April 2017 archive

Best Cancelled TV Shows

Every year the television industry airs hundreds of original series. Networks spend top dollar for big talent and exotic locations in hopes of landing the next Game Of Thrones or The Walking Dead. Despite all of this, at least half of the shows airing this year will disappear by next year. So what’s really going on?

First off, networks are having a hard time competing with streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. As well, with all of the great TV shows available people don’t have enough time to watch the endless amounts of programming. So, it really isn’t a matter of quality but quantity.

Has the ‘golden age’ of television come and gone? If so, we thought we would take a walk down memory lane and review the best TV shows canceled before their time was up. Here are some of the biggest television upsets of all time…

Firefly  

Firefly created by writer and directed Joss Whedon, is by far one of the biggest TV upsets of all time. The sci-fi series was set in the year 2517, after the arrival of humans in the newly discovered star system and follows the renegade troupe of the Serenity spacecraft. Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres and Alan Tudyk were among the cast of the series that only lasted 14 episodes. Despite it’s short run, Firefly remains one of the most popular sci-fi television shows of all time.

Arrested Development  

Arrested Development is an American sitcom created by Michael Hurwitz and led by Jason Bateman. The first three seasons of this series aired on FOX. The comedy premiered in November of 2003 and was cancelled in February of 2006. In 2013, Netflix announced that it would be bringing Arrested Development back for a fourth season. More recently, there have been talks of Netflix bringing the critically acclaimed show back for a fifth and final season.

Freaks and Geeks  

Freaks and Geeks helped launch the careers of some of the most well-known actors in comedy today. James Franco, Seth Rogan, Jason Segel all got their start on the show. The series was created by Paul Feig and Judd Apatow served as the executive producer. Freaks and Geeks ran from 1999-2000 and was cancelled after only twelve episodes had aired.

Pushing Daises  

Pushing Daises was an American fantasy comedy-drama created by Bryan Fuller. The show ran from October 2007, to June 2009 on ABC. The series surrounded Ned, a pie-maker with the ability to being dead things back to life with his touch. The cast included Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride and Kristin Chenworth.

Veronica Mars 

Finally, Veronica Mars followed the life of a teenage private detective of the same name. The American mystery-drama series was created by screenwriter Rob Thomas and starred Kristen Bell as the titled character. The series aired on UPN (now The CW) from September 2004 to May 2007, being cancelled after three seasons. Veronica Mars was critically acclaimed and fans were devastated when the show ended. In 2014, after running a successful Kickstarter campaign the cast returned for a movie picking up where the show left off.

 

 

Top Five Attractions In Canada

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This year marks Canada’s 150th anniversary and what better way to celebrate than by planning a family trip to one of many incredible destinations within the country. From coast to coast, Canada is filled with incredible wonders to discover or re-discover! Whether it’s travelling up mountains on the west coast, a summer on the great lakes or visiting historic cities, there is always something to do – no matter the season!

Algonquin Provincial Park 

Algonquin Provincial Park is one of Canada’s most popular tourist attractions because of it’s proximity to Toronto and Ottawa. One of the most beautiful parks in Canada, Algonquin has a vast interior or maple hills, rocky ridges and thousands of lakes. You can enjoy camping throughout one of their eight campgrounds, hiking one of 14 trails, participating in their Natural Heritage Education programs, or visiting their fascinating Visitor Centre.

Niagara Falls  

Niagara Falls is a Canadian city at the famous waterfalls of the same name, linked to the Unites States by the Rainbow Bridge. There is something for everyone in Niagara Falls, it offers a great variety of attractions. Most visit Niagara Falls to witness the mighty Falls for themselves, but there are also a lot of great waterfall experiences. The most popular excursion is the Hornblower Niagara Cruise taking visitors to the base of the falls for an up-close wet and wild view. Other attractions include two casinos, Clifton Hill, Lundy’s Lane and much more!

CN Tower  

The CN Tower is located in the heart of downtown Toronto, Canada’s largest city. This structure is an architectural and engineering wonder of the world. Visitors can rocket to the top of the CN Tower in a glass panel elevator overlooking the city. Once at the top, guests can overlook the incredible city of Toronto looking down through the glass floors or from the incredible SkyPod. Other attractions include the 360 restaurant and EdgeWalk, the world’s highest full-circle hands-free walk encircling the top of the Tower’s main pod.

Banff National Park  

Western Canada is well-known for it’s incredible natural wonders, including the Canadian Rockies. While touring the west coast one would be remiss to not visit Banff National Park. Banff National Park is the oldest in Canada, established in 1885 in the Rocky Mountains. The park encompasses over 6,000 square kilometers of mountain wilderness. Guests can hike incredible trails, camp, ski or take a drive through the scenic park. From the Rocky Mountain scenery to the abundant wildlife, Banff National Park should be on every Canadian’s bucket list.

Old Quebec  

Old Quebec is located in the heart of Quebec City, comprising of Upper Town and Lower Town. Designated a World Heritage treasure by UNESCO, Old Quebec is the only walled city north of Mexico. Old Quebec is a living history lesson with a remarkable mix of architecture, heritage, art and culture. There is no shortage of dining or shopping in Old Quebec and it’s the perfect getaway for history lovers!

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