How To Advocate For a Threatened TV Show

Plenty of TV shows get canceled. Some of those have an incredibly loyal fanbase who, upon announcement of a show’s impending doom, leap into action to try to rescue the show. This almost never happens, and can be a lot of wasted energy. After all, it’s only a TV show. Popular examples include Jericho, Firefly and My So-Called Life.

Jericho is a rare, partial exception to the ‘dead show walking’ syndrome. From Wikipedia:

However, after a grassroots campaign to revive the series, CBS officially announced on June 6, 2007 that it had purchased seven new episodes of Jericho for broadcast as a midseason replacement.

This is the fifth time the network has resuscitated a cancelled series due to viewer demand. Fans of Cagney and Lacey, Designing Women, The Magnificent Seven and Touched by an Angel all were successful in convincing CBS to bring the shows back after their respective cancellations were announced.

Interestingly, three of those series would have 18 to 50 year-old women as their core audience–they’re traditionally the most powerful grassroots organizers.

Anyhow, that’s a long-winded introduction to this article (which could do with some subheadings), which discusses the rejuvenation of Jericho and the unfortunate, premature demise of Veronica Mars. As you’d expect, fans are in a tizzy.


  1. Something like this happened for the canadian/US tv series “La Femme Nikita” (also known as “Nikita” in Canada). It had been cancelled after 4 seasons, but came back for a short 5th season of 8 episodes to wrap things up properly. This was in response to the dedicated fans.

  2. Hey Darren,

    Thanks so much for the mention. What struck me about the Veronica Mars fans was that despite being unable to reverse the show cancellation, they reenergized themselves with new goals, much like Firefly fans. I expect we will see more of it in the future, hopefully before fans are desperate.

    All my best,

    P.S. (which could do with some subheadings) … Ha! Probably so.

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