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Shows That Were Canceled Too Soon

Updated on September 14, 2017
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Persons Unknown

The show follows seven strangers who wake in a hotel with little to no knowledge of how they got there. The hotel is in the middle of an old abandoned town which, they soon find out, is covered with hidden microphones and cameras. Someone was watching their every move. Over the course of several weeks, they were put through significant psychological and physical stress and their many attempts to escape were quickly stopped and punished.

One of the strangers reveals to the others that he was part of The Program the whole time. "The Program" itself and what their motives, resources and support was, still remained a mystery however. With the programs inside man now on their side, the strangers manage a great escape by faking the deaths of everyone except the programs inside man.

The victory is short live, however, as all the strangers are recaptured, and awaken in an identical hotel built into the hull of a container ship, where a night manager welcomes them to "Level 2".


The show first aired on June 7, 2010, and completed its run on August 28, 2010. It only had on season that consisted of 13 episodes and then it was canceled. Despite the fact that the shows executive producer Remi Aubuchon promise that the show would “provide all the answers to the questions that we set up”. The season finale was criticized because it did not follow his statement.

I loved this show, for the short time that it ran, simply because of the way it tested you. It was a psychological game and it was fun to play. The way that the show and character dialog was written immersed you into the show, and made you really connect with the characters. Whether you simply took the side of one stranger, or entirely hated another, or if you could even picture yourself in their shoes.

Further more, the shows cut-scenes and soundtrack kept you on the edge of your seat, which is a must for any good thriller. It was filmed, directed, and written beautifully. It really is a shame that the it didn't have more seasons.

Watch it and you won't regret it. I enjoyed the show when I first watched it at the age of 12, and I have re-watched it couple more times since then. Every time

Terra Nova

The series is initially set in A.D. 2149, where overpopulation and bad air quality is threatening all life on Earth. When scientist discover something called a temporal rift permitting (one-way) human transmission, they send a series of pilgrims through to a separate time stream that resembles Earths Cretaceous Era. The series focuses on the Shonon family; Jim, a police officer, his wife Elizabeth, and their three children, Josh, Maddy, and Zoe, as they join the colony, named "Terra Nova" (Latin for "New Earth").

Elizabeth is chosen to join the Terra Nova, along with her two oldest children, Josh and Maddy, because of her medical expertise. Jim, at the time, is imprisoned for breaking the population laws by harboring a third child. However, him and his wife make a plan for Jim and their third child, Zoe, to join Terra Nova as well. The plan is successful and Jim eventually manages convinces the colony's leader, Commander Nathaniel Taylor, that his own police expertise is of use to the administration.

Later in the series they find out that there is a group opposing the colony and its leader Taylor known as the "Sixers", so called because they arrived in the "Sixth Pilgrimage". They are working in concert with corporate industrialists to strip the Cretaceous Earth of its resources and transmit them to 2149, allowing for massive profits at the cost of environmental destruction. Commander Taylor's estranged grown son, Lucas, is the mastermind of this operation.

Near the end of the series, Lucas perfects travel to and from the future, thus enabling the industrialists, with a private army called "The Phoenix Group", to invade Terra Nova. At the end of the series, Jim Shannon returns to 2149 to destroy the gateway permitting travel to the Cretaceous, whereupon the Phoenix Group retreats to the nearby "Badlands".

Before the ending of the final episode, what was left of the Terra Nova colony discovered a wooden ships figurehead, that was left behind by the Phoenix Group. It was apparently located by them in the Badlands by another temporal rift.


Terra Nova is a science fiction series that was given very high ratings for its time. The series is based on an idea by British writer Kelly Marcel and was executive produced by Steven Spielberg. It aired one season from September 26 to December 19, 2011, and on March 5, 2012, Fox announced that it would end the series.

I loved this show for the short amount of time that it ran, there was so much depth put into it and it was something that made you think. It is thought that some of the events that happened in the series could happen in our future, which is what makes the situations and the characters easy to relate to.

This show, even though it was short lived and left us hanging on a cliff, is a true example of excellent writing.

If you watch this show it will blow your mind and leave you wanting more. I've watched it over and over again, and you'll want to as well.


Dominion is an American apocalyptic supernatural action television series created by Vaun Wilmott. It is loosely based on the 2010 film Legion. In December 2013, Syfy ordered a pilot episode and the series aired on June 19, 2014. The show was filmed in Cape Town, South Africa.

It was renewed for a 13 episode second season on September 25, 2014, which premiered on July 9, 2015 and concluded on October 1, 2015. On October 13, 2015, Syfy canceled Dominion after just two seasons.

In the series, God vanishes and in his absence the archangel Gabriel and his army of lower angels wage war against mankind, believing them to be the cause of God's absence. Although most higher angels remain neutral, Gabriel has convinced the lower angels, the "dogs of Heaven," called "eight-balls" by humans for their black eyes, to fight alongside him.

A prophecy arises of a baby that the Archangel Michael saved that will grow to be humanities Savior. This installs faith in the humans and keeps them fighting against Gabriel and his eight-balls, until finally, they manage to win the war.

Twenty-five years later, mankind survives in a few fortified cities. After Michael had chosen to side with humanity against his twin brother Gabriel, he is now living among humans in the fortified city of Vega (once Las Vegas) until the time a prophesied savior appears to save mankind.

The prophecy says that the Savoir will be known by the markings on his body and that he will be the one to end the war. Micheal hid the chosen one within the city of Vega, Alex, an orphan who joins the Archangel Core (Micheal's army) and not even he knows that he is the chosen one.

The markings, which Alex's father kept on his body until Alex was ready for them, was a gift to Micheal from God before he disappeared. They are Gods final message to his children and only Alex can read them. God left gifts to his other children that also play a role in the series.


There is so much more to this series but I would rather not mention to much so I do not ruin the surprise. Dominion is my favorite series on this list, I loved the movie Legion, that is is based off of, and I love the series even more.

The show makes it hard to chose whose side to take, even though Gabriel is one of the villains you can't help but love him just as much as his brother Micheal. Unlike most shows, where the villains are just people throwing tantrums because they can't get what they want, the villains in this series all have their own valid reasons. You are made to see from the perspective of every character and you can sort of relate to and understand all of them.

If you are reading this I really hope you decide to watch Dominion and also the movie Legion.

I hope you'll love it as much as I do, Season 2 is by far better than the Season 1, but you have to watch them both to fully appreciate the show.

If you're left wanting more after you've finished watching Dominion, which you probably will be, this movie will show you where it all began.

The River

The River is a 2012 American found-footage supernatural television series that debuted during the 2011–12 television winter season. Eight episodes were produced for the first season. The series ran from February 7, 2012 to March 20, 2012. On May 11, 2012, ABC officially canceled the series.

Famed explorer Dr. Emmet Cole went looking for "magic" deep in the uncharted Amazon basin and never returned. Now, six months after he vanished, Lincoln his son, is finally ready to bury the past when Dr. Cole's emergency beacon suddenly goes off. After much urging from his mother, Tess, Lincoln reluctantly joins her on a search for his father. To fund the rescue, they let Dr. Cole's ex-producer, Clark, film the mission documentary-style. The mixed crew includes the daughter of the cameraman that went missing with Dr. Cole, Lena Landry, the few others are just there for the money.

It doesn't take to long for things to start going wrong. Many horrors and unusual events are unfolded and it becomes pretty clear what is happening. The Amazon does not want them there. After escaping savage natives, ghost ships, living trees, and curses of all sorts their journey ends with many unanswered questions and an unsettling feeling in your stomach.


I urge you to watch this immediately, if you love horrors, jump scares and being left on the edge of your seat. There is not much to watch as the creators thought that 8 episodes would be enough to satisfy us. They were very wrong. I would watch this series over and over again and see something new every time and be left with lots of questions and zero answers, but I love it all the same. I hope you will to.

That's It

That is the end of my list of shows that were cancelled way before their time. There are other shows that were cancelled that I wish would be brought back, but, for many reasons, they did not make this list.

Firefly could have done with a few more seasons but I don't think it is really needed as they pretty much finished everything off with the movie. Although I do love the show and would like to see more.

Stargate Universe also had a very short run and even if I loved watching every single episode I feel like it ran its course. From a writers perspective there was still a lot of story left to work with but there was no end goal. The way they decided to end it was appropriate.

Stargate Atlantis had a very long run and even though they ended it there were no lose ends or unanswered questions. I would like them to bring back this show simple because of how much I loved it when it was still on T.V. However, I feel I may be getting a bit greedy.

Sanctuary was one of my favorite shows when I was younger. I remember when my family and I were moving from Pretoria to Port Elizabeth I was so upset because we were driving while the latest episode of Sanctuary was airing. As soon as we made it to PE and I got into the hotel room, I ran straight to the T.V. and turned it on just in time to catch the repeat of the episode. I was even more upset when I heard that it was cancelled after only 4 seasons but I was not upset with the way they ended it. Yes more seasons of this show would make me very happy but I highly doubt its possible with the way they ended the last episode.

If you disagree with my list or if you have any suggestions to add please comment and let me know. I'm would love to hear your opinions.

Please watch it so you can fangirl with me, I promise you'll love it.


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