FX’s 30 Days Cancelled

November 10, 2008 at 11:53 pm 11 comments

Morgan Spurlocks brainchild 30 Days

Morgan Spurlock's brainchild "30 Days"

FX advertises itself as “no box”.  It’s also no reality.  

FX has decided to cancel one of my favorite reality shows, 30 Days30 Days was a show created by Morgan Spurlock (yes the guy who made Supersize Me and Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden).   The show revolved around switching the way you live for 30 days.   Someone who is a hunter will go live with a family involved with PETA or people who use a lot of electronics will go off the grid and live green for 30 days. It wasn’t only well made and entertaining but also educational.   My favorite episode is where Morgan and his wife decide to live on USA minimum wage for 30 days.   It really showed the struggle that many people go through and opened up how hard it is to be without insurance or be able to eat healthy meals.  

FX has a lot of hits and is my no means hurting for programming.   Currently they have hit shows like Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Nip/Tuck, The Shield, and Rescue Me.   Many of these shows will be going off the air in the near future and FX is already testing new shows like the comedy Testees and biker drama Sons of Anarchy.  It’s to early to tell how well these shows will perform in the long run but they both are surrounded by already established good programming so I predict they will do fine.  FX does put out quality shows and while they are not known for having reality television, 30 Days really seemed to fit.  It wasn’t your average reality show with busty women and guys with six pack abs.  In 2006, FX did have a show called Black. White. which used makeup to have people switch races for a short while.   This was more in line with an episode of Tyra and deserved to get the axe.  Spurlock had a great show on his hands and I hope he continues to make exciting and interesting programs.

I will deeply miss 30 Days but I respect FX for not falling for the allure of cheap to produce programming.   While 30 Days was on they treated it and Morgan with the respect the show deserved.   I hold no grudge with FX and am glad that there is this alternative to Fox and Fox Reality Channel that actually provides me with good programming (even if it is about poop-yes I am looking at you Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which is by far one of the funniest shows on television at the moment).

What do you think? If 30 Days was still on the air, would you watch? 

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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. theweakend  |  December 16, 2008 at 3:23 am

    Oh yeah yes, this show was not only very intelligent but, in my opinion, could have lasted for years as politics change over time. I well deeply miss 30 days. Too bad it was canceled before it was even apparent to me ehe oh well i guess that’s what watching shows online now is for.

  • 2. Phil Palmieri  |  July 5, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Wow this sucks – i found this show when it was in its third season.. Its just like Networks to cancell intelligent shows – although if more people watched it wouldnt be an issue, in the shows defense, they never advertised it.

    I wish Mike would turn the show into a Web show and do segmented videos in real time from the 30-dayers view.

    Phil

  • 3. r.Evolution  |  September 17, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Yes, seems I’m the last to hear, although I suspected. TV (especially any tv corporations with an F and an X in their title) has a nasty habit of not allowing a good thing to continue too long Sometimes that works in our favor, sometimes not. I wish someone had killed weeds last season. But Morgan Spurlock and other truth sayers…well, at least we get them at all..and i’m wondering who is gonna pick him up….I guess it’s been too long… hopefully Morgan is up to something as we type.

  • 4. Schrmin  |  October 6, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    I’m dumbfounded as to how such a great series like 30 Days could be cancelled…it was one of my favorites. Sadly, there are very few shows of its caliber…insightful, informative, thought-provoking, intelligent…and much of it emotionally moving. With so many other issues yet to be explored, this series still had a lot of potential. FX had a real gem…it’s sad that either they or the viewing public failed to recognize it. I only hope that Spurlock has the opportunity to continue this show without FX.

  • 5. Tyson Keith sisco  |  November 3, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Fxs new show the league is horribly unfunny and takes away the rerun of its always sunny in philadelphia they show after the new episode please please get that show the hell off the air.

  • 6. linlex2  |  November 22, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Would I watch 30 days if it’s still on? Oh yes! I miss the show and I think it was just on the wrong netword. A&E should have picked it up…JMHO!

  • 7. David  |  May 10, 2010 at 3:19 am

    Wow!!! I just google this to find out if it had been taken off the air and I am sad because it was one show that had more to it than the norm of reality shows that are out there now. It was smart and informative and even if you had opposite view than what the show was focusing on you always left feeling like your mind had opened a little more and it helped you see things from a new point of view,This sad not only because the show is gone but for the fact that people prefer the drama and soap opera type of reality shows that are out there instead. I only wish there where more shows like this on tv. Good job Morgan and thank you for bring a bit of intelligence to tv.

  • 8. Crystal  |  January 14, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I am so mad I I loved that screw them

  • 9. Chris  |  August 30, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I am watching it now and wish there were more episodes.

  • 10. tristan  |  September 29, 2012 at 11:32 am

    yes!! loved the show

  • 11. Joanne  |  December 31, 2013 at 10:26 am

    I wish it was back on the air or at the very least, do a follow up on the participants.

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