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There's a case to be made for Bewitched (1964 - 1972), which continued for three seasons after the co-star Dick York was replaced by Dick Sargent in the same role of Darrin Stephens. The main character, Samantha Stephens, was married to Darrin, so they definitely qualify as a couple/duo. Watching syndicated re-runs of Bewitched as a kid, I actually didn't ...


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Yes it has happened. An early example is Doctor Who. Every few seasons either The Doctor regenerates and begins to be played by a new actor, or he switches his companion and gets a new one, again played by a new actor. It has been running for ages and is still successful. As @KutuluMike noted, the success or failure of losing actors or getting new ones is ...


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(Historical note: This answer was written before the question was edited to ask for "the first". I'm not changing it because I think it's more informative the way it is.) Yes, it has happened, though it's rare. The trick seems to be how strong of a replacement character they can get to fill the void, and how well the show's supporting cast is at holding ...


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Several factors led to the demise of Firefly, but ultimately it was a colossal mistake by Fox executives. The series was played at an unfavorable time slot, and to confound this, Fox decided to play the episodes out of order, insisting that the 'better' episodes play first. Naturally, this meant there was some confusion on the audience's part. Former Fox ...


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The Goldbergs is possibly the earliest example, running from 1949 to 1957, originally starring Phillip Loeb as Jake Goldberg, but the Red Scare forced him off the show and he was replaced by Harold Stone and Robert H. Harris (sources differ as to which was first). Phillip Loeb, blacklisted on suspicion of being a communist, eventually committed suicide. ...


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even after it's cancellation it spawned a theatrical movie release (emphasis yours) That was due to strong DVD sales: As an afterthought, Fox released the 14 episodes on DVD and something surprising happened: The expensive boxed set sold somewhere north of 200,000 copies. On the strength of the DVD sales, Universal green-lit a small-budget movie, to ...


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I feel the 'Declining Ratings' segment in Twin Peaks' Wikipedia page sums up the reasons pretty well (but I'll sum them up even further with bullet points below). With the resolution of Twin Peaks' main drawing point (Laura Palmer's murder) in the middle of the second season, and with subsequent story lines becoming more obscure and drawn out, public ...


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The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show aired October 12, 1950 – September 15, 1958, continued for about 5 years after the last of 3 switches by the actor playing neighbour Harry Morton. Harry Morton was first portrayed by Hal March (October–December 1950), then John Brown (January–June 1951), and after that, Fred Clark, until 1953 when the role was ...


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I agree! It was cancelled due to the lack of support of the show. The second season is still a "complete" season, it just wraps things up pretty quickly. If you're still interested in what happens after season two there is apparently a comic that came out to continue the story where it was left off. (Not sure if its fan made or fan supported or made by the ...


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It was cancelled because of dwindling ratings and being replaced by another show. The same fate that many great shows (coughFireflycough) shared. From Futoncritic.com: (emphasis mine) "John Doe's" search for the truth is over. A source close to the FOX series has informed us the network will not renew the series for a second season. The producers of the ...


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It depends on the show in question. First of all, apart from the obvious live programs, TV Shows are filmed well in advance, and usually have at least a half-dozen episodes in some stage of post-production at a time. Dramas that are cancelled in this middle of their production season will definitely have leftover episodes. (This is one reason networks ...


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Other than paying a network $50 Million to air it? Not a great deal. Networks will only pick up a show they think will sell well. However, there other options if fans and the cast of the show work together. The prime example right now would be the Bring Back MST3K Kickstarter. This was a project created by one of the original cast of the show, to do two ...


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Terra Nova (Fox: 10.1 million, 3.6): Some in the industry feel Fox made a mistake not picking up this ambitious drama for a second season. I agree. Terra Nova managed the rare feat of delivering a sizable family audience to a broadcast drama, found its legs creatively in its final hours and there was nothing else like it on TV. Cost was a factor, but so was ...


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There are four episodes according to Wikipedia. And six episodes according to Google's sidebar: S1, Ep6 We Are Gentlemen Nov 4, 2013 S1, Ep5 We Are Wingmen Oct 28, 2013 S1, Ep4 We Are Learning to Swim Oct 21, 2013 S1, Ep3 We Are One Night Stands Oct 14, 2013 S1, Ep2 We are Dognappers Oct 07, 2013 S1, Ep1 Pilot ...


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Only seven episodes were ordered for the short second season. There were two endings filmed: the one that aired had an emotional conclusion and many of the fans were satisfied with that. The alternate ending, available in full on the 2nd season DVD, was the original ending that led into season 3. The Jericho comics/graphic novels continue the story from ...


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Was there any reasoning behind the cancellation of The Secret Circle The most obvious answer would be the sharply declining ratings (nearly) each episode got. The following graph is based on the zap2it reports of the Nielsen ratings listed below: Click to Enlarge Not only were the viewers low, The Secret Circle was consistently the lowest viewed TV show ...



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