UPDATE: Thanks to Reaper DMV who informed us that SBC is still pondering maybe continuing Reaper in syndication. While not so glamorous, keeping Reaper is all that matters, so if you’re a fan, GO HERE and do what you need to do.
Nothing can anger the fanboy masses more so than a great TV show being canceled for no reason. Some of the titles that have fallen to this hypothetical axe: Firefly, Family Guy, Rome, Futurama, with many others.
One more title can be added to the mix, as Reaper, the great show on the CW network, has officially been canceled. The show mixed fiction and lightly-handled religious elements with loads of great humor. It starred Brett Harrison, who becomes a bounty hunter for the Devil, bound for eternity to find and re-capture souls who have escaped from the fires of Hell. Harrison (who played Sam) was joined by his two friends, Sock (Tyler Labine) and Ben (Rick Gonzalez), and his female interest Andi (Missy Peregrym), who all work together at a home improvement superstore as their day jobs. The Devil (played brilliantly by Ray Wise), was one of the best TV characters today.
The second worst thing in all of this is that the show still had so many great storylines going for it, and with only the Season 2 finale left, I’m not sure they will be able to cover all of the bases and wrap it up as well as one could hope for.
That would make the worst thing in all of this the shows that the CW is keeping and replacing Reaper with. These shows include: 90210; The Vampire Diaries (like we need more tween vampire drama); Melrose Place; and The Beautiful Life, which is about the life of a high-fashion model, so we can once again be shown how nice it is to be beautiful.
So, two new and highly-unnecessary shows added to the lineup, and to rub salt in the wounds, Reaper‘s Tuesday night is now filled with ’90s television regurgitation in 90210 and Melrose Place. Forgive me for sounding sickened and bitter, but…well, I am.
Now the only hope is for fans of Reaper to let their voices be heard in annoying fashion so that maybe the show can find a new home before falling into the black hole that Firefly has been inhabiting for a long while now.
Our own TechGOnzo wrote up a piece on how we can help and sometimes save our favorite shows, such as this one (Read: How To Save Your Favorite Shows Like ‘Chuck’ & ‘Dollhouse’).