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I just discovered this show a few days ago (actually got interested when it was mentioned during an article about another show that I watch). I think that it's wonderful right down to it's Lemony Snicket narration. I got hooked only to hear rumors that it was in ratings trouble.

As a veteran viewer of great shows that have been canceled (even with good ratings numbers) I have come to believe that creativity is always in danger on TV. I don't know who they give the Nielsen set power to (since I have never met anyone who knew anyone who had a ratings box on their TV) but I have my doubts as to whether I'd really want to know them considering the ratings polls.

However, my point is digressing. The real message that I am trying to get out is that the viewer does actually have more power to save a good show then they realize. More, in fact, than a Nielsen rater. Just as the time to save a patient is before they die (Ned possibly excepted) so you have to save your show before it is on the cutting block. After network bosses make up their mind it is almost impossible to change it. It is a fact though, that one fan letter counts far more than one Nielsen rating. Email is great but does not require the effort of pen,paper and mailing. For every fan who actually takes the time and trouble to let them know that the show is appreciated the networks know that there are thousands who must feel the same way (actually there is an actual number that they have determined, according to a screen writer that I once heard, but I forgot what it was). The other thing about ratings is that they serve a purpose. They are a tool that TV uses to convince advertisers, in an intensely competitive market, to give money for time slots. The only other physical tool that they can push on advertisers is fan letters. In your letter you may want to state your age group for their records and point out why that group is a good one to support.


Side note: On the campaign to save Farscape we wrote to the advertisers, thanking them for their support. The result was mixed. HP (Hewlett Packard) said that it made no difference because they don't care what is showing, they just pick by time slot and spread it out on the channels. Kentucky Fried Chicken on the other hand, was impressed enough to state that they would sponsor the show on any channel that cared to pick it up. Entertainment Tonight picked up on the campaign and gave it publicity. Although it didn't save it (we didn't start at first rumor and so it was too late) it did at least lead to a Mini-series ending.

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Anetxu
Nov 3, 2008 5:43PM EST

its all about money...if they dont make money with pushing daisies I dont think a letter will make any diference....unless.... you send them money with it!

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Nov 4, 2008 1:10AM EST

I really hope this show doesn't get canceled. I just started watching it because I kept seeing it being promoted. It's so unique and refreshing.

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Nov 6, 2008 10:09AM EST

If we WERE to write a letter, to whom would we write TO? How would we get the adress/ where woud we send it?

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Nov 6, 2008 11:54AM EST

i ADORE this show, it's one of my all time favourites!!! i agree with mckenseytaylor, to whom should we send it?

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Nov 6, 2008 8:59PM EST

First of all, thanx to all Americans who made it possible that Obama got a chance. Over here in Germany we kept fingers crossed for him, spend hours infront of the tv during election night, had a huge celebration and are relieved now. There still will be tough times, but this was a change for the better, I believe in that.Again thank you all !
@stargoop Excellent review, thanx. I really really LOVE Pushing Daisies, as its so beautiful, refreshing, loveable, funny, quirky and smart that I want to hug it and never let go ;) It makes my heart smile every single week. I cant imagine, if this incredible show would be cancelled. First "Firefly" than "Arrested Development" and now "Pushing Daisies", NO WAY !
I can only watch it on the net, as it wasnt out in Germany until last week. But since I´ve known it last year, I was telling all my friends about them, actually getting on their nerves about the show and now all my friends started watching last week and maybe some oversees ratings will help.
I am a browncoat since many years and believe me, we had, in fact still have - a fair share of grief, when FOX (IDIOTS) decided to cancel FIREFLY (in my opinon to date the best show ever on tv) without giving it a fair chance from the beginning. I think the whole browncoat movement, which is still going strong since 8 years now, shows that its worth fighting, as at the end we got Serenity, tons of new fans from all over the world, 160.000 $ raised for charity organiations trough screenings of the movie and a lot of respect.
More importantly I dont know if any of you have recognized that again Joss Whedon has just revolutionised the entertainment industry in putting out this little tiny internet series called "Dr. Horribles Sing-Along Blog", which by the way is GENIUS!
This was created in only 6 days during the writers strike, financed completely independent bei Joss Whedon, only promoted on the net, all the crew and cast worked for free and guess what happened:
When the first act (its 3 parts) went online, the site had 1.000 hits per SECOND, the server crashed twice and than 5 Mio (!) people watched it in a few days. Even better, although it was available for free, people decided to buy it of i-tunes (to support Whedon and the whole project) and turned it into a major worldwide success. It made No 1 in i-tunes downloads in USA, CAN, AU, NZ, UK, France both series and the soundtrack with no major marketing, no networks, no hollywood, no nothing.
This proofes - who needs fucking networks, NOBODY.
WE already have the power in our pockets, why not give the money directly to the creative and we all have a tv series with love, the ones that are creative, challenging, different, shiny, new, progressive and the best part, they dont get cancelled.I would be more than happy to pay lets say 10/20 $ a month and if another 300.000 people do the same, its enough money to produce a tv show with a good budget. FIREFLY could still be flying this way...
The whole browncoat movement had a fair share on the huge sucess for Dr. Horrible and this was our way of showing FOX the finger and to tell them: "In the future, we might not need you anymore"...
The future is already here and while those networks in their ivory towers are still thinking they could tell the audience what to watch, the audience has already left for the net and for options that involves them directly.
So people lets just keep our eyes open, I think a lot of the those creators like Joss Whedon are already working on some solution like this.
As far as Pushing Daisies goes, I have sent a flower bouket to ABC directly from germany, I signed online petitions, called them, sent emails to their website. Like we all did when we wanted to safe Firefly, if enough people from around the globe do it, ABC might let it live.
And if anyone is interested, check out Dr. Horrible on youtube, its absolutely amazing, has Neil Patrick Harris (How I met your mother) Felicia Day (Buffy) and beloved Captain Tightpants Sir Malcolm Reynolds (Firefly) Nathan Fillion in it, its worth it.

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