All good TV shows come to an end.

@burrito88 (2779)
United States
July 2, 2012 3:20pm CST
Well House just ended after I think 8 years on Fox. I think next year will be the last for Fringe on the same network. We just got to know Awake when NBC pulled the plug on that one. Eureka is now almost over as the SyFy network seems to want to spent less and less money on REAL TV shows instead of stupid paranormal reality shows. (The originally ordered a 5th and 6th season for Eureka and then quickly cancelled the 6th season because of cost.) Breaking Bad will be starting its 5th and supposedly last series of show soon with the shows ending nest year. Now I just saw that the Sons of Anarchy is supposed to be finished after 7 seasons. If you've watched that show like I have, you had to stop and say, has it been on that long? No, the next set of shows that will start soon will be the only the 5th season. The producer, however, has already planned out the following two seasons which will then end the show. Possibly. Thanks for the advance warning.
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@echoforever (5192)
• United States
2 Jul 12
I have noticed this about TV for many years. I don't know if it is just the winds of change in life or that they just want to cut costs. It is not enjoyable at all when my favorites are taken off the air. Especially House, I was very attached to that show and I was surprised they closed it out. I guess it was a matter of time though, you can only do so many things with that one. I still was sad to see it go.
@burrito88 (2779)
• United States
2 Jul 12
With House the ratings were were starting to lag. Also Fox forced the shows producers to cut costs for the last year which was a reason why the Cuddy character was cut. For Hugh Laurie, though, I think he felt it was time to move on as he has started on a music career. He's also said he wanted to give up acting and any future film work might be behind the camera. We'll see. TV work on a series can be brutal though. As Robert Sean Leonard (Wilson) said, he won't miss getting up at 4 AM to go in to get his make up done.
• United States
2 Jul 12
Oh I guess that makes sense. Hugh Laurie is very talented so I am sure he wanted to be free to be able to do much more for his career than just House even though it was a huge show.
@Fishmomma (11504)
• United States
4 Jul 12
Hugh has been in a band for a long time. I think flying back to his family when the show wasn't filming had to hard on his family life. Now I recently read his family is moving to Los Angeles, so I bet we will see Hugh doing even more movies, as he just finished one. Another movie has been announced that he said he is going to be in that sounds like it will be successful.
@kelzbelz (36)
• United States
4 Jul 12
i loved house it was a great TV show i miss moonlight it was a great show and they cancelled that.after 1 to 2 years that really made me mad they r so stupid to do that.
• Hungary
7 Jul 12
I miss Moonlight too. I heard that Terra Nova is going to be cancelled. If it is I'm gonna be mad I was really curious about that show. Are they cancelling? Does anyone know?
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
10 Jul 12
AFAIK,Terra Nova is gone..
@burrito88 (2779)
• United States
5 Aug 12
There was a brief attempt to move the show to another network and Netflix was linked to the show but that failed. Terra Nova was the second highest show in ratings in the US to get cancelled.
@choybel (5059)
• Philippines
2 Jul 12
This is probably to give way to new good shows or even better ones. Besides, I think some good shows should actually end while it's still good. I think there are shows that started out good and became boring or such as it ran longer.
• United States
2 Jul 12
Well i am hoping that this is the case. For me I haven't seen very many shows that I enjoy that come after one's I've loved for years were closed. I am very picky with what I like to watch on TV however.
@burrito88 (2779)
• United States
6 Jul 12
It would be nice if old shows gave way to new or better ones; however, in the case of Eureka, it is just another sign of how bad the SyFy channel has gotten. The are gradually abandoning real science fiction and becoming a network of schlocky paranormal shows and movies about giant bugs.
• Hungary
7 Jul 12
I totally agree burrito88. I used to love Syfy, but since they cancelled Stargate Universe when it was starting to become really good, I just got sad, but with Eureka... that show is one of my favourites, and best series out there. I hope there'll be a good sci-fi series soon.
@inkyuboz (1288)
• Mandaluyong City, Philippines
25 Jul 12
I accept the decision to finally end Breaking Bad. It's one of those rare shows that keeps getting better and better as the series progresses. I want it to end in a high note, so I'm glad they have a planned "ending" for the show. Hopefully, both Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul will have a new show after this. They are awesome actors. Long live Heisenberg! YEAH SCIENCE!!!
@burrito88 (2779)
• United States
5 Aug 12
Because of his different hairstyle and glasses, I hadn't realized that Cranston has played the father in the show Malcolm in the Middle. He's also done a lot of movie work and was Seinfeld's dentist although I've never seen those episodes. Jesse Pinkman was originally supposed to get killed off at the end of the first season but Aaron Paul's work convinced the producers to keep the character. Paul has done a lot of guest starring work in TV and movies.
@burrito88 (2779)
• United States
5 Aug 12
You have to remember, Heisenberg was uncertain.
@Shellyann36 (9556)
• United States
6 Jul 12
I did not know that Sons of Anarchy was going to end so soon. It does not seem like seven seasons does it? I really liked that show. House is decent too. House was certainly different. Breaking Bad is also different. It seems that all good shows come to an end. I wonder if the networks are experiencing a drop in viewers of these shows? I really don't get into the reality shows that much. The one I watch the most is Survivor. The rest are irritating! Every once in a while they will have a decent season of Big Brother but beyond Survivor and Big Brother that is it for the reality shows for me. Thanks for the heads up on the ending of Sons of Anarchy.
@burrito88 (2779)
• United States
6 Jul 12
I was being a bit 'tongue in cheek' regarding SoA. I did read that the producer is thinking of shutting down after 7 seasons: HOWEVER, they have only run 4 seasons thus far on TV. The next set of shows will be the 5th season and then there are plans for two more. When I read that there was only going to be 7 seasons, I had to check because I didn't think the show had been on that long and it hasn't.
• United States
6 Jul 12
Ahh I see. I have not watched SOA often here lately. I am glad you settled that for me. Have a great weekend.
@desiree91 (515)
• Malaysia
4 Jul 12
I wonder when Grey's Anatomy ends. Not so soon I hope! I just wonder how good House is, I never watch it, so I'm curious now that people keep saying how good it was. I think I'm going to watch it from scratch, season 1.
@burrito88 (2779)
• United States
6 Jul 12
I have to admit over the years there have been some long lasting shows that I never saw. I only saw Seinfeld when it went into syndication. The same goes for Friends although I don't even watch the reruns there. I've never seen Grey's Anatomy and i don't know it it has to do with the time slot it's in or what. I did check and see that it's ratings have been going down the past few years. It may be good that it's on ABC because they've had trouble coming up with good new shows lately, except for maybe Once Upon a Time. House has been the only medical drama that I've watched in recent memory and there it seemed that his crew had trouble coming up with possible diseases. They started suggesting some of the same ones over and over.
• Malaysia
6 Jul 12
Yeah, I only feel the interest to watch ER when it was already over. One Tree Hill had its season finale a while ago. Now I'm hooked to the big bang theory and how I met your mother!
• Philippines
30 Jul 12
House has really been one of my favorite shows. Hugh laurie is just so good! I can;t believe that he is British :) He really does a good job in covering his accent when he is acting on the show. But yes, all good shows do come to an end. I usually buy dvds of my favorite shows so that I could watch it again :) happy mylotting.
@burrito88 (2779)
• United States
5 Aug 12
When you see Laurie on talk shows it gets hard to imagine him doing the House voicing. I wonder how some actors are able to lose or hide their normal accent. (Then there's Arnold.)
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
28 Jul 12
Though I believe that all television shows develop their base of die hard fans, I also think that after a course of many seasons, the show sort of fizzles itself out. The one television show that I can say that I loved from the time that the program started until the time that the program ended was ER. I loved the fact that it was so much like a real emergency room was like and I also really like the genre of medical drama. However, I know that there were fans that left the show when some of the original regulars like Noah Wylie and George Clooney left the show.
@burrito88 (2779)
• United States
29 Jul 12
One of the problems with hit shows is that some of the cast become stars and leave the show because they feel they can do better in movies or get a show of their own or because they demand more money which the shows producers don't feel they deserve. Clooney made it big which might be more the exception the rule. (Look at what happened to a lot of the cast members of MASH who left over the years.) Noah Wylie has seemed to work steadily but is not necessarily a star. The again you have Bitsy Schram who was nominated for awards on Monk and asked for more money, forgetting that she was not the star of the show. She was dropped and I don't think has worked that much afterwards.
@eagletrek2 (5177)
• Kingston, New York
27 Jul 12
that true look at startrek and how many people like it on tv all the startrek shows qutaum leap at least some time you can find your old tv show for free on hulu.com im checking the other free tv show on the internet to see what i can find.
@burrito88 (2779)
• United States
28 Jul 12
Hulu is not free. It costs $8 per month, the same as Netflix, which also carries all the Startreks plus Quantum leap. Those shows ended years ago and with exception of Enterprise, they all had good runs. They were also not among the new shows that I said were going off the air.
@sammylind (187)
27 Jul 12
the reason for all this is that they are not making enough money off the tv shows as people just watch the show and do not buy merchandise so if they carry on the tv show they will lose money
• China
24 Jul 12
Many TV shows have accompanyed audiences many years and we are usually familiar with them in the shows.They are more like our neighbers in our daily life.When the TV show we love comes to an end, sometimes it's very hard to say goodbye.
@burrito88 (2779)
• United States
5 Aug 12
Sometimes we could still watch the show in reruns as I did with Stargate SG-1 when it was on at a reasonable time. At other times, the end of a show may be annoying enough that you give up on the show. That's how I felt with the last show of Monk which seemed to trivialize Monk's search for his wife's killer.
• Canada
20 Jul 12
you are right.There is a show a loved when i was a child.it is a show about human birds.it was so good that i almost cried when it ended.I used to think about it a lot.HAha.don't be so sad.Everything ends.That is th nature.it will not change.
@burrito88 (2779)
• United States
28 Jul 12
I'm not sad. Some shows end after they've run their course. I miss good shows when they go off the air. And I get upset when networks end good shows before their time or before the get a chance to find their audience. You see this sometimes when they keep changing the night or time for a show, so you never know when it's on or you see it when they switch the show to a time slot against a know popular show. In those cases it's like they want the show to fail.
• United States
18 Jul 12
Well, at least America is better about it than other countries. Most Asian countries immediatly limit their shows to 1-2 seasons and there are a lot of British shows that were cancelled after 2 seasons - The Office, Spaced. But while you say all shows come to an end, I don't think Doctor Who will ever be cancelled. :D
@burrito88 (2779)
• United States
20 Jul 12
In America, in the '60's or earlier, they used to make 38 episodes for each season of a show. Now it's more like 23 for the big networks and 13 for the cable networks, if we're lucky. In the UK, I think some seasons only have 6 episodes. With the birth of cable networks, there's more competition for viewers but the type of shows have gone downhill. There are too many reality shows, or talent shows. Even cable networks seem to have lost their purpose. The history channel doesn't do history at night. The Sci Fi channel now runs more stupid paranormal shows and not much sci fi. I can't even turn on the weather channel at night to see the weather because they are running shows about record storms, coast rescues, and lately fireworks. (What do fireworks have to do with weather.) Thus it's easy to be sorry to see good shows go away, even when they've had long runs.
• United Arab Emirates
17 Jul 12
It's difficult to get good actors featuring in a lot of TV shows and that makes it so expensive to run since the get paid yearly and depending on the amount of years the TV show would run then it definately costs a lot of money. Now that House have ended and there are a lot of shows that are quit interesting but some of them never gets to give me that humor and funny experience we all long for in TV shows. I still watch some but thos are the ones I like, I prefer Castle and White Collar, I used to watch them along with my House collection but I guess I just stay stuck to them and a lot add The Chicago Code and pray many more good shows come on soon. I for one don't like Terra Nova, heard it's also going of the air and will be discontinued, good because I see no point in letting it run since it is not interesting.
@shahamed (93)
• Singapore
17 Jul 12
Have you watched grey's anatomy. Its good. How about hell's kitchen?
@burrito88 (2779)
• United States
28 Jul 12
Hell's Kitchen has never interested me and House has been the only medical show I've been interested in recent years.
@margiegay (158)
• Philippines
17 Jul 12
hehe, true. since there will never be a good movie when the story is too long and let the viewers the need to stop due to exhaustion.
@burrito88 (2779)
• United States
5 Aug 12
? But I was talking about TV shows not movies. Good TV keeps you waiting for more.
@anklesmash (1417)
15 Jul 12
I think its a case of ending the shows on a high while they are still popular than letting them slowly lose viewers and then getting canceled.Ending the show while it is still popular means it is well thought of and knowing when a series will end means the writers can round up all the story lines in a satisfactory.An unplanned cancellation due to a fall in ratings often means the story lines aren't resolved or they are but in a rushed way due to only having a few episodes in which to wrap the whole story up.
@burrito88 (2779)
• United States
15 Jul 12
Most shows don't end on a high note. They end when they wear out their welcome, the stories get stale, and they lose viewers. The longer a show is on TV, the more it is worth due to syndication, especially now to an overseas market. Unplanned show cancellations usually only involve new news shows that probably show never have been on in the first place because they weren't going to be popular. Good shows can run into problems because the actors expect higher salaries due to the popularity of the show. With higher production costs, the show better keep high ratings or it will be dropped, cast members fired, or other cost cuts will occur degrading the shows quality and further pushing it toward cancellation. What I hate, is when networks deliberately change time slots for good show so that they never get a chance to get an audience or their audience can't keep up with the changes. I also hate when a network decides to cancel a show, then runs commercials saying how great the show is leading up to the last episode.
@vicky30 (4777)
• India
14 Jul 12
Yes some good serials come to an end. That is the reason i do not watch many serials. There are some mega serials that go one for a long time. When a serial comes to an end i feel very sad. If a serial keeps continuing with different types of stories. It is very interesting to watch. I used to see fear factor and for one season there was a final winner for a final amount. After a gap another season of fear factor started. I too see some reality shows in Hindi which come to an end. It is interesting and sad to see one final winner.
@burrito88 (2779)
• United States
15 Jul 12
There used to be a lot of classic daytime serials or 'soap operas' here in the US. Some were replaced by games shows. Now there are a lot of 'talk' shows or courtroom shows. I have to wonder with the real long running daily serials, how viewers could keep up with things over the years. Actors would come and go, sometimes a character would stay, but the actor playing him would change. Sometimes an actor might die in real life and the show would have to deal with it. How could someone keep up with all the changes after 10 or 15 years.
@nijolechu (1845)
• Canada
14 Jul 12
It really is sad when a good show or program that you like and enjoy watching has to come to an end. I know I felt that way when Seinfeld ended. I guess I feel that way because I have spent so much time watching the good show. It really is hard to find a good scripted show to watch because networks seem to be more interested in reality shows nowadays.
@burrito88 (2779)
• United States
15 Jul 12
Reality shows are probably scripted also. The are cheaper to make because the 'stars' are often not real actors. The also probably don't spend much of anything buiilding sets, they just use real houses or settings.
@thaMARKER (3094)
• Philippines
12 Jul 12
not watching every episode of all the series you've mentioned but i think i saw some of House. so far, all the series im hooked, more than 21 series now and counting, are still active and entertaining me. hopefully theyll go on for years.
@burrito88 (2779)
• United States
15 Jul 12
Twenty one series! Sorry to disappoint you but the odds are that you'll lose some of those in the not too distant future.