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Russell Hornsby, Playmakers | 'PLAY' IT AGAIN SAM Playmakers Russell Hornsby
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'PLAY' IT AGAIN SAM Playmakers Russell Hornsby

Which show was canceled before its time?

Which show, canceled before its time, do you think was the best? — William Cline
The Juicy police-politics-media drama Boomtown was killed prematurely by NBC in 2003, but with its tangle of story lines, the series might have thrived in today's Lost era. Last year; I was floored by the cancellation of Playmakers, ESPN's first foray into drama. An inspired soap opera set on the gridiron, it featured football players with drug addictions, violence issues, and sexual secrets. The image-conscious NFL pressured ESPN to boot it, which the network did, after just one winning season.

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Originally posted Feb 28, 2005 Published in issue #809 Mar 04, 2005 Order article reprints