Popular shows such as ABC's Lost or NBC's Heroes have found their way online, after the industry finally realized that offering shows via broadband actually increased network viewership. Now it appears the studios are tinkering with using the Internet as a place where cancelled serial dramas can go to die -- appealing to fans of series with plotlines that have been left unresolved. One such example is ABC's Day Break, a Groundhog Day-esque cop drama that was cancelled after it failed to fill in for Lost while ABC's cash cow was on Christmas hiatus. To appease fans, ABC is streaming the remaining 7 episodes online. Other cancelled series such as CBS's Smith, NBC's Kidnapped, and Fox's Vanished got to tie up their loose ends online. While this seems to be exciting some people, it looks like most of the time the espisodes were already in the can, and if the series was left un-filmed, customers got un-filmed plot summaries instead. It only makes sense to air already produced episodes in order to make fans happy; more interesting perhaps will be when (or if) the studios move cancelled niche shows on-line not just to die -- but to live on via new (if not quite as highly produced) episodes.
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