The CW President Explains Trio of Cancelations: Why Did They Get the Axe?

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At the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour today, CW President Mark Pedowitz fielded a number of questions.

Hart of Dixie will have 10 episodes next season; The Vampire Diaries and The Originals will have crossovers when it's "organic;" Beauty and the Beast was largely renewed due to its international popularity.

But what about the show that did NOT get renewed?

Pedowitz touched on each of the three cancelations from this spring:

  • Buying Time
  • Shielding Emery
  • Questioning Weaver

“We’re very proud of THE CARRIE DIARIES. Amy Harris and Stephanie Savage did a terrific job. We brought it back to a second season, not necessarily because of ratings but because of what its digital presence was. But after a certain period of time, both aspects have to work.

"You need both aspects otherwise you cannot sustain the show model. So that was the rationale. I wish it came back. I was proud of the show. Again, incredibly engaged fan base, but after a while it wasn’t economically feasible."

STAR-CROSSED: "I did receive 90 boxes of pasta this week. We appreciate fans and everything they do, and I gather they were upset. There just weren’t enough of them to keep the show going. So that’s the rationale. But we appreciate their passion for the show and we understand that that’s what makes shows work. In this case there weren’t enough audience members to stay with it."

THE TOMORROW PEOPLE is a more interesting thing. [Producers] Julie [Plec] and Greg [Berlanti] and Phil [Klemmer] do a great job. The show just did not generate the audience we hoped it would generate. It did not generate on air as much as we hoped and it did not generate digitally as much as we hoped."

So there you have it, TV Fanatics. Which of these shows will you miss the most?

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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The comments that Mr Pedowitz gave are completely untrue, he says there was not enough audience for Star Crossed but only the USA audience was taken into account, I am from the UK and Star Crossed was cancelled before ep6 aired over here and before airing at all in many countries. They say B&TB was renewed because of its international audience, (never watched it) but Star Crossed was not given the same consideration. There are millions of fans around the world, it has over 5 millions viewers each week in China for instance but none of us are counted. So you can see our problem with what Mr Pedowitz said, and if he thought Star Crossed didn't have enough audience then he will see the CW shows get even less as fans are outraged at this false reason for cancellation.

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Star-Crossed never got a chance to be know properly: being firstly aired during the Olympics, on Monday nights, there where nearly no promos being aired prior to the pilot, BATB fans scared away possible fans by being rude and offensive AND Star-Crossed only got 13 EPISODES!!
The Star-Crossed fan base has grow massively since it was aired in the rest of the world! Fans in China has had 5,5 million views per episode, the European and world wide fans are growing in numbers daily! And in addition there is NO reruns this summer for new fans to discover this amazing show, and the numbers would be massive if only the CW thinks twice and listen to a growing mass of fans world wide!! We #Stargazers only want our show back on the screen!!
And BTW I am 21 and from Norway!

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Mr. Pedowitz has failed to mention the increased fandom of
Starcrossed since the cancellation as the series was STILL AIRING in other
countries "after" it was canceled.
The Facebook page alone had a quarter of a million likes and was
increasing. CW made a mistake and just
will not admit it or correct it by bringing back a series that deserved a
chance because it was placed on the worst night of the week and opposite the
olympics. What did they truly
expect. What is more appealing...a show
dealing with many real-life problems like racism, bullying, acceptance, love,
segregation, etc or a show about a virgin who gets accidentally inseminated? I also believe he is “downplaying” the spaghetti
delivery from fans. It was not simply 90
boxes…it was over 1,800 pounds and was donated to a food bank shortly after
delivery.

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