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TCA 2009: The Unit’s Shawn Ryan On The Show’s Cancellation + What Was Planned for Season Five

unit-080709Shawn Ryan, executive producer of the canceled CBS series The Unit, said that there was more to the show’s cancellation than just low ratings:

“Listen, if the show had been owned by Paramount and ‘Medium’ had been owned by 20th Century Fox, we’d be making the fifth season of ‘The Unit’ now,” Ryan said.

Fox owns The Unit and CBS instead opted to pick-up Medium, which it produces, after NBC canceled it this spring.  Ryan also talked about what would have been had the show been picked up for a fifth season:

“We had a good pitch for the show. It was going to be like a whole new show,” he said. “Bob was going to be training some young people for a whole new organization. Jonas was finally going to be seeing his run end. The final season — and I figured if we got a fifth season that would be the final season — it was going to be a long final mission for Jonas. He’s not medically cleared. Mac has to go in and change the medical records so Jonas can keep up. We had a whole thing planned. It was gonna be good.”

Source: Post-Gazette

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  • connie mullins

    Please bring The Unit Back. It was on Sleuth this past weekend for 36 hours and it was great! It was the BEST show on TV!

  • connie mullins

    Please bring The Unit Back. It was on Sleuth this past weekend for 36 hours and it was great! It was the BEST show on TV!

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  • Sgtholmes

    For the Love of God,

    IT WAS A GOOD SHOW
    IT IS A GOOD SHOW!!!

    IT IS GOING TO BE THE GREATEST SHOW FROM THE TIME OF TIMES IF YOU CONTINUE MAKING IT!!!!

    THE RATINGS ARE TO IMPROVE GUARANTEED!!!
    THOSE WHO ARE NOT WATCHING THIS SHOW ARE THOSE WHO DO NOT DESERVE TO HAVE GOOD PROGRAM ON TV PERIOD!!!

    MAKE ANOTHER 2 SEASONS AT LEAST AND YOU WILL DO THE BIGGEST FAVOR TO THE ENTIRE NATION, NO WAIT, I STAND CORRECTED, TO THE ENTIRE WORLD!!!

  • Canthony

    NCIS fan forever, I had no idea this show existed. My son turned me onto the reruns and I went thru netflixs for all 4 seasons, couldn’t get enough, blows NCIS away!!! Do what it takes but bring this back!

  • Ziv

    Such a fantastic show. I guess they can make more money producing crap than continuing with this great series; Good call morons. If they do it will only be for a brief period, this show had staying power — this show could have made you a LOT of money. The networks are nailing their own coffin shut making stupid calls like this. Ironic, a show about bravery and honor gets killed by a bunch of cowards who don’t realize that this show was appealing to the exact demographic that they need. Makes me so disgusted. The only thing to watch now for me and my buddies is … DVDs. There are no amped up shows on network TV; it’s just dead now. Of course, I hope they bring it back, but I’m a realist and I know that that’s not likely to happen. Perhaps they could do what Firefly producers did and make a movie; but it would really be best as a series. That’s the only way to cover a subject like this. So, yes, I hope they bring it back with Jonas’s daughter up-and-coming and the entire cast a couple of years out — maybe one in the civilian recruitment program or something, but something … A show like this should not just evaporate; but then again, that is what special forces is all about. Completing a mission and then leaving without a trace. Unfortunate for all of us. Perhaps the networks will evaporate in the wake of internet¬† — making calls like cancelling this show makes me think that’s quite possible. Boo-yah.¬†