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Fox president think fans of serialized dramas deserve closure

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 25th 2006 3:11PM
Reunion castSpeaking to critics at the TCA press tour, Fox Entertainment president Peter Liguori mentioned that the proliferation of serialized dramas offered by the networks this year might start to wear on viewers, especially if many of them end up getting cancelled before fans see a satisfying ending to the show's story arc. He felt the networks and show producers should put together a plan to wrap such shows up if they get axed prematurely. "I think the audience deserves some closure," Liguori told the critics.

Why is he so concerned? Apparently, the serialized show he axed last year, Reunion (see picture above), has been used by the critics as the poster child for network mistreatment of such shows. Every network president has gotten a Reunion-related question when talking about his or her company's new serialized shows. So I'm sure Liguori isn't all that happy with being the source of those questions. At least he's aware of the problem and willing to fix it. We'll see if he and other executives actually do.

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xbxtv

Reunion was GREAT.
And it's still a shame that - and most of all - how they cancelled it!

July 26 2006 at 3:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jake

Reunion was one of the best new shows -- great cast and just the kind of storylines that keep you coming back for more -- unfortunately, they didn't treat it right -- putting it in an awful Thursday slot and then resting the show for a month. They could have had the next big hit -- had they started this show in the summer. Anyways, I hope they put the shows that they do have on DVD. But it does pose a big question -- why should we invest in shows that are serialized if we think they might get cancelled.

July 26 2006 at 12:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

"Well, unfortunately, Lois, there's just no more room on the schedule. We've just got to accept the fact that Fox has to make room for terrific shows, like 'Dark Angel', 'Titus', 'Undeclared', 'Action', 'That '80s Show', 'Wonderfalls', 'Fastlane', 'Andy Richter Controls the Universe', 'Skin', 'Girls Club', 'Cracking Up', 'The Pitts', 'Firefly', 'Get Real', 'Freaky Links', 'Wanda at Large', 'Costello', 'The Lone Gunmen', 'A Minute with Stan Hooper', 'Normal, Ohio', 'Pasadena', 'Harsh Realm', 'Keen Eddie', 'The Street', 'American Embassy', 'Cedric the Entertainer', 'The Tick', 'Louie', and 'Greg the Bunny'."

July 25 2006 at 9:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TVGenius

This from the idiots that couldn't even run Firefly in the order the episodes were intended to be aired (the first/pilot was the LAST to air)???

July 25 2006 at 8:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jgreene

am i the only person in the world that liked reunion?

networks do owe it to watchers to have closure on serialized shows because you never know when your show will be the one to get the ax before "its time"

like how would you feel if veronica mars was taken off the air 10 eps. into its second season? im sure it wouldnt be pretty.

July 25 2006 at 6:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TVaholic

Fred, they did neither and both though. They ended it sort of "quickly" after about six episodes or so. Then continued to play the remaining already filmed episodes for another few weeks "prolonging the misery." This only helped to confuse many that had been watching the show.

I love it when the guy behind the network most notorious for prematurely canceling good shows says that the fans "deserve some closure."

July 25 2006 at 6:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jason

Sure, it's good news. But I doubt they'll change their ways.

TWoP did a great interview with the Everwood creator recently where he talked about how he filmed a "closure" ending to the show even before they knew it was cancelled as he hates it when shows end on a cliffhanger that are on the fence for renewal. It's the fans that have kept the show alive that end up being punished when that happens.

July 25 2006 at 5:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
erroneous_nick

No matter the perceived quality of a show, there are always fans. I'm just glad to see a network make an attempt at providing closure for those fans. Now, if they could learn to treat shows right, giving them enough of a chance (in a singluar time-slot, please) to maybe gather a viewership and not be so quick to toss them aside.

Overall, I think it's good news.

July 25 2006 at 5:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dave

Exactly. Wasn't very good. How about FOX start moving the Simpsons and Family Guy around so no one can find when it is on and then they can cancel those too. And what about if they move Arrested Development around and then baby another show that isn't very good so they can quickly cancel it and put on a bunch of idiot quality shows?

Oh, they already did that.

Why is FOX lame like that?

July 25 2006 at 4:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Fred

Of course, the show was cancelled because it wasn't very good...

I understand the need for closure, but sometimes, the abuse a show suffers at the hands of a network isn't entirely unjustified. At the least, there are much better shows than Reunion to champion. Ending it quickly because of cancellation would likely have felt forced. Keeping it on until it reached a natural closure, however, would just be prolonging the misery.

July 25 2006 at 4:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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