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Old September 15 2014, 02:57 AM   #1
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Why is the original series has bin canceled?

As far as i heard the original series was planed to be like 5 seasons but Instead they made only 3
is it about the money cost or other problems?
I believe that's why the producer made the movies Instead
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Old September 15 2014, 04:28 AM   #2
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Re: Why is the original series has bin canceled?

It was cancelled. Low ratings. It happens. The movies were put into motion by the show's success in syndication and the box office success of Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
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Old September 15 2014, 05:51 AM   #3
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Re: Why is the original series has bin canceled?

It's strange that it had low rating at these days
in many people's opinion the shows in ST always much better then the movies
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Old September 15 2014, 08:44 AM   #4
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Re: Why is the original series has bin canceled?

Xenoween wrote: View Post
It's strange that it had low rating at these days
in many people's opinion the shows in ST always much better then the movies

The easiest way to sum it up is this:

It was simply ahead of its time. It gained in huge popularity after it was cancelled.

Fans fought tooth and nail just to get it to the 3rd season but by that time the "Network" wanted to kill it off due to ratings and expense.
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Old September 15 2014, 09:55 AM   #5
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I think it was due to being placed on Friday nights back in the day which was suicide back in the sixties as people liked to go out on that night and only real fans stayed in to watch! The series was virtually cancelled at the end of season two but a letter writing campaign saved the show for a third year! The campaign failed to arrest a cancellation the following year and a fourth season was not commisioned!
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Old September 15 2014, 10:08 AM   #6
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Re: Why is the original series has bin canceled?

TV shows in the sixties weren't planned out for a certain number of years, they stayed on the air until they eventual flawed or were canceled.

Most cable shows today would kill for the audience share Star Trek was getting in it's third season.

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Old September 15 2014, 03:02 PM   #7
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I thought that the letter writing campaign saved the show was a myth created by Roddenberry?
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Old September 15 2014, 06:22 PM   #8
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Re: Why is the original series has bin canceled?

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Most cable shows today would kill for the audience share Star Trek was getting in it's third season.

Well, having all of three options helped.
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Old September 15 2014, 06:31 PM   #9
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Re: Why is the original series has bin canceled?

Cancelled due to low ratings/cost etc..
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Old September 15 2014, 07:43 PM   #10
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Re: Why is the original series has bin canceled?

I read somewhere that if they'd accounted for certain demographics in the ratings system used back then, it might have stayed on the air. TNG, for example, was the #1 show on television for the male 18-49 demographic during its original run.
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Old September 15 2014, 09:02 PM   #11
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Re: Why is the original series has bin canceled?

They were aware of the demographics even then. They knew it was popular with the target audience they were aiming for. But I think the demographic they were aiming for then might not have carried the same weight it does today.

The ratings can certainly be cited as a contributing factor to NBC eventually cutting the show loose. But it's interesting that when the show went into syndication after its cancellation it started to catch on with an ever growing audience. This might be partially attributed to stations airing the show in time slots they thought were more advantageous and better suited to the show.

When the series was in production NBC dictated when it would air. Afterward in syndication individual stations decided when they would air the show. Back in the early '70s I recall TOS being available in the afternoons, the evenings and late nights. On weekends it could be seen Saturday and Sunday mornings and afternoons (from different stations). The show was everywhere (in the Greater Toronto Area) and I can imagine it was similar in many parts of the U.S. That being the case it made the show pretty accessible.
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Old September 15 2014, 09:12 PM   #12
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Re: Why is the original series has bin canceled?

When I was a kid a local station ran Trek at 3:30 pm weekdays, so I could watch it right after school. If it'd been on in the evenings I'd have been competing with my parents to try to watch it when they wanted to watch something else. I think a lot of the show's audience growth was exactly because it got moved non prime-time timeslots where it could be easily discovered and watched 5 days a week.
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Old September 15 2014, 09:49 PM   #13
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Re: Why is the original series has bin canceled?

Yep, there was a stretch in the '70s when I was catching it after school but closer to dinner time.
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Old September 15 2014, 10:17 PM   #14
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Re: Why is the original series has bin canceled?

Praxius wrote: View Post
The easiest way to sum it up is this:

It was simply ahead of its time. It gained in huge popularity after it was cancelled.

Fans fought tooth and nail just to get it to the 3rd season but by that time the "Network" wanted to kill it off due to ratings and expense.
Well, there's also that it had mediocre ratings that were drifting ever-downward, and that it could command advertising rates that weren't any better than average for NBC, and this for a show that was quite expensive.
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Old September 15 2014, 11:35 PM   #15
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Re: Why is the original series has bin canceled?

Thanks guys
you know my mother was a fun and she tolled me how much she got angry and sad because of canceling it
i felt so bad about it
but thankfully the show got much better in TNG and the other tow after it
it's good that it came back to life again
it well always remain alive

even when I watch the original i laugh at the way the imagine the future computer back then but i also appreciate it and i also enjoy watching it
this is why it well always remain alive.
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