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'Tru Calling' finale cancelled: Fox sucks big time AGAIN!

POSTED BY: GWEK
UPDATED: Monday, May 16, 2005 06:41
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Sunday, April 24, 2005 6:11 AM

GWEK


So Fox cancelled "Tru Calling" just as it was developing into a good show, then renewed it, then cancelled it again after 6 episodes were filmed.

I figured we'd never see those episodes until a DVD set came out, but then Fox decided to pull the final episodes of the recently-cancelled "Point Pleasant" in favor if the last few episodes of "Tru Calling." (That in and of itself is another crappy Fox decision: Why replace one cancelled show with another cancelled show when they could've given "Point Pleasant" fans, at least, some sort of closure?).

So, a few weeks ago, they start airing the remaining episodes of "Tru Calling," but they're showing only 5 out of 6, choosing to air episodes of "Simple Life" instead of the show's finale.

I hate Fox so bad it's not even funny.

Epguides.com notes that the finale was "originally scheduled to air April 28, 2005 at 9pm ET. It was pulled for two repeats of "The Simple Life: Interns" posssibly due to its Xmas theme which would be out-of-place in April."

I'm sure the geniuses at Fox will use the Christmas theme as their justification, but it's just an excuse for their idiocy, since they've done similar stuff before.

Moral of the story: Don't bother watching any genre shows on Fox EVER. You'll just get shafted in the end.




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Sunday, April 24, 2005 6:27 AM

DEANNAMAY


Strangely, I was talking on the telephone with my brother yesterday, talking about various television shows came up. I talked about Firefly and how Fox seems to cancel things all the time. He said how they cancelled Tru Calling and I said, I hadn't heard that yet, got on the computer and went to the Fox website, not there. Going to their fan site I read what they had done.

On another note, going to ebay, you can buy a UK (supposedly plays in all Regions) that have all 6 episodes of this season, including the finale they didn't give us. Just passing it along.

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Sunday, April 24, 2005 6:41 AM

EMBERS


I suppose I'll rent it on netflix just to see the final episode(s) I missed.
but it is VERY annoying,
they finally get a great writer (Jane Espenson)
to add some surprises and humor to their show,
and they finally let us see how good the show could have been w/those surprises,
and then they pull the rug out from under us.

And for Paris Hilton! (gag me with a spoon)

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Sunday, April 24, 2005 8:41 AM

BIKISDAD


Quote:

Originally posted by embers:
I suppose I'll rent it on netflix just to see the final episode(s) I missed.
but it is VERY annoying,
they finally get a great writer (Jane Espenson)
to add some surprises and humor to their show,
and they finally let us see how good the show could have been w/those surprises,
and then they pull the rug out from under us.

And for Paris Hilton! (gag me with a spoon)




Well, that's F*X. One of the things that really bugged me the first season of Tru Calling was the total lack of humor - not one real joke the entire season. This season (the six 2nd season episodes filmed), they had added some humor (plus some innovative plot twists) and it made a HUGE difference in the show. I was actually starting to look forward to seeing the next episode each of the last four weeks. So it figures that F*X would yank the last episode in favor of something (Simple Life) that I look forward to not watching - ever, even if they would pay me to watch it.

Apathy on the Rise. No One Cares.

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Sunday, April 24, 2005 10:13 AM

NITEFALLS


This makes me wonder what the future of that company is. I mean, they can't keep pissing off fans indefinately. Eventually they will start loosing money, and somebody's going to have to do something--whether it be a change of management, some actually intelligent people who have the ability to forecast for the future, or if they're just going to fade into the background...who knows. But something needs to change soon. They can't just give us a taste of a show, give the fans only enough time to really start to love it, and then yank it in favor of rich sluts who are just showing off!!!

It's a disappointment, and it's disgusting.

As always and in general, nitefalls

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Sunday, April 24, 2005 12:47 PM

AURAPTOR

America loves a winner!


This from the people who cancelled John Doe and left off at one hell of a cliff hanger for the season ( read also SERIES ) finale.


There are some seiously 'ed up people who work at FOX T.V.

" They don't like it when you shoot at 'em. I worked that out myself. "

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Sunday, April 24, 2005 12:51 PM

ECGORDON

There's no place I can be since I found Serenity.


I had missed a few episodes from the first season, so rented it thru Netflix the last couple of weeks, taping the new ones for viewing later. Even though it didn't have much humor, I still thought it was very good and that they ended the season on a very tense and dramatic note. It didn't hurt that Jason Priestly was very easy to dislike.

I'm not sure how likely it is they will release just six eps on DVD, so hopefully someone will be able to offer up the sixth one for download soon.






wo men ren ran zai fei xing.

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Sunday, April 24, 2005 1:03 PM

OPPYH


The future of Fox is Dark, and miserable. They are just unwilling to compromise on anything. Fox is just completely out of line, they have such a chaotic program line up they couldn't tell you themselves what will be on next week. I just started really getting into Tru Calling. Here is a great idea for Fox: Only broadcast crappy reality shows, it seems those are the only shows that have a chance on your network. Never watching another show on Fox, they had more than one chance to redeem themselves.

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Sunday, April 24, 2005 2:10 PM

WHOISRIVER


To be clear: I've seen the 6th episode.

I understand why they didn't air it.

It's a "filler" Christmas episode. It's also a bad filler episode.

Doesn't resolve any of the plot lines at all. Wasn't a finale - Fox pulled production while they were still shooting the episode with no notice at all!

Basically it's just totally random - if Fox had any sense they would have swapped the order with episode 5 (I'm actually surprised they didn't do this - it's Fox's speciality).

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Sunday, April 24, 2005 3:05 PM

GWEK


Honestly, I don't think it matters it it was an excellent episode or a crappy one, what I find idiotic is that they aired 5 of 6 episodes but won't air the final one.

As for whether it's just filler or not, I'd've liked the chance to judge that on my own. From what I've read, the episode furthered at least three storylines (a new angle for Tru's powers, Davis reveals Tru's secret, Tru's brother finds out that their dad is working with Jack).

The fact that it takes place at Christmas was, apparently, an attempt on the part of the writers/producers to have Fox air the episodes at the end of 2004.

While "Tru Calling" was never a great show, it became decent (and even very good) in the final third of the first season, and that continued, in general, in the episodes this season. Although it's certainly not all because of the introduction of Jack and the increase of mythology, Priestley is wonderful at being vapidly evil.

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Sunday, April 24, 2005 4:26 PM

HONORBOUND


Yet again, it leaves me nervous and saddened for Tim and Adam to have to work with F*X again this fall on "The Insider". Lots of potential for that show to take off... which means it will be off the air by Christmas.




A kind word turneth away wrath, but not as well as superior firepower

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Monday, April 25, 2005 5:40 AM

NITEFALLS


Quote:

Originally posted by OPPYH:
Never watching another show on Fox, they had more than one chance to redeem themselves.



I agree. I won't watch FOX anymore. At least not until they make some good progress with keeping good shows and--here's a radical idea--canning the crappy ones.

As always and in general, nitefalls

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Monday, April 25, 2005 6:35 AM

WHOISRIVER


The problem is, of course, the shows we consider crappy are the ones the mass population are watching. Which tells you something about your average TV viewer.

Junk food TV is far more appealing than TV which makes you think.

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Monday, May 16, 2005 3:49 AM

BIKISDAD


Unfortunately, I think you may be right. The average television viewer, based solely on which shows "rate" highly, seems to be a complete idiot with a very short attention span. I think part of the problem might be that many of the more intelligent potential viewers long ago gave up on tv as an entertainment medium. So the networks, for the most part, don't even attempt to cater to them (us).

Apathy on the Rise. No One Cares.

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Monday, May 16, 2005 4:40 AM

MYSWORD


Looks like Fox is the new WB, lousy shows in place of good shows and cancellations of old favorites. UPN in th eonly station I trust soley because of ONE count it ONE reality show( screw that britany whatever her last name is now, show). V. Mars is all I have left. Too angry and disappointed in the lineups for the fall of other networks cause if I watch them and likke them, they will be yanked.

Later Days

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Monday, May 16, 2005 6:41 AM

PATSRULE


Quote:

Originally posted by AURaptor:
This from the people who cancelled John Doe and left off at one hell of a cliff hanger for the season ( read also SERIES ) finale.



According to ZAPTOIT.com:

FOX Entertainment President Gail Berman offered up the story Thursday (July 17) following her Q-and-A session at the TV Critics Association press tour. The series, which starred Dominic Purcell as a man who knew everything about the world but not his own identity, built a fairly complex mythology over last season but not a big enough audience to be renewed.

Central to the story was a question of who or what Doe was. Popular assumptions included that the was some kind of cyborg or alien or a man who had been subjected to some sort of government experiment.

None of those are true, according to Berman, who discussed "Doe's" underlying premise with creators Brandon Camp and Mike Thompson. She says Doe was just a regular guy. Now, here comes the big revelation:

"[According to the show], when you're very close to death, when you're seeing the white light, God or a higher being gives you all the information of life to carry on to the next life," Berman says. Doe was about to die, but for whatever reason -- Berman didn't say why Thursday -- he lived after being imparted with that knowledge.

The shadowy people who were after Doe knew what happened to him and were trying to keep him from discovering it himself, Berman says.

Berman's after-the-fact revelation came in response to questions from a couple of critics about how FOX has handled on-the-bubble series that have significant story arcs. In the case of "John Doe," the network couldn't give the producers a definite answer on a second season when production wrapped because it wasn't sure how its pilot development for the coming season would end up.

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