‘Veronica Mars’ & 3 Other Canceled Shows Audiences Fought to Get Back On Air

Just because the network pulls the plug, it doesn’t mean that a series deserved to be canceled. Sadly, not every show is allowed to come to the conclusion the creator(s) hoped for. But fortunately, viewers can sometimes have a say in getting back their favorite series. Here are four shows, including the recently revived Veronica Mars, which fans fought to get back on the air — and they succeeded.

Veronica Mars

When Veronica Mars was canceled following its third season, fans were disappointed that the young detective didn’t get a proper send-off. Creator Rob Thomas had foreseen the character joining the FBI, which we never got to see. However, we got something that may be even better.

Kristen Bell and Enrico Colantoni in Veronica Mars
Kristen Bell and Enrico Colantoni in Veronica Mars | Richard Foreman, Jr. SMPSP/Hulu

A crowdfunded campaign was responsible for the 2014 film Veronica Mars, in which our heroine returned to her hometown to solve another crime after years as a lawyer. And this month, she’s back in Neptune once again to save the day in an eight-episode fourth season, over a decade of the original series’ cancelation. 

You can watch the first three seasons on Hulu now, and the new episodes on the streaming service beginning on July 26, 2019. 

One Day At A Time

This Netflix sitcom is actually a reboot of a popular 1980s series of the same name. But though the plot of a single mother taking care of her two children with the help of a neighbor named Schneider is the same, the new series is much different and showcases plenty of modern hot topics such as LGBTQ+ youth, mental health, and addiction.

After three seasons on the streaming service, during which time it was heralded as a fan and critical darling, One Day At A Time was canceled. Creator Gloria Calderón Kellett, as well as the greater public and a few celebrities, worked for months to get it picked up again. And they succeeded: Pop TV announced that it will be airing Season 4 (and beyond).

You can still watch Season 1-3 on Netflix (that likely won’t change). As for Season 4, we’ll have to wait and see when it premieres on Pop.  

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Fox housed Brooklyn Nine-Nine, a cop comedy starring Andy Samberg and Terry Crews, for the first five seasons. The sitcom, which comes from Parks and Recreation and The Good Place creator Mike Schur, was a huge hit and featured plenty of hilarious guest stars.

Which is why it was very surprising when Fox canceled the series following its fifth season. In what is most certainly the fastest turnaround in TV history, NBC swooped in to pick Brooklyn Nine-Nine up for Season 6 after less than 48 hours of Twitter rioting. 

Seasons 1-6 are available to watch on Hulu. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is set to return on NBC for Season 7 in either Fall 2019 or Spring 2020, depending on how the network organizes its lineup this coming season.

Wynonna Earp

This Space/Syfy network series has flown under the radar of the general public, but it has a rabid fan base. The first three seasons of Wynonna Earp, which follows the descendant of Wyatt Earp as she works to defeat the demons who inhabit her town of Purgatory, were very well-received. However, financial trouble at the studio, IDW Entertainment, in Canada, put Season 4 on hold for a while.

Fans rallied big time. There was the #FightForWynonna campaign on social media and even billboards in Times Square. And with some aid in terms of funds from Syfy, it was finally confirmed on July 2, 2019, that Wynonna and her crew will return to the small screen at long last.

Seasons 1 and 2 are currently available for streaming on Netflix in the U.S. Season 3 will join on July 16, 2019. Season 4 will begin production in 2020.

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