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TV’s One-Hit Wonders: Pitch, Bunheads, Baker and the Beauty, Forever and 40+ More Shows That Ended Too Soon

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To paraphrase a famous saying: ‘Tis better to have loved a TV show, and lost it after one season, than never to have loved at all.

Throughout the years, TV fans have loved and lost a lot of quality series, too many of which were axed after just one season despite their massive potential. Now that another TV season is behind us — which brought the cancellations of one-and-done series like Emergence and The Baker and the Beauty — we’re getting a bit nostalgic for dozens more shows that departed too soon.

In the attached gallery, we’re remembering 50 series that said goodbye after Season 1, from cult classics like Freaks and Geeks and My So-Called Life to more recent losses like Forever, The Grinder, Limitless and Pitch. (Despite Hulu’s best efforts, we are definitely not over Pitch just yet.)

We’ve also included some hidden TV gems you probably haven’t thought about in a while, like the Bradley Cooper vehicle Kitchen Confidential, the biblically inspired Kings, FX’s boxing drama Lights Out and the vampire-centric Kindred: The Embraced.

Scroll through the attached gallery — or click here for direct access — to see the one-hit wonders we still miss, then drop a comment with the cancelled shows that would make your list.

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Jon Moxley Comments On MJF, Title Match At AEW All Out Is Official

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AEW World Champion Jon Moxley retained his title against Darby Allin on tonight’s AEW Dynamite. That now makes his match against MJF at All Out on September 5 official.

After the match, Moxley got on the mic to talk a bit about Allin, and his upcoming title bout against MJF. In regards to Allin, he called him relentless, and said one day Allin will be a World Champion. Moxley continued that even though Allin is a loner — like him — he can ride with Moxley at any time.

Switching gears to MJF, Moxley had this to say about his challenger, who attempted to take Moxley out tonight during the match with his own title.

“It’s a little scrambled in my brain right now, I’m not sure exactly what happened, but I got a pretty good idea,” Moxley said to the camera. “There’s a kid out there with no heart. And even if he did, it stops beating, real soon. He’s a dead man.”

You can check out Moxley’s full comments in the video above.

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Jackie Aina Divorced Her First Husband to Become a Beauty Guru

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Renowned for her impeccable sense of style and no-nonsense approach, Jackie Aina obtained millions of fans on YouTube over the years. However, her life hasn’t always been pitch-perfect. So, when did she get divorced?

Jackie was married by the time she turned 21 — but the relationship didn’t last long.

For two years, Jackie was studying pre-med at the California State University San Bernardino. As she told Buzzfeed News, she felt like the course was the wrong choice. 

Eventually, she and her then-boyfriend made a pact. She would follow his lead and join the military, and they would both move to Hawaii, where he was stationed. By the time she turned 21, she and her boyfriend were married. 

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Determined to make the new, strange life work, Jackie would devote her free time to binge-watching makeup tutorials while working as a reservist. 

“I was hooked because it was my escape from being married and miserable. And living on an island by myself and not having any money,” she told Buzzfeed News. 

“I have a lot of experience of what it looks like to rush a timeline of expectations, because I was married at 21 […] what I’d taken away from being married young and rushing my own expectations and also, truthfully, what it’d look like to put myself second, that was what I did on my own doing,” Jackie explained in a YouTube video titled “Unpopular Opinions: Marrying Young and Societal Pressures.” 

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“It meant dreams on hold […] at 21, I knew things that I liked, but I didn’t know that things I liked could also be the things that could make me money. I didn’t get the chance to explore those things because I was already married with someone who was already the breadwinner,” the YouTuber added. 

“You can’t always afford to take the risks. […] If one parent is the breadwinner, then you’re gonna be the one at home, raising the kids,” she remarked. 

Jackie divorced her husband and moved to Los Angeles to study cosmetology.

The relationship didn’t work out. As the anecdote has it, Jackie divorced her husband and left for Los Angeles with just $300 in her pocket. However, she didn’t leave the military behind. In 2011, she was sent to Kuwait. 

A year later, she returned to Los Angeles, and soon after, she enrolled in cosmetology school. 

In just a few years, Jackie became one of the most sought-after beauty influencers out there — and quite possibly the only beauty YouTuber who is widely trusted by her followers. 

Unlike her competitors, Jackie earned praise with her refreshingly honest, to-the-point approach, and for her courage to call out brands like Morphe for their failure to cater to Black audiences.

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Looks like ‘Big Brother 22’ will be a shorter season than usual

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Nothing is business as usual in 2020, so would you really be surprised to learn that “Big Brother 22: All-Stars” won’t run as long as you might expect?

CBS has not announced the finale date, but the houseguests have talked about it a few times on the live feeds, all mentioning how this will be a shorter installment. Earlier this week on the feeds (circa 1:45 a.m. PT on Aug. 11 if you want to watch), Dani Briones, Ian Terry and Cody Calafiore revealed that they were told it’s scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 28, which would make this an 85-day season, two weeks shorter than the typical 99 days. Three of the past four seasons have been 99 days long (Season 19 was 92 days).

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Not only that, but their chat also revealed that they were told the finale would be Oct. 21 before it was changed to the 28th, by which Dani was annoyed. Dani also shared that the season was originally planned to be 99 days, but the delayed premiere due to COVID-19 nipped that in the bud.

This will be the shortest season since Season 14 in 2012, which was 75 days, just like the 12th and 13th outings. But 85 days is actually more in line with the early seasons of “Big Brother,” which were all in the 80-to-90 day range. The first all-stars, in 2006, was the first season to not last 80-something days, running for 72.

It might be a bummer to not get more “Big Brother,” but we should be glad we got any “Big Brother” at all this year. Plus, 85 days is plenty, and now they’ll all be out in time to vote.

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