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|Farscape Campaign Makes CNN Headlines News… AGAIN!|
September 12, 2002:
For the second night in a row, Scapers were treated to a rare and wonderful sight… mainstream media coverage of our efforts to save Farscape. Reporter Renay San Miguel of CNN Headline News segment "Hotwire” featured a brief report of the web/email based efforts by its fans to save the show.
The reporter discussed the situation a with Sci Fi Channel representative that declined to comment about the campaign, indicating that Sci Fi was not issuing any statements at the time. He also described the websites for Save Farscape as receiving over 600,000 hits in the past few days. Messages from CNN viewers [Farscape fans] were read as well.
was expressed. It appears this endeavor is being equated or expected to eclipse the letter-writing
campaigns of the 1960s to save Star Trek. Additionally, the web mistress for one of the sites featured
accredits an earlier fan campaign for La Femme Nikita for getting an extension of that series when it
He finished by reading another message from a viewer that provided her demographics. As we are all aware, this target audience is one that advertisers would salivate over. This is the best possible message to send. Even if Sci Fi does not continue, Farscape, it’s messages like this that will get the corporate response that Farscape really needs.
CNN HEADLINE NEWS "HOT WIRED"
I made calls on this, but I'm
also getting lots of information from the emails that are coming in from the
shows' fans. It's always helpful and we do appreciate that.
|SAVE FARSCAPE MAKES CNN'S HEADLINE NEWS!|
After the first broadcast, (transcript below) CNN HEADLINE NEWS ran it again with several differences. Here's a link to a RealPlayer showing of the second broadcast. It appears that Renay San Miguel can't understand why SciFi is cancelling such a high-rated show!
Say thank you to the nice people at CNN - they specifically asked for emails with updates on the situation. Click here to send them an email. The show is Hotwired
CNN HEADLINE NEWS
We know the Internet can accomplish a lot of things, it can get you information, retail products, even a virtual date for Friday night. But can it bring cancelled TV shows back to life? The Fans of the science fiction show Farscape certainly hope so.
found out last week, on a website, that the Sci-Fi channel was canceling the
series, This after being told by network officials just a few weeks ago that
a fifth season was in store for the show. Tomorrow the webmasters at http://farscape.wdsection.com
which is the main Save Farscape campaign website, are asking the shows fans
to head to the Sci Fi channel’s website and deluge the channel’s
executives with emails asking them to keep the show around. Other Farscape
fansites are also keeping the pressure on the network.
But the big question remains, will all of this make a difference?
Earlier today, I spoke with Matt Roush, senior TV critic at TV Guide, He told me that in
his view, the internet does make fans fell more connected to their favorite
shows, and they do get to bond, but he’s not sure how effective it can be
as a tool to revive a cancelled show. He doesn’t think it can hurt to
stage this kind of web-based campaign. You know, when you’re dealing with
fans of science fiction, the internet seems a perfect place for them. They
are more technologically literate, he says and these Farscape fans seem to
be well organized. Roush was impressed with the fact that the news of the
cancellation broke on a chat room and moved to websites quickly after that.
In fact, the internet allowed Roush to report immediately on the news. He
has a newsite, the Roush room tvguide.com/roush
is a semi-precedent here. ABC.com’s message boards heard from the fans of
the newly cancelled drama, Once and Again and may have helped that show
stick around for one more season before its ultimate demise.
So Scapers unite. You’ve got nothing to lose but your favorite TV show.
That is Hotwire for this Hour Steven, Sophia, back over to you
(This is one newscaster talking to the other two)
Do our names come up on this site.
Oh my goodness, Steven!
Do you know something I don't? Well no, but there has been a lot of activity on the internet regarding this show. We've been getting emails from fans saying do something about this, report on this, so Here you go!
Very Cool. Thanks Miguel.