It never ceases to amaze me, the fact that TV shows I absolutely enjoy get cancelled after two or three seasons, while others that leave me cold stay on the air for years. Two and A Half Men is a good example of the latter.
Veronica Mars and Arrested Development a perfect example of the former. Sure, they found a cult following which didn’t do much in terms of boosting ratings when needed. A kickstarter movie project and a new season on Netflix, respectively, came as the result of their late-found success, a few years too late to resurrect the shows on TV.
In these cases, the critics were largely on the viewers’ side. The shows were well received, they just didn’t fare too well with ratings, so they got the ax.
In the case of one of my favorite shows of all time, neither the ratings nor the critics were too favorable, and I still find it baffling (and sad; looks like no one will be campaigning for a reboot of this one).
I’m talking about Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom.