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5 Shows Canceled Too Early

Television is a tough business. Only a fraction of the pilots that are shot actually make it to the small screen. Just three episodes of a new show may air before the network decides to wield its overactive ax. And many more brand new series are only allowed one measly season before they're canceled for good. Granted, many definitely deserved to go. But in commemoration of all those beautiful shows that passed too early, here are five I strongly believe were taken before their time.     10 Things I Hate About You The television adaptation of the hit '90s classic, 10 Things I Hate About You was bound to be television gold. Sadly, ABC Family didn't agree and axed the show after a single season due to poor ratings. Incidentally, I happened to discover the TV show before I even knew a movie preceded it – and I was hooked instantly. Lindsey Shaw made a fiery Kat Stratford, while Ethan Peck reprised the role of Patrick Verona with the perfect dose of broodiness (and hotness). In my humble opinion, this show should have been given the opportunity to grow and mature out of the plot of the original film. It could have gone to great places!       Chasing Life Killed after two seasons, though far more recently, Chasing Life graced our screens for the first time in 2014. Whip-smart and resourceful reporter April Carver, played by the enchanting Italia Ricci, got our ambition juices flowing (not to mention our ugly tears) as we watched her chase after her journalistic dreams while also battling an ugly diagnosis of leukemia. I could rarely watch this show without a tissue box by my side – a testament of both quality writing and acting. Chasing Life kind of had it all: warm family, spunky friendships, love triangles, hot men, high-powered jobs, tears galore. Man, should it have been given another shot at television glory.       Happy Endings There are many shows that I've loved in my life, but none that I could spend as much time waxing poetic on as Happy Endings . This show is my baby (if one can claim a show as one's baby? Eh, let's go with it). For me, Happy Endings is up there with the best of the best comedy shows of all time; think: Friends, Will & Grace, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia . There isn't a single character in the quirky friends group around which this show is centered that doesn't belong, or doesn't add his or her own layer of hilarity, which is a difficult feat. That being said, Adam Pally, as the non-stereotypical gay Max Blum, and Casey Wilson (once of SNL ), as the lovable Penny Hartz, are nothing short of comedic gold consistently throughout all three seasons. This show should be mandatory watching for anyone who considers him or herself a lover of television. Please bring back Happy Endings . PLEASE!!! OK, I'm done.       Off the Map This was a little-known show that aired somewhere in the vast galaxy of television programming sometime in 2011. Another one of those "doctor shows with a twist," Off the Map only managed to air for a single season of 13 episodes. Though it may have been gimmicky, I still maintain that it had potential; ABC pulled the cord too soon on this one. Not to mention, it had some pretty high-powered forces behind it too (QUEEN Shonda Rhimes as one of the executive producers). The show took a slew of hot doctors and essentially dumped them in the middle of the jungle. Mix in with that infectious diseases, some bristly personalities, sexy locals, and high libidos – and I think most would agree, you've got a recipe for success. Too bad it wasn't given its fair moment in the spotlight.       State of Affairs Katherine Heigl's comeback vehicle also was only afforded 13 episodes to make its case to audiences. The show centered around Charlie Tucker (Heigl), a top CIA analyst in charge of the president's "daily briefing." Incidentally, the president was played by Alfre Woodard, which, like... hello! Extra points for casting a female president! I'm not usually one for D.C.-based (aka political) shows, but State of Affairs had me hooked from its pilot, which began with a flashback to a frightening scene in Kabul and moved on full force from there. Heigl played a spunky lead who perpetually commanded the screen – and her costars were no pushovers either. Chris McKenna as the pleasing (both facially… and also acting-ly? Just give me this one...) and impassioned Nick Vera stood his own next Heigl. Sadly, though, State of Affairs was destined to join the ranks of shows not given their due televisual diligence.       div.post p { text­align: justify; }

NBC Nixes Katherine Heigl-Led Drama "State of Affairs"

Executive producer Joe Carnahan took to Twitter to inform fans of the news this afternoon.   Read More... //www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2015/05/08/nbc-nixes-katherine-heigl-led-drama-state-of-affairs-849514/11339/

3 reasons Katherine Heigl's 'State of Affairs' deserves a Season 2

Katherine Heigl's political drama "State of Affairs" has officially wrapped up its first season -- ending with an explosive cliffhanger in the Season 1 finale (Feb. 16).While the freshman series never quite hit it out of the park in ratings with it's most recent episode only averaging around four million viewers -- it still deserves a chance to show its fans some more action. "State of Affairs" has yet to be renewed for a Season 2, although no word of cancellation has crept through the pipelines yet.RELATED: 'State of Affairs' Katherine Heigl 'wasn't challenging' her fansHere's 3 reasons why "State of Affairs" should get a second shot.1. The cliffhangerThe writers made a smart choice by ending Season 1 with a cliffhanger. While it isn't like a "Who shot J.R." type of thing -- it does leave viewers with a lot of questions. The finale had Heigl's Charleston Tucker facing off against her nemesis Omar... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/Zap2it/~3/ymjcudP1Csw/3_reasons_katherine_heigls_state_of_affairs_deserves_season_2-2015-02

State of Affairs 1x12 Promo "Here and Now"

Charlie and Payton must decide what they are willing to sacrifice in order to apprehend a terrorist. Airs Monday Feb. 9 on NBC.

State of Affairs 1x11 Promo "The Faithful"

Charlie (Katherine Heigl) and Lucas (Adam Kaufman) join the FBI manhunt for an Ar Rissalah terrorist who escaped custody in the woods of West Virginia. Meanwhile, President Payton (Alfre Woodard) makes a deal with the news media that protects CIA’s top secret Operation Bellerophon--at the cost of exposing her own secrets on national television. On the other side of the world, Nick (guest star Chris L. McKenna) and Fatah (guest star Farshad Farahat) wait in a terrorist stronghold as they anticipate the arrival of the most dangerous man on the planet. Airs Monday February 2nd On NBC.

State of Affairs The War at Home Episode 10

State of Affairs The War at Home Episode 10 airs Monday Jan 26 at 10PM ET/PT on NBC. In tonights episode, Charlie (Katherine Heigl) and the PDB team race to find the Ar Rissalah 7s missing bombs before other members of the terrorist cell rise up and attack the homeland. In their hunt, Charlie must [] //feedproxy.google.com/~r/tvequals/~3/nkcyI0o0W7Q/

'State of Affairs': Matthew Lillard is Team Charlie

In an episode of "State of Affairs" airing Jan. 26, Charleston Tucker is once again defending her relationship with the president and really needs someone in her corner.Luckily this time she is backed up by her new boss. Matthew Lillard plays acting deputy CIA director, DD Banks and it appears he is one of Charlie's biggest supporters. See the actor make his first appearance on the show in a special Zap2it exclusive clip above.RELATED: At 35, Katherine Heigl is happy to finally be playing 'an adult'Also in the episode,Charlie and the PDB team race to find the Ar Rissalah 7's missing bombs before other members of the terrorist cell attack. In their hunt, Charlie must enlist the help of former adversary, Professor Ahmad Ahmadi. As domestic fear and suspicion builds, President Payton is being challenged for her close ties to the CIA and faces a new political threat from Senator Burke. Meanwhile, Operation Bellerophon is... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/Zap2it/~3/QpUQcEkWYvI/state_of_affairs_matthew_lillard_guest_star_exclusive_video_nbc-2015-01

TV ratings: 'Jane the Virgin' scores in return, 'Bachelor' rises Monday

A Golden Globe win for Gina Rodriguez translated into better numbers for "Jane the Virgin" in the Fast National ratings for Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. The CW show scored its best overall audience since its premiere and hit series highs in the young-adult demographics the network covets. "The Originals" grew from its fall finale as well.Also Monday, "The Bachelor" and "Castle" were both up a bit for ABC, as were "The Celebrity Apprentice" and "State of Affairs" for NBC. "Gotham" was down some for FOX, and "Scorpion" returned to its typical numbers after getting a bump for a post-football airing on Sunday.CBS scored 10.2 million viewers and a 6.4 rating/10 share in households for the night, leading ABC (7.5 million, 4.9/8) by a comfortable margin. NBC (5.8 million, 3.7/6) came in third. FOX took fourth with 5.3 million viewers and a 3.2/5, and The CW (1.45 million, 0.9/1) trailed.CBS also led the adults 18-49 demographic... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/Zap2it/~3/A0h3V4x_YPg/tv_ratings_january_19_2015_jane_the_virgin_the_bachelor_scorpion-2015-01

State of Affairs Cry Havoc Episode 9

State of Affairs Cry Havoc Episode 9 airs Monday Jan 19 at 10PM ET/PT on NBC. Episode Synopsis: State of Affairs Cry Havoc Episode 9 Charlie (Katherine Heigl) and the PDB team race to prove that sorority girl Stacy Dover (guest star Gracie Dzienny) is, in fact, an active member of Ar Rissalahs American [] //feedproxy.google.com/~r/tvequals/~3/pptNZ4zx1WE/

TV ratings: 'The Bachelor' and 'Celebrity Apprentice' drop vs. college football title game

The Fast National ratings for Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 were down pretty much across the board opposite the inaugural College Football Playoff championship game on ESPN, which likely drew a huge audience (cable ratings are due later in the day). CBS, The CW and FOX programmed mostly repeats, and those shows that did air new episodes were all down."Mike & Molly" fared best on CBS, dipping only a tenth of a point in adults 18-49 compared to last week. "The Bachelor" and "Castle" both dropped for ABC, and "The Celebrity Apprentice" was likewise down for NBC. "State of Affairs," meanwhile, hit a series low.CBS led the night in viewers with 7.2 million and a 4.5 rating/7 share in households, beating out ABC's 6.5 million and 4.5/7. NBC (5.1 million, 3.4/5) came in third. FOX (2.3 million, 1.6/2) took fourth, and The CW (1.1 million, 0.8/1) trailed.ABC led the 18-49 demographic with a 1.6 rating. CBS... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/Zap2it/~3/zRjyC-SsaGI/tv_ratings_january_12_2015_bachelor_celebrity_apprentice_college_football-2015-01