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Canceled: Awake, Secret Circle, Gifted Man

By May 14, 2012

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It's all over for (I)The Secret Circle(/i).

It's all over for The Secret Circle.


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NBC, CBS, and The CW left it until almost the last possible moment--the eve of the big network upfronts--to settle the fates of three freshman genre shows that had great concepts but didn't get the support in conventional ratings that the networks wanted.

It's a bloodbath of infant series this year. Awake, A Gifted Man, and The Secret Circle, like The Fades a few weeks ago, Terra Nova in March and The Nine Lives of Chloe King at the beginning of the fall season, will all join the ranks of good sci-fi/fantasy shows that were killed after a single season, before they'd had a chance to come into their own.

In fact, the only new genre shows for 2011-2012 to survive on the five broadcast networks were the two entries/progenitors of the current fairy tale fad, Once Upon a Time and Grimm, and a late entry, Kiefer Sutherland's Touch.

Were these latest three cancellations expected? Two of the shows have been on the pundits' "death watch" lists for some time--in the case of A Gifted Man, for months; Awake's lackluster conventional ratings have prompted more recent concern. The Secret Circle was more of a surprise: even after The CW renewed Supernatural and Vampire Diaries without any mention of The Secret Circle, many writers though the show was in a gray area and could go either way.

The worst part is, all three shows built up to a powerful climax toward their season finales that signaled new and stronger sophomore seasons--which now will never be. A great deal of creative energy--both in front of the cameras (Jason Isaacs, Patrick Wilson, and a number of others I could name did outstanding jobs evoking complex and interesting characters) and behind--has now been, not wasted, but tamped down, prevented from blossoming into something better. And all of them will have to start over from scratch with new concepts and the headaches of new production, and new pressure to conjure profits or else.

On the other hand, everything creative has risks. Secret Circle star Chris Zylka left this trenchant tweet this morning: "In art, you must be able to walk away. If you cant walk away from something that didn't work, how can you walk away from something that is."

And Awake creator Kyle Killen, who already had a highly favored ratings disaster under his belt, was able to laugh about it on his own Twitter feed. "guys its cool," he tweeted. "awake lasted 600% longer than lone star. at that rate next 1 be on until end of time."

I'll say it outright: it has its flaws, but I'm a big fan of Awake; losing this show in particular is another sad moment in a tumultuous season. Hats off and thanks to Kyle Killen, Jason Isaacs, and everyone else who worked hard to make Awake a reality.
Tags: Awake, The Secret Circle, A Gifted Man
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May 14, 2012 at 12:57 pm
(1) ln419 says:

You guys @ Awake (inclusive) did a wonderful job in a tough time slot and many, many of us were totally invested in ALL the characters and the plot line, so thank you for some great TV in the midst of crap. Be proud of yourselves, one and all.

May 14, 2012 at 2:44 pm
(2) SweetDeeDee says:

I thought AWAKE was one of the best shows that was ever produced by ABC. The Acting and the storyline was superb. So, I am totally devestated that it was not renewed.

The show made you THINK. I was intrigued how the writer(s) somehow tapped into the psyche of the brain. How the brain will do anything to survive, even if it means hallucination which is really schizophrenia.

You got to give it one more chance. ABC you got to figure out how to market something as creative as AWAKE. There is a market out there for it.

Dietra

May 14, 2012 at 6:14 pm
(3) darkangel1313 says:

I am VERY disappointed that TSC was cancelled! i absolutely LOVED The Secret Circle and wanted to see more. I really enjoyed the 1st season. After watching the finale, i loved the end of it and would love to know what happened after. Leaving us all off like that and then not making any more really makes me sad and a little mad!

May 14, 2012 at 7:01 pm
(4) Linda says:

Well I for one was glad to see something a little different which is what drew me to AWAKE. I think that it is really sad that all we have to watch is the same ole, same ole on TV no matter what channel it is and when something new and different comes along, some idiot makes the decision to cancel it. I thought the acting in AWAKE was very good and it is something interesting. I for one am extremely disappointed and I know several people who were going to catch re-runs this summer because the time slot didn’t allow them to watch the first run at it’s timeslot so they would be caught up for season two. Now we all have to miss out.

May 14, 2012 at 9:16 pm
(5) Lee says:

Save The Secret Circle! Sign the petitions in the link below:

http://save.thesecret-circle.com/?page_id=60

May 14, 2012 at 9:22 pm
(6) tamera says:

Let me tell you how mad and just plain upset that the secret circle will not be back for another season! I feel the network made a huge mistake!!I for one find it hard to watch the shows on this network. First One Tree Hill and now this!! I can honestly say that I will never and I mean never watch this network ever,ever again! Unless the secret circle comes back bye-bye CW you suck!!!!! I guess you don’t know a good show when you have one!!

May 14, 2012 at 9:43 pm
(7) fan tsc says:

Why cancel the secret circle me and all my friend wached it ande like it alot. What a let down!!!!!!!!!!!

May 14, 2012 at 9:46 pm
(8) eViLicIoUs says:

Why are you canceling The Secret Circle !!!!
Is it cuz u need,to make room for a series that caters to porn stars an snobby rich kids or alcoholic idiots getting payed to act a fool!!!! I am extremely disappointed in u CW if it wasnt for Vampire Diares an Supernatural
I wouldn’t waste my with your channel
PLEASE RETHINK YOUR STUPID DECISION

May 14, 2012 at 9:57 pm
(9) T Smooth says:

I am so upset that The Secret Circle was cancelled. The show was so good!! To end any such a point and never know what is going to happen is so FRUSTRATING!! They need to bring it back. The potential of the show was not fully realized.

May 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm
(10) REALLY says:

ARE YOU SERIOUS?! I hope the people who canceled the secret circle read this. Every thursday i watch vampire diaries and secret circle; why do these stations keep taking away the good shows and leave horrible ones on. Bring secret circle back!! vampire diaries and secret circle are two of the best. your making horrible mistakes. Everyone has their own opinions.

May 14, 2012 at 10:06 pm
(11) Read says:

Definitley wouldnt waste my time with cw if it wasnt for vampire diaries and secret circle and supernatural. BRING BACK SECRET CIRCLE!

May 14, 2012 at 10:46 pm
(12) T.D. says:

I can’t even tell you how disappointed I am to hear that the Secret Circle has been cancelled. What a bad call that was. The show was gaining more an more momentum with each episode. I seriously hope the powers the be at the CW read posts like this. This is a major let down.

May 14, 2012 at 10:59 pm
(13) Shari says:

Sadly CW seems to do this many times over cancelling shows that have so much potential !! Complete stupidity in my eyes !!! So many of the great shows we’ve had in the past have needed a chance and been given that chance to go to be one of the best shows and ran for years and years !! It had a great following and it was paired up with another great show(Vampire Diaries)….So disappointed in this network !!! such stupidity !

May 14, 2012 at 11:09 pm
(14) tonja says:

DITTO ON ALL THE REMARKS THAT WERE MADE!!!! FINALLY YOU HAVE GREAT SHOWS ON AND YOU DECIDE TO CANCEL THEM BIG MISTAKE!!!! IF THE 2 REMAINING SHOW THAT I LIKE EVER ARE CANCELED I WILL NOT EVER WATCH YOUR CHANNEL AGAIN!! YOU NEED TO RETHINK YOUR DECISIONS!!!

May 15, 2012 at 3:53 am
(15) Jennifer says:

I agree. It’s just plain stupid that CW cancelled TSC. And like Really said if it wasn’t for TVD and Supernatural I wouldn’t be watching CW at all. They do that too many good shows to bring new ones on that will just flop anyways and to keep shows on that have ran out and repeat story lines. Argh! Bring it back!!!

May 15, 2012 at 6:35 am
(16) dragoongary200 says:

I really hate how they stopped secret circle, the only reason I watched the CW is because of that and vampire diaries-ocassionally supernatural(but not so much for season 7). I really think the season finale was amazing for secret circle. Adam and Cassie were also my favorite tv love affair. :/

May 15, 2012 at 11:41 am
(17) Cecilia says:

If it was your intent to cancel TSC, then why give us an epic finale that leave us craving for more. It was a storyline that could have gone on for years. Shows like gossip girl or 90210 could have gone and no hearts would be broken. Vamire diaries and TSC were awesome and I never missed an episode but even Vampire Diaries had atleast run its course and could end but TSC never had a chance. Its like reading the first couple of chapters of a completely captivating book to just have someone snatch it away and never give it back. I am so upset, everyone I know is boycotting CW. Waiting to see the lineup on FOX for the fall. We are all done with this station. Whoever is making the final decision at this network…time to retire…your out of date and obsolete!

May 15, 2012 at 4:19 pm
(18) Jean says:

I will continue to watch CW just because of TVD and supernatural (if season 8 is the last. So boring lately). After TSC cancelation I realized how much CW sucks. Stupid network

May 15, 2012 at 6:55 pm
(19) james says:

THE AWAKE SOLUTION (imo):
Following the accident, Britton is in a coma. As he is visited seperately by his surviving wife and son, his subconscious mind builds a scenario wherein the non-present family member is dead and the visiting member is alive. When he revives from his coma, he finds both his wife and son are still alive. A HAPPY ENDING FOR EVERYONE.

May 17, 2012 at 9:53 am
(20) Anja says:

TSC was on its way out. It had one whole season to prove it self. Bad casting decisions, some stars that lacked charisma, and bad script writing took it out.

May 18, 2012 at 2:49 pm
(21) Inez says:

i am so upset that the secret circle was cancelled.i dont think it made much since because they average 2 million viewers per weel while heart of dixie and nikia averaged much less than that.if you are fan sign the http://twitition.com/6m2vl .It has 19,526

May 18, 2012 at 11:33 pm
(22) Timbo says:

The moment I watched the pilot for AWAKE, I knew it was doomed. Why in the hell would you shop ABC for this show? It belonged on F/X or another cable channel. I was so invested in this that I really hope the writers/creators will reveal their vision for the show’s progression. I want to find out if he was in a coma.

May 19, 2012 at 5:58 pm
(23) Vera McLean says:

We finally found a great show “AWAKE” that had excellent actors, an intriguing story line and, of course, its cancelled: but the mindless drivel just goes on and on!! Thanks for the few weeks anyway, we thoroughly enjoyed the show and gave us some good discussions.

Is there ANYTHING we could do to bring “AWAKE” back again? Give it a chance to blossom and succeed? We can just hope I guess.

May 20, 2012 at 1:20 am
(24) Teri58 says:

Ok. Awake is on NBC not ABC. It’s one of my favorite shows, so of course its gotten cancelled. I see the networks do this time and time again when it comes to sci-fi shows. It’s rare that 1 will last longer than one season. And yet the unimaginative, boring, and sickly sweet remain season after season. Don’t people get tired of the same formula being fed to them? Please give me a reason to believe that you folks understand your audience. After all isn’t it about what WE want to watch? Just give me another reason to go to bed early and turn the TV off.

May 22, 2012 at 2:26 pm
(25) Anna says:

I am REALLY upset that A Gifted Man was canceled. It was an awesome show and I thought the casting and story lines were very different and interesting. What are they thinking???

May 22, 2012 at 10:38 pm
(26) sabryna stpierre says:

ARE YOU FKN HIGH:o WHO ON EARTH CANCELS THE SECRET CIRCLE, WOW CW GOOD JOB YOU JUST GOT ONE LESS VIEWER! TSC ROCKKKKKKS<3

May 24, 2012 at 8:58 pm
(27) cmenow4493 says:

With so many formula shows I found Awake refreshing and certainly never dull. I always tried to figure out what was really going on…I loved not being sure…it is ridicculous to pull this series without giving it a real chance!

May 26, 2012 at 5:22 pm
(28) MLK says:

Jason Issacs created a strong character. I thought the writing was intriguing and the twists engaging. Sorry it was cancelled, probably to make room for more reality shows like the bachelor.. what a waste.

May 27, 2012 at 7:25 pm
(29) NORMA says:

WHY DID YOU TAKE ONE OF MY FAVORITE SHOWS OFF THE AIR SECRET CIRCLE . I LOVE THE WAY YOU ENDED IT . YOU MADE US THINK IT WAS COMING BACK . I REALLY LIKE BRITT . YOU SEEM TO TAKE ALL THE GOOD SHOWS , AND KEEP GARBAGE LIKE GRIMM. TAKE THAT ONE OFF AND BRING SECRET CIRCLE BACK.

May 27, 2012 at 8:42 pm
(30) Ellie says:

I LOVED THE SECRET CIRCLE. They cancelled the show and they leave us hanging – they could have at least finished the series!

May 31, 2012 at 7:42 pm
(31) Shawn says:

It’s a real shame networks give us one season of shows then cancel them then have nerve to expect fans to buy dvd I DON’T THINK SO it’s an incomplete story! >.>

June 2, 2012 at 10:13 am
(32) Katydid says:

It really was a mistake to leave a cliffhanger for TSC and not renew. Come on…. at least give us a few more shows to wrap up the series!!!!!

June 22, 2012 at 2:07 am
(33) Michael says:

I want to say that, despite popular belief, people are still fighting for TSC! Don’t give up hope because they say it’s over, they don’t get that choice, we do. Can they cancel it? Yes. Can they not sell their rights? Yes. Can they just leave you hanging until you go away? Yes. But what can viewers do? WE CAN PROTEST! We have a voice, we have a say in what we watch! All we have to do is annoy the CW and make them sorry! We can not watch the CW (no brainer for me, considering how horrible their new shows both look and sound). We can send letters, to them and other networks, or even just like a facebook page. Every little bit helps. I don’t care if the storyline isn’t the same, I don’t care if the actors are different (as long as they don’t suck), and I don’t care if the special effects are bad. As long as I have TSC! So before you give up, remember this: Nothing is impossible, until you give up on it!

June 25, 2012 at 4:06 am
(34) ika says:

Please continue A Gifted MAn. It’s a good TV series !!!

July 1, 2012 at 12:28 am
(35) Dorthy says:

I am getting so freaken pisssed at shows being cancelled while they have us hanging on by a thread just to see whats going to happen next. Who gives a crap about the fan? Not the network that’s for sure. If these networks can’t promise us a beginning, a middle and an end to a story, I will not be watching any more series. I would rather read a book at least then I know that I will at least get an ending. I encourage everyone to stop watching any series until we are promised an ending season if the show is cut. That is the only way they will stop screwing us!!

August 6, 2012 at 4:06 pm
(36) J says:

i AM SO DISGUSTED WITH ALL THESE NETWORKS CANCELLING SHOWS WITHOUT GIVING THEM A CHANCE. SECRET CIRCLE WAS A GREAT SHOW HANDS DOWN..NO SMALLVILLE, LAST LEGS OF SUPERNATURAL AND THAT’T IT FOR ME. THIS IS PRECISELY WHY I WATCH CABLE NETWORK SHOWS. STOP RESURRECTING OLD SHOWS WITH A RIDICULOUS SPIN..THE BEST RESURRECTED SHOW SO FAR IS DALLAS. I HOPE THEY BRING BACK SECRET CIRCLE BUT THEY PROBABLY WILL NOT.. REACH OUT TO SYFY AND PERHAPS THEY MAY CONSIDER PICKING IT UP..GREAT OH ANOTHER GREAT REMAKE WAS V..FAREWELL SECRET CIRCLE, V, THE EVENT AND FLASH FORWARD…BREAT SYFY SHOWS THAT BIT THE DUST THANX OVERPAID UNDER TALENTED EXECS. WHAT WILL YOU DO WHEN WE STOP WATCHING ALL TOGETHER???? WALMART HERE YOU COME…

September 20, 2012 at 4:01 pm
(37) Ana says:

I really want to see the secrete circle back, its defenitly an amazing show I thought that after “Heroes” (which was also cancled) I would never be able to find another show that would interest me but, I did and now its canceled!! My heart is seriously broken. FML!

September 21, 2012 at 11:19 pm
(38) Tucker says:

The Secret Circle is one of my favorite shows!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Scfy you need to pickup this series! CW doesn’t know what they had! Bring it BACK!!!

October 1, 2012 at 4:49 am
(39) Secret circle fan says:

Iv been waiting for the second season of secet circle to begin all summer…….now to find out its cancelled!!!!!!! Such a let down, bummer a huge loss. One of my favorite shows since Sex in the city!!!!! I thought the writing & characters were fantastic!!!!! Every week my co~workers & I would discuss the show & what we thought would hapoen next, first show in a long time that caught my attention!!!! Please find a way to bring Secret Circle back!!!!!!!!

January 16, 2013 at 9:28 pm
(40) Storm says:

Question:
I just read the Jan. 7 TV Guide Online interview with Sci Fi Channel president Bonnie Hammer about the cancellation of Farscape. I am copying the exact things she said: “Even though Stargate is sci fi, it’s very broad sci fi. It’s not serialized. Every episode, you can come to it whether you’ve watched the one before [or not]. They are self-contained…. Farscape, on the other hand, got very, very serialized. It got very ‘in.’ … They had brilliant and sophisticated writing, but it was so narrow that it basically was an invitation to not tune in if you weren’t totally familiar with the show. It was brilliant when you got it, and some of the characterizations were truly amazing, but it took a little too much work.” So my question or comment is, Farscape is too serialized, yet Sci Fi just went out and purchased The X-Files and is now running reruns of this, one of TV’s most serialized “in” shows around. They also showed Babylon 5, another very serialized show. Do you think they are covering up to try to make it the show’s fault and the fans’ fault? They seem to have given carte blanche on the direction of the show and never said they would like to see more stand-alone episodes. Does this make sense? — Theresa M.

Matt:
There’s no good way to justify this cancellation, and in this interview, Hammer came perilously close to admitting what I believe to be the truth: Sci Fi believed Farscape was too smart for what it considers its core audience to be, whatever that is. This is yet another indication that any show that requires attention, demands loyalty and rewards intelligence is an increasingly endangered species, even on so-called niche networks that are supposed to be encouraging such things.

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