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  • Morgan Henard
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    DirecTV saved Friday Night Lights which finally got Emmy noticing, ultimately leading up to surprise wins in Writing and Lead Drama Actor/Kyle Chandler, not to mention a *thisclose* type of win for Series.

    DirecTV also saved Damages for a fourth and fifth seasons. With the type of characters Glenn Close and Rose Byrne have created, and the journies Patty Hewes and Ellen Parsons have gone on, it was genius that we get to see them get closure.

    TBS has saved Cougar Town and begin airing it starting with season four.

    In the past, what other shows have been saved? Even by a network itself, when it canceled something but then changed its mind. One that immediately comes to mind in this scenario is CBS saving Jericho even though it was canceled after season two.

    Lastly, do you think Cougar Town will be the only series coming out of the 2011-2012 season to be saved?

    I have a sneaking suspicion that if Kathy Bates wins, Harry’s Law might be picked back up by NBC or it could go to another network. It seems tailormade for Lifetime. Who could turn down a David E. Kelley series headlined by Oscar winning Kathy Bates (and at that point in an Emmy winning role) with award worthy (and some winning) guest arcs by Paul McCrane, Jean Smart, and Alfred Molina. There’s a lot riding on Bates winning that Emmy. Kyra Sedgwick stopped Julianna Margulies and Bates could do the same to Danes. 

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    iskolar
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    I don’t know Morgan, but you seem to be putting too much gravitas on Bates.

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    sorcery
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    I’m not sure David E. Kelley would follow Harry’s Law to Lifetime… and we all know what happens to his shows when he leaves them. Kelley already has a new project in the works at TNT. Plus, the show probably skews too old in the demo even for Lifetime. If TV Land was at all interested in picking up or saving a broadcast drama series (they don’t seem to be), this would probably be at the top of their list.

    Here are a few older saved series:

    The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd
     (aired 1987–88 on NBC; 1988–91 on Lifetime)
    In the Heat of the Night (1988–92 on NBC; 1992–95 on CBS)
    JAG (1995–96 on NBC; 1997–05 on CBS)

    And more recently:

    Breaking In (2011–2012; saved by its own network, Fox, only to be re-canceled)
    Medium (2005–09 on NBC; 2009–11 on CBS)
    Scrubs (2001–08 on NBC; 2009–10 on ABC)
    Southland (2009 on NBC; 2010–present on TNT)

    Does Arrested Development‘s resurrection count? Even before the Netflix deal, I remember they were trying to save it after cancellation. HBO was one of the networks that rejected it. Back then, HBO was at its peak (and was also peaking in arrogance) and had a policy about not picking up “sloppy seconds.”

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    Adam P.
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    How many people know that CBS recently saved Unforgettable and will begin airing it as a summer series starting next year.

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    Adam P.
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    How many people know that CBS recently saved Unforgettable and will begin airing it as a summer series starting next year.

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    uncreativename
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    Futurama was cancelled by FOX and then brought back by Comedy Central.
    Family Guy was cancelled by FOX and then revived after it found a second life on Adult Swim.
    Clueless was cancelled by ABC then revived by UPN.

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    “Southland” was cancelled by NBC in its first season and TNT picked it up. It’s been running there ever since.

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    If I recall correctly, Roswell was cancelled after its second season by the WB and then picked up by UPN after fans campaigned to save the show.

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    Morgan Henard
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    I don’t know Morgan, but you seem to be putting too much gravitas on Bates.

    I am. Just a feeling. I won’t mind being wrong, as Danes would make a great winner. Just seems like Bates could stop Danes and no one is really talking about it.  

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    sorcery
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    I am. Just a feeling. I won’t mind being wrong, as Danes would make a great winner. Just seems like Bates could stop Danes and no one is really talking about it.

    Kathy Baker was the last actress to win in this category for a canceled series. Although David E. Kelley had departed the show, he returned to write a few episodes for the fourth and final season, and I believe Baker’s successful submission was one of those episodes. But she was already a two-time winner and the Emmys adored Picket Fences.

    The Emmys seem to have some love for Harry’s Law too–I wasn’t really expecting a repeat nod for Kathy Bates. I can see her upsetting.

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    Morgan Henard
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    [quote=”Morgan_Henard”]I am. Just a feeling. I won’t mind being wrong, as Danes would make a great winner. Just seems like Bates could stop Danes and no one is really talking about it.

    The Emmys seem to have some love for Harry’s Law too–I wasn’t really expecting a repeat nod for Kathy Bates. I can see her upsetting.[/quote]

    Do you think there’s any chance of it pulling a Damages/FNL and being resurrected should this happen? Obviously a major win like this would show what a mistake it was to be canceled. 

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    7th Heaven was cancelled after 10 seasons on the WB, but the show ended up being revived for The CW for an 11th season. The same situation occured with Reba. 

    I don’t know if those two shows fit the criteria… 

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    That Don Guy
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    Here are some older ones:

    Taxi was cancelled by ABC, then renewed for a season by NBC.

    Most of Get Smart! was on NBC, but the final season was on CBS.

    I think the Lynda Carter Wonder Woman series switched networks as well (ABC to CBS?).

    Also, reportedly NBC would have renewed Batman after ABC cancelled it except that by the time they decided to do it, the producers had dismantled the Batcave set.

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    GoMe91
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    Step by Step (does anyone remember that show??) was on ABD, then moved to CBS for its last season.
    Sister Sister was on ABC but was cancelled and finished its run on The WB.
    Family Matters aired on ABc, then moved to CBS for its final season.
    Diff’rent Strokes aired on NBC, then moved to ABC for its final season.
    Sabrina the Teenage Witch was on ABC, but then moved to WB for 3 more seasons.
    Doug was on Nickelodeon, and a few years later, found new life as a Disney program. 

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    sorcery
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    Do you think there’s any chance of it pulling a Damages/FNL and being resurrected should this happen? Obviously a major win like this would show what a mistake it was to be canceled. 

    No. I believe Kelley has already stated that he has moved on to his first cable project, a medical drama that will be airing on TNT.

    They could do Harry’s Law without Kelley, but it probably wouldn’t be the same. I also think it skews too old, even for Lifetime. If the people at TV Land were at all interested in picking up or saving a broadcast drama series (they don’t seem to be), Harry’s Law would have been a good choice for them. 

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