Monday, June 6, 2011

TV Curse Strikes Again

My TV curse is alive and well. If I like a show from the first episode it is not long for this world. Two seasons tops. Most only get one. The latest casualty of the TV curse is a Canadian show called Endgame . The first season isn't done and Showcase has already decided to pull the plug. It's a shame because it was a half decent show.

Here's how the show's creator, Avrum Jacobson describes Endgame:

Endgame is an original drama series centering on brilliant chess master, Arkady Balagan. Traumatized by the murder of his fiancée, Balagan has become a prisoner in his luxury Vancouver hotel, terrified to step outside. To pay his bill, Balagan starts solving mysteries - using an unlikely band of hotel employees and chess fanatics to do his legwork. Arrogant, brilliant and charismatic, the Russian-born Balagan uses the skills that made him chess champion of the world to solve the crimes that mystify others. He imagines events, interviews the living and the dead, and runs conflicting scenarios - all in his head. And we get to watch right along with him as he solves crimes that baffle the police. In Endgame, we see genius at work. - Source

If some of that sounds familiar, you might be remembering a show called Nero Wolfe. Maury Chaykin starred as a detective who never left his house. All the leg work was done by his assistant, Archie Goodwin who was played by a young Timothy Hutton. In a strange twist of fate, Torrence Coombs, who plays Balagan's assistant Sam Besht, looks a lot like Hutton.

One of the things that excited me about the show was that it had Vancouver standing in for Vancouver. Such a rarity. I was so shocked and pleased that I sent a tweet to the show's star Shawn Doyle to tell him it was brilliant. He retweeted and replied. A lot of people were saying the same thing. The show's cancellation is another blow to the Vancouver film/TV industry. It was bad enough that Stargate Universe got cancelled ending 17 years or so of continuous production and putting a lot of people out of work. We need more good Canadian shows filmed in Canada not less.

I just realized that the show only started on March 14th. They gave it two months! For a mid-season replacement. During hockey playoffs. I can't understand how a screw-fest like Lost Girl rates a second season and Endgame doesn't. Don't get me wrong I like Lost Girl, I'm a sucker for anything Fae, but it's not anywhere near the same quality as Endgame.

There's a Save Endgame petition. Even Shawn's dad signed it - Jerry Doyle signature 811.

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