10 canceled TV shows that deserve one more season
Revivals are all the rage these days.
Fans of beloved classics like The X-Files, Full House and Twin Peaks were all lucky enough to receive additional seasons of their respective shows, years and years after their final episode aired, while cult classics like Arrested Development and Veronica Mars were brought back thanks to the love and devotion of their fans.
Between the aforementioned shows as well as other revival projects in development like HBO Max’s upcoming Gossip Girl revival and Netflix’s Breaking Bad movie El Camino, now seems like the perfect time to dream about our old favorites making a comeback. Here are the shows we need to see revived!
Smoke monsters. Polar bears. Secret pregnancy tests, submarines, a giant cork holding back original evil. All of this and more were either only half-explained or ignored come the end of the Lost series finale.
Lost ended with more questions than any series finale should’ve. What was up with Walt’s powers? What was the Island like after the series ended? And what the heck is up with the frozen donkey wheel?
The thing is, a lot of these questions were teased in a mini-epilogue, giving us just a taste of what those arcs would’ve felt like. Seeing arcs like Ben and Hurley hanging out on the daily, leading up to Walt taking over the position as the Island’s Protector feels absolutely essential as a major fan.
Also, we still need a lot of the sci-fi elements explained more in-depth, such as the Adam and Eve, the time travel sequences, the moving of the Island, and what the tallies with everyone’s names meant.
It also wouldn’t hurt to see more of the off-Island interactions of the survivors, pre-Purgatory. There’s still a lot of potential, whether in alternative timelines or “offical” ones, to see some of the show’s more intense ships at play.
One thing’s for sure: If Lost did come back, ABC would have quite the task gathering the sizeable ensemble cast once again. However, with the right stories and concepts, we could really see a Lost reunion being awesome.
Not even seven Emmy wins and 17 nominations could save Pushing Daisies. Unlike the weird and wacky circumstances of death depicted on the show each week, Pushing Daisies was the victim of the most banal of culprits: poor timing.
The 2007-2008 Writer’s Guild Strike cut the first season from a planned 22 episodes to only 9; although the show continued for a second season, the condensed story didn’t pull in the ratings ABC was hoping for, and it was cancelled. Three episodes remained unaired, and fans of the show were never given any real closure for the beloved characters who populated this technicolor world.
Perhaps because of this, showrunner Bryan Fuller has always been open to returning to the story of the pie maker and the girl whom he loved but could never touch. Since the show’s unfortunate end, he has invariably attempted to release a comic book continuation (postponed when the publishing imprint was shut down), considered a film funded through Kickstarter (since deemed impractical because unlike Veronica Mars the budget required was too big), and a Broadway musical (still in talks). Just like poor Ned, Pushing Daisies seems forever cursed by timing.
But the current climate of reboots and sequels could (finally) prove the perfect opportunity for this show, especially given Fuller’s preference toward a final six episode mini-series to wrap up the show. If there was ever a time for Pushing Daisies, this is it.