|Not every conspiracy is a theory.|
I think programs on TV that reveal certain aspects of truth tend to be canceled. Case in point: Rubicon (starring James Badge Dale). It discussed an Illuminati type conspiracy that was uncovered accidentally by someone who pushed toward finding the answers, and was beginning to succeed. It was canceled and replaced by a show about zombies that has become a "hit." Riiiiiiight, because I'd so much rather know about zombies than what goes on in the real world. You zombie-lovers out there -- pardon me. The undead have their due honor and place, but a show with the caliber of Rubicon deserved a better chance. One other detail that I found refreshing was the high placement of a powerful gay man within the corporation, played with delightful, manly relish by Arliss Howard.
Another example -- ReGenesis revolved around the scientists of NorBAC ("North American Biotechnology Advisory Commission"), a fictional organization with a lab based in Toronto. (see note Wikipedia) The show's advisor was Aled Edwards, of the Structural Genomics Consortium, which fosters new medicine developed through open access. Imagine, medicine being developed by people other than big pharmaceutical companies. What a wonderful concept. The show was groundbreaking in several ways, including a reality-based interactive game for its watchers, and the way the tv show was told. A scene would occasionally stop, rewind, and take you back to a moment where two characters were interacting -- and then fork into a different direction and take you down the path the other character followed. You learned more about the story by seeing it from different viewpoints.
|The cast of Boomtown.|
|David Palmer for President.|
|Pietas - the Sempervian leader|
The monsters aren't always ravening beasts. In my world, sometimes they're powerful people who control the government (Empress Destoiya), or they're successful entrepreneurs who shape the future of business (Luc Saint-Cyr). In the real world, sometimes the monsters are genteel, well-to-do controllers who sit behind desks at broadcast companies and decide what fodder is "fit for public consumption" despite what the public actually wants -- or needs.
Have your favorite shows been canceled? Which ones?