Share Your Memories is a monthly column that invites readers to contribute their recollections of what they watched on television and how they watched it. Topics range from obsolete equipment to network programming practices to specific TV shows and everything in between.
How Did You Learn the News?
Depending on how long you’ve been watching television, you may not remember the first time you learned a TV show you watched and enjoyed had been cancelled and wouldn’t be returning. These days, many people learn about TV cancellations on Facebook or Twitter, in some cases directly from a member of the cast or crew.
I’m old enough to remember a time before the World Wide Web, before cancellation reports spread instantly through social media. I’ve written about my love of one season wonder Earth 2 (NBC, 1994-1995) before. It was the first “grown-up” TV show I watched and I was devastated when NBC cancelled it after a single season. But I don’t actually remember how I found out Earth 2 was over. Although the World Wide Web existed in 1995, and Earth 2 fan sites and Usenet groups existed, my family wasn’t online.
My best guess is I heard the news from my parents, who probably read about Earth 2‘s cancellation in a newspaper or magazine article.
If you remember learning a favorite TV show had been cancelled, I’m curious to read your recollections. Did you find out from your parents? Did you hear it from a coworker? Or did you learn the sad news yourself in TV Guide?