So it’s no stranger to anyone how much Fox Broadcasting fails at keeping certain shows that /we/ think are amazing in the loop of things, but you have to wonder why they do it. I understand that some shows may not be getting the ratings they want, but ratings are a funny thing these days, TiVo accounts for most of people’s ability to watch these days.
We’ve become a society of people who watch TV online and at our leisure when recorded by our DVR, not every night religiously as the technology has come along that allows us to have that kind of freedom, to have broken the mould of times past where you’d miss the first five minutes of your favourite show because you were running late from work or school and find yourself immensely depressed until reruns came on that summer.
We have the freedom to watch what we want and enjoy things as they are– Dollhouse had a fanbase, that much is evident by the outcry at its being cancelled. Joss Whedon rarely makes a show that doesn’t have some kind of following because the man puts his heart and soul into things– but it isn’t just Dollhouse. I wonder if Glee will end up surviving the Fox axe, though it’s rating skyrocket far above those garnered by the Whedon show, it doesn’t mean that it’s safe, either.
Fox isn’t all bad, as Glee has survive thus far, and shows like Bones and Fringe are still around, but over the years Fox has seen many bad choices in its renewals and cancellations. The short-lived action-drama starring Nathan Fillion, Drive— the original cancellation of Family Guy (which was rectified later on by it being brought back and honestly, having much more leeway in what they would allow Seth MacFarlane to do. But possibly their biggest, most recently failure in the eyes of their watchers was the misguided placement of Firefly‘s timeslot, the out of sequence episodes, and subsequent cancellation.
Perhaps, though, we can see a pattern through their cancellations, that they seem mostly to be ‘racy’ or Sci-Fi shows that get kicked most often. But other shows that are not nearly as entertaining and might just be on in the background in some people’s homes survive.
You think, perhaps, that Fox would have learned from that and not take such a stance with Dollhouse, given the amount of revenue they could have garnered with Firefly merchandising and DVD sales over the years, but apparently we’re not exactly that lucky.
It makes me wonder, however, if other Networks plan to take the same stance– will shows I love be thrown to the floor because people don’t sit at home on a Friday night (or Wednesday, or Thursday, or any day of the week) glued to their TV in hopes of seeing a scant glimpse of their preferred show? Will I lose Cougar Town, and Modern Family? Here’s hoping not.