NBC Cancels 'Saving Hope' Drama, Angers Fans
NBC has angered millions of viewers today with its sudden cancellation of the medical drama, Saving Hope. Starring Michael Shanks and Erica Durance, the show had improved in ratings every week during its last five airings. Its ratings were much stronger than the show that aired in its summer time slot last year as well and its Thursday replacement last week (America's Got Talent) did not do near as well as Saving Hope had been.
Originally pulled due to the Democratic National Convention, NBC had slated the series' 12th episode to air on Saturday, September 1 with the season finale o the 8th. Out of the blue, they then pushed it back to the 8th and the 15th. That is, until all of a sudden today, they yanked the show in its entirety, originally saying they did not know if they would even put the last two shows online for viewers.
Canadian viewers are faring better than Americans. Its CTV network has already renewed the series for a second season. They will continue to air the last two shows on Thursdays at 9 p.m. as they have been doing from the beginning.
Tentative plans have also been announced for the first season to be released on DVD next April.
Viewers are expressing their outrage on various forums and news sites that have reported the news this morning, slamming NBC for their lack of loyalty to viewers who have already watched the first 11 episodes on the network. The only good news they have received is that it now appears that NBC will place the two shows online once they air in Canada.
Shanks summed it up nicely on his Twitter page: "Wow NBC......way to cheat 3 million people out of a resolution to the story #Disappointed#HardlySurprised"