Fans stage publicity stunt to protest cancellation
GRAND, FUTILE, PYRRHIC GESTURE REALIZED: The group of Everwood fans who planned to appeal the show’s cancellation to Dawn Ostroff, the new CW network chief, by planting a Ferris wheel outside her office in Burbank, apparently made good their plan. The wheel was set up in the parking lot of Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary school on Friday, on one of the last days of the Television Critics Association convention, and was documented with video posted on YouTube and photos on a Livejournal community page.
Ostroff told Ellen Gray, the Philadelphia Daily News TV critic attending the TCA gathering, that she didn’t know anything about the Ferris wheel, but bragged about the loyalty of fans of cancelled UPN and WB shows that didn’t survive the merger of the two networks into the CW. “These fans are so passionate,” Ostroff told Gray. “The Veronica Mars fans hired a plane to fly over my office.”
Ostroff didn’t show up for the Ferris wheel event, but Everwood executive producer Rina Mimoun and cast member Debra Mooney did. Regardless, Ostroff had no plans to revive this, or any other cancelled show.
“It was an agonizing decision” to cancel Everwood, she told Gail Pennington of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, also in L.A. for the TCA convention. “The fans were so devoted and, internally, there were so many people who loved the show.”
But 7th Heaven had more viewers, so it got the nod, not Everwood, apparently.
So, Everwood fans — your argument isn’t with Dawn Ostroff or the CW, but with 7th Heaven fans. And you know how we settle these things — flick knives and chains behind the Legion Hall at midnight. I’ll tell you — these people are worse that the Crips and Bloods.
BOW BEFORE THE ALL-POWERFUL ME: Hell’s Kitchen and So You Think You Can Dance have both been renewed by Fox, according to a story in Broadcasting & Cable this week.
Both shows had seen notable improvement in the key 18-49 demographic, according to Fox entertainment president Peter Liguori, with the dance show up 22 per cent since its first installment, and the Gordon Ramsay kitchen competition program seeing a 3 per cent rise in viewers compared with last summer’s run.
But we all know that they’re both coming back because I — me me me — finally decided to watch both shows, bee-yotch! Feel the wrath of my mighty remote, puny humans! BOO- YAH! BOO-YAH!
IN THE COMB-OVER KINGDOM: The indispensable Lisa De Moraes of the Washington Post noted that, while 24 star Mary Lynn Rajskub’s hosting of the TCA awards show Sunday night went over only marginally less well than Stephen Colbert’s gig at the Washington Press Association in May, male critics were generally more receptive to Rajskub’s flubbed jokes than female ones.
Proof, if it were needed, that TV critics really are the Comic Book Guy with a regular column.