"Pushing Daisies" is about a pie maker with the power to bring the dead back to life, beginning with his childhood sweetheart. The pie maker, his girlfriend, a detective, and a waitress solve weekly mysteries in whimsical settings like magician's castles and honey factories. "Pushing Daisies" even drew critical acclaim, including Emmy nominations.
"Journeyman" followed Dan Vasser (Kevin McKidd), a man with the gift of time travel. He used his gift to help people in need. The mystery of how Vasser got his powers, his mission, and the role of fellow traveler, Livia Beale attracted audiences to the series, which drew critical notice for its strong acting and well-plotted stories emphasizing relationships.
"Arrested Development" originally started on the Fox network before finding a home on Netflix. Creative differences with show creator, Mitchell Hurwitz, marketing, the show's air time, and audience ratings contributed to its cancellation. The show has seen a revival through online network Netflix.
This one-season series was the creation of Joss Whedon of "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer" fame. The show focuses on the crew of Serenity, a Firefly class spaceship. Serenity's crew takes on cargo for hire and delivers it to various outposts in space. The show drew notice for its western-like flavor, storylines, characters, and ensemble acting.
The brainchild of Paul Rudd and Rob Thomas, among others, “Party Down” enlisted a star-studded cast (and quite a few cameos) to play struggling actors working as caterers. Due to low ratings and two actors leaving the show for bigger projects (Adam Scott for “Parks and Recreation” and Jane Lynch for “Glee”), the show was cancelled but continues to be beloved. A movie script is currently being written so a comeback seems very likely.
After she was Phoebe Buffay, Lisa Kudrow became Valerie Cherish, an ex-star trying to reclaim the limelight with a reality show in “The Comeback.” Unfortunately, the show was ahead of its time and never resonated with large audiences in 2005. However, with the onslaught of reality TV today from Kardashians to Real Housewives, Valerie’s fame-chasing would surely find an audience today.
A blend of a workplace sitcom and an action-packed spy show, “Chuck” told the story of a computer whiz who accidentally learns all of the C.I.A.’s secrets and must become a spy. The show was set for cancellation after season two due to failing ratings, but devoted fans launched a successful campaign to renew the show. Although “Chuck” continued to be on the cusp of cancellation, it held on until finishing five seasons.
After three seasons, ABC canceled David Caspe’s smartly written ensemble comedy series in 2013 as a result of lowered ratings stemming from the network’s erratic scheduling of the show’s final season. Despite various accolades, the show took too long to find its footing and was never made a priority to ABC. The show got better with each new season as the cast finally jelled, and it sadly was cancelled after its best season of all.
Better Off Ted
Following the daily life of workers in a fictional, soulless research and development company, “Better Off Ted” perfected witty and satirical humor. Although it was praised for its comedy and the character of Veronica Palmer (portrayed by Portia de Rossi) became a fan favorite, the series was cancelled due to low ratings.