CBS has decided to give the Poppy Montgomery procedural "Unforgettable" a second chance, a move that comes shortly after the show was canceled this past May despite steady ratings. Though this might seem surprising, there have been a few shows resurrected from the TV graveyard in the hopes of becoming the next big thing. Some have moved on to become cultural icons, while others fizzled just as quickly the second time around. Here is a look at a few of the more notable shows that made this list.
In 1992, CBS decided to try something a bit different with "Grapevine," a romantic comedy in which the lead characters would often break the fourth wall in order to describe the trials and tribulations of other couples. A new couple would appear every week, and sometimes they would break up, while other times they would stay together. The series only lasted six episodes; however, in 2000, CBS once again decided to try their luck by reviving the series (with original cast member Stephen Eckholdt in a different role and original "Buffy" Kristy Swanson), but unfortunately ended up with slightly worse results when it was canceled after only five episodes.
Known in its early days as the other Matt Groening cartoon, this sly futuristic satire was an underappreciated gem that gained a cult following. The series aired on Fox from 1999 to 2003, where it suffered due to numerous time shifts. After its cancellation, Cartoon Network's Adult Swim began to air the episodes, exposing " Futurama " to a new set of eyes. After the network's contract was up, the little show that could continued on with four direct-to-video movies, and ultimately ended up on Comedy Central after a deal was struck to produce and air new episodes.
The poster child of comeback series, " Family Guy ," much like "Futurama," aired on Fox for several seasons before being canceled. Also like "Futurama," exposure on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, as well as strong DVD sales, prompted Fox to give Seth McFarlane's raunchy toon a second chance, where it has become one of Fox's flagship shows and gave one memorable moment in TV history when "Family Guy" patriarch Peter Griffin recited a list of the shows that Fox would need to cancel before they could return to the air. The show has become such a cultural icon that Fox granted McFarlane a new series ("American Dad") and a spin-off ("The Cleveland Show"), all of which air on the same night.
Before "Entourage" sky-rocketed him to fame, Jeremy Piven was still looking for his big break. He probably hoped that ABC's "Cupid," which premiered in 1998 and lasted one season, would have done the trick. Piven played Trevor Hale, a man who believed he was the real Cupid. Paula Marshall ("Gary Unmarried") was the psychiatrist that was assigned to him. In 2009, ABC, along with producer Rob Thomas, decided to try their luck again, this time placing the characters in New York and casting Bobby Cannavale and Sara Paulson in the lead roles. The Gods weren't in favor of this one either, with only six episodes airing before its inevitable cancellation.
What shows do you remember coming back from the TV graveyard?