“The Trouble with Tribbles”
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Living on the edge: Shows nearly cancelled

“The Trouble with Tribbles”
Joseph Pevney directed William Shatner in “The Trouble with Tribbles,” one of the most popular “Star Trek” episodes. (Associated Press)
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Cancelled by NBC after an eight season run, “Diff’rent Stokes” enjoyed a brief afterlife with a final season at ABC. (AP)
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NBC’s historic drama “Hill Street Blues” was the lowest rated show ever brought back for a second season. (NBC)
Cagney & Lacey
Cancelled by CBS in 1983, “Cagney & Lacey” was brought back after the show’s producer led a massive letter writing campaign. (CBS)
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After wrapping up with a series finale on the WB, “7th Heaven” was resurrected on the CW, where, minus the previous leads, Lucy became the show’s new star. (The CW)
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“JAG” was cancelled at its original home, NBC, before being picked up by CBS as a mid-season replacement. It ran there another 10 years. (CBS)
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After the “Seinfeld Chronicles” pilot tanked in the ratings, NBC made attempts to unload the show which struggled through its first seasons before catching fire. (NBC)
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Huge fan outcry probably saved the spiritual-themed drama “Touched by an Angel” when CBS toyed with cancellation early in its run. (CBS)
Buffy
Said to be too expensive by its original shelter the WB, “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” fled to UPN after five seasons. (The WB)
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Former HBO head Chris Albrecht referred to fan protests as among his reasons for bringing the intricate “The Wire” back for a second season. (HBO)
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“The Family Guy” was cancelled and resurrected not once but twice after strong DVD sales made the show a winning proposition. (Fox)
Veronica Mars
Cult favorite “Veronica Mars” struggled to find an audience throughout its run, the sword perpetually dangling over its head. (The CW)
Jericho
Fans saved CBS’ cult-favorite Jericho. (CBS)
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