Feature Article: Saving Farscape - by Tom Francis.
SFRevu joins with the many Farscape fans in saying that the SciFi Channel's decision to shut down their best original SF show seems a serious miscalculation on their part, though we're sure it seems to make good economic sense in the short run. We can only hope that the series lives on in other venues, and perhaps even that some other studio picks it up. Tom Francis shares some thoughts on what fans can do. - Ernest
Fans of Farscape thought they were in for a treat on the 6th of September when in the #farscape chat room on the SciFi Channel's web site, David Kemper, Executive Producer and Ben Browder, who plays the central character of John Crichton of the hit SciFi Channel show Farscape were due for a chat. What the fans received instead was terrible news. For some reason known only to the Executives at SciFi Channel, Farscape, their critically acclaimed original program, was being cancelled. The immediate mobilization to change SciFi's mind about Farscape began with a huge email, fax, telephone and protest campaign. The entire week, Sept 9th through the 13th, with the exception of the 11th, was devoted to keeping the pressure on SciFi. CNN took notice of the campaign as did Matt Rousch of TV Guide. For those who wish to know more, the following web sites will provide background information and current status and the methods of protest the Save Farscape campaign would prefer - cool, calm, reasoned letters, calls and faxes.
A letter from the Jim
Farscape is a flagship show for The Jim Henson Company. We are proud of its achievements over the past four years, which have included international critical recognition, three Saturn Awards, and a recent Emmy nomination. As always, your show of support is a true inspiration for our company and has been integral to our success.
Although SCI FI Channel has chosen not to pick up a fifth season, The Jim Henson Company is in active development on a new Farscape film, an anime project and is currently discussing syndication of this highly acclaimed series. We are eager to move forward with the Farscape creative team in developing new projects that will resonate with our overwhelmingly loyal fan base.
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