Simon Cowell might be miffed X Factor USA is cancelled - but here's five top shows who came back from the dead


It’s culling season in the TV schedules -and this year’s casualties included an early blow for Simon Cowell whose X Factor USA got the chop by Fox in February, months before killing season had officially opened.

But now we can see which of our other favourite shows have been cancelled and sent to telly heaven as TV execs released their new autumn line ups – and also revealed no less than 24 other shows that have got the chop.

Among them was Sky Atlantic’s big new show Dracula, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers – a series which had been promoted as their big new thing just a few months ago.

Also on the chopping block was Sarah Michelle Gellar‘s The Crazy Ones (which for nothing else, we loved because it meant Buffy joined Twitter).

But is this really the end for the cancelled shows? Can Simon never take his X Factor back to the States?

Dry your eyes Simon, if the fans love your show enough there’s no power in the ‘verse (ahem) that can stop them fighting for a reprieve.

Here’s the top five shows fans have brought back from the dead…

Ripper Street

The Victorian-era police show starring Matthew MacFayden and Jerome Flynn got a massive following from fans after launching in 2012. Yet sadly not even Jerome’s bad boy copper act was enough to stop the BBC giving it the axe earlier this year.
But, in an age of social media, it seems you never can keep a good show down – and after a really rather impressive number of Facebook petitions, swanky big-bucks Internet streaming service Amazon Instant Prime announced they were going to make the third series. And the real kicker? BBC are now buying it back off them to show after they’ve streamed online.


My So-Called Life
The chop came for Claire Danes‘ groundbreaking teen drama after just 19 episodes in 1995. But two nations of teenage girls, who’d dyed their hair Angela Chase red, weren’t about to let Jordan Catalano disappear into TV history. So was launched Operation Life Support – one of the first ever online campaigns to save a TV show, born in a time when we all still used webcrawler and hadn’t even heard of AskJeeves. It didn’t quite work then, but it did finally help to ressurect the series in 2007, when its release on DVD, 13 years after cancellation.

Family Guy

Seth MacFarlane would never have got to host the Oscars if it hadn’t have been for his Family Guy fans. Fox cancelled the show in 2002 after just two seasons – and was so unimpressed they gave away the rights to cartoon series for practically free’. But it proved to be a big, big mistake. After rival company Adult Swim bought the rights, it became the biggest selling DVD of 2003. Realising they’d made a mistake almost as big as Simon Cowell turning down the Spice Girls, Fox then relaunched the show. It’s now on series 12 and playing NIGHTLY on BBC3…

Never was there stronger feeling than when Fox cancelled Joss Whedon‘s space western Firefly in 2002 – after airing just 11 of 14 episodes.
The UK and US fans weren’t exactly happy (and we’re not just talking Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory). Not only did they bombard Fox with postcards (oh, those pre-Twitter days), they raised more than £3,000 to pay for an advertising campaign supporting the show. It didn’t work, but Universal – impressed by the ongoing fan support – decided to buy the film rights leading to 2005 movie Serenity. Not quite the same as a series, but pretty shiny all the same.

Veronica Mars
Oh, how they tried to keep the Marshmallows down. The teen detective series was cancelled after three years in 2007 – but no one was going to let that be the end of it.
In a landmark move, creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell launched their Kickstarter campaign, with fans donating a whopping £3.4m to make a movie, released in March this year. And it doesn’t end there, the ongoing fan interest has now spurned a spin-off web and book series.

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