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DEAD ZONE Dead!!
THE 4400 86’d!!

Published at: Dec. 19, 2007, 9:25 p.m. CST

I am – Hercules!! It seems not all characters are still welcome at USA. The channel has cancelled both “The 4400” and “The Dead Zone,” according to TV Guide’s Michael Ausiello. Both series aired their last episodes in September. We don’t get to find out what happened to Seattle after it became Promise City, but at least we got to see Jesus-like Jordan Collier demonstrate a superpower in the show’s final season. In other USA news, sister network NBC will be repurposing repeats of “Monk” and “Psych” to pad out its strike-addled schedule now that new reality fare like “Phenomenon” and “Clash of the Choirs” have gotten off to unspectacular starts on the network.

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  • Dec. 19, 2007, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Guess I don't have to start watching 4400

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    another cancellation

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 3:19 p.m. CST

    The Journeyman TB's all over this...

    by tonagan

    It's true, look!

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Lost track of both of these shows

    by Dijonase24

    I used to watch both of these shows every week, but at some point I lost track of both of them. I attempted to get back into Dead Zone last season, but either I had moved on or the show had really taken a dive. <br><br> I am a big fan of Monk, Psych, and Burn Notice, though. Hopefully USA can keep the streak alive and replace Dead Zone and 4400 with more quality programming.

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Yeah! Now theres more room for crime solving shows!

    by Raymar

    Right? I'm sure USA can add some more Law & Orders to their schedule!

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Fucking NBC.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Hey, how about you help out you other sister network - the whimpering Sci-Fi Channel. Like maybe you could run all 3 previous seasons of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA so that you can generate more interest and provide some quality entertainment to your starving viewers during the period of this Writer's strike.<P>Do you hear what I'm saying, NBC?

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Burn Notice

    by darquelyte

    If NBC can't replay Burn Notice since Fox Studios made it, maybe Fox can air it. Great show, lots of fun. Besides, who doesn't want to see Bruce Campbell on the air more often?

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Absolutely Mr Gaius!

    by Spank

    NBC would rather rerun a show that performed below expecations on ABC (Monk) and another show that is even less spectacular in writing (Psych) to airing ANYTHING that might generate a hardcore following with BIG fan base potential (Like Battlestar- OR Journeyman-or even the solid and FUN Burn Notice, also on USA!). Just ANOTHER example of how ON THE BALL these programming execs are at NBC- BUT the NEW season of The Biggest Loser starts soon!!! OH YEAH!! GET THOSE RESUME'S READY!!!

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 3:39 p.m. CST

    btw, On the actual subject of this talkback...

    by Spank

    Dead Zone had a good run, and though it was faltering last season pretty badly (okay, VERY badly) sorry to see it go. 4400 on the other hand had it's clumsy moments but was one of the most enjoyable braincheck shows on these last few years. What I thought was awesome about that show was the constant storyline movement and the fact that they only relied on that "it was only a dream" cliche' once or twice when it would have been an easy out for them on a number of occasions. sad to see it go, but it DOES free up another slot in my ever shortening list of stuff to watch with nothing of ANY value to replace it. Just means I get to read more!

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 3:40 p.m. CST

    NBC SUCKS!

    by Dragulf

    Why do you only post NBC news? Just about every website does this. NBC can't be that interesting. Aren't they screaming about profit losses (HAH!) and yet they keep pissing off their viewers. GET YOU HEAD OUT OF YOUR ASS NBC!

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 3:41 p.m. CST

    dammit... RIP 4400...

    by turketron

    I actually kept up with that show. There was nothing on in the summer months, and the 4400 wasn't too bad. I wish they could have at least given it a proper end with a tv movie or miniseries.

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 3:44 p.m. CST

    bye bye 4400

    by coachaaron

    i loved the show, especially since it was a summer filler when nothing else was on. even with all its ups and downs, it was still the best thing USA has aired in the last 5 years. yet in all fairness, heroes is what the 4400 should have been at least by season 2. now there is absolutely no reason to watch USA.

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Phenomenon was gay, so was 4400

    by Han Cholo

    Did anyone see the guy that fucked up his trick by putting his hand in the wrong jar? Dickhead got bitten by a snake. Then, while in pain and with the objection of the medical staff, he actually finished the trick so that he wouldn't get kicked off the show. <p> The reason 4400 sucked was that everyone that came from the past had a contemporary haircut. Took me right out of the show. Never watched it a-GAIN!!!

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Mr Nice Gaius is dead on

    by Secretagentnumber6

    Not that I do not like Psych, but come on and run BSG on NBC. At least the third season if not all of them. I just discovered how great it is and since they are dragging ass on release SSN 3 on DVD this is my only chance to watch it legally.

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 3:56 p.m. CST

    I remember tripping balls on shrooms...

    by The Dum Guy

    While waching the Dead Zone. The plot had something to do with the guy from Breakfast Club talking to an Indian who was on a spirit quest circa 1880's. That is the only episode I've ever seen.

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 4:04 p.m. CST

    I really do not know what

    by Series7

    any of you are talking about. Phenomenon was by far the greatest viewing experiences of the past year. Not for any of the tricks, but mainly to show what a dickhead Criss Angel is. Like everytime he thought it was dumb, and Uri was like yeah i liked it. BUT man when he totally called that boner Crossing Over guy out, that was funny as hell. I loved how he was calling him out on his bullshit trick. Other then that the whole show was just horrible, though the right guy did win.

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 4:06 p.m. CST

    What a crock

    by crazay

    That is the biggest crock of Shit since the cancellation of Jericho. Waste 4 goddamn years of my life wanting to see what happens next only to find out I don't get to see what happens. These networks have ADD when it comes to good sci-fi. A bunch of assholes.

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 4:07 p.m. CST

    by jamie001000

    I used to like The Dead Zone but this is probably two or three seasons over-due. Sucks about The 4400 though, they should get another miniseries to wrap things up.

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Geller was a hack too

    by Han Cholo

    If you see his esp trick he turns around AND covers his eyes with his hands? Homeboy has a mirror on the inside of his hands so he can see what the guinea--- I mean the assistant was doing. Anyone ever see him bend a spoon? Now that's a lame ass trick. Criss Angel is the Antichrist, however. I can't figure out how that dude floated across two rooftops unless they did some post-production crap a la David Blaine's levitation trick. I think Mindfuck would be a better title for his show.

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 4:12 p.m. CST

    What will Anthony Michael Hall do now?

    by Han Cholo

    I actually quite like ATH, he's a dude that if I met at a bar or something, I'd chat him up or buy him a drink. Maybe the sequel to Weird Science or something. He deserves better than this.

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 4:19 p.m. CST

    I liked 4400 a lot.

    by Mosquito March

    That show was a hell of a lot better than what HEROES has turned out to be.

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 4:24 p.m. CST

    4400...

    by pk68

    Was on a few more seasons compared to Heroes 1 1\2 seasons.. Besides apples to oranges...

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 4:25 p.m. CST

    well, ATH is in Dark Knight

    by oisin5199

    the problem with Dead Zone is that they could have come up with a satisfying ending a few seasons ago, but they decided to put it off and pad with mediocre episodes. Stillson's evil - then he's not - then he is again. And they kept replacing JJ with a new actor - worst kid replacement since the Sam's kid on ER. But any interesting plot they just dropped, like the future guy stuff with Frank Whaley - just throw away the cane and goodbye storyline. Of course, the main flaw in a show like this is that its source material, both the novel and the movie, were meant to be tragic. Johnny Smith was not supposed to survive. So turning it into a long running series meant that they had to change the fundamental tone of the piece. They did one episode that paid homage to the tragic ending in the book/movie, but they copped out with it being 'just a vision.' Even so, if they had carried on the way they were going, they could have had their happy ending with Johhny back together with Sarah and JJ, and Stillson's political career ruined if they had just sped things up. Now it's too late.

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 4:25 p.m. CST

    4400/Dead Zone

    by jsm1978

    My wife and I both loved watching The 4400. Very upsetting to know I won't have it to look forward to this summer, and will never get to find out what happens next. So that's one less show to watch. Suddenly having all these channels doesn't seem so great, as it seems there is less and less worth watching.<p> The Dead Zone on the other hand... I watched a few episodes of it, and thought it was fairly entertaining. Nothing I'll miss too much.

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Comic Book

    by localhero12

    I just saw the Star Trek year 4 comic book today right next to the BSG comic book and the Doctor Who classic. 4400 would be a great addition. Support your local Comic Book store!

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Fuck the USA Network and NBC all in one.

    by nalapou

    They've really let me down this season. The pre-strike plan of splitting BSG, then Journeyman, now 4400. Idiots.

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 4:59 p.m. CST

    NBC and BSG

    by robot overlord

    NBC tried running BSG episodes a couple of years ago. I believe they got the lowest network ratings of the year or in the history of NBC or something like that. NBC is going to put on everything but BSG. Though funny enough I found the show when it did play on NBC and the rest is history.

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 5:17 p.m. CST

    The upside for Anthony Michael Hall:

    by SleazyG.

    No scheduling conflicts, which means he can show up more on "Rescue Me"--a far better show that just got picked up for its first ever 22-episode season. Looks like Fox's win is NBC's loss.

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 5:34 p.m. CST

    SleazyG.

    by Secretagentnumber6

    Hall is not in Rescue Me. Terry Serpico plays Cousin Eddie. They look a lot alike so I can see where you got confused there.

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Holy Shit, Number6.

    by SleazyG.

    You're right. I can't believe it. That shit is CREEPY.

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 5:44 p.m. CST

    4400

    by HExTeXly

    My g/f loved this show...I have no idea why (what with HEROES on). I wish I could feel sad, but I could care less actually...

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Frack

    by blacknoi

    I mean fuck.... this is bullshit. 4400... please give it a miniseries so the story can be finished. I really was only hoping for one more season, but I wanted a wrapped plotline.

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 5:54 p.m. CST

    4400 cancelled??

    by optimus plump

    i live in the uk,i catch up with all the US shows as and when i can. We didnt really get a run of the 4400 over here so i hadnt heard much about it. I watched Heroes season 1 and loved it, then watched season 2 on download and thought it was a real crock of shit this year! Id heard 4400 was about super powers aswell so brought up season 1, 2 and 3 and i gotta say if this show had even half the budget of heroes it would've been HUGE cos there are some shit hot ideas in there, not to mention way better handling of its super individuals....im sad to hear ots been cancelled cos if heroes doesnt pick up it's game all i got is lost! and just got im british dont mean i like Dr Who, infact i think its totally shite!

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Tt??

    by JimCurry

    Think that's supposed to be an I there genius. Sweet JESUS will you guys ever spell/grammar check?

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 6 p.m. CST

    People's Choice Awards telecast dead, too.

    by Pennsy

    The awards will be handled off-camera. Here's the scoop: http://tinyurl.com/34vvau. The WGA's new purpose in life, apparently, is to KO the Oscar telecast, too.

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Two of my favorite shows are gone!

    by Snaieke

    This is indeed a sad day.

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 6:04 p.m. CST

    I thought Anthony Michael Hall was in The Dark Knight.

    by Barry Egan

    Was that a false rumor?

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Dear Intertard F*ck-knuckle...

    by DropJohnson

    ...please stop investing so heavily in every hack p.o.s. 'serialized drama' that networks decide to fart out just to put seventeen more box set SKUs into the big box electronic stores' advance orders for Q4 2009. k, thx! *stabs Jericho in the throat with a dirty ball point pen*

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Coming up on USA's schedule this summer!

    by snowpuff

    Coming up on USA's schedule this summer!<br> <br> Punk: A wacky neurotic cop solves crimes with his special abilities <br><br> Msych: A wacky neurotic FBI agent solves crimes using his disabilities<br><br> 4400 Monks: A team of Carthusian monks solve crimes using their special powers<br><br> Criminal Zone: A special case squad tracks criminals with super powers.

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Um, wait a second

    by snowpuff

    The monks solving crimes doesn't sound like such a bad idea. Ben Silverman and Bonnie Hammer: listen, it's like INTO GREAT SILENCE meets CRIMINAL INTENT. The monks are so much more spiritually aware and pure that they can see things we ordinary individuals cannot. But of course the monks are always reluctant to get involved and use their special... monk beliefs... to solve the crimes AND enlighten and mystify the protagonist detective and the audience.<br> <br> Call me.

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Shame, Dead Zone was not at its best but deserved an ending.

    by Kurg1

    It had been heavily fucked around with for the last 3 seasons, new characters introduced and dropped without adding anything. Blind alley plots that took entire fucking seasons. A TV movie to finally tie the armageddon arc up would be the least they can do.

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 6:35 p.m. CST

    At least there's still Burn Notice

    by The Selecter

    for some summer filler, if the fucktards on both sides of the strike wake up.* I wouldn't mind having the 4400 continue, but last season's explorations of faith lost me.<br><br>* no constructive effort toward resolution renders any destructive effort inexcusable

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 6:44 p.m. CST

    What is the point of Phenomenon?

    by Billy Goat

    Somebody please explain it. Are they looking for real psychics, or stage acts? I mean, on the one hand, you've got Uri Geller, who makes a living trying to convince people he's the greatest psychic in the world, and he may even believe it himself. (Because, you know, solving and preventing mysterious murders is nowhere near as great as BENDING SPOONS!!!) On the other hand, you've got Criss Angel who, despite his messianic posturing, is an entertainer, a trickster, who when off-stage does not claim to perform real supernatural feats. These guys are opposites of each other. Fans of one of them, are not fans of the other. Why are they working together?

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Dead Zone should have followed the book.

    by Christopher3

    Three seasons, with some standalones to pad things out, but mostly dealing with the Stillson arc. Another show killed by the American tendency to string things out unecessarily.

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 7:14 p.m. CST

    by Athanatos

    Tried 4400 when it first came out and couldn't get into it at all. Most shows are crap these days, and if they are any good, they usually outstay their welcome by a few seasons, becoming pathetic shadows of themselves, that is if the execs don't terminate em before the first season is complete.

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 7:25 p.m. CST

    This is disappointing

    by My Pretty Pony

    The least those dickheads at USA Network could do is give these shows a proper ending. I looked forward to watching them during the summer, since there's not much else on. "4400" was really interesting and they ended it on a huge cliffhanger! I agree that "Dead Zone" wasn't at its best last season, but at least give us some freaking closure after watching the show for so many years! What the hell else do they have to sustain the network, anyway? "Psych" & "Burn Notice" are good, but "Monk" is almost at the end of its run and so is that Criminal nobody cares show. Oh, wait. They've also got that brain numbing crap show starring Debra Messing. Merry Christmas to you too, assholes!

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 7:56 p.m. CST

    of course!

    by Judge Briggs

    Alwanys happens to the fun shows... Carnivale, Angel, Farscape, welcome your new friend 4400...

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Anthony Michael Hall was great on Entourage...

    by tonagan

    Peeing off the balcony. Funniest cameo of the year.

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 8:24 p.m. CST

    4400

    by CrazyJoeDavola

    There goes my Summer filler show.

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 8:47 p.m. CST

    4400 > Heroes

    by topaz4206

    Well, at least in terms of narrative. In a smaller amount of episodes, 4400 has managed to expand from a small story to one with global implication.<br><br>Heroes, as polished as it is, seems to be spinning its wheels in Season 2.

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 8:50 p.m. CST

    All reality TV all the time = Murder/Suicide

    by Yeti

    Then again I could always study a new language - anyone know eher to pick up "Klingon for Dummies"?

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 8:58 p.m. CST

    What can we do?

    by garyploski

    4400 is (was) a great show. What can we as fans do to wake USA up to give the show its last hoo-rah? The show was close to wrapping up. Thoughts anyone?

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 9:07 p.m. CST

    4400 - Petition for a 5th Season

    by garyploski

    Someone started a petition in the USA Network's forums. Check it out here: http://forums.usanetwork.com/index.php?showtopic=393722

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 9:29 p.m. CST

    well damn, how about at least a quickie 4400 tv movie?

    by br1947

    wrap it up? 4 seasons, a little closure? Hell, I'd settle for posting "This is what it was all about" letter on USA's website.

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Three months a year

    by Gislef_crow

    The fact that both shows only had one "block" of episodes, rather than Monk and Psych (which show new episodes in two blocks a year) probably didn't help. Who remembers the show 9 months later? Also DZ had major budget cutbacks this year, a move to Toronto for filming, pretty much dropped Walt and Bruce and Purdy, and generally cut back the budget. Sara and her kid just weren't that interesting. That all pretty much sealed its fate.

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Edited Dexter

    by jbs0209

    Edited Dexter will be the best 20 minutes of TV.

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Dead zone needed to go

    by jbs0209

    I liked Dead Zone, but I actually stopped watching if 1/3 of the way through this season.<p> What the Hell were the producers thinking? <p> Hey, let us throw away all our story arcs and start fresh with a silly love story written by a teenage girl.<p><br><p> As for 4400, a well done show with little budget or love given to it.<p> The 1st season was the best, but I am impressed to see how well the writers did in the later seasons as the cast became less committal (while the actor be available or won't they?) and the network obviously stopped giving anything resembling a rat's ass. "Hey kid here is a camcorder. Go make us a prime time show." (OK not that bad). <p> But the writers kept soldiering on when lessers would have given up.

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Why BSG Failed on NBC and How to make it work

    by InActionMan

    The reason BSG failed when they tried to run it on NBC a few years ago was for a couple of reasons: 1)They ran a shortened version of the mini series. As much as a love BSG the mini is quite frankly a little slow. 2)They ran it on a Saturday night when almost no one watches TV. 3)The did not promote it at all. How to make it work: Skip the mini and start with the first episode "33". Then after the end of season one. Run the mini promoted as "See how it all began" If "33" does not grab the audience nothing will. 2)Put it on Monday at 9 where "Heroes" used to be. Before Heroes started to suck Monday at nine was a solid spot for scifi TV on the network. 3)Promote the shit out of the premier. Do an action promo and a sex promo with barely clothed Trisha Helfer and naked 8 ti chi and run it during Sunday night football and other male oriented programming. Do a romance promo and run it during chick shows. Do a promo with butchy Starbuck and Lucy Lawless and run it during programs that lesbians like. Do a promo with some douche bag ranking on BSG and have Eddie Olmos come in and stare him down with the tag line "This ain't your daddy's BSG. Do a prestige promo emphasizing the Peabody and the Emmys and the top acting talent involved. 4) Sell more DVDs. Run ads at the end of each episode "Can't wait find out what happens next. BSG Season 1, 2.0 and 2.5 available now. If the NBC/Universal suites can't figure out that they have a quality product that's already paid for that they can use to get ratings and cross promote Scifi Channel and boost DVD rentals. They need to hang it up.

  • Dec. 19, 2007, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Dead Zone's loss saddened me...

    by captain_kirk

    The Dead Zone at is prime was a terrific high concept adaptation of a great stephen king novel. It worked great for what it was trying to do. I personally thought the stillson plot dragged a perfectly good show down...it was a great formulaic show with characters we cared about. Also, it was the late great Michael Piller's last show..and I'm a huge Piller fan because he brought us DS9, the best of the new trek shows. Unfortunately, moving the show to Quebec, replacing cute JJ with ugly kid from kicking and screaming and killing off walt, trying to blandly create a neutral friendship between ezri and johnny, and changing the mansion (because they moved) and making the show more drowsy and slow was its death knell. I lost attention each week as I'd watch stillson slobber over ezri dax, still somehow believing he was a good man. the last season in particular wasted the show completely. But it deserved an ending season. I hope USA reconsiders and brings back a few TV movies. It would be fitting and appropriate. At its best, the show had vision, introspection, and great characters. 4400 never did that for me. The mere title suggested too many people, characters, plots. Burn Notice is amusing at times, but too dry. Thank the lord for Psych and Monk. Monk has become a little light in recent seasons, but it still tugs right where it needs to. And Psych is one of the greatest gen-x buddy cop/detective/psychic shows ever. What started off as a stiffly acted wooden-written show is my favorite show (ok, second to Monk, but still...). RIP Mr. Piller. I miss you. Kirk Out.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Bad night...

    by jgsugden

    First I watch the best new Sci-fi show in years - Journeyman - die on the air. Then, I hear that two shows that I enjoyed - although not nearly as much - are also dead. I hope 4400 and Dead Zone get a special to wrap things up.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 1:16 a.m. CST

    kind of sad

    by rockness

    4400 was like a calm comforting breeze to me. Surprisingly complex and well done at times, sure hokey and poorly written at other times. Still, there was something neat about it that allowed it to rise above what it should have been. They should at least give us a movie to tie things up.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 1:33 a.m. CST

    A pair of writers on the last season of Dead Zone do a podcast

    by Trader Groucho 2

    Sam and Jim Go to Hollywood. <p> http://tinyurl.com/2wymxx

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 1:41 a.m. CST

    damn

    by slkboxrman

    4400 was awesome.... anyone that didnt like it prob wasnt really watching or maybe didnt like it cuz they didnt shw enuf "powers"..the same reasons alot of the losers in the world have stopped liking HEROES...it was far and above MONK which i dont get how people like that show...prob the germaphobic people in the world love that ...and psych ? wtf.... theyre keeping that ? burn notice dont look all that great....guess all i can do for summer is wait for THE RICHES to come back....sigh

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 3:24 a.m. CST

    Fuck American Networks.

    by SUPERJIM

    Fuck all of them. The 4400 was my summer filler. Not anymore.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 5:23 a.m. CST

    Big Loss

    by Mastidon

    440 was great. Dead Zone was often predictable (ironicly enough) but still very good. Would be nice if they would at least have agreed to movies to wrap both series but I guess that would require respect for the several years people watched them both.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Maybe I'm overly negative...

    by Kid Z

    ...but I think we're looking at the possible death of scripted dramas and comedies on network TV. The rubes love their reality TV because they love watching mutant pif**kers just like themselves and they hate "all that faggy actin' shee-ot." ... and there's a lot of rubes here in good ol' 'Mairka.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Oh, and by the way...

    by Kid Z

    ...that's "pigf**kers"!

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 7:37 a.m. CST

    And no, I don't "hate 'Mairka"...

    by Kid Z

    ...It's just that 'Mairka's like going to the mall foodcourt when the local group home happens to have a field trip... you feel sorry for all the drooling mongoloids, but you really don't want to sit at the next table over.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Someone at NBC...

    by zer0cool2k2

    please give InActionMan a job! And please run some BSG on your faltering network. (C'mon, you can even promo it with "Bionic Woman's Katee Sackhoff" if you want to promote one of your crappy shows along the way).

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 8:03 a.m. CST

    the rocketeer can not die!

    by ironic_name

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 8:06 a.m. CST

    4400

    by ironic_name

    heroes, without the mainstream appeal.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 8:08 a.m. CST

    "psych" is actually painful to watch.

    by ironic_name

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Screen Actors Guild TV nominations here...

    by Pennsy

    COMEDY ENSEMBLE: Desperate Housewives, The Office, Ugly Betty, Entourage, 30 Rock <p> COMEDY ACTOR: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock; Steve Carell, The Office, Jeremy Piven, Entourage; Tony Shalhoub, Monk; Ricky Gervais, Extras <p> COMEDY ACTRESS : America Ferrera and Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty; Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds; Tina Fey, 30 Rock; Christina Applegate, Samantha Who? <p> DRAMA ENSEMBLE: Grey's Anatomy, Sopranos, Boston Legal, Mad Men, The Closer <p> DRAMA ACTOR: James Gandolfini, Sopranos, Michael C. Hall, Dexter; Hugh Laurie, House ; James Spader, Boston Legal; Jon Hamm, Mad Men <p> TV DRAMA ACTRESS: Glenn Close, Damages; Edie Falco, Sopranos; Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters; Holly Hunter, Saving Grace; Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

  • Michael Keaton, The Company; Kevin Kline, As You Like It; Oliver Pratt and John Turturro, The Bronx is Burning; Sam Shepard, Ruffian <p> Ellen Burstyn, For One More Day; Debra Messing, The Starter Wife; Anna Paquin, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee; Queen Latifah, Life Support; Vanessa Redgrave, The Fever GENA ROWLANDS / Melissa Eisenbloom – “What If God Were the Sun?” (Lifetime

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Who watched basic cable anyway???

    by redfist

    The shows got canned because they are not cheap...unlike reality TV. Heroes and BSG are examples that if it aint catching fire...drown it fast.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Monks solving crimes

    by skimn

    Somebody posted earlier a wacky idea about monks. It would fit USA's theme if they developed Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas character. I only read the first, but I know there were 3 popular books in the series.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 9:03 a.m. CST

    James Spader...

    by BizarroJerry

    Why do these Hollywood votin' people have such a hard-on over James Spader. He's all right, but is he really some great actor? That weird, offbeat character plays is just himself!

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 9:05 a.m. CST

    "He" plays, I mean...

    by BizarroJerry

    I still can't get over the half-assedness of this message board. My web space provider gives you better bulletin board software for free. Just install that! Editing, searching... it'd be very easy.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 9:12 a.m. CST

    4400

    by optimus plump

    after a night of dwelling on the information i DEMAND they at least tell us how the story ends...even if they just write it on their website.....cant believe the cunts cancelled it!

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 9:40 a.m. CST

    The 4400

    by Icht Buff

    It is one thing to cancel a show after a few episodes or after the first season maybe but to cancel a show after 4 awesome without having hardly any of the story arc resolved is just despicable. Consider me boycotting the USA channel.... maybe forever.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Dead Zone went downhill after....

    by Penetron

    it replaced it's original intro song Jeff Buckley's "New Years Prayer" which was was perfect in all it's eerie glory, with some generic shitty casio keyboard inspired intro. Also, it never came close to the awesomeness of the movie.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 10:17 a.m. CST

    USA did a horrible job advertizing these shows

    by palewook

    and skiffy never bothered to show them unless it was 2am on an alternate Tuesdays of a leap month.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 10:34 a.m. CST

    the 4400 was good but

    by CherryValance

    I lost track of it too. You know, I kinda wish we could just go back to the way it was years ago when the entire TV season started in September and ended in the spring. I never know when anything's on.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 11:02 a.m. CST

    As far as X-Men rip-offs go...

    by GenericGeek

    ..."The 4400" was WAY better than "Heroes". So, sad news indeed. I guess this means more rasslin', or something for USA.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 11:34 a.m. CST

    this is why i dont watch serialized shows

    by BMacSmith

    they drag them out as long as the ratings keep them on air, but once the ratings die the show does too, usually with a lame miniseries or no ending at all. All fourplay and no climax. no thanks.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 11:37 a.m. CST

    4400 was good the first year, but

    by ChrisTuckersOnlyFan

    went down the toilet after that. The Dead Zone was never good.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 11:58 a.m. CST

    tried

    by Bloo

    but never really got into these shows, sure I'd watch them at 2am if I was up and surfing AICN and lesbian chat rooms but just couldn't fully do it, I do feel sorry for those people that have invested energy and time into these shows. Burn Notice on the other hand I loved and I hope the Writer's Strike doesn't affect it. My feeling with BN is that it has a point whereit must end, when he finds out who burned him and gets his revenge after that it could just drag on and not make any sense<P>I enjoy Pysch too, it's just fun dule and Corbin Bernsen are a hoot and the Christmas special was great<P>I used to really enjoy Monk but since they lost his original assistant and replaced her with the chick from Two Guys and a Girl and the movie with Norm McDonald where people pay him to get revenge, it just seems like a shadow of itself.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 12:10 p.m. CST

    That now frees Anthony Michael Hall for

    by skimn

    Breakfast Club 2:The Quickening. Sorry Emilio, Bobby didn't exactly jump start your career.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 12:28 p.m. CST

    the 4400 was bollocks

    by Mr_X

    the dead zone was great, last season stunk to high heaven. it's a real kick in the teeth for fans not to have a conclusion to a 5 year arc. the 4400, mini series was fantastic, first season not so brilliant and then i just lost interest, collier killed, the baby turning into an adult, that kids mum dying. that cops son being a killer. it just became more and more rediculous and absurd. wehn i watched hgeros the first dseaosn i prayed it wouldnt go down the 4400 route of letting down the fans.. and its done exactly that. still for you 4400 fans, i'm sorry for the loss of your show. hope you get a tv movie to wrap up things, like i hope for the dead zone.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 12:37 p.m. CST

    I'll tell you why these serial drama's fail ...

    by Luscious.868

    Perhaps these new serialized dramas fail because I, and I'm sure a lot of other viewers like me, are tired of watching these shows when they first air and investing my time into them only to have the plugs get pulled before the show runners are able to put a proper end for the series together. I'm sick and tired of it. It happened to me first with Miracles on ABC, with Deadwood, Carnivale and John from Cincinnati on HBO, with a couple of new shows on FX, and the list goes on and on and on. Just about every network I watch pulls this shit with the exception of CBS becuase I can't think of a single show on CBS I watch. I'm fucking tired of it so I won't do it anymore. If I hear good things about a new serialized drama on any network I will not invest my time into it until it's over and I know that the show runner was able to give the series a proper ending. The only exception to that rule will bet with shows like 24 that are fairly self-contained within each season. For all the rest I'll go out and rent the DVD's and catch up on my own time. The networks are on crack if they think they can keep asking audiences to invest in new shows only to pull the plug after a season, or in some cases half a season, without allow the show runners to wrap things up and give the show a proper ending. Fuck them, I'm tired of dealing with it year in and year out.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Mr X

    by skimn

    Cancel your typing lessons from M-o-M now!!!

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 1:21 p.m. CST

    WHAT!!!!????

    by Evil Chicken

    You’ve GOT to be kidding me! 4400 is one of the BEST things on television! USA you can NOT leave this story unfinished. The writing and acting have remained excellent and “closure” should not be ignored. The story is not done; this really stinks – perhaps a mini-series, a TV movie or a move to a more sympathetic network? Honestly.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 1:42 p.m. CST

    serialized shows need an end to them

    by filmfanatic1

    I've been following 4400 on DVD, and now, it doesn't have an end? Luscious.868 is right. What's the point of following these kind of shows when the studios will cancel them, ending or not? What's worse is that shows like Deadwood and 4400 were on for a while,pulling us in, thinking that since they had some longevity, the studios would allow the producers to finish the storyline. TO AICN: Stop advertising Carnivale, will ya? It doesn't have an ending, right? So what's the point of following it.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Sharona v. Natalie

    by captain_kirk

    First, let me say I was deeply shocked and saddened when Bitty Schram was shown the door. However, I think Natalie is infinitely better. In order for Monk to have some maturing and growth he couldn't be mollycoddled by a nurse who was being paid to deal with his sh*t. Ultimately, the character arc would leave gaps. Certainly her departure was hastened, if not abrupt, but it was better for the show. Natalie doesn't put up with his crap. She's an equal to him on the show. Her daughter is a more interesting character than Sharona's son, too. I think the show's lightened up a bit, but I'm not sure that's because Natalie's around. I think that the depression subtext is often difficult for people to deal with, as it is and was so realistic. So what if it's a tad lighter now? My vote is for Natalie.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 1:59 p.m. CST

    sum it up on USA.com please

    by blacknoi

    4400: Seriously... give me one paragraph per character and explain what happened to them. Then devote 2 paragraphs on the main story (Promise City, the future people etc) and how it ends. I can live with that.<BR><BR> Just please don't leave us hanging.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Yeah, that's the least they could do

    by turketron

    I don't mind if I have to read a synopsis of what happens on the 4400. That's better than nothing. They owe their viewers that much...

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 3:39 p.m. CST

    In fact how was Surface supposed to end?

    by Hotscot

    I, also, would at least like to know how these shows were supposed to end. Perhaps, on these forums, we should alert the studios that unless they commit to show a full season of a new show then, regardless of our personal opinions, we will all spread the word that it sucks.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 3:51 p.m. CST

    InActionMan...

    by Tyrion's Tyrannical Todger

    You are close to genius on the BSG call. That is why you will never make it in the institutional mediocrity of televisino.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 6:30 p.m. CST

    I see your point captain_kirk

    by Bloo

    and I don't dislike Natalie as a char. I just don't like Taylor Howard (?) as an actress, at first I thought it was more of a case of Three's Company revolving roommates where Nat would be like sharona but isn't, but I just find howard grating as an actress. I know Silverman is tied up with her own show and stuff but I really wouldlike to se emore of her obsessed fan on Monk, because she irritaties Adrian in much the way he irritates others.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Welcome to the Law and Order network

    by CaptainStimpy

    24 hours of Dick Wolff crap everyday!

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 7:06 p.m. CST

    I forget.. What was Jordan's superpower?

    by Russman

    I remember he could take abilities from Promicin takers but was there anything else he could do? Sucks that it won't come back, but I figured as much considering how they ended it. I really liked the song, same from Fight Club.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 10:18 p.m. CST

    CaptainStimpy, we have one of those here in Australia too!

    by Paul T. Ryan

    Channel Ten. Any time a show gets yank there (say, Journeyman, Torchwood, Battlestar Galactica), it gets replaced by yet more L&O. Pathetic.

  • Dec. 21, 2007, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Jordan's superpower

    by newc0253

    was the ability to remove the superpowers of other 4400s.<p> it frakking sucks that they canned the 4400 but the last season finale was clearly written with that possibility in mind. the biggest gyp is that we never got a clear sense of what future disaster the 4400 were averting, aside from general badness. but i really liked the show, despite its third season meanderings.

  • Dec. 21, 2007, 12:34 p.m. CST

    arcing dramas with no conclusion =

    by ArcadianDS

    terrible dvd sales. You'd think the studios would recognize this and would, instead of outright cancelling a show, telling the producers, "You have three shows to wrap it up."<p> Any show, I dont care how much I like it, that doesn't get a proper conclusion - I dont buy that DVD collection.

  • Dec. 21, 2007, 2:05 p.m. CST

    captain_kirk

    by My Pretty Pony

    I agree. Natalie is a much better assistant for Monk than Sharona was. I'm not sure why they got rid of her. I heard that they wanted the new assistant to have a different dynamic w/ Monk. Although Sharona seemed like a tougher chick on the outside than Natalie is, she took way more crap from Monk. Natalie does force him to treat her as an equal and it works better.

  • Dec. 21, 2007, 3:13 p.m. CST

    what's interesting is that Monk has already aired on ABC

    by I87D

    a few summers ago... so that's one show that has aired "first run" on three networks. (yes, I know technically it's only first run on USA, but when a major network repurposes stuff from cable, I count that as a step up, and hence, first run all over again)

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 2:09 a.m. CST

    Dammit all to Hell...

    by Epsilon

    *Sigh*. I have mixed feelings about the DZ/4400 cancellations. As far as DZ goes, this is to be expected. In fact, I feared it would get cancelled at the end of each of the previous two seasons, which would have sucked more in some ways, and less in others. At least with this season, we're pretty much led to believe that Johnny will end up back with Sara raising J.J. and the baby girl. I can go out on a limb and say he stops Stillson (since Johnny always saves the day) and lives happily ever after. Though, I would like to know just how Stillson was going to cause Armageddon. But as others have said, this show was just too inconsistent. Very interesting storylines (future Johnny, for example) would get thrown away at the drop of a hat. And this season they axed all the supporting characters except Sara and replaced J.J. with one very annoying little actor. This was always the way it was going to end, and it could have been worse, but I'll miss it nonetheless. 4400 is much harder for me to swallow. I really LOVED the original premise of this show (the mystery surrounding abductees returned after years away), and liked the show delivery itself. Yes, it had its ups and downs. I really missed the Richard/Lilly storyline after S2. But Tom, Diana and Shawn were always compelling characters and this was a great summer filler show. I will truly miss seeing it next June. It is more difficult to accept than DZ because there was still so much we didn't know. A fitting ending for both series would have been nice, but as usual, Universal/NBC screws fans whenever they get a chance. I'm still waiting on a fitting ending to The Pretender. Goodbye 4400, you will be missed. I hope the actors find their way to other series, many of them are quite talented.

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 4:43 p.m. CST

    What type of conclusion do you want?

    by jbs0209

    Christ, what level of conclusion do you people need?!?<p> Do we have to shot everyone, ala Blake's 7?<p> Deadwood & 4400 had perfectly good endings that solved the current dilemmas and left you feeling that life was going to go on for these people. They didn't die with cliffhangers. <p> Screaming "conclusion" just isn't a valid complaint in these cases.

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 11:57 p.m. CST

    If only the 4400 solved crimes...

    by MrMysteryGuest

    then there'd be 4400 detectives running around, and Jordan Collier would be running around with a cape and tights fighting crime and calling himself Batman!

  • Dec. 24, 2007, 5:02 p.m. CST

    shame

    by Candy ass monkey suit

    Real shame about the 4400. I really enjoyed that show..i hope they can do a tv movie and wrap up the story as it was really going places..in some way it's probably seen as a poor mans "heroes" but although not as good as thta it was still a fucking ace show..R.I.P