As the weather gets warmer, and the trees finally start turning green, one thought goes through the minds of many Americans: It’s season finale time.  For some shows it means a shocking cliffhanger.  For others, it’s just a well needed break.  Then their are those shows who fought tooth and nail, just to see that spring’s beginning means their end.  Many times, it’s not only the show’s cast and crew that take issue with that outcome.

The television show, in many respects, is looked at as the ugly stepsister of the entertainment industry. It’s okay for a movie to touch someone’s life and make them cry, or to bond with a song or a musical artist, because of the poetry and feeling involved. But have any emotion over a television show, and you’re just an obsessed fan. What the average person doesn’t understand is that the same amount of blood, sweat, and tears was poured into each episode of “Arrested Development” as was “Titanic.” The only difference is a movie or song is a one time deal; the TV Show is a series. The writers have to keep coming back each week to keep the momentum going, the situations believable, and the characters real.

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Each television show begets it’s own world, whether it’s in the city of Chicago, or on a space station somewhere not too far from Minbar. The viewers get become part of this world, not just for a two to three hour period, but for a half an hour to an hour each week. The show becomes part of the viewers life, since it takes up a specific amount of time each and every week. To some it becomes a little more than just a form of entertainment. Either way, there is something that makes each person come back over and over again. A good show will keep you watching. A great show will keep you hooked.

So of course the people have a right to be annoyed when a staple in their lives is taken away. Change is a difficult thing, and it’s really hard to give up something you enjoy. Ask any smoker. Add in the emotional attachment that might have formed, and of course the viewers get upset. Especially if the show is cancelled way before its time. Shows like “Sports Night,” “Wonderfalls,” and “Family Guy,” got the axe because of low ratings, even though they all have quite the devoted fan base. They found their only salvation in the booming TV Show on DVD market. Networks and viewers learn all too late their mistakes.

So it’s up to the fans, the ones affected the most (right behind the writers) to do what they can. Someone needs to bring it to the networks attention that they are doing a big thing badly, and viewing audience has nothing more to lose. Sometimes it works. In the spring of 2000, over six thousand bottles of Tabasco sauce were sent to executives of the WB in hopes of influencing them to renew the teen sci-fi/drama “Roswell.” After being bombarded with the condiment and letters from hopeful viewers, the WB decided to give “Roswell” another chance. “Chuck” fans descended on Subway, one of the shows sponsors, and went into a sandwich buying frenzy to show NBC and the sandwich chain how dedicated they were to see their show survive.

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Fans have shown that their loyalty and perseverance matters.  When Netflix decided it was going to dip it’s feet into the “original content” pool, they listened to cries of “Arrested Development” fans.  The brand new fourth season of the bizarre comedy was so anticipated, a restaurant in New York created a special themed menu for the premiere.  Fox renewed “Family Guy” three years after it’s series finale. Fast forward nine years; Fox executives are laughing all the way to the bank, as they stamp the “season renewal” brand on their cash cow, without taking a look back.  Let’s not forget one of the most recent successes, the record breaking Kickstarter campaign that brought “Veronica Mars” to the big screen after a seven year absence.

This time, right now, is the fans time.  One day Firefly’s revival might just be more than an April Fools joke.  Start your petitions.  Send your emails.  Do what you can to keep your entertainment alive.  After all, isn’t that what the internet is for?

About The Author

Contributing Writer

Stefanie cannot remember a time when television was not an important aspect of her life. She has many grand memories of the 9 inch black and white TV on which she used to watch Nick at Nite classics. Stefanie has always fancied herself as a storyteller at heart, no matter which medium she (choo-choo) chooses. Despite her dedication to television, Stefanie actually does have a real flesh and blood husband. They live together outside of Chicago, with their menagerie of animals. Stefanie also classifies herself as a child at heart, with a whimsy only previously found in a Muppet. Stefanie graduated with a degree in Television Production from Columbia College Chicago, and currently works as freelance camera/editor as well as serving as Head Editor at Arlington International. She also believes the solar system has 9 planets and refuses to recognize Pluto’s demotion.