Firefly's Potential Return (Plus 4 Other Shows That Came Back from the Dead)Posted on by Billy D (lockheed40)
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Since the days of Star Trek (now referred to as TOS, or The Original Series), there has been a need for fans to stand up and say, "Hey, I actually like that show." Sometimes the campaign works and the show continues, and other times the show just fades away. Often the fans themselves won't let go even after the show has been off the air for several years and the actors have moved on to other projects. Would Nathan Fillion actually leave Castle to go back to playing Mal? Well, in a recent interview he hints that he might just do that if the opportunity arose.
In the interview, Fillion mentioned that if he won $300 million in the California lottery, he would buy the rights to Firefly and put it online for the fans. He and most of the rest of the cast have expressed their love of the roles and that they would love to go back to those parts if an opportunity ever arose. The Browncoats (aka Firefly fans) have heard this and started a movement to raise money to buy those rights.
I'm sure that right now you're thinking that it sounds all good and fine, but how much chance is there that anything will actually come from this campaign? I don't think you understand just how obsessed Firefly fans can be. When things looked bad for the show, the Browncoats started an unsuccessful letter campaign. When the show was canceled, they helped to raise funds for the not-so-successful movie Serenity. There's even a fan-produced feature film involving over 100 fans of the show. They didn't get paid for it, but they came from all over the USA to make it happen and all the proceeds are going to charities.
Is there hope for this little project? Will Firefly come back to the airwaves? Well, there are lots of factors. Both Castle and The Cape would have to go off the air to free up what I would consider the two most important characters. (No worries on The Cape though; I'm sure that will be off the air by the time I'm done typing this.) While we're holding our breath for the hopeful return of Firefly, let's look at some shows that were either saved by fans or brought back from the TV graveyard.
1. Star Trek
We already talked about Star Trek being the original Comeback Kid. The original run of Star Trek was the first time that a write-in campaign caused a television studio to change their minds about canceling a show. The change of heart didn't last long, because NBC moved the show to a terrible time slot and did everything they could to keep viewers from watching it. Fans still came out ahead since Star Trek went on to make six feature films (half of them good).
Futurama is that cousin the Simpson family doesn't like to talk about. It was a great show, but look at what it had to live up to. The Simpsons is the longest running animated show ever, and Futurama just couldn't live up to all those expectations. The show was canceled but reruns aired on Comedy Central, and eventually, after several crazy movies, the show came back on the air.
I'm not really an expert on Chuck. In fact, I've never seen the show before, but I've heard all about the troubles that have faced this show. The first season was great, but the second left most fans wanting more. The people that loved the first season worked hard to convince NBC to keep the show alive. This even included many people that donated money to the American Heart Association in NBC's name with the message, "Have a Heart, Renew Chuck."
4. Family Guy
Family Guy was the first show to be canceled and come back after its cancellation. It led on the same path that Futurama used a few years later: canceled, picked up in syndication, and brought back to life after the network realized their mistake in taking the show off the air. Family Guy has continued to be popular and has even had a few (crappy) spin offs.