Vanished: FOX Pulls Another Drama

cast of VANISHED on Fox For the third week in a row, FOX has pulled yet another of its new shows from the airwaves. Vanished is missing in action. Is it gone for good? Will fans be left hanging?

Vanished debuted on Monday, August 21, 2006 and the premise went like this: Sara Collins (Joanne Kelly), the beautiful young wife of prominent Georgia Senator Jeffrey Collins (John Allen Nelson), mysteriously vanishes. As the family and the FBI search for her, a myriad of secrets begin to unfold, nothing is as it seems, and most everyone becomes a suspect. The ongoing drama also starred Gale Harold (whose character was killed in episode eight), Rebecca Gayheart, Ming-Na, John Patrick Amedori and Christopher Egan.

The series debuted to approximately 6 million households (a 5.6 rating), trounced by repeats on competing network ABC. Vanished was shown for seven episodes on Monday nights. Like many FOX shows, Vanished’s schedule was then interrupted (never good news for a serial drama) by Fox airing games of the World Series. Fox reworked their schedule in the interim and moved Vanished to Friday nights. It returned on November 3rd and two episodes have aired in that timeslot.

The last episode on November 10th delivered its lowest ratings to date (less than 4.1 million households), putting it in fourth place for the night. It’s no surprise that this has caused Fox to pull Vanished for the remainder of November sweeps (the month when audience numbers determine how much a network can charge for advertising). Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy takes Vanished’s place on November 17th while the previously scheduled Bruce Almighty movie will fill the slot on November 24.

Though FOX hasn’t said that Vanished is officially cancelled as yet, its days are certainly numbered. The ratings are really low and aren’t getting better. In fact, USA Today ran an article in October reporting that Vanished producers had been told to wrap up the storyline by December.

Vanished is officially scheduled to return on Friday, December 1st (after sweeps have ended) at 8pm. But for how long? Its probable that Fox is just biding its time until the return of its powerhouse shows American Idol and 24 in early 2007. Hopefully, fans will get to see the Sara Collins mystery resolved before that happens. TV Series Finale home page

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  1. CAC says

    If someone from fox is reading this you guys screwed up big time im tired of Nanny 911 and Wife Swap and what happend to Justice you guys suck I’ll keep watching FOX just for Prison Break which is awesome

  2. pst says

    If you really loved the show sign the petition. There are less than 1400 signatures. Hardly an incentive for Fox to bring the show back. I too loved the show. Great story line and plot. Twists at every turn. It was really starting to get good.

  3. WLDN says

    So was episode “WARM SPRINGS ” SHOWED ONLINE ON 12/08/2006 the season finale of VANISHED?
    If so that was a crappy ending

  4. Jonas says

    Jeeses, I didn’t even realise it was the ending I just saw – until I started to look for the next episode. It’s a big shame they didn’t bother to run the whole season and atleast wrap things up. This was the only good show on now while Lost is having a break. :/

  5. Tom Ferreira says

    I’ll wait for the new “24” season DVD before I watch it on Fox TV. Tell that to your precious sponsors. I believe that Fox should have realized what a great show they had and figured a way to make more people aware of it. Shame on you Fox.

  6. Katya says

    I like the show vanished a lot. I’ve been watiing for fox to put it back on and i don’t think it’s fair to take it off now and leave 3.5 million people hanging. #$&* FOX!! AND I WANT AN AUTOGRAPED POSTER OF THE COP THAT GOT SHOT!!!I’M IN LOVE WITH THAT SHOW!!AND I WANT MY POSTER!!!!i live in New London, Conneticut, and I NEED TO WATCH VANISHED!!I’M DYING IF I DON’T WATCH IT!!!!~KATYA

  7. Virginia Eggleston says

    Why is it every time a good show starts on television, it ends up cancelled. I don’t know who makes the decisions but that person is an idiot! Almost all of the good shows in the 10:00PM to 11:00PM PST time zone have all been cancelled. The viewers get involved and WHAM the show gets cancelled and we never get an ending to the shows.

  8. BC says

    I’ve been wondering what happened to “Vanished”. It’s been a long time since I have faithfully watched a particular show. I watched “Vanished” faithfully and then it was gone. I agree that these so called “Reality Shows” need to go. There are too many of them. In fact, it’s rare that I watch one. We need Dramas that keep you coming back week after week like “Vanished”. Maybe Fox needs to ask its viewers what their opinions are about shows they air.

  9. Joan coty says

    I am very dissapointed that Vanished is off, My family in Canada and Barbados really love the show and every week we are sick to see that Vanished is not on, I hope Fox at least give it another chance, I enjoy the show, that is right take all those reality shows off and lets go back to a good suspense.

  10. debbie says

    Will the remaining episodes ever air? One of the comments I read commended the network for at least running the series to conclusion on the Web … is that true? If so, where can I go to see the remaining episodes on the web? This series was a very suspenseful show. I really thought it was one of the best shows running.

  11. Canuck says

    I see that the remaining episodes will be aired on myspace, but the streaming video is not available to those of us living outside of the US!

    Nice try Fox, you have viewers that live in Canada too! Ante up for the bandwidth to let us view the last few episodes.

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