"The Glades" was A&E's first scripted TV show which paved the way for other shows such as "Bates Motel." Now, On Sep. 1 Huffington Post reports that the show has been canceled with no notice, or reasoning.
Faithful fans of the show are surprised and hurt at this unexpected change because the season four finale left fans wanting more with the cliffhanger it ended on. Now, if A&E decides to follow through, fans will not ever know if Callie and Jim will actually marry, if Ray was the one that shot Jim, or if the US Marshal was simply leading on Jim about Ray's running away from the witness protection program.
The decision to cancel the show without any knowledge of why also sets a bad precedent for other shows A&E has that could see the same fate. "The Glades" ended with 3.5 million viewers. Not bad at all for summer TV. Fans don't know if the show was ended because of bad ratings, or a high overhead cost, or some other unforeseen reason, but fans that tune in are literally paying for the chance to view the show as opposed to basic network shows that anyone can receive. If A&E can unexpected pull the plug on their very first scripted show of the network, what could the fate potentially be for other shows? It seems obvious that canceling the show wasn't something that was planned, otherwise it stands to reason that the ending would have likely been different instead of ending with such a cliffhanger that obviously left room for season five to start.
While "The Glades" may not have been the best show on television, it was a lot better than many of the reality garbage shows that are wide spread on every network. Loyal fans of the show are so upset that some have even started a petition on change.org in hopes that A&E will reconsider. There is also a possibility that another network could pick up the show but nobody has done so yet. However, it would be worth their while to do so as the cast of the show has done a remarkable job at investing their own time to answer fan questions and engage their followers to ensure that they came back for more.
Are you surprised that A&E canceled "The Glades"?