Guy-I-Vaguely-Knew-In-College Nathan Alderman wrote an article for TeeVee.com about how the television grind can take the most compelling writer and have them churning out shit like The Bedford Diaries in no time flat.
Interesting theory, but he makes one statement I have to take issue with, and since TeeVee doesn’t do comments, figured I’d do it here, since people he knows read this blog and might point it out to him so we can fight about it (emphasis mine):
In the mid-90s, [Paul Haggis] created two of my all-time favorite TV shows back to back: Due South, a surprisingly funny and poignant spin on the buddy-cop series, and EZ Streets, which I’ve written about below. Due South struggled — name me one other show that’s managed to get cancelled twice — while EZ Streets outright bombed.
JAG. NBC cancelled it after its first season ended in the spring of 1996, and then CBS resurrected it and it ran until they finally put it out of its misery in spring 2005. Had CBS not killed it, the producers would have tried to keep it going until they were solving cases of who stole the Fixodent in the VA hospital.
Granted, not twice by the same network, and over a much, much longer period of time, but there you have it: JAG was cancelled twice.