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It's official: Carnivale leaves town

by Keith McDuffee, posted May 11th 2005 9:55AM
carnivaleFollowing up on previous rumors, HBO officially announced the end has come for its original series Carnivale, leaving fans in the dust after only two of the show's planned six seasons aired. I for one will miss the show and its fantastic cast of characters, its incredible writing and compelling stories. After a questionable first season, the show took a dramatic leap with its engaging story in its second and now final season, though didn't increase its viewership. Sunday nights won't be the same knowing the Carnivale won't ever pull into town again.

All may not be lost if Carnycon has its way, asking fans to send paper telegrams directly to HBO CEO Chris Albrecht, pleading for the show's return. I wish them good luck with their efforts.
 

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Judy

as I mentioned on another website, the cancellation of Carnevale is so sad for those of us who found a certain satisfaction in a story well told. Twin Peaks also was a doomed series because it did not fit the mold of television shows that the LCD (lowest common denominator) want to watch. It is so sad but now that Frasier and Carnevale are gone, I have absolutely no reason to watch network or cable tv anymore. There is virtually nothing on the networks that is worth the time to view - network tv is especially an insult to not only intelligence, but also to family values and such virtues as honesty, charity and compassion. Yes cable has bad language, sex, crime and violence because they are a part of life - but they never felt gratuitous. Carnevale had all of those things and a great story line as well. I shall miss it!

June 06 2005 at 12:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kristin

I've noticed the trend of eliminating thought provoking television from the schedule. Not only was Carnivale cancelled, but Joan of Arcadia was cancelled. I don't really get it because both shows had great potential, but seemed to be on networks that were unable or unwilling to support them.

May 23 2005 at 3:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bruce Manley

Why don't they finish telling the story in a series of books? At least that would answer everyone's questions about what will happen in seasons 3-6.

May 13 2005 at 8:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dave

If the online campaigns don't help, it will be a shame. I only watched the first season of the show a couple weeks ago and was hooked from that opening title sequence. This show is so visually stunning and well-acted, and the plot line gets more interesting with every episode. I suppose that is one of the risky things about plotting out a show over six seasons (hell, more than one season). If you only get a third of the way through it, you're story will remain untold. I wonder if there is a market for direct-to-DVD television shows? If they could maintain the level of quality and release it on a regular schedule, I'd buy it.

May 12 2005 at 11:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
PhantomProphet

Dude, that show rocked. You know why it didn't pick up any new watchers? Because the writing is so complex that it takes awhile to totally understand what's happening... The show is being punished for being good. I'm going to cancel HBO and get showtime instead.

May 11 2005 at 3:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
PhantomProphet

Dude, that show rocked. You know why it didn't pick up any new watchers? Because the writing is so complex that it takes awhile to totally understand what's happening... The show is being punished for being good. I'm going to cancel HBO and get showtime instead.

May 11 2005 at 3:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Elizabeth

The large web based fandom is now launching a campaign to try and save Carnivale. Many of these same fans have now canceled HBO in a way to protest this untimely cancellation.

May 11 2005 at 11:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tom

CARNIVALE was the most creative, innovate and interesting show on television. It always took a few episodes to understand the mystery, but this was a show you had to WATCH. You could not be reading Newsweek at the same time. HBO ran this against "Desperate Housewives" and all the Sunday night award galas. CARNIVALE still performed better, ratings wise, than other shows. HBO really fumbled the ball with this. CAN ANY OTHER NETWORK PICK THIS UP and carry the entire Carnie fan base to your network?

May 11 2005 at 11:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
schleifnet

hopefully they still release the second season on dvd so those of us who don't have cable or hbo can see the story that ended up killing the series

May 11 2005 at 10:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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