With some great TV shows being cancelled this year, we decided to write about the worst cancellations ever.

Selina and I decided to duke it out about which five TV series were most unfairly cancelled before their time. Read both and tell us which list you most agree with!

After I saw some of the comments in the poll about this year’s TV cancellations, I thought Selina should write a column about the worst cancellations of all time, because we’ve all been burned by a cancellation at one time or another. She thought this would make a good topic to bring back Dueling Columns.

Here are my top five shows that should never have been cancelled.

5. Awake

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With some great TV shows being cancelled this year, we decided to write about the worst cancellations ever.

Selina and I decided to duke it out about which five TV series were most unfairly cancelled before their time. Read both and tell us which list you most agree with!

After I saw some of the comments in the poll about this year’s TV cancellations, I thought Selina should write a column about the worst cancellations of all time, because we’ve all been burned by a cancellation at one time or another. She thought this would make a good topic to bring back Dueling Columns.

Here are my top five shows that should never have been cancelled.

5. Awake

An open wound burns more than a scar. I tried to find out if there was a famous quote that conveyed this idea, but I was unsuccessful. Regardless, I really think this idea conveys my current feelings very well. I can’t tell you if I’ll feel the same way in five years from now or even next year, but I’m currently feeling burned enough where I have to place Awake on my list.

I found the premise of Awake very fascinating. For those who do not know, the show centers around the character named Michael Britten. Britten was in a terrible car crash with his wife and son, and he survived with one family member, but he is unsure whether his wife or his son survived with him. In one reality he’s alive with his wife until he goes to sleep. When he wakes up, he’s alive with his son. Every time he goes to sleep he wakes up in the other reality. He has a different psychiatrist in each reality that keeps trying to convince him that the other reality is fake.

The whole idea of half of a show (or maybe even a whole show) taking place in someone’s mind is absolutely fascinating to me. I’ve always been fascinated by the mind, but seeing it as a setting is something that I fell in love with in Inception and was just as fascinated by it in Awake. As cool as that is all on its own, the fact that Britten is a detective made it so much better. It was really interesting how he’d be working on a case in one reality and he’d find clues to solve the case in the other reality. It made him a much better detective than he was without this extra reality. It also has to be noted that he didn’t just get clues for one in the other, but they both helped each other out. If it had worked the other way around it would be clear that the reality where he was getting clues would be fake, but it didn’t work that way.

Unfortunately, I haven’t finished watching Awake even though it’s over. School caught up to me and I had to put it on the back-burner, so I’ll be finishing it up soon. With that in mind, I don’t know how it ends and I’m very curious to see how they wrapped it up.

Awake shouldn’t have been cancelled because it was a great concept that turned into a great show. Awake got generally favorable reviews from critics. As the Newsday review put it, “this is a show with a brain and a heart.”

The show wasn’t given the best opportunity to succeed as it was put in the 10 PM Thursday time slot and wasn’t given a whole lot of advertising. NBC should have given it another shot next year with a better time slot and more publicity so that it would succeed.

And if that’s not enough: Jason Isaacs.

JASON ISAACS.

4. Star Trek: The Original Series

To those who don’t call themselves fans of Star Trek, seeing it on this list may come as a bit of a shock. I certainly wouldn’t say that I’m a big fan, although I have seen a few episodes of the show and the first movie, though I don’t remember much of either of them as it has been a long time. I can say that I was very surprised to find out when I was doing research for this column that Star Trek had actually been cancelled.

Star Trek: The Original Series did poorly when it was originally aired and NBC cancelled the show. It would go on to become the juggernaut that it is today when it became a hit through syndication. Many more people were able to watch the show than when it had aired on NBC. As you may know, it went on to be a series that has included six TV series, eleven theatrical films (not including the upcoming film in 2013), many books, games, and so much more. It even led to the complete creation of the Klingon language. It is a huge pop-culture phenomenon with the “trekkies” right at its core.

I think it’s obvious that if NBC had to do it all over again there is no way that Star Trek: The Original Series would get cancelled. NBC would have loved to ride it for all that it’s worth, and it’s worth a lot because it has turned into quite the cash cow. If they could go back in time, I think NBC would run Star Trek: The Original Series for at least five seasons and probably somewhere in the seven-nine range. NBC made a mistake by canceling it, but at least for Star Trek it didn’t effect the franchise in the long term.

3. Firefly

This is the show on my list that is here 100% on trust. I have never seen Firefly nor the film Serenity, so I can’t tell you that I loved every minute of it and that I am mad that Firefly was shortened. I can’t tell you that, but I can tell you that I will. Everybody I’ve talked to that watched Firefly has told me how good it is, how I have to watch it, and how I’ll be upset that it was cut short. I hope to watch it soon. I’ll be adding it to my mix of Doctor Who, Sherlock, and the rest of Awake.

It’s a shame that they cancelled it because people seem to like it so much. This is another case where the network, in this case Fox, would likely go back in time and keep the show if they could. If Firefly were coming out now instead of ten years ago, I think it would have been renewed. Creator Joss Whedon is much better known now, and I think there would be more people now than there were then that would watch it due to Whedon. Before you Whedonites jump down my back, yes, I know you watched the show and supported him back then. There’s no contesting that. All I’m saying is that his fanbase has grown to a larger size than it was then. I’m a perfect example. I didn’t know who he was a year ago (not ashamed to say it), much less back then, and I have become a fan. After seeing The Cabin in the Woods and The Avengers, I will follow Whedon anywhere.

2. Kyle XY

About a year ago when I was trying to find a series to watch on Netflix, I remembered watching an episode of a show many years pervious that was really good, but all I could remember was that the main character didn’t have a belly button. It didn’t take long to find out that the show I was looking for was Kyle XY.

For those who do not know, Kyle XY is the story of a boy named Kyle who wakes up in the forest outside of Seattle wearing absolutely nothing at about the age of 16-years-old. Kyle has no memories of anything before waking up. Kyle doesn’t know anything that humans know, so he has to learn literally everything. Kyle doesn’t know language or even basic emotions and quite a bit of the show is focused on how he is able to develop. Luckily enough, Kyle is a genius, so he catches on very quickly and he was able to pick up the English language in no time. A lot of the show is based around the fact that Kyle doesn’t know who he is and he wants to find out. Kyle has no memories and it leads to others thinking that he has a severe case of amnesia and that his family must be looking for him. They all wonder why Kyle doesn’t have a belly button. This coupled with the fact that he doesn’t have any memories and that he is a genius leads to the idea that he may be an alien.

When I started watching Kyle XY, I was hooked instantly. There’s never been a show that I’ve watched that has kept me on the edge of my seat that much while watching it and thinking about it all day when I wasn’t watching it. (Note: I haven’t watched Lost yet, but I plan on watching it some time and look forward to getting this feeling then too.) The cliffhangers are absolutely incredible, especially the ones on the season finales. Unfortunately, the third season ended on a huge cliffhanger just like the first and second seasons, but the show was cancelled after three seasons.

Kyle XY shouldn’t have been cancelled not only because it was a fantastic show, but it was great Sci-Fi as well. I enjoyed it more than I’ve enjoyed any other Sci-Fi due to it’s ultra-suspenseful nature, and I’d call myself a Sci-Fi fan, though I haven’t seen as much as a lot of people. There was a lot of the story left to be told, and it’s a shame that it never happened. There have been plenty of fan campaigns to bring the show back, but sadly it’ll never happen.

1. Freaks and Geeks

Freaks and Geeks is, in my opinion, the greatest high school tv show that has ever aired. Everything about the show was perfection. The writing, actors, and music were all absolutely amazing.

Freaks and Geeks (obviously) centered around two different groups in a high school – the freaks and the geeks. These two groups were connected in the show as Lindsay Weir (Linda Cardellini) was becoming a member of the freaks while her brother Sam (John Francis Daley) was a member of the geeks.

Lindsay Weir was a very strong student academically and a “mathlete,” but she doesn’t want that anymore. She used to fit in with the geeks, but she feels out of place and wants to be “cool.” She befriends the “freak” crowd that hangs out behind the school and smokes. Three of the actors who played the freaks have gone on to become huge stars. James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Jason Segel all played freaks along with lesser known Busy Philipps.

Sam Weir was a geek along with his two friends Neil Schweiber (Samm Levine) and Bill Haverchuck (Martin Starr). They did things that all ’80s geeks would do, including having a love for playing Dungeons and Dragons. As geeks, high school wasn’t the easiest thing for them as they always had to be wary of bullies. Bill Haverchuck will forever remain one of my all-time favorite characters.

The music in the show really added to the ’80s feel as it’s all famous ’80s music, including songs by The Who, Van Halen, Rush, Styx, Boston, and so many more. This made it incredibly hard to make the show available for DVD release, but it eventually was. It made it a pricy set, but it’s well worth it.

Unfortunately, Freaks and Geeks was cancelled before the first season even concluded due to terrible ratings (numbers, not opinions). Only 15 of the 18 episodes aired during the original run on NBC. The remaining three were included when the show ran in syndication on the Fox Family Channel. When the show ran on syndication, the original music wasn’t included, but it’s all there on the DVD set.

It’s really a terrible thing that it was cancelled because it was just so good. Its Saturday night time slot was very unfortunate because high school students are typically out with friends and not at home watching TV at that time. It would have also been aided by better promotion to adults to tell them that the show wasn’t just for kids, it was for them too.

If you take anything that I write here on Hypable to heart, let it be this: watch Freaks and Geeks. You won’t regret it.

Honorable Mentions

Taking cues from the comments on the poll about this year’s TV cancellations that Selina did, I feel like I have to mention Arrested Development, Veronica Mars, and Pushing Daisies, but I’ve never seen any of those shows and know literally nothing about any of them, so there’s no way they could make my list.

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with me? Make sure to check out Selina’s list! Let us know your personal top five in the comments!

Legion M president Jeff Annison introduces the first fan-owned entertainment company

"Opening the gates to Hollywood" with fandom-powered entertainment production.

2:12 pm EDT, August 24, 2016

Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

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Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

The full interview is available to download here or via iTunes, or you can stream it below:

In the interview, Annison explains the mission of Legion M, which is to bring fans directly into the production process. Says Annison, “For the first time in history, we are architected to be built from the ground up to be owned by fans.”

With a ‘Legion’ of fan investors behind them, Annison believes that Legion M’s approach to selecting and developing projects will be very different from anything else we’ve seen in Hollywood.

Where usually creators will struggle to make their content stand out from the crowd, “bringing the audience into the process [of creating entertainment], we’ve already got a built-in audience,” Annison explains. “If you can have the audience of content be invested in content, it gives that content a competitive advantage.”

One of the key ways in which Legion M hopes to influence the creative industry is by opening the door for more diverse projects.

As Hollywood is so revenue-driven, oftentimes the ‘risk’ of letting a movie’s lead character be a woman, a person of color and/or a member of the LGBT community is simply considered too great. But Legion M, being owned by fans, has the opportunity to tip the scales. Because if the investors want more diversity and new kinds of stories, that’s exactly what they’re going to get.

“The reason that there are so many superhero movies and reboots and remakes… Hollywood’s figured out the formula. You pick something with an established fanbase, and if you make the movie you know it’s less risky because you know those people are gonna come see the next Superman movie,” says Annison. “Whereas if it’s an unknown story, you just don’t know. So we believe when you make the audience part of the process, these fans that are part of our studio … if you’ve got an audience that’s baked into it, that gives you so much more creative leeway.”

In practice, this means that Legion M, “could come up with a completely new and novel story that’s never been tried before, and know that it’s gonna have some success” — which means that it’d actually get produced, unlike many original ideas that come to Hollywood to die.

Further, fan owners of Legion M can experience unprecedented involvement with the creative process. Not only are they involved with selecting and developing projects, but, “our promise to our investors is that we’re gonna take you along for the ride. When we film a movie, we wanna live-stream from the set. When we have project opportunities, we wanna put them in front of you. We give the Legion a voice.”

To start with, Legion M is partnering with Seth Green and Matthew Senreich’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, which created Robot Chicken. Annison explains that they still have “dozens” of projects that networks have rejected, and Legion M is working on bringing some of them to life.

In terms of representation, Legion M doesn’t necessarily want to commit to a quota of diversity. Instead, where they expect to be able to influence Hollywood is at the “table” where these decisions are made — and, “because we’re owned by such a broad, diverse group of people, we’ve got a better shot than anybody else at being able to affect that change.”

As Annison explains: “Fans have the ultimate power. Our money is what makes this whole thing spin around. When we combine and come together, we’ve got all the power.”

Read more about Legion M and how to get involved on their website.

As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

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As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

Watch below:

The movie’s airport scene was easily one of the most delightful moments of the film, so we’re loving this extra dose of Stucky brilliance.

Need more? The Captain America Blu-ray, with a release date set for September 13, includes the following special features:

  1. United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 & Part 2 – As the tension mounts, sides are chosen and lines drawn. Learn more about the characters on each side—from Captain America and Iron Man to the latest recruits. In this complete behind-the-scenes look at a landmark in the Marvel saga, we’ll examine their stories through exclusive footage and interviews and discover just what went into selecting the Super Hero teams, filming the epic action sequences and introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man to the MCU.
  2. Captain America: The Road to Civil War – Explore the First Avenger’s fascinating evolution from loyal soldier to seasoned, conflicted hero who questions authority.
  3. Iron Man: The Road to Civil War – From Gulmira to Sokovia, delve into the development and evolution of one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  4. Gag Reel – Break the tension of this high-stakes conflict with some hilarious outtakes featuring the lighter side of your favorite Super Heroes.
  5. Deleted & Extended Scenes – Check out never-before-seen footage that didn’t make the final cut of Captain America: Civil War.
  6. Audio Commentary – Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely deliver scene-by-scene insight and explain the storytelling challenges they faced creating the third installment of the Captain America franchise.
  7. Open Your Mind: Marvel’s Doctor Strange – Exclusive Sneak Peek – Go behind and beyond the scenes as Doctor Strange makes his journey to the big screen.

The Digital HD version of Civil War will be released on September 2.

Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

guardians-of-the-galaxy-2-concept-art

In his replies, he names the creature and states that, no, they aren’t fighting in space.

Then taking to Facebook, Gunn replied to fans who had questions about the image.

An updated synopsis for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reads:

“Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”

So it looks like for those who were lucky enough to see GotG 2 footage at San Diego Comic-Con this year, you’ve already seen this guy in action.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ lands in theatres on May 5, 2017