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Syfy, we're looking at you!

Monday was such a tough day, wasn't it? I never would've thought the cancellation of a TV show could affect me like that. I'm just so glad to have all of you. You helped me through it.

*hugs you all*

So what now? I know Josh Friedman said to move on. I know he said it was going to be Fox renewal or nothing and that leaves us in the "nothing" category. But writer Zack Stenz also threw this at us:

"Warner Brothers still owns the rights to the show and the characters, and the actors, especially Thomas, Brian, and Summer, are passionately in love with their characters and eager to revisit them. So there's every possibility that given the right combination of circumstances, something could happen in the future. A slender reed? Sure. But don't give up hope completely."

I don't know how these things work. I don't know if WB can call the producers back or call the actors back. I don't know if they even would. But I do believe most of the people involved in TSCC weren't just doing a job, they were also fans of the show themselves. I'm not sure what to make of the fact that Lena wasn't mentioned in that quote. Without Sarah, I'm not interested in the show going on. But I'm thinking if everyone else was on board, she would be too. So, we fight on...

You changed the future before, you just didn't change it enough. So you can do it again.

There are a couple avenues. I've heard talk of trying to get WB to produce some DVDs. I've heard talk of trying to get CW to pick up the show. And I've heard talk of Sci-Fi (Syfy). I personally think Syfy is the best fit and our best bet. It's a long shot to be sure, but I think it's a legitimate long shot and so, one worth pursuing. What the hell have we got to lose anyway? The show is already cancelled. If we fail, it's not like it's going to be more cancelled.

A couple things to keeping mind. A pick-up by Syfy would likely mean a smaller budget and shorter seasons. I don't know about you guys, but I'm totally fine with that. I think the cast was too big in season 2 anyway. As long as we've at least got our 4 main characters: Sarah, John, Cameron, Derek, I'm good. Maybe the production values wouldn't be quite as awesome. I'm fine with that too. I watch TSCC because I love the characters and I love the drama. Action and explosions are the icing on the cake and I can certainly live with less if that's what it takes.

Campaigns are being organized, so keep an eye on savethescc.com and The Sarah Connor Society for more info in the coming week. In the meantime, you can contact the SciFi network here:

feedback@scifi.com

Let them know that we are a ready-made and LOYAL audience that will support their network and buy from their sponsors. This is a business and we need them to know we'll make it profitable for them.




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cisaac
May. 20th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
Long, detailed letter with the reasons I like SyFy, SciFi, TSCC, and everything in between has been sent.

Also, I suggested that TSCC could be paired with Syfy's new show 'Stargate Universe', which is part of their new tentpole franchise of Stargate (which is huuuuuuuuuuge). Appealing them and saying they could get new SG fans through pairing TSCC and SG together is another good tack.

Also, I think it's a good idea to not be a desperate fan asking them (a third party) to save the show, but to let them know you are a Syfy viewer (go watch a show tonight so it's not a lie) that wants this show you also love brought over. It's easy for me to say since I am a Farscape, Eureka, and BSG viewer.
roxybisquaint
May. 21st, 2009 01:23 am (UTC)
Yay! Here's my letter:

Dear Scifi/Syfy,

I don't think Fox ever understood what The Sarah Connor Chronicles was really about and they relied on the name "Terminator" and the notion of a sexy robot to sell the show. Well, it is Terminator and it does have a sexy robot, but at its heart, TSCC is a character-driven sci-fi based DRAMA — the story of a mother and son struggling to find themselves as they fight for humanity in the face of seemingly impossible odds.

As a loyal viewer of BSG from the pilot to the finale, I can tell you that it appeals to that same audience. The Sarah Connor Chronicles is an intelligent show. It weaves religious themes and moral questions into the narrative. It explores characters and relationships on a level that engages the viewer week after week. It's harsh and dark at times and emotional, yet it carries a message of hope and perseverance that is incredibly inspiring.

With time travel, timelines and alternate versions of characters, the geekiest of geeky fans can spend hours discussing it. And of course, with action and robots, hot guys and sexy chicks, it's plenty fun to watch too ;)

Please consider The Sarah Connor Chronicles at Syfy. What it has to offer you is a ready-made and extremely loyal audience. If you saw some of the efforts of the fans to convince Fox to renew it, then you already know how devoted we are. But we're not just crazed fans or beggars looking for a hand-out. We know this is a business. TSCC fans will support your network and buy from the sponsors. We'll make it worth your while!

Sincerely,

Roxy Bisquaint
gega_cai
May. 20th, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC)
*hugs*

I sent an e-mail to Sci-Fi/SyFy last night. It was long and I tried to appeal to them in a way I thought best. I went on about how I would have no problem watching the show on Sci-Fi as I have been a viewer of the network for years (listing shows that have come and gone and currently on air).

I agree with you. I think the show would do best on SyFy. I'm not opposed to any network renewing the show except FOX; that Reilly guy had some nerve.

I wonder why Josh doesn't want it to move to another network? Hopefully, the show is bigger than him and what FOX thought it was and it'll continue.
trystanknight
May. 21st, 2009 01:12 am (UTC)
I LOVE that icon, btw.
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starkiller_2011
May. 20th, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
I emailed them Monday and listed all the polls we owned.
roxybisquaint
May. 21st, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
Kickass! We really did pwn some polls, didn't we?
samg2020
May. 20th, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
I can't blame Josh for not getting into this campaign. He is probably more interested in getting into work again asap because he does have a family to support after all!

I've contacted Sci-Fi via email and via twitter, some of twitter.com/Craigatscifi 's responses were quite hopeful! At the very least, Sci-Fi have heard us.

But nobody spam them, I say this because a couple of people have been spamming Fox (understandably) and Fox are getting a little upset about it. Reilly DID ask for it with his comment about 110,000,000 emails however.

If Sci-Fi became our saviour, I wouldn't care about budget cuts at all, the quality moments of the show have been in the drama for me. And honestly, I've seen some Sci-Fi shows, budgets looked fine to me...
roxybisquaint
May. 21st, 2009 01:49 am (UTC)
Yeah it was Craig Engler's twitter page that first got me going. I figure if he's dropping hopeful tidbits out there, then we've got a shot at this. I agree about not spamming. This is the time for thoughtful and intelligent emails, not masses of SAVE TSCC! email spam. I think it's great that so many of us have been thinking along the same lines and have emailed scifi independently. That just shows how devoted we are even when we're not organized into a campaign effort. TSCC fans rock.

If Sci-Fi became our saviour, I wouldn't care about budget cuts at all, the quality moments of the show have been in the drama for me. And honestly, I've seen some Sci-Fi shows, budgets looked fine to me...

I totally agree.
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sabaceanbabe
May. 20th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
I kinda sorta sent an email yesterday to WB asking if they'd look into skiffy, since skiffy has been in the market for a long, long time for a good, Earth-based sci fi show....

By the way, don't think I didn't notice Josh's shout out to you in his farewell post, Miss Queen of the SCC Action Figures. How cool was that?

Edited at 2009-05-20 11:41 pm (UTC)
roxybisquaint
May. 21st, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)
I really wasn't sure who is better to contact, WB or Scifi, but I figure if Scifi is on twitter dropping hints at being interested, we should at least let them know we're here and we will follow the show. I'm glad so many of us are thinking Scifi network.

By the way, don't think I didn't notice Josh's shout out to you in his farewell post, Miss Queen of the SCC Action Figures. How cool was that?

Hee. He said it very generically, but it was cool :)
trystanknight
May. 21st, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
What we really need is someone, a muckety muck, an important person, at the WB who we can all get together and crash his phone system like they did for Dollhouse ;) THAT would send a message.

also since the WB is key, Terminator Salvation tickets will be key.
roxybisquaint
May. 21st, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
I hadn't heard about Dollhouse fans doing that. I'm really not so keen on annoyance tactics, but hey, if it's proven to help, I'll get on board.
garyinla
May. 21st, 2009 03:04 am (UTC)
Certainly a valiant effort by the fans. I had a bit of hope too when I heard about the Sci-Fi channel possibility but when I saw Bear McCreary's reply to someone about that, it sure didn't sound good. Of course it's not the final word.

"But, it is my feeling that the show would never and could never continue on Sci Fi Channel, or Sy Fy or whatever the frak they’re calling themselves. Ultimately, it all comes down to budget. Sci Fi Channel budgets are too small to afford all the stars, writers, producers and crew necessary to make Sarah Connor happen. We all love the show and would probably take a pay cut to see her story continue, but at the end of the day, Hollywood is business. Sci Fi simply couldn’t afford the show."

How did BSG survive on there? Was there third party funding? I didn't follow the show enough to know who was really behind it. But since Bear worked on that show for so long also, he must understand at least partly how it works there.

Yep, Monday was a tough day, very sad. I'd never cared about a show being canceled before, it was a strange feeling. I liked Firefly too but I was late to that show, didn't see it until it came out on DVD. But now I really know how those fans felt.
roxybisquaint
May. 21st, 2009 05:32 am (UTC)
I read something about a UK network funding part of the first season of BSG in exchange for first airing rights or something like that, but I have no idea about other seasons or even how much BSG cost to produce. From the general info I've gathered, it seems like TSCC's budget would have to be lopped almost in half. That's a big cut for sure and certainly might make this whole idea unrealistic.

But with Scifi hinting that they're interested, I don't think I could feel like we've done our jobs as fans if we didn't pursue it. Scifi will decide if it's feasible or not. In the meantime, we can let them know we want this show and we will be tuned to their network to watch it of they put it on.

I liked Firefly too but I was late to that show, didn't see it until it came out on DVD. But now I really know how those fans felt.

Same with me. This is the first time I've ever had a show I was this much in love with get cancelled prematurely. I didn't see Firefly until after the fact on DVD and when I did I fell so in love with it, I was sad when I got to the end. I can understand why those fans were devastated and angry.
the_narration
May. 21st, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
I definitely think it would be worth it to try for SciFi (I refuse to call it SyFy... that name is retarded). They have picked up other networks' cancelled shows before (MST3K, Stargate SG-1) and even made a franchise out of one.

But I don't want you to get your hopes up too much. We're not the first ones to try to get SciFi to pick up a cancelled show, and it's not always worked.
roxybisquaint
May. 21st, 2009 05:20 am (UTC)
I think so too. Maybe it is too expensive, but that's for Scifi and WB to figure out. Our job is just to let Scifi know we're here, we want it and we'll watch it!

Don't worry. I'm truly under no delusions about this. I know it's a very slim chance that Scifi could pick up TSCC (and that's assuming they even decide they want to). But I have loved TSCC like no other so I have to give it this last bit of fight. My heart's not going to break more if it fails. I've made peace with the finale (which I didn't like) and I can write my own version of what happens next if we never get a continuation of the show. So all is well with me. I promise.
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zanpakto
May. 21st, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
Do you think a fan produced film, that makes a new backstory, with a new character would help them see we want a new show?
roxybisquaint
May. 22nd, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
But I don't want a new show. I want *this* show!
indiefic
May. 22nd, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
I'll send my letter today.
indiefic
May. 22nd, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
Done.
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bobmacpharson
May. 23rd, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
I've been sending e-mails to Syfy for a while. I think it's the sort of thing that needed to get done BEFORE the actors all started getting other jobs.

I think the only thing likely to make it work is the "donate a whole bunch of money in advance" thing.
castellan_craft
May. 23rd, 2009 09:17 am (UTC)
Well, it can always take a hiatus to wait on the actors. After all, movies don't suck up people's time for long and CW series frequently hit the fan. If the show does get picked up they could likely wait for the actor's schedules to open up... there's an awful lot of logistical stuff they could occupy their time with after all.
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johnnypate
May. 28th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
Does this mean it's wrong for me to be excited about the "V" remake and grateful for my goldfish-like attention span? I'm missing my Summer Glau tho.
titaniumarm
Jun. 7th, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
SYFY and The Sarah Connor Chronicles
I think it would be a great idea for SYFY to pick up TSCC. They could have a time slot for alternating shows. TSCC one week and another series the next.

The digital effects cost, so using fx and human stunts could offset the costs a bit.

Keep posting on the WB and SYFY forums. Make videos too if you can;O)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArUTDhnJIp8

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