…Until it’s gone.
SyFy: They cancelled Caprica, they cancelled Stargate Universe, but they air wrestling now!? “I’ll never tune into SyFy again!” fans say. (I may detest WWE, but if it brings in money to buy good Sci Fi shows, I’ll manage somehow).
Right then, people, it’s time to use your common sense and consider this: What if the SyFy channel no longer existed? That’s one less network on which to find our favorite genre. PERIOD.
Perhaps we should put ourselves in SyFy’s shoes. In ANY economy, television is DAMNED EXPENSIVE, and the recession isn’t making creating masterpieces any cheaper. The shows that we all love are bloody expensive to produce.
For example, cited during my conversation with Craig Engler, Senior Executive at SyFy, the very popular Joss Whedon series Firefly cost FOX nearly FIFTY million dollars to create. That’s a “5” with SEVEN zeros all neat in a row after it. When it was cancelled, they LOST 50 million dollars. For 99.9% of the population, that amount of money is inconceivable. They lost it ALL. The fans were infuriated because the show was cancelled and instead of saying, “Oh tragic, I really loved that show! Thank you for making it, and if you ever decide to bring it back, I’ll be there to support you!” and showing some consideration for the network’s position, we instead complain, “That was my favorite show and I’m angry because it’s gone. Stupid network! I’m boycotting!”
Well done! Do you honestly believe that the network will make any effort to buy or produce another show like it? The old adage “Don’t bite your nose off to spite your face” comes to mind.
If fans continue to berate networks for canceling shows that are costing them inordinate sums of money, we will soon bitch & complain ourselves out of ANY good Science Fiction television.
It’s all well & good to be upset over an unexpected cancellation. However, rather than attempting to punish the very network that was gracious enough to bring the show to you in the first place, consider using your obvious intelligence as well as the time and energy you would otherwise expend complaining online and boycotting the network to do something which may actually HELP bring the show back; such as contacting other networks, producers or benefactors in order to find a new home for your beloved series.
There are numerous ways in this technologically savvy time to contact the right people. Social networking is a very powerful tool, as well as polls, petitions, blogs, websites and other marketing vehicles, all of which can actually be productive ways to further your cause, gain followers and show potential networks that picking up your favorite show will be profitable for them. You may wish to keep the main cast in the loop with your plans, so they can be aware of the possibility that the show MAY resume if all goes well. Another reason being that they may have contact with potential prospects themselves.
In closing, if we have a better understanding of all the facts when our favorite show winds up on the cutting room floor, we may not be so quick to “kill the messenger” and give the networks credit where it is due for bringing us the beloved series in the first place. After all, without their vision and hard work there wouldn’t have been such a wonderful show for us to miss. In the meantime, we always have re-runs and season DVD box sets.