Crusoe getting the axe

I just don't get these so called critics. I think that Crusoe is a good show, yes it may be kinda hokie at times, but its doing something that I've been trying to get my 12 year old son to do and that is to read the classics. Since the airing of this show, my son has finished Robinson Crusoe, has read Tarzan, and has now started reading the Count of Monte Cristo. Don't get me wrong my child reads, he has read the Potter books, Eragon, and has even read the Lord of the Rings this year, but the fact that NBC has put a good show that can be really great if put on a different night and maybe a little better writing, this show could last well at least three season. It just seems that shows get the axe before a viewership can really be established. I mean come on Friday night during the fall...you have a good portion of the people who would watch this show watching a football game, I am surprised anything new show gets renewed airing on Friday night. Not saying that everyone is out watching HS football, but I do think that Crusoes' core audience could lie on the HS football fields of America on Friday nights. This could be a show that USA or Spike could pick up maybe even SciFi (although it's not scifi) I think some of the shows that have been cancelled My own Worst Enemy could be picked up by USA or FX, the critics can kill some potentially good TV if they themselves are not critiqued.

Comments

8 comments

Default avatar cat
×

What's wrong with this comment?

Let us know why you think this comment is inappropriate.

Nov 27, 2008 12:44AM EST

It has more to do with viewer numbers than critics alone. Commercials pay for the production, actors, sets, writers, etc. If the viewer numbers aren't high enough for the advertiser's liking, they pull their commercials. Which means less sponsorship, less money and shows get axed. There's a lot more to it behind the scenes than just what critics have to say about it.That being said, I agree and love Crusoe. It's a great family show that my son also enjoys immensely.

Default avatar cat
×

What's wrong with this comment?

Let us know why you think this comment is inappropriate.

Nov 27, 2008 1:04AM EST

Yeah I know what you are saying about viewer numbers which rings me back to why put a new fall show on a Friday night. NBC hyped this show for six months then they give it the ultimate death day...FRIDAY. between the start of the weekend the end of a work week, and high school football, this show did not have a snowballs chance in hell to survive. They could of at least given the show a fighting chance Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday (which by the way I hear its moving to). There is not a lot of competition on Fridays, but I think that the other networks see the fall trend, I think that Crusoe would of been a wonderful mid-season show on a Friday where it could have a chance at success. But thanks for the response, I just hate to see good shows get slammed because of bone headed execs not reading the numbers for a particular day of the week during a certain time of the year.

Default avatar cat
×

What's wrong with this comment?

Let us know why you think this comment is inappropriate.

Dec 5, 2008 12:09PM EST

Honestly, I'm surprised this show didn't get canceled earlier. Okay, so every week we see Robinson Crusoe fail to get off his deserted island. Not only predictable, but fully irritating.

Default avatar cat
×

What's wrong with this comment?

Let us know why you think this comment is inappropriate.

Dec 5, 2008 4:02PM EST

Granted the show I'm about to mention was in deed a great show and still is, but is that not how they kept us coming back every wed night with Quantum Leap. Crusoe has the potential to be a good show, maybe not a great show, but enought to last 3 or 4 seasons to come out with decent DVD set.

Default avatar cat
×

What's wrong with this comment?

Let us know why you think this comment is inappropriate.

Dec 7, 2008 8:57AM EST

I love Crusoe and will be sad when it is gone. I can't remember the last time we had pirates and sword fighting as entertainment on television, and I think the idea is genius. For too long the networks have crammed regurgitated versions of CSI and Law and Order down our throats, only to have them canceled within the first few weeks. Finally we get something different and with some history and they are going to take it away from us before it has even reached it's full potential. There are rarely good shows these days, but it seems like every time I do get into a show, the networks cancel it before it gets on it's feet. I don't even know why they bother to put shows on the air if they're just going to cancel them before they ever get a chance to cultivate an audience. It takes time for word to get out and for people to hear about some good shows and the networks just aren't patient enough to wait and see and that is wrong. What's worse is that most of these shows involve plots that keep you guessing and leave open questions to be answered in future episodes, so you get hooked on a show and intreagued by the plot and want to know where it's going (i.e. Crusoe and what happened to him before the island); with questions that can't be answered with one episode, we watch and expect to find out where these questions are going, and before we ever get a chance to find out; the network pulls the plug and the show is cancelled, and we're left with wasted time and no answers to questions we spent weeks wondering about and watching to discover. Then they slap a new show together and the whole debacle repeats itself all over again. It's like they're selling us a book and ripping out the last chapters, but they still expect us to pay for the book. This is just wrong and frankly I'm getting fed up with it. The least they could do is try to wrap the show up in one or two final episodes when they cancel a show and maybe show a little gratitude to those of us who did watch the show and invested our time and emotions into it. It's time the networks started treating us viewers with respect and stop spitting in our faces every time we turn on the television, we are their audience and without us they would be nothing so maybe they should listen to us a little more and the critics and ad-men a little less. It's time they give a show a chance to grow or at least end it with some integrity. I doubt anything will ever change, but maybe if more and more people complain, we can at least plant a seed that will someday grow in their minds and change will happen somehow; someway. Don't let the networks walk all over us... if you like a show and don't want it to be cancelled; write the network and tell everyone you know to do the same. It may not do any good, but you never know; Look at Firefly and even Jericho got one more season. I love Crusoe and don't want to see it disapear, so if you feel the same way I do; write NBC and tell them how you feel... maybe there's hope yet for our friends Crusoe and Friday... Anyway; my rant is over now. Just wanted to say that it's a great show and it will be missed if it is canceled. Peace Out... NIN

Default avatar cat
×

What's wrong with this comment?

Let us know why you think this comment is inappropriate.

Feb 1, 2009 2:19PM EST

I LOVE this show and am very disappointed that it is supposed to be canceled. Although it is definitely not the steriotypical Friday/Saturday night show, it has plenty of excitement and positive lessons that everyone can enjoy. I am very impressed with this show and how well it has been written and acted-it truly makes the story of Robinson Crusoe come alive and interesting, making us invest in the specific characters of the show, unlike many multi-seasonal shows such as CSI Miami or Desperate Housewives, whose shallow themes only make people laugh and yet learn not a thing. Shows like Crusoe should be given a second chance, not just canceled due to the wrong-ful complaints of critics or the beginning lack of viewers when neither of these fully describe the interest of viewers to this show. I will really miss this show and hope that the networks give it a second change. If you feel the same way as I do, write the networks and share your opinions; it is never to late to give up hope! Crusoe is a great show and I will miss it if it is canceled. Congratulations to its writers and actors for creating such a wonderful show for this past season!

Default avatar cat
×

What's wrong with this comment?

Let us know why you think this comment is inappropriate.

Feb 3, 2009 7:37AM EST

Yeah, it's definitely a bummer there's talk of canceling the show. When they put shows on TV on the 'dead' nights when there just aren't a lot of viewers to begin with...it almost makes you wonder if they had any intention of continuing after one season. I really enjoyed this show, there's a lacking of decent adventure shows on TV.
Okay, I said decent and that's about what it was....decent, not the greatest of shows ever made but enough to keep a person coming back to check it out.

Hidden profile
×

What's wrong with this comment?

Let us know why you think this comment is inappropriate.

spegiddo
Feb 24, 2009 1:57PM EST

I think NBC has just been trying to do too many new shows and once and doesn't know when they've got a good thing going (like Chuck, which has been getting cutting rumours). Fox is another network that doesn't always know a good thing when they've got it, they had Firefly (which was brilliant) and they axed it.
There should be more shows like this with pirates (or pirate like characters).
As for viewer ship.... don't they know that a lot more people watch online these days. These stations need more accessibility to their shows online (for non Americans as well) and make sure that their advertising gets in there too.

Want to comment on this? First, you must log in to your SideReel account!