5 TV Shows That Need to be Brought Back from the Dead!

Tonight, Arrested Development returns (3:30am). I could not be more excited. Arrested Development was a fantastic comedy, but for so long the populace at large just wasn't warming up to it enough to keep it on air, despite its critical acclaim. Since so many people caught on after the fact and pushed for its return, we're now getting new episodes years after its cancellation!

I consider myself a little bit of a TV Junkie, and fairly regularly take chances on new shows. I think it's important to try new shows, because if we don't, a lot of great shows get cancelled after only a season or two for lack of regular viewers. These shows often have to compete with flashy (and sometimes trashy) mainstays and aren't given enough of a chance!

Here are 5 TV shows that were tragically cancelled and need to be brought back to television.

GCB

What does it stand for? Good Christian Bitches. This is a well-written show full of comedy and deft handling of modern social issues as framed in a very conservative and privileged setting. I was so surprised at how well they handled, for example, one woman who had a gay husband.

Kristin Chenoweth schooling Amanda Vaughn. 
Amanda came from a rich, conservative Christian home in Texas-- which she promptly ditched to be with her High School sweetheart and moved to California where she raised her kids. Now Amanda's in her late 30s and has found herself moving back in with her Momma in Texas after her husband turned out to be running a Madoff-esque Ponzi-scheme.  There are tons of unfriendly faces in her Texas hometown-- Amanda, now reformed, used to be her high school's Queen Bee and made life hell for many girls-- several of whom are now some of the most important figures in the community and double as a close-knit circle of friends. Amanda is trying to put her life back together, patch things up with her Momma and her former classmates, and raise her kids without their father, now dead.

This fantastic show with fantastic turns stars a vengeful Kristin Chenoweth opposite Leslie Bibb as Amanda Vaughn. The comedy is absolutely wonderful and the issues facing the families are so relatable and well-drawn.You can watch it all on Hulu!

Pushing Daisies
Speaking of shows with Kristin Chenoweth, I bring you to probably my favorite TV Show ever, Pushing Daisies. It's about Ned, The Pie-maker, who aside from baking pies, also has the ability to wake the dead--but only for one minute. He uses his ability to partner with Emerson Cod, Private Detective, to solve murders. After all, it's much easier to cash in on the reward if you can ask the victim who killed them.


In the first episode, we find the Pie-maker has solved one case, only to be put in front of the corpse of his long-lost childhood love, Charlotte Charles, also known as Chuck. He touches her back to life and cannot bring himself to touch her back to death again-- but when the minute is up, someone else must die to take the living dead's place. Ned is reunited with his darling Chuck and sets off to solve the mystery of her murder alongside the sarcastic Emerson Cod! But there's one more rule-- if the Pie-maker touches something back to life, the next touch means death. Forever. He and Chuck are never allowed to touch, and meanwhile Olive Snook (Kristin Chenoweth) is a waitress at the pie shop who is in love with Ned, who will never love her back.

The cast is fantastic, the music is great, the writing is tight, the comedy in on-point, the love story is sweet-- I swear it's like they made all my dreams come true in this show down to the crime solving and the gorgeous Lee Pace as Ned and even the costumes and motifs-- dandelions and honeycombs and bees??
Ever since it's cancellation there has been talk of bringing it back, first as a comic book, then as a play, and I'm even hearing rumors of a musical. I hope it does someday return. Absolutely flawless television. I definitely would recommend the show. You can watch it on Amazon instant play or buy the DVDs (hint: buy the DVDs).

Jane By Design
The costumes in this show made me want to do illegal things for massive amounts of money so I could dress like this.
This ABC Family show was based on the whole Devil Wears Prada meets True Jackson VP premise. Jane Quimbey, your average girl next door with a good head on her shoulders and a passion for fashion applies for an internship at Donovan Decker, a prestigious label. She accidentally gets called in to interview for a position as Dragon Lady Grey Chandler Murray's assistant. Not one to refuse a paid position since she is orphaned and living with her adult brother who isn't exactly rolling in the dough, Jane gets hired and accepts the position despite still being in high school.
With the help of her best friend since childhood, Billy (which, sadly, is short for Bilbo, as in, from the Lord of the Rings) Nutter, Jane juggles her school and professional life with tons of hijinx and complications. It wasn't the most original premise, but it was executed very well! Plus, I'll admit, I was such a sucker for the costuming on this show and had a huge weakness for the Billy character.
I mean look at him.
I was crushed that they cancelled it-- especially when they decided to keep running with a show as awful as Secret Life of the American Teenager. Jane by Design was girly and totally a guilty pleasure. Was it brilliant? Ground-breaking? Astounding? No. But it was a ton of fun and I loved the characters and the costumes. The show ended on a cliff-hanger too! Do you know that frustration you get when a show ends without the couple you need to get together getting together?

Eli Stone
This is pretty much like, a summary of the whole first season.
Eli Stone stars Jonny Lee Miller, now on Elementary as Sherlock Holmes, as the namesake Eli Stone. He speaks in an American accent in this, which at first was quite off-putting for a while since I couldn't process his face and that voice together, but I grew to love the show. It's about Eli Stone, your typical uber-successful lawyer who works to make sure the billion dollar company keeps their billions even if it screws over the little guy in the process. One day he has a hallucination involving George Michael (yes, THAT George Michael, the Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go George Michael) and he starts to worry for his sanity.
He discovers he has a brain aneurysm which could kill him at any time. He continues to have these hallucinations and in an effort to treat himself, goes to see a Chinese herbalist-- who isn't as Chinese as he pretends to be for business, but is in fact something of a spiritual guru for Eli and is convinced that Eli is a prophet. As Eli takes the cases God wants him to, following the messages in the hallucinations, Eli changes lives.  (That means, yes, God manifests himself as George Michael in this show. I hope you're already on board, because I sure am.)He stops being the guy whose life is centered around comfort and money and starts using his skills to fight for the little guy, though it places him in peril both at work and at home. He struggles with a faith he never really had and tries to come to terms with it all.
Look at all those struggles.
I love struggles with purpose/faith/grand destinies. I think everybody does. The cast is great, I have such a thing for Victor Garber in this show! Plus, you know I'm a sucker for musical numbers.


It's a really great series, cut short after 2 seasons. I doubt it will ever come back, but I do think it is worth the watch. Catch it on Hulu.

Young Justice
Wow, I got so far into this list seeming pretty much like an adult. Such things are always short lived. Yes, there is a cartoon on my list! It's a really well-done cartoon, with rich plot and character development, great voice acting, and lovely animation and visual direction. It is like Teen Titans in that it centers around a group of teen heroes independent of but connected with the Justice League.
Can we talk about this animation here? It's gorgeous.
Why this was cancelled, I wish I could fathom. The show was so fantastic. It was like a more mature Teen Titans, which, of course, I loved growing up. And with voice talent like Yuri Lowenthal (alum of William and Mary, '93 I might add) and Jesse McCartney (as Robin/Nightwing, which is probably one of my favorite voice-casting decisions ever made), it was such a strong show full of twists and turns. To be honest, it was totally badass.
Like, look at these ladies. They were totally kick ass.
I want this cartoon back, and there was a huge fandom backlash when it was announced that it was being cancelled which I'm sure you can google yourself if you're interested. If you loved superheroes growing up, this is an excellent show to check out.

Wow, writing this post has given me way too many feelings of abandonment. I'm going to cozy up and watch the new Arrested Development to dull the pain...

Do you miss any cancelled shows? Which shows do you want brought back?
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7 comments:

  1. You should watch Life! It's another show that should really be brought back from the dead!

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  2. I miss Joan of Arcadia, Gilmore Girls, Gossip Girl, Early Edition, and My So-Called Life...
    Since you just added on to my "To Watch" list, I hope I also added a few shows onto yours now :)

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    1. I liked Gilmore Girls, but the later seasons were pretty bleh. Not a gossip Girl fan.
      I don't think I've ever seen any of the other ones. I think I need to check out Joan of Arcadia because I vaguely remember hearing it was good when it was on air!

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  3. I adore Kristin Chenoweth, and Pushing Daisies is one of my all time favorite shows as well. I love it, and I was so sad when they cancelled it, it was of a rare breed. Oh well, that's why they make Netflix and TV on DVD. :D

    xx, Elizabeth

    www.emphaticallyelle.com

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    1. The creator is now doing Hannibal, which is dark and disturbing, but just as gorgeous and well-written. I recommend it if you're not too squeamish.

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  4. HOW have I not heard of that Young Justice show? I'm way out of the nerd loop these days. The animation looks amazing, I shall definitely have to check that one out.

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    1. Young Justice is REALLY good. Definitely recommend it. You would LOVE it, Van!

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