Hey! Stop Trying to Cancel Awesome ShowsSamantha Kirschberg

After a day of work, I look forward to escaping reality with some primetime shows. Ask me about a show and I’ve probably seen it at least once and if I haven’t, I can still tell you what it’s about or who stars in it. I don’t know. I just remember these things.

So back to the topic…TV execs always want to cancel great shows. Sometimes they do, but sometimes fans and the shows fight back. And they put up a great fight. Cast members tweet when to watch the show or that they are just as disappointed when a new episode is not airing. Sometimes viewing parties are thrown in their honor or petitions get started to save them.

Parenthood is one of those shows that always seems to be in jeopardy. Not sure why. It has all the elements of a great show. Good looking, awesome cast. Check! Family drama. Check! Dating drama. Baby drama. Check. Check. Okay… any drama you can probably think of. So why is it that NBC always wants to toss it aside? I think it’s one of the best shows on TV. The Bravermans become a family that you would love to be a part of. They have some problems, but what family doesn’t? After watching, you’ll want to chill with Crosby at The Luncheonette while listening to a band record or maybe grab a cup of coffee at Amber’s job then hang with her in her cool loft apartment. Or have dinner outside the main Braverman house under the dangling lights and end the night letting loose with a dance party.

I’m not going to name all of the characters because they’re a pretty big family. I’ll just name a few to give you a taste. Crosby Braverman, played by Dax Shepard, is the cool laid-back son of Camille and Zeek. He just started his own recording studio, “The Luncheonette”, with his big bro Adam and he is an adorable father to his son, Jabbar. If you thought Dax was just some dude that used to be on Punk’d with Ashton, his acting in Parenthood will totally prove you wrong. Funny and serious and cute – if he’s anything like his character, no wonder the sloth-loving Kristen Bell loves him. Max, played by Max Burkholder, is the child of Adam and Kristina Braverman. He plays a kid with autism. I just want to say, it always amazes me when a young kid can play such a complicated role and nail it.

My favorite character on the show is Mae Whitman’s role of Amber Holt. If you don’t know Mae, you should. She’s the cute little girl from a bunch of ’90s movies, including the president’s daughter in Independence Day and George Clooney’s kid in One Fine Day. Amber is the daughter of Sarah Braverman, played by Lauren Graham – the ultimate TV mom. Amber is a hipster-ish, chill girl with an “I don’t care” persona, but she really does care. She has heartwarming moments with family members and believe me, she will make you cry. She has this amazing acting ability that draws you in and makes you feel like you are part of the moment. Oh, and she can play guitar and sing, which was brilliantly used on the show! (Hopefully again sometime soon?)

Another show in jeopardy just premiered its 3rd season on the 14th. Cougar Town was surprisingly left off ABC’s fall schedule. Luckily for us, Cougar Town persevered. Bill Lawrence, the creator, alongside the cast and crew, did everything a show could to stay afloat. The actors had small guest appearances as extras on shows, like Grey’s Anatomy, Happy Endings and Castle, just to say that the CT cast was still on TV even when the show wasn’t on the air. Viewing parties were held across the country. Each party had a cast member or two, a writer, penny can battles and free booze. Pretty sweet deal if you ask me.

While Parenthood is about family, Cougar Town is about friendship – their own wine-drinking “cul-de-sac crew” family. The show really isn’t about cougars. I think only the first episodes were about that, but now they are stuck with the title. They replaced the “Welcome to” in the title sequence with jokes like, “(Still) Cougar Town” or “Badly Titled Cougar Town”. Once you get past that, the show isn’t about Jules Cobb (Courteney Cox) chasing after young boys, you’ll see that it’s about a fun-loving group of friends.

The show is about the lives of Jules’ family and friends. Bobby is Jules’ ex husband, who has a Matthew McConaughey “duuuuude” mind-set and style. Travis is Bobby and Jules’ son, who tries to keep his parents in line while figuring out what he wants to do with his life. Ellie and Andy Torres are the neighbors and best friends. Andy has a super bromance with Bobby, which is similar to J.D. and Turk from Scrubs (another amazing Bill Lawrence show). They go apartment shopping together and get couples massages in Hawaii. I always seem to be saying Andy’s catch phrase, “C’monn”, even though most of the time the people I’m around don’t know what I’m talking about. Grayson is the “tiny eyes” neighbor, who went from man whore to Jules’ boyfriend as the seasons went on. Laurie is my favorite character, played by the fabulous Busy Philipps. She is the ditsy and awesome friend that always butts heads with Ellie and adds even more humor to the show. Laurie is a lovable idiot, but at times she surprises everyone showing she’s actually pretty wise.

After watching, you’ll want to grab a glass of wine, teach your friends how to play penny can, pull a “truth” gun on someone, and start singing your own rendition of “Morning Routine.” Also, if you were a fan of Scrubs or Friends, this show has a lot of special guests.

Both shows just happen to be on Tuesdays – don’t worry, they’re not during New Girl (another show I love)! Cougar Town is on ABC at 8:30PM and Parenthood is on NBC at 10PM. Enjoy!!

Let me know what you think! What are some of your favorite shows you want saved?

(P.S. If worse comes to worse and they are cancelled, read Scarlett Curtis’ article on how to cope. Hopefully, this won’t happen.)

Featured Image via Mae Whitman’s Twitter. Parenthood Image via tumblr. Cougar Town Image via IMDb.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mylks Milki Kaplanski

    I was really disappointed when Dead Like Me got cancelled back then… or Ten Things I hate About You or Pushing Daisies… there’s always one show I really like that suddenly gets cancelled, in most cases without properly finishing of the storyline and leaving you with an utterly unsatisfying open end.

    Please TV people, stop doing that. It sucks.

    • http://www.facebook.com/qrsmith Quinn Ryan Smith

      I loved Pushing Daisies! I miss that one too : (

    • http://www.facebook.com/Thalary Thalia Cerilli

      Tell me about it! I love Dead Like me!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jessicadesmidt Jessica Leigh De Smidt

    Parenthood is the best show ever! It would be terrible if it got cancelled. It has tons of South African fans. New Girl is hilarious. Anything with Zooey is bound to be brilliant.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mzbenitez Micha Z Medenciy

    Great shows that I miss. Um first and foremost Gilmore Girls. What the hell WB, your line up is now full of tousle haired hormonal men and women. I can’t take it!! Drama drama drama drama!! Yes Gilmore Girls had its elements of drama but it was overshadowed by love, friendship and lots of humor. Then there is “My Own Worst Enemy”. Christian Slater is an assassin who’s cover up identity is an actual person with an actual life that remains dormant in his mind while he is out on duty. The takes over when he isn’t on the job and doesn’t even realize that he is a ASSASSIN?! Um awesome. Anyways whoever gives good shows the ax should be subject to some sort of punishment. I think they should be kicked in the shins … hard … by every fan of that show.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mzbenitez Micha Z Medenciy

      “CW” not “WB”. Whoops. ^_^

  • http://www.facebook.com/lmm20 Lisa Micola von Furstenrecht

    i’m still mad about My So-Called Life getting cancelled.

  • http://www.facebook.com/imSuanne Suanne Brady

    Just one word… Firefly. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/Tess.Bennetts Tess Bennetts


    sixseasonsandamovie!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lyndsay.j.becker Lyndsay Jenness Becker

    Parenthood is my absolute favorite show on television!!! I don’t understand why more people don’t watch it, it’s just so good. It’s the one show my husband actually cares about, too. If it gets cancelled I’ll be up in arms trying to save it!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=726000723 Joey JJ Jones

    i miss Gilmore Girls! : (

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=605324774 Rebecca Prucha

    If Parenthood gets cancelled my life will be over. My mom and I watch that together every week. And let me tell you, my mom is not a big TV person like me. But we both are so invested in the Braverman’s story. I’m laughing and crying during almost every single episode. Like the one after Amber’s car accident and Zeek gave her that epic lecture about how she has no right to screw up his dream for his family. Ugh! So good! And all of the cliffhangers from last weeks episode are killing me.
    They CANNOT cancel this show. I simply won’t allow it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=27610322 Samantha Kirschberg

      Totally agree with everything you said! That Zeek and Amber scene was so epic that it instantly made my sister a fan of the show!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000042598550 Leslie Polish

    i absolutely love parenthood. they literally have something interesting for every age group! and i love Amber and, can we talk about how adorable Joel is. Everyone should give Parenthood a shot for the drama, and fall in love with the characters- its hard not to!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001319090583 Victor Saltykov

    haha mayonegg

  • http://www.facebook.com/distantwonder Alison Hope

    I miss:

    Pushing Daisies
    Buffy
    Angel
    Charmed
    Tru Calling
    Dollhouse
    Medium

  • http://www.facebook.com/EliseMcCarthy92 Elise McCarthy

    LOVE Parenthood and Cougar Town! Also, of course, Community! New episodes starting again on March 15th! yay!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cisraelson Chelsea Israelson

    Oh my. I had no idea Parenthood was in trouble. What an amazing show. I will be heart broken if it ends so soon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1406137418 Deanna Daves

    I wish they’d never canceled Pushing Daisies! I miss my handsome pie maker Lee Pace.
    But they better not touch New Girl!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kdrake4 Kristin Drake

    What about Community? It’s in trouble too and it’s easily one of the best shows on right now!

    • http://www.facebook.com/Thalary Thalia Cerilli

      Absolutely! That an How I met Your Mother, that’s quite the show!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rachaellamb Rachael Anderson

    Cougar Town is awesome! Dan Byrd who plays Travis is a friend of mine and they really need high ratings in the next few weeks to stay on the air…so everyone please watch it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/elena.hasiotis Elena Hasiotis

    did anyone watch mercy last year (or maybe 2) on NBC? that was amazing as well and canceled. If they cancel parenthood i will be so, so very sad. that show has so much win.

  • http://www.facebook.com/zurichko Christina Martinez

    I don’t understand why tv execs are so quick to use the chopping block on amazing shows. I loved Freaks and Geeks but it was cancelled, it was such a great show! I’m not feeling too bad for the actors involved though because I hear that James Franco kid is going places…also Seth Rogen….and Busy Phillips…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=793185451 Leigh Clouse

    Freaks and Geeks!! So wrong that there’s only one season.

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