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Cable TV Shows Come and Go

Updated on May 20, 2019
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Kenna has worked in the entertainment business for over 20 years, promoting special events with musicians, celebrities, and dignitaries.

Networks and Cable

While the television networks and cable stations try to maintain their audience numbers, new and hot series are coming and going no matter what we like. It is the age of streaming. We can binge watch to our heart's content. Netflix launches a new season of Stranger Things, and pow, all nine episodes are available. No more weekly viewing. It just streams as we please.

Sure. Sure. Some cable shows can stream with an app, like Starz, but continue with the weekly rotation like Outlander or Games of Thrones. Though, the user can see the latest episode earlier than cable subscribers.

If the numbers are low, the show is gone. If the numbers are high, the show continues. Some cable TV shows we are familiar with and some we are not familiar with are streaming first seasons to present time like Friends and Gossip Girl. Let’s take a look at what we can expect in entertainment on the television from the past to the present.

Keep in mind if you missed any of the shows before or after cancelation, you can still catch them on demand, Netflix or Amazon. Even if they are still uncanceled, you can still catch past seasons or episodes on the streaming sites.

Stranger Things

Who: Winona Ryder, Millie Bobby Brown, David Harbour, and Finn Wolfhard

What: Stranger Things brought binge-watching to a whole new level of entertainment. The large cast is quite talented. The fact that Netflix series won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series speaks well of the casting.

Let's not forget about the story. It focuses on the unbelievable idea of an upside-down world during the 1980s when kids had more freedom to play on the streets because it was safer.

Creators and directors Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer spin a tale about a young boy who disappears. Trying to rescue him from horrific circumstances, his mother, his friends, and the police chief face terrifying forces.

The series success brought season 2 with rave reviews, and now we wait for season 3 after a foreboding shot of the upside-down world at the very end of the second season.

Penny Dreadful

Who: Josh Hartnett, Eva Green, and Timothy Dalton

What: Penny Dreadful is a frightening psychological thriller that weaves together these classic horror origin stories into a new adult drama.

Penny Dreadful is running on Showtime. We have the once James Bond, Timothy Dalton, Josh Hartnett and Eva Green starring in this frightening tale of a psychological, intense thriller of classic horror stories weaved into an adult drama.

The Normal Heart

Who: Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Julia Roberts, and Taylor Kitsch

What: The Normal Heart speaks of the inception of the HIV-AIDS crisis in The Big Apple during the early 1980s. Julia Roberts stars with Mark Ruffalo, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, and Matt Bomer grace the series.

Anyone alive during this time will appreciate the undertaking of the tale about sexual politics. The gay activists along with their endearing allies joined forces in the medical community. Fighting for lives drives an amazingly told story.

I Wanna Marry Harry

Who: Matt Hicks and producer Ryan Seacrest

What: With Harry married and a father, anyone's daughter marrying Harry is not going to happen. The show is no longer around, but you might find it streaming.

The show does not feature the real Harry by the way. Still, love is in the air and why not round up 12 single women, who are American, and give them nothing but the royal treatment in Merry Old England.

The process doesn’t go without makeovers and longing to be regal. It didn’t last on the airwaves, but you might catch it streaming.

Crossbones

Who: John Malkovich, Yasmine Al Masri, Richard Coyle, Claire Foy, Chris Perfetti, David Hoflin, and Tracy Ifeachor

What: NBC brings us Crossbones. The tale begins in 1729 on an island, Santa Compana, few have ventured. Edward Teach, who is a Blackbeard notorious and barbarous, leads a group of thieves, miscreants, and outlaws. The shantytown is a true looter’s paradise and seen as a utopia, like no other place on earth.

The Leftovers

Who: Justin Theroux and Amy Brenneman

What: How would you like to be a Leftover when 2% of the world's population unexpectedly disappears without clarification? That’s what happens in The Leftovers. Starring Amy Brenneman and Justine Theroux, the planet suffers trying to grasp situation.

Basically, if you are one of the Leftovers, you didn’t make the grade. Remind you of school? The new drama series The Leftovers is the story of the people who didn't make the cut.

Extant

Who: Halle Barry, Camryn Manheim, Pierce Gagnon, and Tyler Hilton

What: Steven Spielberg is the executive producer Extant, and Berry gets to be an astronaut. She returns home after a year-long solo mission in space. She struggles to reconnect with her son and husband. Her trials and tribulations in space and arriving home shift the direction of human history. The TV show lasted one year, but it is streaming.

Outlander

The Wedding

Who: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Duncan Lacroix, Tobias Menzies, John Bell, Sophie Skelton, and Richard Rankin

What: An international bestseller that turned into a nine book series and is now a cable TV series on Starz. Follow Sam Heughan on Twitter and Facebook, and you see the outlandish chemistry between Sam and Caitriona Balfe as Jamie and Claire, Oche!

The tale follows Claire Randall, a 1945 married combat nurse who takes a step back in time to 1743. Her life in the unknown world of Scotland spins and threatens her, but the love scenes are hot, hot and hot.

The show is filming their fifth season with a growing cast, and soon Claire and Jamie will share the limelight among the increasing cast of Frazer's Ridge.

© 2016 Kenna McHugh

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