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Five shows in need of a revival

By Colin Hickson
Staff Writer

Many viewers have had a show they loved either in the past or present, which received positive reviews and a large fan base, but due to any number of factors, ends on a cliffhanger, much to vast disappointment. We currently live in an era where any program, regardless of its’ age, is being brought back. Here are five shows that deserve such treatment.
5. “Duckman”

USA Network’s response to “the Simpsons”, “Duckman” was about Eric Duckman (Jason Alexander), a crude, lustful, selfish anthropomorphic duck and one of the world’s worst detectives who also happened to be a terrible father. But it was a good show, managing to spawn 70 episodes in over four seasons, and have very colorful and memorable characters. Sadly, due to poor decision making on USA’s part, the series ended on a cliffhanger where Duckman’s supposedly dead wife reappears at his wedding, and it turns out his best friend and detective partner Cornfed Pig (Gregg Berger) knew she was still alive. Given the show’s popularity, USA or any other network could probably consider doing a revival, and if so, resolve the cliffhanger. After all, what fan would not want to hear Jason Alexander once more scream “What the hell’re YOU starin’ at?!”
4. “Constantine”

Based on the DC-Vertigo title, “Hellblazer”, “Constantine” was about the titular John Constantine (Matt Ryan), a magic wielding anti-hero detective who fought against supernatural evil. Despite very good writing and a willingness to use a lesser known DC character, the show had the misfortune of airing on NBC, the one network no horror show ever survives on besides “Grimm”. Adding to the sorrow is that other supernatural themed DC characters like Deadman and the Spectre were slated to appear, and this show could have been the gateway series to a slew of shows based DC’s horror and dark fantasy characters. However, fans have not given up trying to get this show, which currently airs on “El Rey” in reruns, revived and “Arrow” Stephen Amell is on board, as the show recently had Ryan reprise the role in an episode, and a rumor states John may join the cast of “Legends of Tomorrow”. Hopefully, the fans will win out in the end, and “Constantine” will find a new home.
3. “Sliders”

For those who did not watch SyFy as kids, “Sliders” was a science-fiction series that turned the concept of alternate realities into a full-fledged show, following a group of people who traveled from universe to universe, but fell apart in its’  lackluster fifth and final season, ultimately ending on a cliffhanger. But if “Twin Peaks” cab make a comeback, why not “Sliders”? If this were to happen, explain the original fifth season as happening in an alternate timeline (which actually makes sense for the show), and give the series a proper conclusion
2. “Green Lantern: the Animated Series”

Meant as a tie-in to the Ryan Reynolds movie, “Green Lantern: the Animated Series” was the first Bruce Timm-produced DC cartoon to use computer animation, and could serve as a guide to the character’s mythology. Focusing on Hal Jordan (Josh Keaton), “GL:TAS” was split into two arcs for its’ first and only season, the first focusing on the rage fueled Red Lanterns, and the second on the insane predecessors on the Green Lantern Corps, the Manhunters. Unfortunately, “Green Lantern” came out when then-Cartoon Network president Stuart Snyder was arguably at the zenith of his incompetence and irresponsibility, as he put the show on an unannounced hiatus when it only two episodes into its’ second arc, then cancelled the show due to low toy sales. Fortunately, with a possible third season of “Young Justice” on the way to Netflix via fan motivation, “Green Lantern” could find a new home on the site as well, or another network, if fan demand is strong enough.
1. “The Spectacular Spider-Man”

Long before the abomination that is the “Ultimate Spider-Man” TV show was made, another, vastly superior Spider-Man animated series hit the airwaves in 2008. Headed by “Gargoyles” creator Greg Weisman, “the Spectacular Spider-Man” updated the early days of the red and blue clad superhero (Josh Keaton) as he had to deal with being both a teenager and a vigilante. Sadly, the show ended on a cliffhanger, and due to Disney’s purchase of Marvel, instead of a third season, fans were given a show that is a disgrace to the character and the Marvel Universe as a whole. Whereas “Ultimate” completely disregards the source material, “Spectacular” had nothing but respect for Spidey’s history, taking only a few liberties here and there. Hopefully, given the new deal between Marvel and Sony, something could be worked out to bring the show back, much to the fans’ joy.

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