10 Canceled TV Shows That Came Back

Actors Chris Messina, Glenn Close and Zeljko Ivanek attend the ''Damages'' Season 4 premiere in 2011. Jim Spellman/Getty Images

The 2007 FX show was a different kind of legal drama right from the start, following a single case through an entire season. It starred Academy Award-nominated actor Glenn Close as a brilliant and ruthless attorney. The innovation paid off; the series received several Emmy nominations and had four wins, including two for Glenn Close. However, the show had trouble finding an audience on the network, and after three seasons it was canceled.

This death sentence was commuted by DirecTV, which picked up "Damages." In addition, the satellite service obtained the rights to rebroadcast the original FX seasons. In an unusual step, the show was marketed through print ads and voicemails to DirecTV customers. Robo-calls featuring new cast member John Goodman ("Treme," "Roseanne") went out to potential viewers. The jury came back with a positive verdict: The rebroadcast shows had higher ratings than they did when first aired [source: Ryzik]. The show had a stay that lasted for two more seasons, and "Damages" ended in 2012.