Canceled Shows Find Detour on Way to TV Graveyard

Networks post remaining episodes of canceled shows online as consolation to disappointed fans.

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Krysten Ritter, left, and James Van Der Beek in 'Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23.'

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Everyone has had a favorite show canceled mid-season, leaving crucial plot points frustratingly unresolved for all eternity. It is a letdown so maddening that an entire website, tvseriesfinale.com, is devoted to tracking series' cancellations, renewals and possible revivals.

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Fans of recently-canceled "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" can take some consolation in that they will be able to see this season's eight remaining episodes of the ABC comedy online come May 17, as announced by star Krysten Ritter on her WhoSay page. A representative for ABC confirmed the show would be available on ABC.com, Hulu and iTunes starting on May 17 for a window of time. The show, a modern day "Odd Couple" of two mismatched women living together in New York, premiered last April. It caught the eye of some critics and rumors of a possible cancellation did spark some pleas to save the show. However, as is often the case, Internet buzz alone does not translate into ratings success and in January, midway into its second season ABC abruptly dropped the show.

"Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" is not the first show to provide its fans with some sense of post-cancellation closure. The remaining two episodes of NBC's "Best Friends Forever" were available onDemand and online after the comedy was cancelled in its first season last spring, and the network even aired them both on a seemingly-random Friday night weeks after the cancellation was announced. ABC will also be airing the remaining episodes of "666 Park Avenue", canceled in December, but not until summer.

By posting all eight episodes on a single, hyped up date, ABC is capitalizing on the binge-watching model pioneered by Netflix with "House of Cards." Of course, there are also the rare revivals that a few lucky canceled shows have experienced. "Cougar Town" was picked up by TBS when ABC canceled it after its third season, and it will continue on its merry way there into a fifth season. "Arrested Development" may have the greatest resurrection story of them all (after Jesus's, of course – well, maybe). Six years after Fox canceled the three-season comedy, Netflix announced it would pick it up for a new season, to be released in its entirety May 26. And the production team behind "Veronica Mars" – a UPN/CW series cancelled in 2007 after three seasons – took a revival into their own hands, launching a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund a "Veronica Mars" movie set to hit theaters in 2014.

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Of course, like real-life resurrection, such cases are few and far between. At least fans whose shows are canceled can hope more series will follow "Don't Trust B---- in Apartment 23" in providing a dignified, binge-watchable detour on the way to their demise.

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Updated on 4/18/2013: This article has been updated to include information provided by ABC about the final eight episodes of “Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23.”