'Chuck' Fans Launch Movie Effort That Isn't Complete Nonsense Like Other "Save Our Show" Efforts

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May 17th, 2012

Ah, 'Tis the Season for futile fan "Save Our Show" efforts. Let's review all the kinds of efforts that have absolutely no chance whatsoever to have any effect:

Online petitions? Meaningless!

Twitter campaigns? Useless!

Facebook pages? Futile!

Sending various flotsam to networks? Messy and worthless!

However, Chuck fans, in their drive to get a feature film made have a campaign going that while highly unlikely to be successful, isn't by definition completely useless like all the kinds of efforts above.

They're pledging money to fund a potential movie in a sort of Kickstarter-style effort.

Will they raise enough money? Probably not.

But here's the difference between their effort and all the other kinds of "Save Our Show" efforts you usually hear about. Were they to raise enough money, something might happen.

On the other hand, no number of petition signatures, Tweets, Facebook likes, or packages filled with mailed in junk will have any effect whatsoever!

That's "Save Our Show" innovation baby!

Thanks to alert reader Shelby for the tip.

  • Nancy

    QL has more problems than money. The two main creators Don Belissario and Debra Pratt (who were married at the time) went through a divorce. One of the casualties was a QL movie although it is still talked about. So no mater how much Scott & Dean wanted to be involved in it some way, it has many more hurdles before it ever sees the light of day and by the time it does none of the original cast will probably be involved.

    As for Chuck, many of the fans feel cheated because of the way the ending was executed. The ironic thing is we had more resolutions in those Season finales than we did in the actual final episode. Each time it got renewed they had to tack on some extra scene to clif hang it into the next season. The Series last episode. seemed only half done. As for Warner brothers, I think the idea would be to involve them after the money would be raised. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, I had heard nothing about this, but then I haven’t been reading the Chuck boards since the series finale aired. I’ve been too busy with real life, and also reading all the Chuck Fan fiction trying to continue the events after the last scene of the series finale.

  • Marsinvestigations1

    Bill – Or you know. Roswell, which fans rescued by sending in tabasco sauce.

  • Marsinvestigations1

    This site is so negative it often makes me sick. You guys have such grating and negative remarks about everything. It’s exhausting. Do SOS fans work out? Not usually and not in the last few years but as Jericho and Roswell showed. They CAN work. Then again you guys seem to have a glass half empty way of thinking. I absolutely despise when people talk in absolutes. It’s infuriating. There are exceptions to every rule.

    Oh and no. Fans raising funds to pay for a film would NOT likely work. The studios have all kinds of legal issues when it comes to accepting outside funds from fans so they don’t really entertain those kinds of attempts.

    Bottom line. SOS campaigns Almost Always don’t work… But have in the past. No fan group has ever successfully raised funds that directly influenced a production of a tv show or film they wanted brought back.

  • NewEnglandMike

    As much as I loved Chuck, I would rather see a “24” movie, A Gilmore Girls reunion Movie, or a “Veronica Mars” movie….But I am not giving any money to those causes!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “This site is so negative it often makes me sick. You guys have such grating and negative remarks about everything. It’s exhausting.”

    It’s almost never (maybe completely never) Robert, it’s pretty much all me.

    And beyond the fact that all the nonsense is fun to mock (far more fun than posting press releases or doing the ratings reports), it’s good business. Nobody else I know of (there could be though) online is calling this particular spade a spade, and being the voice of reason (or as some might say “grating and negative”) is my market niche here!

    “No fan group has ever successfully raised funds that directly influenced a production of a tv show or film they wanted brought back.”

    My point is that at least that objective (raising money) however impossible it may be to accomplish is an objective that *might* accomplish something, were it met.

    Most of the objectives aimed for by SoS campaigns will have no effect, even if they are met!

    My latest LOL is all the fans who claim to be “making noise”. The car horns outside my window make lots of noise too, but the traffic lights do not change because of them!

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    My take on this whole SOS fan campaign business is that it is impossible to prove conclusively that campaign X caused series Y to be renewed and it is even more impossible to prove in today’s world where it seems every show has a SOS campaign.

    Someone mentioned La Femme Nikita and suggested looking it up on Wikipedia. The article sourced on Wikipedia was from CNN and the article takes a lighthearted tone with “crazy” fan SOS efforts while simultaneously mentioning that the show had a high amount of viewers making >$75,000 per year, stable ratings from the previous year and higher viewership in the demo.

    There is no way of knowing if the campaign played some role in the renewal of the show after other factors were considered or no role and it was just the other factors. I can assure you it will never be simply the ONLY factor resulting in a renewal or transfer of a show.

    After the shows mentioned are renewed of course the producers cite fan support and SOS campaigns,they want these loyal fans to return. Also using the SOS campaign card in an interview makes for a nice headline for a reporter to hook the reader into an article about the show.

    So do SOS campaigns exist? Yes for virtually every show cancelled nowadays. Are some of them successful in terms of amount of participants? Yes some shows just inherently attract rapid SOS campaigners. Draw whatever conclusion you will about these folks. Do a percentage of the shows that have these campaigns get renewed or moved to another network? Yes a microscopically small number given the amount of campaigns/petitions. Are the campaigns working more in recent years? No arguably they are getting less successful. Can people name shows that were renewed because of SOS campaigns alone. NO, there are always other factors at play.

    I have no problem with these campaigns though I would be leery of any asking for money, myself. I think I heard that folks donated blood in support of Moonlight the vampire TV show which was a nice tie in but a separate part of that campaign resulted in people loosing their money as previously mentioned. Personally I will always be thankful to the TENS of Flash Forward fans who staged a similar public “passing out” as was portrayed in the TV show. The internet footage was hysterical. I know The Seeker fans bought copies of the show’s DVD for their local public libraries. Again a nice idea but how is that working out for you a couple of years down the road?

    I would never go on fan sites of these campaigns (or shows) to mock these efforts but I will reserve the right to have a giggle or make a snarky remark (or two, or three) on a site that is just mentioning them in their proper context of having no discernible/quantitative effect on the microscopically few shows that come back from the dead.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)


    “Basically you’re no better then abc or cw telling the fans that they can’t make a difference that their efforts are futile and that the fans dont matter nor are they important or significant.”

    At the risk of falling into the whole “birds of a feather” category isn’t the exact premise of TVBTN that fans of shows do matter. The site is about ratings which are the metric by which TV networks measure how many “fans”/viewers a show has and how these numbers are then used by the networks to make the money from advertisers?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    @Michael, best of luck collecting those petition signatures, causing twitter trending, and piling up Facebook likes. Mail in some extra junk to a network for us.

    Let us know how all that turns out.

  • TVGuy

    Here’s to Horatio Caine on the big screen!

  • Wallace

    So they are DONATING? Don’t the even get a share of the gross (or net)?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    @Michael, I’m irreplaceable. You, on the other hand, are easily replaceable (and erasable!).

    Bye now!

  • Tom

    @Bill” Remember this? “After having them as “toss ups” for renewal or cancellation for most of the year, I predicted cancellation for both Nikita and Hart Of Dixie, and blew both those calls. After being moved to a “toss up” late in the season, I predicted that The Secret Circle would be renewed, and blew that call too.”

    And you call me “ridiculous” for saying that the cancellation of TSC in effect came out of left field? One of the most common term used by other sites in reporting its cancellation was “surprise” Although you disparage Retentionistas, that decision was a prime example of Retentionista 101. TSC was axed because it couldn’t hold enough of the TVD audience. The show wasn’t evaluated on its other merits. I believe that Nikita and HOD should have been cancelled. HOD is a trite romance show and Nikita has been running the same plot on a loop since it began. TSC on the other hand looked like it was positioned for a really interesting second season. Of course, that didn’t matter because the CW evaluated it only on its numbers. That may appeal to you but, as I said earlier, that emphasis explains the dearth of really creative programming on network television.

    And, by the way, disappointed fans bombarding the CW with requests isn’t exactly an insult. You may think its futile but what it says to me is that these fans are still interested enough in what the CW is doing to make an effort to influence its decisions.

  • REDSONJA1313

    Don’t underestimate the power of Chuck fans. The purchasing of Subway sandwich swayed the network to keep it on

  • Shea

    I was surprised NBC never thought about moving Chuck over to USA or SyFy. The show seemed tailored to cable more than broadcast because it was targeted to a specific audience. I liked the show a lot, it was smart and funny but once they moved it to Friday it became harder to watch. Mondays on NBC seem to be where shows go to die and NBC has a track record over the last few years of putting shows on Monday and losing them when they don’t do well against tough competition. When Chuck had a decent lead in it seemed to pull good numbers – numbers that would warrant the show staying in production but it wasn’t the kind of anchor show that would carry a night.

  • Ally



    USA Network’s “La Femme Nikita” was scheduled to end its four-year run in May of 2000, but that decision didn’t work with the show’s gargantuan fan base. The fans, who have centralized on numerous Web sites, spoke up, and the result is eight more hour-long episodes of the drama starring sleek Australian actress Peta Wilson starting at 9 p.m. Sunday on USA.

    “We can thank the ‘La Femme Nikita’ fans for these final eight episodes of basic cable’s longest running original series,” said Rob Sorcher, USA Network’s general manager. “Their vocal enthusiasm and amazingly organized efforts are clearly a response to the quality of the show and speak to the potential of original series on USA Network.”

    Wilson deflected all questions pertaining to “Nikita” when she was promoting her role in a new Showtime film last July in Los Angeles; surely negotiations were underway to get her back in the stylistically black wardrobe that symbolizes Nikita.

    According to USA, “Nikita” fans plead with the network through every available avenue.

    Fans in 40 countries formed an online conglomerate known as “First Team” in an effort to flood USA with requests for more “Nikita.” The fans also took out a full-page ad in the industry rag Hollywood Reporter to raise awareness about their campaign.

    USA received more than 25,000 letters and e-mails about “Nikita;” the voracious e-mail campaign temporarily shut down USA’s viewer feedback service in November.

    Gifts from fans to network executives included $3,000 in cash, a TV, four VCRs, and more than 100 pairs of sunglasses (which are iconic of Nikita and her cohorts). Other gifts were cookies and fake $1 bills decorated with a picture of Roy Dupuis (the actor who plays Michael, Nikita’s love interest).

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