Nowadays, any tv show that seems to get cancelled usually gets at least an article or two saying that Netflix may pick it up before deciding not to, or a sound bite from an actor stating that a movie to wrap things is quite plausible. These teases may have been promising for the three fans of The Event or The River, but such pipe dreams only make us wish that this fever for revitalizing shows existed a few years back.
Here are ten shows that got cut early that we wish could return:
Ah, Rubicon, the show AMC hopes you won’t remember, which is a shame. True, we are more than getting our conspiracy theory thrills with Showtime’s brilliant Homeland, but AMC’s only show thus far to make it past its first season offered plenty of intrigue as well. The show, which felt like a quiet blend of Damages and Alias, dove into the lives of analysts and conspiracy theories to the point where smoking men in suits actually met in large estates and talked about codes.
It had a great pseudo-1970s feel to it, and its grounded realism proved to make it feel more dangerous than any show on television. This wasn’t a story about in-your-face murders, but rather the shadowy coverups that left such little trace, you couldn’t help but wonder if similar plots are actually happening around us. The show’s pace was deliberate to the point where future seasons could have slowly chipped away at a large-scale network of conspiracy and political intrigue, but alas, its snail’s pace damned it into cancellation. It’s sad, but maybe the public wasn’t ready for a show whose title was derived from Julius Caesar’s historic march.
Rubicon is streaming on Amazon Prime Instant Video