its countless gaming, comic and movie channels. This sci-fi western will forever hold a special place in every geek’s Mountain Dew-fueled heart.
To say that “Twin Peaks” was ahead of its time is a bit of an understatement. What can you really expect from a show created by legendary director and madman David Lynch? “Twin Peaks” would excel on YouTube simply because the digital format could open up a world of individual storylines that wouldn’t need to adhere to the linear nature of network television.
“Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends”
“Foster’s Home” really was never canceled in the way that shows are traditionally cancelled. Like most animated shows, “Foster’s” just sort of ended after 79 episodes, which is a good run for an animated show. However, it would be amazing to see the show make a comeback on YouTube free of runtime constraints.
Back in the late 80’s, Fox had some completely insane shit on their network. Probably the most ridiculous of these shows was “Werewolf”, a show about a college student turned wolf-man. If there is one thing YouTube needs more of, it is horror shows, especially ones about wolf-men. Werewolf was way ahead of its time in 1987. However, I am told that werewolves are very hot in 2012.
Perhaps the most lamented-over comedy show on TV, “Party Down” was pure comedic brilliance. Following several out of work actors turned servers, “Party Down” was a cynical look into the perils of chasing one’s dreams and failing. Comedy does well on YouTube and “Party Down” revolutionized the type of humor and narrative that so many current comedy YouTubers now emulate.