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RIP Men in Trees

Granted, this news has probably been a long time in coming, but it's still a bummer: Men in Trees has been officially canceled after two years of life in Elmo, AK.

Of course, that's two years of airing on three different nights in numerous different time slots, with two long breaks — one when its first season came to an early end, another when ABC decided to save episodes of the show rather than air them during the writers' strike — in between. Not the easiest way to get a following, that's for sure.

It was bad news when Lifetime decided not to pick up the show when ABC offered it, but the show still had its promoters at the network — not to mention a dedicated (if relatively small) fan base that had organized a campaign to buy trees for developing countries. And coupled with the news that ABC didn't plan on premiering as many new series as normal in the Fall, it seemed like the show had a chance.

The one bright spot is that Trees did prepare an ending that could serve as a series finale; that last episode will air sometime this Summer, after the show returns May 28. In the meantime, what do you think about the decision? Did Trees deserve to be saved? Would you have wanted it to return for a third season even if it meant it would be shuffled all around ABC's schedule again?

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singingdolphinz singingdolphinz 8 years
The characters were so easy to love. Each person had their challenges to work through and you can see the people's development. There was humor, romance, compassion, trials and tribulations all wrapped up in a little love. What does the network do? Cancell it. Why? well I guess you didn't have a bunch of women bitching about each other, screwing around on their husbands, gossiping, killing etc. so it was what Not good enough? It's really upsetting when a good family show is cancelled but sex, drugs and violence keeps the network going. Sad, very sad... I was looking forward to the next season...
canlor canlor 9 years
The fall season is about to begin and I am so disappointed that Men in Trees has been axed from the fall line-up. A refreshing, adult program that my husband and I looked forward to following for another season. We are shocked that the program was cut when more people were becoming Men in Trees followers - at least in our circle of friends. Bring it back!
saveatree saveatree 9 years
I can't believe that one of the very few adult level entertainment shows could be so easily cut from television. There is so much garbage clogging up the cable and satellite it is hardly worth turning on your television anymore. Men in Trees was probably the only show I felt was worthwhile watching on ABC so I won't be tuning in anymore. I sincerely hope the powers that be have a change of heart and give this tree another chance.
fairgayle60 fairgayle60 9 years
I'm really, really disappointed to hear that this show has been cancelled! I've been watching it since it started, when I could find it - too bad the network couldn't find a permanent home for it so that we could tune in every week. The characters were quirky and interesting and the best thing was, there wasn't any forensic science going on or blood spatters or killings!! I don't think I saw a gun either!! Good thing. Please, please, please bring this show back!!! Lots of my friends loved it too!!
FAN2 FAN2 9 years
I was stunned when I heard about the cancelation of this show. Despite the fact that you had to be on your toes to find it, the search was always worth it. Will miss the diverse characters who inhabit Elmo and their loveable quirks. If there is a chance to bring it back by fan appreciation, hope someone will let us know.
mysharona26 mysharona26 9 years
What can I say about MEN IN TREES. Never given a fair chance to catch on. I can't speak for other networks, but ABC/Disney has a bad habit of taking a show which is building up its audience, then pulling it in lieu of experimenting with new fare-- ex. Women's Murder Club, October Road. Granted, every show has its own special dynamic, but oh sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet ELMO, filled with cooky, unique characters. TO STEAL THE THUNDER FROM U.S.A. NETWORK-- CHARACTERS WERE ALWAYS WELCOME IN ELMO. I, myself, will surely miss this show. My only other love affair with ABC is the wonderful L.O.S.T.. My guilty pleasure is DANCING W/ THE STARS. Oh, Marin, Jack, Cash, Patrick, Annie and Company. Let me ask this, CAN THE FANS STILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE OR IS THIS A DONE DEAL?
ASpoonfulofSugar ASpoonfulofSugar 9 years
I've really liked this show, but the storylines have been terrible - starting with Patrick's amnesia. Glad others here loved Journeyman! It was so good!
poptiger poptiger 9 years
tedsgirl40 tedsgirl40 9 years
I just can't believe they are cancelling Men in Trees. This show is so wonderful. I always look forward to sitting down and watching the great characters of Elmo with a glass of wine. I know many people that enjoyed it but never had the time to find it as it kept changing nights and times. Not everyone is a tv fiend like myself that can always find my show no matter what. ABC is famous for this, please let another network consider picking up this fantastic show! What will I do without Cash, hubba hubba!
arleen87 arleen87 9 years
This is a total disaster. I love this show. I know is not crazy like Heroes or Lost, but is so sweet and corky. Im sad. Im sad indeed.
pargie pargie 9 years
Del Luz I was a big Journeyman fan too, I'm not over that either. I watched Northern Exposure when it came on, and while there are plenty of similarities, Men in Trees is more fabulous IMO. I don't think people want smart, quality shows anymore.
Bisque Bisque 9 years
Aw man, I love this show, here in the Phils I've only seen the first season I think, but the characters are easy to like. : ( It should be saved.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
They should have just played reruns of Northern Exposure instead of trying to remake the show. It was better anyway.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
it's definitely sad that the show is being cancelled...but to be honest, the plot line really has been lacking lately. i think that during the first season i really wanted to watch it and i couldn't get enough of it even if it was on Friday nights when i wanted to go out. now, it's like a lot of what the characters are doing is far fetched and i'm not really into it. i think that it's sad - but all good things must come to an end i guess.
GeriAnne1932 GeriAnne1932 9 years
This show grew on me! I love it and am sad that it didn't survive and yet shows like dhw continue to be ridiculous....I think if they would pick a night and keep it going, it would grow. So sad. Maybe they'll put a large amount of the shows online so that I can catch the ones I missed.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
Aw, this is a bummer. i just got into the show this season and I'm really liking it.
SeeLolaRun SeeLolaRun 9 years
It definitely deserves to be saved! This really bums me out. I caught up on the entire first season over last summer and fell completely in love with Elmo and all its wacky denizens. I think there are more fans out there that are not rabid TV watchers like some of us and they just plain lost track of the show with all of ABC's schizophrenic scheduling moves. I know that was the case with quite a few of my co-workers. Well, on the bright side, we get a proper ending. Here's hoping it's a happy one! And we better get a nice DVD set in the near future!
liciababe liciababe 9 years
saad i loved that show it was so cookey
Del-Luz Del-Luz 9 years
I love Men In Trees! ~ The characters on the show are ones that you can become interested and invested in ~ Few shows on television can bring that to their audience ~ The show should not be cancelled. . . But one thing I have learned is the best shows always get the axe . . .and it is so darn disappointing. . . .Just another terrific show that someone decided needed to go ~ Heck, I'm still pissed of about Journey Man
emalove emalove 9 years
This was one of my mom's favorite shows...she'll be so disappointed.
pargie pargie 9 years
No, Men In Tress did not deserve to be cancelled. It's one of the best shows on TV, and certainly one of my favorites. ABC has really ticked me off with this move. I'm also really going to miss the characters, this was my feel good show since Gilmore Girls went off.
EllaDee EllaDee 9 years
Men in Trees definitely deserved to be saved.:( I can think of a few shows ABC should've done away with before they even thought of doing away with this one. This is such a great show. I'm really going to miss the characters.
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