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Global cancels ‘Bomb Girls’ after two seasons

Anne T. Donahue
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Global has axed original series "Bomb Girls" after two seasons. (Global)

Ah, Canadian television, you fickle friend. Weeks after Rosie O'Donnell's guest appearance, "Bomb Girls" has gotten the axe from Global, with only a two-hour TV movie left to tie up the series' loose ends.

While Global's tweet called it a "2-hour TV movie event," the sad reality is that after two seasons, the show's run will come to an end through a finale that the network says will "conclude the rich story lines and the amazing journey of these beloved characters which have strongly resonated with the show's loyal fans."

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And it's those loyal fans who are fighting back. At the request of the "Bomb Girls" think-tanks (via Twitter), viewers are being encouraged to write into Shaw Media and request a second-chance for the show that's proven itself a bankable investment. Or at least it was, before Global put it on hiatus to air "Survivor" in February, and later moved it from Wednesdays to Monday nights. Not that this is the first time critically-acclaimed Canadian TV has lost out to bigger American titles -- or even just to networks who lost faith.

Monday night, the WGC Screenwriting Awards celebrated the best in Canadian film and television, and awarded honours to the now-cancelled "The L.A. Complex," which earned creator Martin Gero an award for Best TV Drama. In Fall 2012, the cancelled "Picnicface" took home Best TV Show at the Canadian Comedy Awards, while Lauren Ash won Best Performance by an Ensemble for her role in the also-cancelled "Almost Heroes."

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What's the deal, Canadian networks? Despite acclaim by critics and support by peers, it seems they'd still rather air American reality TV than support homegrown programming. True, ratings are important, but had "Bomb Girls" maintained a consistent schedule as opposed to being moved around, perhaps its fanbase could've kept growing and helped the show become just as much a part of the network as any U.S. offering.

If audiences can rally to save "Bomb Girls," then maybe Global -- and other Canadian networks -- will finally recognize the need for original Canadian content. Until then, it will be recognized at award shows far too late, long after audiences could've really fallen in love with it.

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