Every year, TV audiences become hooked on their favorite shows and they derive joy in watching the stories continue for a long time. Be it poor ratings, a huge cast member exit, or a show-runner shakeup, series can suffer many a crisis that put them on the rocks with their network.
Is a series really over when it is canceled? Well, not with fans who have a great deal of loyalty (and thus influence) over them. On more than one occasion, fans have come together to bring collective efforts to save a series from cancellation, find it a new home on another network, or even raise funds for a movie spin-off just to get a little more time with the characters they love. It’s really hard to say goodbye to some great shows.
Fan campaigns go well beyond petitions; diehard fans have been known to send series of letters, iconic objects which are illustrated on the show, etc. When fans get creative, the studios take notice.
Let’s take a look at 10 TV shows that have been saved from cancellation by the fans:
1. Friday Night Lights
Before Friday Night Lights was a television series, it was a book and a movie which was about a high school football team in the fictional town of Dillon, Texas. It was developed by Peter Berg and brought to the audience by the same man behind Roswell – Jason Katims. The show garnered critical acclaim and passionate audiences due to its realism and emotional intensity. However, it suffered low ratings and NBC came up with the idea to cancel the series after its second season, but fans rallied.
Demonstrating an interest in the show, a group of fans organized a campaign that involved sending specialty footballs to NBC. They had children’s sized footballs made with the show’s signature phrase, “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose,” and collected money to send them en masse to NBC’s offices. The footballs were sent with an instruction to donate them to children’s charity once the campaign was over.
NBC started looking at ways to keep airing the show without catastrophic spending. The solution was to partner with Direct TV so that they won’t have to foot the bill entirely. The partnership had no choice but to let the series return for three more seasons.
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