Firefly Friday Begins - July 22!!
Wednesday, June 15, 2005


Originally posted by shambleau:
I hate to be a wet blanket, but we're talking 7:00 on a Friday, folks. Part of what killed Firefly was being on at 8:00 on a Friday. This time slot is either only marginally better or maybe even worse. It's also ghettoized, since non-sci-fi fans don't watch.

And Sci-Fi doesn't get huge amounts of viewers in any case. We're talking UPN viewing numbers here, not ABC. I don't doubt that we'll add fans, don't get me wrong. I just think there won't be that many. Any increase helps, though, of course, and I'll eat crow happily if the show does get major Nielson ratings.

So, for me, it's a help, but won't fundamentally affect Serenity's chances of major success. Here's hoping I'm wrong.

Actually, most of what killed Firefly was gorram fox's short-sightedness with regard to their commitment to their sports contracts and pitiful scheduling practices (someone said something about a monkey?). Same thing that killed "Space: Above and Beyond," among others that never got a chance to get a second breath. They don't earn the title "serial killer of quality programming" for nothing.

Now, look at my tag line - see what it says?

In all actuality, the BDM shouldn't exist, and this cancelled series should be airing on Sci-Fi at 1:00AM on a Sunday. At least with it taking over Andromeda's time slot, there's some hope that sci-fi fans will get a chance to see what all the fuss is about.

Non-sci-fi fans won't go anywhere near this series anyway. They so much as see the words "science" and "fiction" put together and they run off screaming some nonsense about the sky falling--rather the way some Christians do when they hear the word "Wicca."

I'm more interested in grabbing the Star Wars audience - those poor souls whose culture is being hit by the fact that the film portion of their lives is pretty much done unless Lucas decides to be benevolent and license the rights over to somebody else. And the Star Trek audience, whose culture was heniously betrayed with format manipulation and sub-standard writing.

This is also a chance for us to point some sci-fi minded friends in the direction of the series. Chances are, if you're like me, your hook-line-and-sinker copy of the DVDs is already loaned out someplace, half of your personal copy is out someplace else (I never let more than two discs out of my house at once), and you've got a couple other people asking, "would I like it?" when you rave on about it. Now, at least, you can let them know they can catch it on Fridays. Even if it means letting their digital recording system capture it for another opportunity, it's a start.

So enough with the "Eyore" aspect, dong ma ? As far as I'm concerned, that cup is still half full!


Wednesday, June 15, 2005 9:52 AM


*blush* yes, it's July. Wishful thinking on my part combined with end of quarter fatigue.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005 7:48 AM


I'm sorry, isn't that supposed to be July 22nd? Because June 22nd is a Weds.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005 7:46 AM


Half full?! The cup runneth over as far as I'm concerned. This is wonderful news, and should be treated as such.


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