7 TV Shows That Were Saved By Their Fans

  
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Usually, when a show gets cancelled, that’s the end; however, that isn’t always the case. There are several instances where a show is saved, but is picked up on another network, and there are also examples of fans rallying behind the show and getting network execs to change their mind. Here are 7 TV shows that were cancelled, but then saved by their loyal fans:

7. Arrested Development

Arrested Development received widespread critical acclaim, but it suffered low ratings and viewership on Fox, which is why it was cancelled after only three seasons. Following its cancellation in 2006, fans sent fake bananas to Fox (a reference to the Bluth family’s banana stand on the show) in a failed bid to have the series renewed. Although Fox didn’t renew the series, Netflix announced in 2011 that it would begin production on season four of the show, which premiered in 2013.

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6. Cougar Town

At the end of season three, Cougar Town was on the proverbial chopping block because of its sagging ratings, so its creators, Bill Lawrence and Kevin Biegel, planned a series of cocktail parties across the country for the show’s fans. In exchange for footing the bar tab and screening two episodes from the new season, all Lawrence and Biegel asked from fans was that they spread their love of the show to those who didn’t watch it. The campaign worked and TBS picked up the show for three more seasons.

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