The Unit – Shawn Ryan thinks Season 4 a Go

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Shawn Ryan, “The Unit”

“The Unit” executive producer Shawn Ryan has been slammed locking the final edit of “The Shield,” but took time to shot me an e-mail about “The Unit” coming back this fall.

As for “The Shield,” Shawn shares that it was “very satisfying to end it the way I wanted to, but a little sad that I’ll never be in the editing room again on ‘The Shield.’ ”

But for fans of “The Unit,” Shawn says “I’m glad that you have a number of fans clamoring for the show. Here’s the scoop: When the strike ended, we were hoping to get additional episodes for the spring, like most shows.”

Unfortunately, Shawn says, CBS didn’t need the episodes for April and May because the network had filled the schedule with new episodes of reality shows like “Big Brother” and “Survivor.” Shawn assures us that CBS loves the show and that ratings-wise it is a “solid base hit although not a home run against brutal competions in ‘House” and ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ ”

Shawn says he thinks the chances are good the “The Unit” will be picked up for the fall – but doesn’t expect CBS to give them a solid answer until closer to the May upfronts.

“We’ve always had to wait until the May upfronts to find out our fate (even after our first season when we were the top rated new show of the year!). I imagine it will be the same again this year,” Shawn says, adding that they don’t feel safe by any means.

David Mamet, Shawn and the other writers have broken out the big plot points for next season, he says, and “I think it’s pretty great and it shakes up the show in a really wonderful way. We’ll go in and pitch it to them soon. I’m very confident they’ll be excited about it creatively. Maybe they’ll be inspired and give us an early pickup after hearing it. More likely, we’ll be waiting until May to learn our fate.”

And that’s the scoop, straight from Shawn. He’s also one of the nicest guys around, and deserves to be treated better by CBS. But, what are you gonna do?

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Michael Chiklis and Shawn Ryan of “The Shield,” courtesy of ViewImages

38 Comments »

  1. Tasha O said,

    March 30, 2008 at 11:41 am

    For Gods sake…PLEASE DON’T CANCEL “THE UNIT”. That is a hot show and my boyfriend and I are looking forward to more episodes.

    I haven’t heard anything about the show since the writers strike and like many fans, I hope CBS is not thinking about canceling this cool military show.

    I LOVE “THE UNIT”!!!

  2. Linda said,

    April 1, 2008 at 9:47 am

    This is one of the most original, well written and well acted shows on right now. Please don’t replace it with another annoying, inane “reality” show!

    I LOVE “THE UNIT”, TOO!

  3. cvr said,

    April 1, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Do not cancel The Unit!

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  5. Carol Buch said,

    April 6, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. There’s nothing more to say.

  6. Dennis L Carr said,

    April 6, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Bring back the UNIT! Enough with the unreal reality shows. No more talent contests, dancing and scripted not so real shows! Action & Drama !

  7. Kate said,

    April 8, 2008 at 8:45 am

    I am so glad to hear they will be bring The Unit back. I can’t believe they thought a mind numbing hour like big brother could replace it. CBS keeps shooting them selves in the foot by putting on good shows and then replacing them with mind numbing so called reality. I don’t care who can live on bugs, run around the world, or live with a bunch of strangers. All this with a camera in their face, and they call it reality . Give me a break I live reality. I want entertainment like THE UNIT.

  8. Christi said,

    April 8, 2008 at 11:05 am

    I can’t believe they are waiting so long to put The Unit back on. What are they thinking who cares who can dance, sing and be in a house with others. Put the Unit back on for normal people to watch. We have enough reality drama in our own lives we don’t need to watch others on TV…

  9. T. Wardlaw said,

    April 8, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Please don’t cancel the unit. It is a great show , and forthose of us who like to think, instead of watching garbage like “big Brother”. Who needs that?

  10. Orlando and Susie said,

    April 8, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    We watch the Unit with passion at times. Its a great show. Please don’t cancel it. We have been looking for ways to spend our thursday nights and the Unit was it.
    Keep The Unit Alive!

  11. b said,

    April 8, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    The Unit rocks …

    the network had filled the schedule with new episodes of reality shows like “Big Brother” and “Survivor.” Lame.

  12. Andy said,

    April 10, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Bring THE UNIT back. It baffles me that there is enough to fans to keep stupid reality shows like big brother and dancing with the stars on tv. And aggrevates me it can take over fanatastic shoes like the unit. It showed it can hold its own, it awesome and hence it coming back well for the third season that everyone was excited for!

  13. simon said,

    April 11, 2008 at 12:51 am

    form oz… i love the unit and hopefully the new series will be starting sonner than expected

  14. Roobaby said,

    April 11, 2008 at 4:52 am

    What a great interview! It’s great to hear from Shawn Ryan!

    TV Guide reported that CBS is planning to air repeats of The Unit. In light of this news, it is critically important for fans in non Nielson households to email or call CBS Executive Services and let them know you watched, after each episode. This includes the people who record and watch it later.

    This is the only way CBS will get an accurate number of households who watched. Otherwise, they just look at the Nielson ratings, which is an INACCURATE mehtod of rating the show.

    Below is the contact info. Fans can also call and email now and ask CBS to return the show to their schedule. This fan campaign has been ongoing for several months.

    Email: audsvcs@cbs.com
    Ph:323 575 4913

  15. Stacy Shelton said,

    April 15, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Finally a well acted, well thought-out plots!! Please don’t cancel the show. Enough of the “reality” soft entertainment.

  16. Burney said,

    April 15, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    Don’t cancel the show! It’s an absolutely spot on series. I believe it’s been keeping all the fans out there excited for more. Well acted, great plots. Bring them back please and it will bring the ratings shooting up the roof!

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    April 20, 2008 at 5:15 am

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  18. axmx.net said,

    April 20, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    Why is this shit allowed to be aired?…

    Been wondering lately what happened to my favorite shows, 24 and The Unit. Found out tonight while surfing around that 24 is starting season 7 back up again in January, 2009. The unit however, has a more undetermined fate.
    It seems CBS likes the show, …

  19. Junie said,

    April 21, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    I can’t wait for the unit to start. The Unit is by far one of the most riveting talked about show I’ve ever seen. I have a group of friends that all the watch is the Unit. So many show out there is just meaningless dribble. The Unit just makes you appreciate good writing, good production, and the possible thought. Hmmm this could be happening. BRING THE UNIT BACK!!!

  20. melissa said,

    April 22, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    please bring it back! we love the unit!!!

  21. Ray said,

    April 22, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    The only tv shows that I ALWAYS watch are The Unit, NCIS and Numb3rs. Other than those few shows everything else pretty much sucks. The networks are losing credibility with their lame reality shows…enough already. Bring back The Unit so there will be a reason to turn on the tv. If not, then my tv is just a decoration.

  22. Maryjane said,

    April 23, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    I’m with MAF!! So . . . . .

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    I’m jonesing for THE UNIT!

  23. Rachael said,

    April 25, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Bring — THE UNIT— BACK!!!! Bring — THE UNIT— BACK!!!!! Bring — THE UNIT— BACK!!!!! Bring — THE UNIT— BACK!!!!! Bring — THE UNIT— BACK!!!!! Bring — THE UNIT— BACK!!!!! Bring — THE UNIT— BACK!!!!! Bring — THE UNIT— BACK!!!!! Bring — THE UNIT— BACK!!!!! Bring — THE UNIT— BACK!!!!! Bring — THE UNIT— BACK!!!!! Bring — THE UNIT— BACK!!!!! Bring — THE UNIT— BACK!!!!! Bring — THE UNIT— BACK!!!!! Bring — THE UNIT— BACK!!!!! Bring — THE UNIT— BACK!!!!! Bring — THE UNIT— BACK!!!!! Bring — THE UNIT— BACK!!!!! Bring — THE UNIT— BACK!!!!! Bring — THE UNIT— BACK!!!!! Bring — THE UNIT— BACK!!!!! Bring — THE UNIT— BACK!!!!! Bring — THE UNIT— BACK!!!!! Bring — THE UNIT— BACK!!!!! Bring — THE UNIT— BACK!!!!! Bring — THE UNIT— BACK!!!!! Bring — THE UNIT— BACK!!!!!

  24. Kim Newman said,

    April 25, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    Since the war,Our soliders and country I believe, need somethong to show a different side.Bring it back,help the junkies of good tv,live life,through the good of the show and it’s purpose. I have fallen hard for the cast and the great storylines.don’t keep sticking us with these,poor ,sorry let’s get up in other folks business shows.Can’t stand them. Need something to believe in.Soliders and there greatness.
    kim

  25. iain said,

    April 28, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    The Unit rocks. It is the ONLY show on CBS that I watch.

  26. anna said,

    April 28, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    They took Jericho, please doesn’t take the Unit away too!!! BRING THE UNIT BACK!

  27. Filipe said,

    April 29, 2008 at 9:48 am

    i’m a portuguese fã and i like the this show, PLEASE DON’T CANCEL “THE UNIT” it’s the best show ever.

  28. Joneser said,

    April 29, 2008 at 10:05 am

    Dear CBS.

    Canceling this show would mean eliminating the last realistic, no-BS drama on TV that doesn’t involve a hospital. The continuity of THE UNIT doesn’t interfere with the casual viewer’s comprehension of each individual plot, the action is intense and believable, and so is the home-life drama… despite how I think it drags a little on the action, my GF wouldn’t watch it otherwise.

    But what I like best is the total lack of political preaching and realistic approach to the problems in the world. Never “over the top”, none of the ticking-time-bomb torture garbage you see on 24, no “War is good” BS… just a crew of honest, patriotic true-believers from broken homes, doing what they think is right, attitudes tempered by a healthy cynicism towards politics while recognizing their role in the machine. I mean, you can’t get that anywhere else except on shows like THE SHIELD (!) and THE WIRE.

  29. Terry Cochran said,

    April 30, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    I’m a firm beliver in The Unit and it’s excellent cast & writers. We need this military show on the air along with the CBS show NCIS and thier exploits. I would even like to see JAG return or a JAG movie. Please keep this true to life show, as you have many veterans like me interested. Thanks.

  30. A.C. said,

    May 5, 2008 at 12:20 am

    Please bring back The Unit! It is my “can’t miss” show…and I have missed it terribly since the strike. Well-written and well-acted. And I think it is the first show my entire family agrees on. We know not to call each other on Tuesday night during the show. It is time for great shows to take their rightful place in TV lineups again…and for the “reality” nonsense to go away.

  31. Mo said,

    May 12, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    I am sick of garbage reality shows clogging up our airwaves! This show is smart and well written. PLEASE give it a chance!

  32. SueTube - Let’s talk TV with critic Susan Young » “The Unit” back on CBS, “Shark” “Moonlight” gone said,

    May 14, 2008 at 4:08 pm

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  33. gray said,

    May 30, 2008 at 2:50 pm

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    It´s good and will get return to CBS.

  34. peleg said,

    June 24, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    YESSSSSSSSS the unit will be back this fall as was writen in the MAY ARCHIVES of suetube

  35. Elaina said,

    July 23, 2008 at 1:11 pm

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    It was the best show on TV. The reality shows are getting more obnoxious each time a new one pops up. Give us all a break!

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  37. Nancy said,

    December 9, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    I missed The Unit immensely when it did not return in the spring of this year (08)
    and was very happy when it returned this fall. This is about the only TV show that I plan my schedule around. I am a 65 year old woman, and like this show at least as much as my husband and our young adult sons do. It is intense, intelligent drama–a good mix of action, politics, and relationships. Please, please keep it coming.

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