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Network executives might canceled a TV show based on its low ratings. But sometimes, fans really want to keep the TV show going, despite what executives think. Here are 7 fan campaigns that actually saved a TV show.
- Veronica Mars. In 2007, fans sent the CW 10,000 Mars candy bars to show their love and support for Veronica Mars when it was about to be canceled. Sadly, it wasn’t enough to bring the show back for season four, but in 2013, fans raced to Kickstarter to help fund a Veronica Mars movie. It was released the following year.
- Arrested Development. In 2005, fans sent Fox bananas to help keep Arrested Development on the air. While Fox gave the comedy another season, Arrested Development was canceled in 2006. Seven years later, fans helped bring Arrested Development back for season four, but this time it appeared on Netflix instead of Fox.
- Jericho. Fans of the short-lived TV show sent CBS executives 20 tons of peanuts to show their love for Jericho. Why peanuts? The last word uttered by one of the show’s characters was “nuts” after he surrendered in the post-apocalyptic TV show. CBS gave Jericho one more season, but canceled it after season two.
- Roswell. Fans sent over 6,000 bottles of Tabasco sauce to UPN after Roswell was on the verge of cancelation. Tabasco was the teen aliens’ favorite, while it also showed UPN that Roswell was, indeed, hot. UPN renewed Roswell for two more seasons. Here’s some facts about the real Roswell.
- Chuck. In the middle of season two, Chuck was on the verge of getting canceled. Instead of sending NBC fan letters, fans bought as much Subway sandwiches as possible. Subway sponsored NBC and Chuck, so fans urged Subway to flip the bill when it came to season three. Chuck star Zachary Levi even led 600 fans to a local Subway to buy more sandwiches.
- Twin Peaks. Although fans didn’t save Twin Peaks for a season three, they did help convince CBS to make the last six episodes of season two. Twin Peaks was on hiatus and on the verge of just ending before David Lynch launched a letter writing campaign to save the TV show.
- Star Trek. In 1969, Star Trek fans flocked to the NBC offices to show their love for the science fiction TV show. Star Trek was on the verge of getting canceled before NBC saw how much fans loved the show. NBC executives gave Star Trek one more season, but it was canceled shortly after.