'Kyle XY': R.I.P.

Kylexy_lABC Family’s Kyle XY stared his last blank stare, breathed his last bellybutton-less breath, levitated his last syringe full of bacterial growth from an old cup. (More on that in a minute.) The series about the supersmart, superpowered cutie taken in by the Trager family signed off for good last night, canceled after three seasons. And we must admit we’ll miss the dreamy sci-fi teen. Here, a few reasons to mourn Kyle XY‘s passing:

#1: Its starring role in ABC Family history.
Yes, the teen-focused net only recently launched itself into the grownup big leagues of cable with Molly Ringwald-starring Secret Life of the American Teenager. But without Kyle — and that brilliant shot-of-navel-less-torso marketing campaign a few summers ago — ABC Family was just the home of guilty pleasure movies starring washed-up actors. Nothing wrong with that — we still tune in for those, too — but we can thank Kyle for fully realized series like Greek, Lincoln Heights, and the all-too-short Middleman.

#2: Matt Dallas.
Stare into those blue fonts of bliss he calls eyes, admire those pillowy lips — add in that he’s a super-sweet soul who can act — and don’t tell me ABC can’t find some new pilot in which to cast him. In fact, I’m psyched by the prospect of seeing him in a role that doesn’t require blank innocence — let him grow some scruff and be a bad boy already.

#3: Its down-to-earth teen drama.
We were supposed to be all wrapped up in Kyle’s otherworldly origins — turned out his lack of bellybutton, his overdeveloped brain, his lack of social smarts, and his fledgling powers of flight/levitation/etc. all resulted from being "gestated" in a pod for 17 years. Then there was this evil Madacorp organization that was after him, and this Latnok group that, as we learned in the finale, was trying to make a bunch of Kyle clones (that bacteria-filled syringe was supposed to kill the life-giving fluid that would help make them). Whatever. The show’s real strength lay in its regular-kid stuff: Kyle’s adopted sister Lori (April Matson) having a "revirginization" ceremony after she and Declan (Chris Olivero) broke up for the millionth time, adopted brother Josh (Jean-Luc Bilodeau, who matured into more than just a wisecracking kid) struggling with his first girlfriend’s cancer treatment. Even Kyle himself benefitted from storylines that brought him back to reality, none moreso than his recently burgeoning relationship with fellow souped-up teen Jessi XX (Jaimie Alexander). When they kissed in the finale, it blew out a nearby light fixture — we wish we could’ve seen where that went. (What kind of damage would the inevitable virginity-loss scene do?) Which brings us to …

#4: That cliffhanger.
Alas, we’ll never see if Kyle kills Michael Cassidy — he was mid-choke when it ended — or if Cassidy’s really Kyle’s brother like he claims. We’ll never see an army of cute, blue-eyed Matt Dallases (if the cloning experiment were eventually successful). We’ll never see if Lori and Declan reunite or if Kyle’s first love, Amanda (Kirsten Prout), tells him she wants him back. But there was at least a small sense of resolution in what turned out to be the series finale: The whole Trager clan, now in on Kyle’s secret, worked together to help him foil Latnok. Declan and Lori were going on double dates and getting along nicely as friends. Josh was on his own after his girlfriend moved away. And best of all, Amanda and Jessi had put aside their differences to become an ass-kicking covert duo to help Kyle — without ever losing their wonderfully prickly rival energy. May we suggest a spinoff? Possibly that also involves Middleman‘s Wendy Watson (Natalie Morales)? We’re pushing it, aren’t we?

What do you think? Why will you miss Kyle XY? What would you like to see its stars go into next?

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  • Kylexyeureka

    I’ve got it. Kyle goes on vacation to move to Eureka!! Come on sci fi that would be great

    • Andy Reznick

      Hey. This idea is just whacky enough to work. And think of the cult following Eureka would pick up. Now, unfortunately, here come the copyright lawyers…

  • Realwriter24

    I have no future plans to watch ABCFAmily programming…If they can just stop a story midstream and leave their faithful fans hanging like this, why should I invest more time in any other of their series thinking they might do the exact same thing?

    • Jey

      I totally agree with you They don’t deserve to have anyone watching them, who knows wut they might cancel next

    • Jason

      I loved Kyle XY, just finished watching the last episode on Netflix. Although I’ll wonder what might have happened, we’ll always have what did. It’s rare that shows, good or bad, end well, or the way we expect them to. If a show that started as well as Lost could last 6 seasons, I would say that a show like Kyle XY could at least been given one last long season 4. Alas, not to be. The chemistry between the actors, and the roles they were given, was unusually good. But network execs will do what they do. Let’s savor She Could Be You, Youtube clips, and our own ideas of how we would have liked things to end. *sigh*

    • priscilla paloma

      i really loved kyle xy, but wish u can make the story full and not leaving us to our faith to believe anything we think will happen.

    • Amanda Martinez


  • Realwriter24

    I have no future plans to watch ABCFAmily programming…If they can just stop a story midstream and leave their faithful fans hanging like this, why should I invest more time in any other of their series thinking they might do the exact same thing?

  • RP

    That was the biggest customer disrespect I have ever seen from a TV company. Why make us watch 3 years of an excelent series if they can’t afford to film a proper ending ? Are they going broke ? What’s up with their new line up ? Do they think we are all 12 years old without any intelligence ? ABC Family has serious management issues !

    • SaveKyleXY

      ABC Family sucks!!! If something like that happened to some other kind of product and so many customers complained, the company would do something about it!!! Apparently they would rather spend mone ton start up other stupid teenage series and let one of the best TV shows ever rest in piece… I read many articles of fans that clearly showed their anger about this and also found out many petitions and even donations for saving the show… Unfortunatelly, I see years passing by and no answer from ABC Family… Each and every one “Kyle XY” fan should boycot the other series of ABC family so they will notice that they can’t treat their viewers like that!!! Save the Tub people! At least, we deserve a movie to give us some answers and give “Kyle XY” a proper end as it deserves!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Andy Reznick

        BTW, I LOVE the “Save the Tub” comment. This could have been a dynamite rallying cry two years. It still wouldn’t have worked, but we all could have felt way cooler.

      • SaveKyleXY

        haha tnx!!! What can i say… there is no respect to viewers whatsoever… so many years we keep asking them and we get no reply… if only somebody could tell me an e-mail or sth to send something in personal to these people I would feel much better!!!! (even if it would probably be ignored)

    • Andy Reznick

      I must respectfully disagree. Fox still takes the cake for best self-inflicted wound by cancelling Firefly. This is close, though, I must admit

  • Brody

    Oh, Kyle, I’ll miss you! Speaking of insanely attractive actors who need pilots pronto, may I recommend The Middleman himself, Matt Keeslar?

  • Alia

    I think ABCFamily ought to film a Kyle XY movie to conclude the series (and to give us that Kyle-Jessi sex scene and the city-wide blackout that follows).

  • Sara

    I’ll miss Kyle. It was the only show worth watching on ABC Family. I don’t like where the whole ABC “Family” has turned into. I won’t be letting my daughter watch this station when she grows up. What ever happened to good family shows like Full House and Family Matters.

  • Mary

    I was so mad that they left it at a cliffhanger. I love Kyle XY and will miss it dearly. The thing I hated most is that if they had rewritten the last 15 mintues it could have been a good wrapped up season finale.

  • Snarf

    It was a more family orientated version of Dark Angel. I can see Matt Dallas in Brothers & Sisters as a potential love interest for Kevin.

  • monica

    Instead of mourning the loss of such a great show why aren’t we doing something about it. I signed an on-line petition to keep Kyle but don’t know where that went. Isn’t there something that can be done to bring it back. It’s been done before.

    • chuck

      im in tell me were to sign

    • Andy Reznick

      I believe you are in error. It’s never been done before. And I really wish I was wrong about that.

    • Amanda Martinez

      i second the motion

    • divine

      I don’t understand why cancel such a great show. I put a vote on a voice that needs to be heard. Kyle xy needs to be finish for the viewers. The show is very intertaining and I hope our voices are heard by ABC.

  • Carissa

    I agree with Alia that they should at least have a movie to end it like they did eons ago with Gilligan’s Island. It is unfair to get someone hooked on a show and the end it without a proper ending. Cliffhangers are fine when the show is going to return, but not in series finale…way inappropriate.

  • Denise

    Dang! I really like Kyle XY. I’m going to miss the whole family, friends and villains. Dang!!!!!

  • JasonXY

    I think ABC Family needs to do a Kyle XY movie to tie up all the loose ends they left. The ending was too good to leave unanswered.

  • monica

    Apparently, for now, the pregnant teenager is here to stay and a quality show like Kyle is gone. ABC Family isn’t a network I’ll probably continue to watch. Kyle was the only reason I did watch ABC Family.

  • marc

    Matt has been cast as Rebcca Roimjin’s boyfrined in the pilot for “Eastwick”

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