What does it take to kill a television show? A cold heart? An empty soul? A sinister predilection for evil? Or perhaps just a recognition that at the end of the day the numbers don’t add up? Television executives are people, too, but they are often lampooned for being cold, heartless, and machinistic. ABC Domestic Television executives are about to learn what it feels like to take the heat over a decision that was, almost without a doubt, based solely on numbers and economics.
According to rumors on the Internet (and at least one Tweet by one of the show’s stars), the syndicated fantasy adventure show Legend of the Seeker will not be renewed for a third season. Based on scifi writer Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truthnovels, Legend of the Seeker has been filmed in New Zealand by Ghost House Pictures, formerly known as Renaissance Pictures — the brain child of director/producer team Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert. Raimi and Tapert first rose to prominence with the Army of Darkness films starring their college buddy Bruce Campbell, but they took the world by storm in the 1990s with the syndicated television shows Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess.
More successful than many “network” television shows, Hercules and Xena proved that quality entertainment could be made on a budget (in New Zealand) and run for six years (in up to 100 world-wide markets). The shows produced millions of dollars in revenue for their stars, producers, distributors, and others. But replicating that success has been difficult. Many shows have come and gone. Legend of the Seeker appears to be the latest in a long line of HercXena wannabes.
However, despite low viewing numbers (blamed on poor scheduling and lack of support from the Tribune Station Group), fans of the show are organizing a campaign to Save the Seeker that includes a petition which collected thousands of signatures on the first day.
News (or rumors) of the show’s impending demise came amid an announcement that Slam Internet, Inc. had just launched a new Legend of the Seeker promotion campaign. Confusion ensued amid the mixed reports of the show’s renewal/cancellation. A final Tweet by star Bridget Regan seems to settle the matter, but hardcore fans are determined to keep fighting. They are amassing legions of fans to write letters and emails to ABC executives at every branch, and the prospect of organizing boycotts of ABC sponsors has been raised.
Whatever comes next, it won’t be easy to play the role of a “suit” at ABC for at least a few days.
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