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daily list: 5 ideas for fan campaigns to save cult TV shows

The vampire romance drama Moonlight, which I’ve gotten myself hooked on (I wrote about it recently at Film.com) has been renewed for a second season — new episodes return on April 25th — partly, perhaps, in response to a fan campaign to raise awareness of the show via a blood donation drive.

Seems we’re hearing about these clever fan campaigns more often — more shockingly, they’re even having an impact. So let’s get moving to bring back more of our favorite cult SF and fantasy series. Here’s some ideas for getting the word out. If we all do these things, imagine the impact we could have…
Freaks and Geeks: Buy a thousand SAT prep workbooks, fill out all the answers in all the practice tests (correctly! — 1800s count for something, you know), and drop ship them to NBC.

Starman: Buy one ton of ballbearings and, pretending that they’re magical alien orbs that can make manifest your every wish, hold each one individually, one at a time, and think “Save Starman!” Ship to Fox.

Twin Peaks: Two words: jelly donuts. Lots of them.

Max Headroom: Download your consciousness into one of those keychain Flash drives and sent yourself to ABC headquarters in New York. Don’t forget to program yourself to repeat “Bring Max back!” in a neverending loop.

Firefly: Wait for humanity to develop cheap interstellar space travel, then purchase you own starship — more hipster cred to you if it’s falling apart. Fly to the headquarters of New New Fox Mindvision and hold executives hostage until they put the show back on the air.



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  • PaulW

    Wait. You *liked* Starman?!?!

    And forget FOX. They lucked out on one scifi show (X-Files) and screwed all the others, so if you want Firefly back you oughta gotta beg the SciFi Channel.

    —>me who is wondering why no one is getting MacGoohan to create a Prisoner sequel in this day and age of rendition, government-sponsored torture, and illegal wiretapping.

  • –>me who is wondering why no one is getting MacGoohan to create a Prisoner sequel in this day and age of rendition, government-sponsored torture, and illegal wiretapping.

    There have been plans for a Prisoner remake for a few years now – but I don’t know what happened to it…

    As for Starman, it wasn’t even a FOX show, it was on ABC. I think my legs may have been in one episode, as it was filmed at my high-school…

  • Kate

    Anyone wanna go in on a used Firefly with me?

  • MontyGurl

    I remember Freaks and Geeks. I’m seventeen now, so I have no idea how old it was when it was on TV, but I remember absolutely loving it, identifying with it, and thinking it was brilliant.

  • PaulW

    I’m old enough to remember Square Pegs. Back when Sarah Jessica Parker was brunette and actually cute.

  • shoop

    I saw part of the first episode of Twin Peaks when it first aired. I vividly remember this exchange between two characters:

    “Who’s that lady with the log?”

    “We call her the log lady.”

    I switched channels, never to return. Sometimes, you just know right away when you and a TV show aren’t on the same page.

  • MaryAnn

    You *liked* Starman?!?!

    Hell, yeah. That was a wonderful show.

  • Hdj

    Im with you on Twin Peaks,
    not so much firefly, but there shouldn’t be a fuss over that show because its likely to spawn more movies like Serenity. I hated “freaks and geeks” just as bad as “my so called life” , then the “wonder years” that was middle school though, which I liked, but I have yet to see a show that does high school quite like I saw it.

  • Spencer

    Wow. HDJ, you obviously know nothing about Firefly if you think it is likely to spawn Serenity sequels. The box office was a dud, the DVD sales were good but not spectacular, and Whedon himself has washed his hands of the series. As much as I hate myself for uttering the words, it’s over.

    Unless we kidnap Joss and lock him in our basement and force him to create more delicious FF-marzipan.

    MaryAnn, I’m kind of surprised that you like Freaks and Geeks, given your general loathing for Judd Apatow movies (which pilfer the cast of this show and, arguably, its tone and/or style).

  • Hdj

    Wow? I’m glad its over the show looked like friggin Brisco Country Jr. in space, I hear all this “Did you watch that show? did you really sit down and really listen how smart the show is?” No, I just saw the movie and my reaction was “Meh” so boo hoo shows over. The show bombed because it was like a slab of vanilla,it was that favor we’ve had for years.
    The only positive thing Joss Whedon’s done is made one of the best Xmen books in a decade, for awhile it was too much Past, Present, Future and age shifting, dead , not dead non sense going on. And thats not saying much but its really the only thing I give him credit for.
    it dont make up for countless years of Buffy.
    Buffy TV’s poorest excuse for a horror tv show

  • Spencer

    I actually had the opposite experience: saw the movie, loved it, rented the series, watched the pilot and then bought the whole set, which I promptly devoured many times over in the last 3 years. Since this site is dedicated to the subjective enjoyment (and analysis) of movies/TV/etc., I suppose I can’t fault you for your subjective response per se.

    I’ll just smile to myself at your patent juvenility and superficiality and enjoy my own subjective experience.

  • MaryAnn

    Okay, we don’t need to namecall.

    Oh yeah: *Brisco County* was awesome, too. I should have included that one in the list above.

    MaryAnn, I’m kind of surprised that you like Freaks and Geeks, given your general loathing for Judd Apatow movies (which pilfer the cast of this show and, arguably, its tone and/or style).

    Yeah, it’s funny how stories about people being adolescent work when the characters are, you know, actually adolescent. Not so much when they’re 30 or 40.

  • Spencer

    Oh, OK. I understand your objections to Apatow a little more now. Thanks!

  • Danielle

    Firefly (and Buffy and Angel) at least gets to live on in comic book form. And for that I’m quite thankful.

    Maybe someday Ripper will actually air on BBC and we Whedon nerds will have something new to drool over.

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