When a show averages 12 million viewers and it is still canceled, that’s when you know you have an embarrassment of riches. Back in May, that exact scenario played out with the CBS drama “Unforgettable,” which was axed following what was viewed by many as a successful freshman season. Now the Tiffany network looks to have changed their minds, as per Deadline the show will return in 2013 as a summer series.
Traditionally the cable networks rule the proverbial roost during the summer as USA has its “blue sky” slate, HBO sinks its teeth into “True Blood” and TNT proves “it knows drama.” That’s not to say though that the broadcast networks don’t put out a few new series, but for the most part it is rerun central.
CBS is normally the least ambitious during the summer season and happy to hunker down with guilty pleasure “Big Brother” and its usual lineup that thrives even with encore airings. However CBS is also realizing a possible solution to a now chronic problem. Every year the network is compelled to cancel a number of so-so performing series, which if on any other network would probably thrive and survive. Yet executives have to make the tough choices so they don’t get left behind in the fall. Although by bringing back successful shows as a summer series CBS can now literally have it both ways.
“Unforgettable” which stars “Without A Trace” star Poppy Montgomery and “Nip/Tuck’s” Dylan Walsh, was at one time the season’s top new drama in the ratings (and coincidentally the highest rated broadcast series to be canceled). Bolstered by the one-two combo of “NCIS” and “NCIS: Los Angeles,” the drama got off to solid start, but eventually slipped in the ratings which made it vulnerable.
However following its cancelation, viewer outcry was significant enough that executives began trying to shop the show centered on a woman with a picture-perfect memory to cable networks like TNT and Lifetime. Ultimately though the CBS produced drama will find its way back onto the same schedule it once called home starting next year. Talk about déjà vu!
So what’s your take? Are you happy the show’s coming back? Were you upset with its cancellation? Hit the comments and let us know.