A farewell to (the apparently cancelled) 'The 4400'

4400_lAccording to this message board post by creator-executive producer Scott Peters, the USA Network has pulled the plug on The 4400. It’s unclear if this cancellation was prompted by the WGA strike or if USA just thought the show had run its course, but either way, it’s a sad day in sci-fi fandom. Because when it was good, The 4400 was every bit the superhero TV show that Heroes is. And when it was great…let’s just say that it blew the second season of Heroes out of the water.

The story of 4,400 people who were abducted from earth (I won’t ruin it by saying by whom) and then sent back enhanced with wondrous powers might’ve felt like a pure sci-fi show — especially with the two Mulder and Scully-esque government investigators and all that abducting — but it was a comic-book drama to the core. These people were ripped from their lives and came back as mutants, for all intents and purposes, and had to learn to coexist in a world not ready for them. Like all good superheroic fiction, it used the powers themselves to illuminate facets of the human condition: What would you do if you could do anything? What happens to your life if you disappear from it and come back super?

Was The 4400 a perfect drama? No. It could veer off into melodrama with frightening speed. And it was shot in Vancouver, which is almost never a good thing (because everything’s so damned green). But it tried. It went for it. Sometimes it fell short, but that’s what happens when you reach.

Now the world has one less sci-fi/comic book TV show of substance in it. And that just makes me a little sad.

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  • Ames

    OK, what exactly do you mean by canceled? Do you mean that they have one more season and they will wrap up who took the 4400 and what future they are supposed to stop? Or do you mean there just will be no more episodes and we’ll never know? At the very least there needs to be a two hour movie to explain things!

  • Allison

    No more episodes – last season was the last. You can go to USA Network’s message board for THE 4400 and sign the petition (need to register first).
    I was shocked and sad yesterday when I heard about this; there was alot more story to tell and it was a very interesting show. I hope USA reconsiders or as others have suggested, the SCI-FI channel picks it up. However, I read somewhere that the sets had already been taken down and sold. We’ll see.

  • purplegirl247

    Noooooo! Like earlier post said, throw us a movie to tie up the loose ends at least! What a great character-driven drama this is. I can’t believe they’re letting this go but they’re still plotting along with Monk (which I officially stopped watching this past season because it’s gotten SO ridiculous, SO over the top, and SO “let’s make up random characteristics that Monk never had like blacking out and pretend like that’s how he’s always been” it makes me angry! RIP 4400…

  • PS

    I only casually watched the show, but my wife is a HUGE fan of the 4400. It was obvious that the writers of Heroes “were influenced by” (nice way to not say stole) 4400 powers, characters, and storylines.

  • Erin

    If the 4400 ever got the budget it deserved it would have been one of the best shows on television. And considering that they had to deal with crappy special effects and a lack of resources, they put on a show that was smart, compelling, and had some of the best post 9/11 social commentary out there. I assumed that the last episode was the finale but would welcome a return.

  • Erin

    If the 4400 ever got the budget it deserved it would have been one of the best shows on television. And considering that they had to deal with crappy special effects and a lack of resources, they put on a show that was smart, compelling, and had some of the best post 9/11 social commentary out there. I assumed that the last episode was the finale but would welcome a return.

  • Anna

    Simply said – this sucks. I loved the food for thought 4400 gave us, I love the vast amount of great characters. I want more! I will definitely sign the petition and hope others do so. At the very least we need a movie!

  • Sharlin

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. What will I watch during the summer now??!!! This show had so much going for it. I loved it. Yet they still have Monk??? COME ON!

  • LadyTiger

    The 4400 was my favorite summer TV time waster (well, at least until I discovered Burn Notice). It was a good show, and deserves at least a mini-series wrap up.

  • elena

    Even though the melodrama was drama-y, and the sap was super-evident, there is no show I wait for an ENTIRE YEAR in anticipation for other than The 4400. I am so sad to leave the crazy, magical, mystical world that the writers and actors created, and I CANNOT SURVIVE WITHOUT SEEING beautiful Patrick Flueger act anywhere. And Joel Gretsch and Jaqueline McKenzie’s characters Tom and Diana grew! They grew as friends and as a family, and what other show does that? Where else will I go to not only see compelling friendship platonic-ness between a man and a woman without messy gross “will-they-or-won’t-they” drama? And what about all the family stuff between Kyle, Shawn and Tom? Where?!?!
    The 4400. It’s just…awesome.

  • Michelle

    Some day I will understand the thought process (if it truly exists) of TV executives. They continue to cancel some of the best shows on TV while leaving the so called “reality” shows going strong. The 4400 was great TV and good sci-fi. Yet another empty hour in my TV viewing day.

  • Jaime

    I cannot believe this! USA Network should be ashamed of itself. The 4400 was a good show and it deserves some closure. This is just so sad..

  • davidsask

    This totally sucks! I followed the show right from the beginning and will miss it so! Add me to the list of people who want a movie or something to finish the story arc for all of us loyal fans!

  • Snsetblaze

    As a rabid sci-fi fan, I am so upset. This was a great summer show. Well written, well acted and at the time, original (then came Heroes, which while I enjoy it, is not as well written or acted). Its one thing when a sci fi schow is cancelled during or after one season (Threshold), but another when it runs three or four years and the fans have invested time in following characters they love. They needed one more season to wrap everything up. Even Star Trek:TNG, Voyager and DS9, Enterprise and Babylon 5 had enough warning that they would be cancelled and got time to wrap up the plotlines. Farscape did not but was later brought back for a 4 hour miniseries to tie up plot lines (and I think is coming back somehow). And Stargate ran 10 seasons and sort of had some closure.

  • Brian

    How sad. I loved “The 4400″ and and am very sorry to see it go without a satisfactory resolution. Maybe USA will have pity on us and give us a movie that wraps things up for us.

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