The Five Stages Of TV Fan Grief

Categories: TV Ratings Reference,Watching TV

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November 22nd, 2010

We introduced Fan Excuse Bingo some time ago to provide a diversion during those long comment threads filled with the laments of fans of cancelled or certain to be cancelled TV shows.

Over time it has seemed that those laments often seemed to follow a pattern similar to that described by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, so with apologies to Dr. Kübler-Ross, I give you...

The Five Stages Of TV Fan Grief

  1. Denial – "The show's fine, it won't be cancelled"; "They'd never cancel a show with a squinty jillion average viewers that wins its timeslot"; "They'd never cancel a show from JJ Abrams"; "The network executives love this show"
  2. Anger – "Why this show? It's not fair, when reality crap continues to get renewed!"; "How can this happen to my show? "; "The morons who run the network are to blame!"
  3. Bargaining – "If they cancel this show, I'll never watch anything on this network again!"; "If we send them bags of crap/sign internet petitions/barrage them with emails/perform other goofy stunts it will save the show!" "DirecTV will save it!" (oops, not anymore)
  4. Depression – "I'm so sad, why should I ever start watching a new TV show again?"; "If every show I ever like gets cancelled... What's the point?"; "Maybe I should just stick to DVDs of old shows"
  5. Acceptance – "It's going to be okay, it's had a good run of seasons"; "At least we got the story wrapped up, unlike lots of other shows"

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