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The Cancellation of Make It Or Break It Was All Wrong

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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Karina Disla
April 5, 2024 at 5:51 am

Im disappointed to see that the storyline was never finished. I watched this when I was 12 and just finished re watching at 23. I put a lot of emotional states into this show, from tears, to laughs, and cries. I emotionally related a lot, I loved Kaylie because she was looked as the pretty girl that didn’t have what it takes to be first place till she proved everyone wrong. The fans deserve a reboot, or movie to show who what happens at the olympics. We were all excited to see the pressure, and plot that came with being on the Olympic team!

    April 7, 2024 at 9:33 pm

    A reboot is very much needed to see where all the girls are and how they did during the Olympics. We deserve it! A mock documentary style might even be cool, where all the girls come back and talk about that summer through flashbacks.

Eve Sutton
February 14, 2024 at 2:16 am

I just finished watching this show for the 2nd time as an adult now. I watched make it or break it back when I was a child and never was really bothered by it ending so weirdly? Probably because it was just like any show to me back then. But watching it now??? Absolutely not just any show! When I got to season 3 and realised there was only 8 episodes I was so confused?? I was convinced that surely 4 of those would show them getting ready for the olympics and making the team and then the other 4 episodes them being at the olympics. But no? NO?!?? When I finished this show tonight I was so frustrated by the way that it ended!!! How can they make the entire show about the girls wanting gold at the olympics and then NOT show that happening?? Like yeah maybe they thought the fact that they ended with them showing that they made it to the olympics was a good ending… but overall, those girls in the show DESERVE the happiest ending in their story. And not only that, WE DESERVE IT.

    February 17, 2024 at 7:24 am

    A split for the season would have been a good way to wrap everything up, I like that idea! We need to get a petition going to see how all the girls do even if its in flashbacks as adults.

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