Last week Terra Nova became the latest sci-fi series to be confined to network television’s archives. Netflix passed on the opportunity to breathe life into the expensive dinosaur adventure that FOX dropped from its schedule after one season.
Recently we’ve also seen the first, and possibly last, season finale of Alcatraz, the latest promising fantasy mystery to walk the way of Lost. Even having J.J. Abrams’ name among the credits is no guarantee that it will return. Given its less than stellar ratings, this series may also be condemned to the inescapable prison of TV history with many questions unresolved.
It’s not alone. FOX loves Fringe but that might not be enough to save it from another season of viewing figures that don’t do justice to possibly the smartest sci-fi show on television. Meanwhile Awake hasn’t generated the kind of excitement that can earn a renewal even when ratings are in a slumber.
And who knows what’s happening with Sanctuary. The word on the street at press time is… there is no word on the street. In previous seasons it has been renewed way before this. Fans are becoming increasingly pessimistic at the lack of news other than reports that several of the personnel who have been involved with it are now connected with other projects.
Of course, all of these shows could return for another year. For this week’s poll we are putting you on the spot, though. If you have to pick to one to come back, which is it? Think of this as a chance to show network and cable executives that you care about your show. Vote below and feel free to tell us what you voted for and why in the Comments section.
Thanks and remember to check back this week for any breaking news about these and other TV hits and misses.
UPDATE: I’ve been amazed by the response to this poll and would like to thank everyone who has and does participate. I’ve also decided to see if the votes can be directed towards helping a good cause. For that reason I am challenging a major corporation (or anyone who can afford it) to help save children as fans express their desire to see their favorite show saved. I ask that donor to pledge $1 for every vote this poll has received by 12am PST on Easter Sunday (April 8th) to Sanctuary for Kids, the foundation associated with the Sanctuary TV series. If you have influence in such a corporation, please feel free to contact me or, better still, just go ahead and pledge. I’d be happy to add your logo here as recognition and a thank you.