Legend of the Seeker is in trouble. The action/fantasy series roughly based on The Sword of Truth novels by Terry Goodkind has seen two seasons, but may strike out at three. The show is produced by ABC Studios in first-run syndication and was dealt a critical blow when Tribune Station Group dropped it from numerous markets, significantly impacting its viewership area and ratings.
During its two-season run, the show developed a strong and fervent fan base, and they aren't taking the news lying down. They're far from ready to say goodbye to the show they've come to love, or to the many elements of LotS that captured their loyalty. Engaging characters, romantic settings, the ever classic battle between good and evil, and a handsome underdog who at any moment could fall under the spell of a ravenous beauty.
It's the stuff dreams are made of.
The show stars Craig Horner as Richard Rahl, the Seeker -- a hero who arises in the times of trouble and suffering and seeks out evil. His destiny is to seek out and destroy Darken Rahl (Craig Parker), the evil emperor of D'Hara. He defeats Darken once, only to discover that he's returned in the form of a spirit with more ominous intentions.
Assisting Richard is the beautiful Kahlan Amnell, played by Bridget Regan. Kahlan sides with Richard as the two battle evil forces while trying to contain their love for each other, a love that could be betrayed by her own powers. Richard's grandfather Zedd, played by Bruce Spence, is a wizard of the first order who mentors our hero and swears to protect him for life.
So is it really the end for the noble, yet tormented couple?
Legend has it, you can't keep a good fan down.
As rumors began circulating about the show's imminent demise, fans sprung into action with a most valiant effort to save LotS. How did they do it? The old fashioned way. They rang some bells, raised some money, and now plan to take out ads in one or more industry trade publications like Variety and The Hollywood Reporter to continue their ongoing plea to ABC. They've already gathered petitions, letters, and testimonials in an effort to be heard. Now they're getting louder.
Will it work? Or will another show fall by the wayside, leaving its faithful followers befuttled?
It's not the first time such an effort has been made by fans to save the object of their affection. Back in 2002, fans rallied to save a character from their favorite show, Stargate SG-1. When Dr. Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks) was killed off unexpectedly during the show's episode "Meridian," things got ugly. They took to the trades with a full page ad which said, "Fans are fighting hard because the unique appeal of Stargate is embodied in the team of SG-1 itself... Stargate has always been, and should continue to be about these four characters exploring the universe together."
It paid off in spades, when the character was brought back to the show, and continued on for several subsequent seasons and feature films. Fans of the series Firefly also managed to save their show in the form of a feature film called Serenity (2005). There are other examples as well, so the cause is not a lost one.
Although the show has not yet been formally canceled by ABC, fans aren't taking any chances. They're forging ahead with the renewal campaign named "Save our Seeker." If you'd like to save him too, visit saveourseeker.com. For information on the ad campaign and donation status (of which fans have donated over $8000 in less than a week!), visit this LiveJournal page. You can also leave comments, and engage in the discussion about how the money that was raised can best be utilized.
Perhaps through these efforts, the power of the fan can save an endangered species known as the adventure/fantasy television series from extinction.
In : Season 3
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