TV Q&A: It's lights out for 'Revolution'

  • Article by: RICH HELDENFELS , Akron Beacon Journal
  • Updated: July 21, 2014 - 2:52 PM
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Tracy Spiridakos, left, and Billy Burke starred in the NBC drama “Revolution.”

Q: Has the series “Revolution” been canceled? If so, is there a chance that it might be picked up by another network or that some final episodes could be made to wrap up the series?

A: NBC ended the post-apocalyptic drama after two seasons. It did well at first but might have been hurt by a long midseason hiatus.

Deadline.com reported that the studio behind “Revolution,” Warner Bros., hoped to get 13 more episodes to wrap up the series. Some shows do find new life: “Community” was recently picked up for a sixth season by the online video service Yahoo Screen.

But in the case of “Revolution,” the show was too expensive. NBC wasn’t interested, and so far no one else is, either.

Morgan couldn’t find viewers

Q: Why did Piers Morgan’s program on CNN suddenly disappear?

A: Bad ratings. After three years on the air, it had “a fraction of viewers compared with competitors at Fox News and MSNBC,” the New York Times noted. The successor to Larry King, Morgan admitted to the Times that he had trouble connecting with viewers: “I am a British guy debating American cultural issues, including guns, which has been very polarizing, and there is no doubt that there are many in the audience who are tired of me banging on about it.” There were also his regular tweets about cricket, not something that would engage most Americans. Morgan’s show ended in March.

Time-travel show was a miss

Q: Was there a short-lived series in the 1970s called “It’s About Time,” about two astronauts who got sent back in time to the Stone Age?

A: “It’s About Time” premiered on CBS in 1966. Jack Mullaney and Frank Aletter played astronauts who accidentally went back in time, meeting Stone Age people played by Imogene Coca, Joe E. Ross and others. When that premise did not work, the astronauts returned to the present day along with their prehistoric friends. That wasn’t successful, either. The show was canceled after a single season.

‘Rake’ showed no progress

Q: What happened to “Rake”?

A: The Fox drama starring Greg Kinnear proved a ratings disappointment. Inspired by an Australian series, it aired 12 episodes from January to April, then slid the 13th onto the schedule on June 27. That was the end.

 

Send questions about pop culture (with name and ­address) to rheldenfels@thebeaconjournal.com.

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