Reading this actually made me choke up. The support this show is getting from around the world, frankly, I have never seen anything like it for any show. I don’t think people were even as impassioned about losing Buffy.
Ot’s amazing to me. Kristin from E Online listed 8-10 queality shows, all with strong followings, a few maybe with slightly higher ratings; but Angel took in 85% of the vote and the funny part, is my gut told me this would happen. There are so many websites, donations, blood drives, rallies, post cards…I have never seen anything like it.
I sent MY post cards but I am thinking I might send another round, if it helps. I am honestly starting to have real hope there will be a 6th season of this show. I can’t imagine that Jordan Levin of the WB can really ignore what amounts to a half million post cards and probably at least a 100,000 bouquets of flowers to help save this show.
I think it also proves several other things I have been saying ad nauseum.
First, ratings are VERY subjective and VERY hard to measure. Nielsen tells you that American Idol is 1st and Angels is like 80th by measuring 1500 people at one time. Imagine if we elected a PRESIDENT like this? Angel supposedly has 3.7 million viewers but there obviously is many more. All the people that don’t have their homes measured, that should be taken into consideration.
Second, this out-pouring of good will and support to save Angel, even for just one more shows proves that people are desperate for excessively well written shows. Not everyone wants 80 new reality ripoffs or 100 versions of Big Borther, American Idol, The Apprentice, Fear Factor or any other reality garbage networks stick down our collective throats.
People are tired of garbage and people with half a brain like US and many other Angel fans, are desperate to keep a few watchable things on the air so we have something worth turning the TV on for. In five years, we may only be watching good, scripted original dramas on Cable if the trend continues and people don’t SPEAK out. I take this out pouring for Angel not just as desperate support for the smartest show on TV, but as an outcry with all the crap that stays on the air in its place. Not just erality shows but 100 versions of CSI & Law & Order and 90+ years of ER. It’s rididculous.
Part of the reason I avoided smart, witty fantasy shows like John Doe & Firefly is because deep down I knew they were going to get screwed. Put in a bad time slot, budget cuts, not supported, and thrown in a waste basket too soon.
Just look at what FOX did to “Tru Calling”. I am amazed its lasted the season. But that’s what happens when a fresh, smart, witty and exciting show is stuck opposite ageless wonders like Survivor and Friends. Tru Calling still has a sliver of hope for next year but FOX appears to be screwing it up. I don’t even know why I am bothering to try a different sort of show like “Wonderfalls” tonight–FOX will probably just screw it as well if it’s really this good.
Whatever happens to “Angel”, I truly am choked up over the absolute lovefest going on all over the world for this show. It’s riveting. The drama as to whether this show possibly getting a last minute stay of execution is almost as exciting as the show itself (though not quite) and you almost feel like this is some last ditch effort to “save the world” by Angel and his crew. Now, if only they will smarten up Jordan Levin of the WB or Dawn Ostroff of UPN the way the powers smartened up Gunn, then we may have a real shot.