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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

ABC explains "Invasion" cancellation

by Jennifer Squires Biller

Kudos to the reporters at the Television Critics press tour who pressed the ABC execs on the cancellation of the year’s best drama. E!Online’s Kristin Veitch published the transcript from the ABC session with ABC President Steve McPherson. Here’s the excerpt about Invasion:

WHY THE CANCELLATION OF INVASION:
"What happened with it, it was up to the TV gods. Shaun continued to improve that show there were some brilliant performances in it. But we just couldn't get people to watch it. It was really down to the wire and it was a difficult decision."

ON WHETHER HE'S CONCERNED THE CANCELLATION OF INVASION WILL DETER PEOPLE FROM INVESTING IN SERIALIZED ABC SHOWS:
"Well, we certainly hope not. It's the difficult thing about serials a lot of times you have these mysteries and it would be great to close up all those mysteries when a show isn't working. In the case of Invasion we wanted to stick with it, we thought it was really good and held on until the end. But I hope people will make a commitment to the next serialized."

ON WHAT ABOUT BRIAN:
"That's a show that we believe in, content-wise. It did not come out of the box strong but those who followed it believed in it and it had a following among its fanbase online so we wanted to give it another shot. "

ON WHY BRIAN GOT RENEWED EVEN THOUGH INVASION HAD MORE VIEWERS?
"Invasion had the timeslot after Lost so those numbers were a little misleading. Brian came in a tough timeslot and did fairly well, and had a dedicated fanbase, so we felt strongly about it.

OK. Deep breath. What About Brian has a “dedicated” online fanbase? Hello? Invasion fans hired a freaking plane to pimp their show and created a petition to save it. Has he seen it?

Unbelievable. I’m stupefied by this ridiculous explanation. If he had said that Invasion was just too costly to make for the return they were getting on their investment, I’d buy that. But to say that the reason they kept What About Brian was because they believed in its content, and that its fanbase was strong, makes every Invasion fan on the planet want to scream.

All together now, UGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

10 comments:

Wall Flower said...

well since you know whats happnening with invasion, have you heard anything about nbc's surface?

Wall Flower said...
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tube talk girl said...

Sorry, no news on Surface to report, but the NBC event hasn't happened yet, so maybe someone will bring it up.

Asyraf said...

UUURRGGGG.. Like both series.. They just thinking of thier profits.. hehe

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flexnfx said...

Amazing....ABC's defense for keeping a lower-rated show over Invasion is extremely weak and it wasn't like 10pm is some gem of a timeslot. I don't know how many people I told to watch Invasion and how many people told me 10pm was too late, but it's ABC and ABC is notorious for keeping low-rated shows with small budgets and canning good shows with bigger budgets. I guess $$ is what matters and not fans @ ABC.

Anonymous said...

I was a fan of the show at the beginning but they gave everything away too quickly. It was just stupid that everyone knew the truth and it lost all it's suspence.

Anonymous said...

I miss Invasion. It was a great show. I'm pissed I don't get to see what happened after the finale.... Jerks.

Anonymous said...

ABC sucks! Invasion is one of best scfi of TV and also the best show of 2005 (much better of Prison Break, Bones, Supernatural...). i really missed this show.

please bring it back, we need his. invasion is amazing: great ideas, nice mucic, good actors.

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