I’ve held my tongue until now.
But there is some crap up with which I will not put.
Now, I’m not even talking about that abomination called “FOX News” (with the anchor who looks exactly like Ray Wise’s Satan in ‘Reaper’…has no one noticed
that but me), even though, of course, the “news” organ of the FOX media behemoth is the seat of all evil and ignorance in the universe. (Memo to “FOX News”- you do not provide news. You are a manipulative, cynical corporate tool of the wealthy and the powerful which couches its slobbery toadying to the throne of the moneyed in lowest common denominator “populist” demagoguery. That is all.)
But, again, that’s not why I’m here.
FOX. Stop f-ing with Joss Whedon. Stop f-ing with Matt Groening.
First, ‘The Simpsons’. Then ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’. Then ‘Angel’. Then ‘Firefly’. And, most recently, ‘Dollhouse’ and ‘Futurama’.
Changing time slots and days so that shows can’t build an audience. Minimal promotion. Refusing to piggyback the nascent ‘Angel’ cult audience on ‘Buffy”s by refusing Whedon’s desire to have them run back-to-back. Threatening to replace the irreplacable ‘Simpsons’ voice cast with scabs when they asked for a raise (before the entire earth laughed the FOX greedheads out of the room). Refusing to accept the brilliantly-crafted two-hour ‘Firefly’ pilot episode and demanding that
Whedon and Tim Minear rush through a new, more ‘action-packed’ script ‘The Train Job’ in about a weekend; they did a great job compressing the series’ introduction into one, one-hour ep, but the goddamed genius pilot was not only not shown first, it was only aired near the end of the run WHEN THE SHOW HAD ALREADY BEEN CANCELLED!! Oh, and they had several (needless-to-say great) episodes already completed when they cancelled the show WHICH THEY NEVER BOTHERED TO AIR!! (Sorry for the caps…I’ll try to control myself). Oh, and then they did the same thing with Whedon’s ‘Dollhouse’; there’s a final episode on the recently-released DVD boxed set which they…wait for it…never bothered to air. (I didn’t say anything about italics). Keep in mind, that this is FOX- I mean what stellar programming were they all fired up about airing in lieu of these gems? Reality shows? ‘Herman’s Head’? Remakes of their own, laughably-awful ‘original’ series? Um, reality shows? They’d already paid for these episodes. They already existed and were ready for broadcast. They were inundated with an admittedly small but passionate audience’s letters, emails, and phone calls who were clamoring for the opportunity to see them. Why not just throw them (oh, and the universally-lauded creator) a freaking bone and just air them rather than tossing them in the trash in favor of whatever passed for FOX programming at the time?
Could it be…evil? Or stupidity, I guess. Evil or stupidity…that’s your choice, FOX.
And now, they’re planning, after having unceremoniously s-canned the hilarious,
brilliantly-satirical ‘Futurama’ (crated by Matt Groening, who’s made their network about eleventy-frillion dollars over the years), only to see it ressurected by the fact that its fans bought twenty-seven chillion DVD boxed sets and direct-to-DVD movies, is now planning to fire and replace the (sound familiar?) completely-irreplaceable voice cast with scabs.
Pardon me, but holy shit.
Business is business, of course. But this isn’t even good business. You’re making money with your abysmal, demographically-microcreated shows and Stalin-esque “news” channel. Here’s an idea…allow the undeniably-talented and prolific creators of the best TV series in, well, forever, a home at your network. Some critical plaudits for their continuing, sublime efforts will stand out like diamonds in the steaming turd that is your media output, and, perhaps, distract attention from your otherwise soul-deadening TV agenda. The fans of ‘Futurama’, who’ve spent all the money you already have, WILL NOT ACCEPT a corporate-mandated replacement cast. To dumb it down, in deference to you, FOX- you…don’t…get…any…more…of…my…money.
Cut the crap, stop f-ing with the only shows of quality in your whole, benighted media empire, and let the smart people decide what’s good.
Just an idea.