Canceled TV Shows Get a Digital Afterlife

Digital services are snapping up programs the networks nixed
Netflix has ordered 10 all-new episodes of the cult show 'Arrested Development,' which Fox dropped in 2006 Photograph by F. Scott Schafer/20th Century Fox Film Corp./Everett Collection

In the world of television, getting canceled doesn’t mean what it used to. The four major U.S. networks have unveiled 31 shows for the 2012-2013 season that begins this fall. Not all will survive. Among the most recent casualties: In mid-May, the short-lived CBS medical drama A Gifted Man got the ax after failing to win viewers. Others such as ABC’s Desperate Housewives made a graceful exit following an eight-season run.

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