Don’t you hate it when you really get into a tv series, and then it gets canceled? Yea? Well me too. Television series get canceled for many reasons. Sometimes the plotline just isn’t good, other times the budget just isn’t worth it, but that doesn’t make your connection to the show any less important. It’s quite frustrating when shows you really enjoy get canceled, but you learn to deal with it….most of the time.
There was a show that I enjoyed a lot that was canceled during the second season. I was upset because it was the first show that I watched that had an actual continuous storyline to follow. The news was made that they would finish the series with an 8 episode season for the 3rd season. That show goes by the name of Make It Or Break It. Make it Or Break It premiered on ABC Family (Freeform) in 2009. The series starred Ayla Kell, Josie Loren, Cassie Scerbo, and Chelsea Hobbs as four gymnasts working towards their dream of winning gold at the Olympics. The series lasted 3 seasons, although it was really more like 2 and a half.
A Little Background Info
Let me break it down on how their seasons worked. Make It Or Break It followed a similar format for their seasons that a lot of drama series have. The first two seasons consisted of 20 episodes split between two parts. They would have a mid-season finale and a season final. The season 2B finale of Make It Or Break It was all about the girls competing at the World Championships. I mean them doing great at the World Championships is a decent finale right? Wrong! The World Championships are not the Olympics and the whole goal of the series was to see the gymnasts win gold at the Olympics, so something needed to be done. ABC Family, at the time, thought they did something to ease the fans, but they made a mistake. There was an amazing setup that they did not take advantage of.
Let The Rhythm Flow
Season 3 of the show premiered in March of 2012, almost a year after the season 2 premiere. This season focused on now the 3 girls, Payson, Kaylie, and Lauren, at the USA training center working towards making it onto the US Women’s Olympic Team. I’ll admit that seeing them train and manage new and old relationships and dynamics amongst a new group of athletes was interesting. However, the way they closed the series was not.
With the last episode of season 3 premiering in May of 2012, there was a gap between the last episode and the beginning of the 2012 Summer Olympics in July. Normally, the first half of a season premieres in the summer while the 2nd half premiers in the following spring. With season 3 premiering in the spring, there was an opportunity for reality to match up with fiction.
Personally, I feel like the showrunners should have kept the first half of season 3 as is but make it an actual midseason finale instead of the series finale. This would show Lauren, Payson, and Kaylie making the Olympic team right before the actual Olympics. The show would then come back during the fall lineup, showing the girls competing at the 2012 Summer Olympics and whether or not they won gold. It was perfect, but I get that there are other elements that go into whether or, not a show stays on the air. I understand but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating. Season 3 was a huge let down because of how rushed it was. Plus, Lauren kind of got the short end of the stick since this season kind of focused on her character arc, but they only had 8 episodes to play with.
A Make It Or Break It Reboot?
Reboots have been popping up all over the place on different networks. Maybe that’s what Make It or Break It needs, a reboot to help tie the strings together so we, the fans can know what our favorite Rock gymnasts are up to and whether or not they are Olympic medalists.
Did you watch Make It or Break It? If so, were you just as frustrated as I was with season 3? If not, what was one show cancellation that had you all in your feelings? Share in the comments!
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