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Date Posted: 11:08:24 07/14/11 Thu
Author: Site Administrator
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Subject: Re: Cancellation
In reply to: Fred 's message, "Cancellation" on 22:52:06 07/10/11 Sun

>However, from the sources I've heard, this was a very
>successful show. Why, then, was it cancelled after
>only two seasons, and why was the second season only
>half as long as the first? I would have loved to see
>this series continue for at least a third season.

There was the mentality at the networks (probably still is) that you didn't need to buy as many "new" episodes the second year because the kids would watch a rerun just as much as a new episode. CBS were probably just buying the 7 new episodes so they'd also have the original 15 to play for another year or reruns.

This law of diminishing episode orders for additional seasons was quite common. On "Shazam", which ran three seasons, CBS ordered 15, 7 and 6. Over at ABC on the "Krofft Supershow", they had 16 installments of "Wonderbug" the first season and only 6 new ones for the second.

After that, CBS apparently felt they had all the episodes they needed to just keep playing reruns. They KNEW the show was popular and wanted to keep it on the air, but for the least amount of money possible!

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