I “Like” a lot of shows on Facebook. Why? I could say it’s because I like having my Feed updated with news reports and interesting links about who’s going to be on this week’s Simpsons episode or about a wood carving of Ron Swanson that I can’t believe hasn’t actually made its way onto Parks and Recreation's official Page yet. But to be honest, the likelier reason is because I’m a narcissist who feels the need to broadcast his Likes onto society — “Hey, look at me world, I love Party Down. I’m cool!”
In other words, I’m a Facebook user. But a “Like” shouldn’t be taken too lightly; it’s a big decision making the step from “Gee, I like New Girl, but don’t want anyone to know” to “Gee, I like New Girl, and I want EVERYONE to know.” (I hope that exact sentence is written on my tombstone. Even gravediggers need a place to piss.) What happens, however, when a new sitcom you Like gets abruptly canceled? I took a look at the most recent post on the official pages for recently-canceled comedies, to see what fan reactions to the termination were like. Sic'd, obviously.
Post Title: "Be sure to tune-in to the Allen Gregory season finale, Tonight at 8:30/7:30c."
General Mood: Happy that it was canceled.
"YES! Fox has canceled this abomination. Happy New Year!"
"Farewell Allen Gregory. You won't be missed. Note to Jonah Hill: just go make Superbad 2. Thanks."
"So it has been cancelled. Cool beans! Show sucked nuts anyway."
"this show sucks like butts"
"The problem with the show is that everyone was an horrible jerk."
Post Title: "Time for new marketing – well, new everything really! Who needed more rebranding? Alex or his client?"
General Mood: Disappointed that NBC — and other viewers — didn't give it more of a shot (I agree).
"So why should we watch any new show NBC puts on the air when they're just going to cancel it whenever they don't get instant ratings? If the current brass at that sorry excuse for a network were running things in the early 90s,there would be no Seinfeld. Yet another collosal fail."
"how do they cancel a show after just two episodes"
"wat is yals deal cancellin all these shows after jus a few episodes or a season.. yal need pic another way of veiwin yur ratings. fyi ppl can watch shows on on demand or the comp!"
"I truly loved this show. The peripheral characters were just as entertaining as Hank and Kathryn. I am really disappointed that networks aren't giving shows a chance to grow an audience. Try to sell this show to FX or Comedy Central!!!!! I want it back on tv!!!"
How to Be a Gentleman
Post Title: "Amazon Instant Video has full episodes of How to Be a Gentleman!"
General Mood: Indifference (only four comments), misspelled Entourage namedropping.
"poor Johny ;("
Post Title: "You want free stuff? Lego Harry Potter Video Game? I got this!"
General Mood: Total gibberish and spam, mixed with the occasional smell you later, George.
"i want JUSTIN BIEBER'S stuff…. ♥ jb"
"STEVE WAS HERE"
"does it have the music of Duce 5 on it you can get it on itunes or see ityoutube 2 lololol give a homie a chance get Duce 5 ,jay tee & baby bash on your show that would be so cool"
"why did they cancel ur show u r awsome!!!!!!!!!"
Post Title: "5 never-before-seen episodes are now online at ABC.com. Check them out here"
General Mood: DAMN YOU ABC! Boo Cougar Town, yay Man Up.
"Has anyone been able to ACTUALLY watch the remaining shows for free?!?!? Was just there and clickin g in circles and finally got the return of —"the video you want is expired or has been removed" —– WTF seriously! ABC has brains in their ass!!!!! Now I am annoyed and will be forced to pay for a free show!! Come on! Tv execs wonder why the hell we are all fleeing to cable —–this is a prime example of why!!!!!!!!!!! Booooo Hisssssss! Yet another bad decision!!!! I am now gonna go read a frikin book…………."
"Can't believe they cancelled this show. It is sooo funny and it was a show that the whole family loved. We never missed watching it. Network was wrong in cancelling it."
"Why the hell aren't they being AIRED? So much better than that obnoxious Cougar Town."
"They FINALLY got it right with this one, and now its gone??? VERY DISSAPPOINTING ABC! Cmon!! This was HILLARIOUS! They don't make that kind of comedy! BRING IT BACK!"
Post Title: "Roseanne's Nuts added 4 new photos to the album Roseanne on Letterman."
General Mood: Literally not a single mention of the show being canceled — everyone just comments on how gorgeous Roseanne looks now. Oh, and about that OTHER show of hers.
"Roseanne, you rock! My mother, sister and I miss you on TV. I hope everything is okay where you are at. Continue the good work and if you are still planning to become president, you have our vote!"
"We need real in the whitehoiuse"
"she is a down to earth wonderful person who is open and full of sunshine in its purity. beautiful open minded and full of love and strength."
Post Title: "If you missed last night's episode, you can catch it here"
General Mood: Upset that it was canceled, confused about those who took the premise too seriously.
"unfortunately they cancel it i thought it was a pretty funny show not enough ratings i guess"
"so stupid they cancelled it.. if the transexuals do not like it well don't freaking watch it.. seriously"
"I knew it wouldn't last, this isnt the 90's anymore people. tv will never be as good as those days."
"WARNING READ OR YOU WILL DIE!: HAD A GIRL AFTER HE WENT TO THE TRANSPARENT WATER OF THE LAKE MORE BEAUTIFUL IN THE WORLD, HIS CHEST DECIDED TO GO WHEN THE GIRL WENT TO THE NEXT TREE WITH YOUR PET, THE MOTHER OF ESQUECIMEN …TO AND ITS MASCOT WAS THE … THE DOG IS THE INTEGER ATE AND DIED AFTER THE DOG.IF NO COPIES in 20 COMMENTS D I F E R E N T S to 12:00 is ANGRY at HIS HOME light and LOOK in the MIRROR YOU WILL APPEAR and YOU KILL YOU and the PERSON WHO GAVE HIM life: HIS MOTHER! Fast, you have 5 MINUTES or IT HAPPENS, SO THIS is not a joke is REAL"