November 28, 2005

TV News: Alias Canceled

It was announced a few days ago that the spy action series, Alias, was canceled. It will be finishing out its 5th season, but once the last scene is shot it will be all over. That is a real shame.

This season has not been kind to the show, as it has seen its ratings take a steep dive. Although it has not been specifically stated, I am sure this had something to do with the cancellation. Something that should be noted, however, is that the series garnered its highest ratings during season 4, where it followed Lost. It was moved to a very crowded time slot, going against the also recently moved WB hit Smallville, and the CBS powerhouse Survivor. I have to say that this was probably a poor decision.

The show has been on hiatus for the past couple of weeks, but next week it slips back into last years post-Lost time slot while Invasion takes a break. After a few weeks there, it will go on hiatus, presumably for Jennifer Garner to have her baby. Who knows where they will put it when it returns.

I can't help but wonder what the real reasons were behind the cancellation. Perhaps they just did not like the show anymore and put it in that Thursday time slot as a way of killing it, give them a reason to end it.

Alias has been consistently entertaining, crafting crazy over the top stories populated with interesting characters. It has consistently been nominated over the years for numerous Emmy Awards. Among the nominations are 4 for Jennifer Garner, 3 for Victor Garber, 1 for Lena Olin, plus numerous others in technical and writing categories. That doesn't even get to its Golden Globe nominations and other Guild awards.

I am sad to see it go, but at the same time, it did get a good 5 year run. That's more than some shows I like get. So, while I would have liked to see it go on longer, I will be happy to have gotten what I did get.

Everyone, be sure to watch the rest of the season, and enjoy it while you can!


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