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From Tim at Buffistas.org: Wonderfalls Cancelled

Posted on April 3, 2004 | Comments (438)

Once we recover from the not-shock, Todd, Bryan and I will see if there's some venue in which to air the remaining episodes. As I have said from the start, the thirteen taken as a whole tell a story and go to a place, so a run of this "limited" series would not be unsatisfying elsewhere. It's a question as to whether the studio will want to invest in a DVD release of a failed series. Maybe the episodes will sit in a warehouse someplace with that sled and the arc of the covenant.

Thanks for all the support and enthusiasm.

Tim

Well, not sure what to tell ya'll -- but we're cancelled. Effective at once. The cow creamer will be silent this Thursday and forever forward.


Comments

Well crap. I hate the world.

I'm watched four shows this year - Angel (gone), Wonderfalls (gone), Arrested Develoment (teetering on gone), and Joan of Arcadia (okay, not gone, but also by far the worst of the four).

So sad.

Should magically get a billion dollars to self-fund this show for years and years on DVD so I could watch and watch and watch.

Posted by: David Griswold at April 3, 2004 06:14 PM

This was easily the best TV show in years. But instead, I guess we'll end up with World's Scariest Makeovers IX or some other nightmare.

I can not believe they cancelled it after just one airing in the new timeslot (a timeslot pitting it against two of the highest rated shows).

Hopefully, one of the cable channels will run the remaining episodes. And no matter what, I would definitely buy a DVD set if it's released.

Posted by: John DeBellis at April 3, 2004 06:38 PM

Tim,

This is terrible news. Fox did not even give this series a chance. They didn't put it in the fall lineup saying it would be a midseason replacement, then they they put it in towards the end of the season. From where I sit, they never supported it from the beginning.

Try another venue, another network. This show is worth saving. To be honest, I find FOX, the WB and UPN to be very flaky networks. If they don't get the numbers right off the bat, they cancel and it sux.

Maybe HBO, Sci Fi, USA or some other network will air all the episodes and order more. It can't hurt to try. There are fans out there that support the show.

I want to thank you for a wonderful show. I wish you luck gettng it on another network. If you do, I will be there to watch.

Posted by: MistyMue at April 3, 2004 06:44 PM

Sorry they did it to you again, Tim. You guys did a great job, but the networks have zero patience for a show that's not easily categorized, defined, and pigeon-holed. They just keep breaking our hearts.

Get the DVDs out there, and we'll do for them what we did for Firefly. Maybe eventually the suits will figure it out.

We'll be watching whatever you do next. Tonight, have a drink or six on us and know the fans respect quality even if Fox does not.

Posted by: Cynthia at April 3, 2004 06:47 PM

I hate to see this end. As Misty Mue said -Perhaps the fans can help nudge another station to pick up this great show.

Posted by: blue angel at April 3, 2004 06:58 PM

I hate everything right now. I'm sorry Tim... You keep making great tv shows in a world where there are less and less of those and it just pisses me off to no end that they keep getting yanked! Whatever you work on in the future though, I am freaking there.

I am going to drink a lot right now (well okay, I was already gonna go do that with friends... but still!). I'll toast to Jaye...

Posted by: Eric G at April 3, 2004 07:01 PM

Well, this just takes the bleepin' cake.

Tim, I feel for you and everyone whose worked so hard on this excellent show.

I don't know what TV is coming to. Can we start a network for people with brains?

Posted by: Lisa Rowe at April 3, 2004 07:09 PM

Uggh, I feel kind of sick. I'm so sorry, for you, Tim, and for all of the great crew who came together to shine on this show: Caroline Dhavernas, Katie Finneran, Tracie Thoms, William Sadler, Tyron Leitso, Lee Pace, and last, but certainly not least, Diana Scarwid. Together and individually, these actors and actresses generated some kind of wonderful.

Just recently, I described to a friend the feeling of dread that had started to grow in me after the pilot as I found myself falling so in love with this show and understood how unlikely it would be for this show to survive, considering how FOX was handling its schedule and promotion: I described it as coming upon something exquisitely drawn in the sand and watching helplessly as the tide creeps closer and closer to washing it away. Impermanence, thou art a mournful fact of life. Still, why the hell couldn't the impermanence of this show at least last as long as 5 seasons? The buck's the bottom line, net execs yell. Guess what, you myopic twits? Sometimes a show that starts off slow can actually become commercially viable and take off like a rocket, if you have patience! Geez! Wasn't The X-Files a good lesson giver? Please, FOX, take 45 minutes and watch an episode. Watch it as a viewer, not an office inhabitant. You'll see it sparkle with life that is so rare on TV today. How can you, with good conscience, give up on it when it obviously has such great possibility? Please visit the message boards on your own website and everywhere else, like IMDB.com. You'll see the interest and affection that people are bursting with about a quirky television show that is both generous with style and substance.

Geez, I don't even know that anyone from FOX will actually read any of those words. I hope, at the very least, you do, Tim. Pass on my warmest regards to everybody at Wonderfalls.

Here's hoping DVD will resurrect all the unaired episodes. That won't be enough, but it'll have to do, I guess.

Posted by: Colleen at April 3, 2004 07:11 PM

I can't believe how upset I am right now.. its like I found this incredible gem that makes my friday/now thursday nights better.. where I can laugh and giggle.. and now its being taken away because a bunch of people who don't know good taste if it beat them in the face....

You guys made an incredible series, and I'm so glad that I have had this chance to see it. I will be writing Fox a strongly worded letter, but right now.. this is all about praising the wonderful show called "Wonderfalls."

If you manage to find another station to play it, I will follow. If you make the DVDs I will purchase.

But I must go and surpress my homicidal rage at this moment because a stupid network prefers crappy reality shows over something that requires real talent.

I'll join Eric G. in his toast to Jaye and her wacky inanimate objects. Amazing work, and a job well done.

I look forward to seeing the rest of Jaye's adventure in any way, shape or form.. (even if i have to resort to reading fanfiction. =P)

Posted by: Amanda D. at April 3, 2004 07:15 PM

For shame, FOX. For shame.

Posted by: Cory at April 3, 2004 07:29 PM

Who the hell do I write or call at Fox? This is completely ridiculous. First of all, don't ever air a new show on a Friday night. That's the ONE night of the week that most working people can actually leave their home to do something other than watch TV, and it's no wonder the ratings were low. The show was awesome, though, and it infuriates me that we're going to be stuck with another ripoff, asinine reality series.

I hope someone releases this on DVD. It's a shame that I'll be putting money in Fox's wallet, though, by purchasing it. This is definitely a disappointing day for creative television.

Posted by: Jeff Bixler at April 3, 2004 07:29 PM

Though it cannot compare to how devastated you all feel to have your work treated so shabbily.....

I am bereft....

But know that there are a significant number of fans who do recognize your gifts....

After having been hit on the head repeatedly this season, I finally DO get the message...

Creativity is not appreciated on mainstean American TV...

Come to Montreal sweetie... We will try to show you all a lovely time. Wonderfalls did score significant numbers in major Canadian markets...[and that is not a contradiction in terms]

Posted by: morgain at April 3, 2004 07:30 PM

tim,

i am so sorry! i just loved wonderfalls and can't believe that fox gave the show no chance.

what's up with these networks? do they really think i'm gonna watch reality show crap? nuh-uh. i'll just take my $$$s elsewhere. advertisers, i hope you're listening.

:>(

Posted by: east at April 3, 2004 07:45 PM

But there've only been *four* episodes aired. How the hell can anyone make a decisojn based on that? Even Firefly, which was treated appallingly, got like twelve episodes. How can you cnacel a show after four?

Posted by: dzr at April 3, 2004 07:57 PM

Your show was amazing and I from now on will never watch the Fox network again. It is insane that a smart, different show like yours can get screwed over like it has, when there is so much mindless CRAP that on TV thrives. Thanks for the great work on the episodes we got to see! I truly hope we will get to see the rest of the episodes somehow.

Posted by: Katie at April 3, 2004 08:04 PM

I am so upset to hear this horrible news. I honestly don't know what is wrong with the networks anymore. They don't give quality shows a chance to grow. Wonderfalls was an excellent show and I will truly miss it. I hope that there is someway that we will get to see the remaining episodes.

Posted by: Becky at April 3, 2004 08:07 PM

This is heartbreaking but not surprising. TV is a dead medium now, IMHO. If the 13 eps are already filmed, is it feasible to offer them as downloadable over the Internet? For a fee, I guess, like music downloading. Grasping at straws, I guess. My heart goes out to the whole creative team, I hope it helps that we all noticed that WF was something special. TV networks are the new Wolfram and Hart.

Posted by: veggieburger at April 3, 2004 08:16 PM

It's like a horrible episode of deja vu for me. I went through this exact same thing last year when Fux cancelled Keen Eddie, another brilliant, funny, awesome touching w/a fabulous lead that was axed WAY TOO SOON and now is airing on Bravo. But I still stick by my old tune, Tim: can't you sell this to the WB? Please?????????????????? At least try, even if you have to sell your soul to Wolfram & Hart or the cow creamer.

Posted by: Corinne at April 3, 2004 08:19 PM

I feel *so* bad for yor project and everyone involved: the writers, directors, cast, and crew. Wonderfalls was simply wonderful, every ep aired a gem.

Something similar happened with David Greenwalt's Miracles last year; perhaps this is the death knell of quality TV. Leaving? Probably for the "suits" more reality TV, perhaps another plastic surgery show to fill out Extreme Makeover, I Want To Have A Famous Face, Plastic Surgery Before & After, and The Swan. Or maybe yet another police procedural or two (hey wait, the excellent Karen Sisco was cancelled, so that category ain't even safe). I guess it's never too late for a Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? revival to fill out the old programming block.

I hope your show finds a Fast Eddie-style home somewhere. Anyway, thanks for bringing a dose of kismet, smart satire, and heart into my life with Wonderfalls. Basic cable will never be the same.

Posted by: Steven S. at April 3, 2004 08:32 PM

Tim,

Thanks for a Wonderfall show :) The writing was what I would expect from a Joss graduate. I'm just sorry that the viewers of American television would rather watch mindless drivel than a compelling, intelligent show like Wonderfalls. If it makes any difference, we bought the Firefly DVDs and I know we would buy Wonderfall DVDs.

Good luck in the future, I'll be watching for you.

Posted by: Krista B at April 3, 2004 08:36 PM

*sigh* I rarely watch TV these days, and this was one of the very few shows I made it a point to watch faithfully. I sincerely hope it makes to DVD, if not another network.

Tim, thank you for giving us such a wonderful show.

Posted by: Karen at April 3, 2004 08:36 PM

I'm sorry Tim. I loved your work on Firefly, and Angel, and WONDERFALLS was easily one of the best shows I've seen in my life.

So wonderful and ultimately charming. While I think FOX really dropped the ball by airing this on Friday nights, I do admit they gave it a chance with the Thursday airings, but would the post-american idol spot have hurt? Just one episode after american idol for 2 weeks before moving it to thursday/friday would have given the show a chance to reach people. I'm betting most people didn't turn it on, and turn it off.... most people probably have no idea that the show was even on TV...

You know, maybe this is a sign. TV really has turned to crap in the last few years... I watch almost nothing anymore.

Six Feet Under (notice...not on network TV...)
Alias
Gilmore Girls

Absolutely nothing else out there is worth my time and energy anymore. Well, at least we have "The Swan" "American Idol" "Give Your Dog A Make-Over" "Build A Prom Date" "Grandparent Matchmaker!" (I'm probably giving them ideas...)

Not to mention FOX should be disgusted with themselves for being so stupid about the lesbian sub-plot. Because it's two real-life women who love each other... they can't kiss... but if they were two random straight girls just doing it on a trashy teen show... it would be okay? Shame on them.

Good luck finding a new place to air WONDERFALLS Tim, and good luck with any future projects you might have. :(

Posted by: Myles Tomczak at April 3, 2004 08:42 PM

That's awful! I've been telling everyone about it since it first aired, I've just fallen in love with the show and the characters.

I'm going to keep my eyes open for it's reappearance on another station.

Posted by: Rayna Anderson at April 3, 2004 08:47 PM

Ah what the hell. I think I'm gonna just throw my TV out the window.

Posted by: Jeff at April 3, 2004 08:49 PM

Well, this just sucks. Wonderfalls is the only show I have been excited about in a long time. It is pretty bad when a couch potato can't find something to watch and would rather just turn the TV off. P.S. I would buy a DVD.

Posted by: kdeweb at April 3, 2004 08:50 PM

I really liked Wonderfalls. Sorry to see it gone after such a short run. It's getting so there's not many shows with good stories left to watch...Let us know when the powers that be approve a DVD (unlikely, but stranger things have happened).

Posted by: Marc at April 3, 2004 08:54 PM

Tim, I'd buy a DVD in a heartbeat. This show affected me more than anything I've watched in years.

P. S. If you can't get a DVD together, please leak the rest of the episodes on the internet! That's what it's there for!

Posted by: Kate Thompson at April 3, 2004 08:56 PM

thank you, tim for "wonderfalls"...

if we all can do anything...just holler. you know we're here for any life or future that may be left for "wonderfalls"...

and of course for anything you do in the future.

best of luck to you and the whole cast and crew.

Posted by: gretch at April 3, 2004 08:56 PM

how sad... my husband and I both just fell in love with this show. RIP Buffy, Angel and Wonderfalls... after hearing the news about WF we're going TV- free immediately after the Angel finale. This really SUCKS! :-(

Posted by: amy at April 3, 2004 09:05 PM

I am so sorry. I'm sick and tired of the networks stomping out quality tv. Screw ratings! i'm pretty sure they're making enough in commercials (that take up most of the screen time anyways anymore...) to keep living quite comfortably...

Would it kill them to have some CLASS and PRIDE in what they air? It's sickening. I can count on *one* Smile-Time-Puppet-Angel hand how many shows left that are actually worth watching.

Wonderfalls will always be near and dear to my heart--if it is any consolation at all, the smooshed lion will never leave my list of favourite things in this world.

Thank you for braving the nasty waters of modern day television to bring such wonderful stories and characters to life.

I'll be watching for the DVD set--the sets are getting to be pretty much all i watch anymore. :)

WE LOVE YOU. X's O's and adoration for all involved in Wonderfalls.

Posted by: Luna at April 3, 2004 09:06 PM

What a shame! I started watching this show after the great review in Entertainment Weekly, plus I wanted to see how my hometown area (Buffalo) would be treated. I loved it - a series akin to My So-Called Life and Freaks and Geeks. I hope you can get the DVDs out somehow. Good luck to you.

Posted by: Jocelyn at April 3, 2004 09:13 PM

I'm so sorry for every one involved in this programme, this is sickening news, it really is.

You made a beautiful and charming show, you just made it for the wrong network. Fox are obviously not willing to nurture a show to the success that it deserves, if it's not an instant hit then they drop it and reduce our collective IQs with yet more reality television rubbish.

What has happened to 'Wonderfalls' is symptomatic of so many things that are wrong with the networks, fox especially. It's hard to understand how they could make this decision, it really is baffling.

If only you had made this series for HBO I'm sure it would still be on the air and giving the likes of six feet under a run for their money.

Please give our collective best wishes to everyone involved with the show and our thanks for all their efforts, good luck with whatever comes next, I'll be sending some thoughts of a different type fox's way.

idiots idiots idiots.

ruined my month.

m

Posted by: miles at April 3, 2004 09:15 PM

This is so unfortunate, but not really unexpected. As soon as it was announced that Fox would be debutting the show as a mid-season replacement with a Friday night time slot, it was pretty obvious that the network wasn't going to give the show the support it needed.

As a still relatively young network, you'd hope that Fox would take more chances with new shows and give them time to develop an audience. Hell, the network probably wouldn't be around now if they hadn't given that opportunity to shows like MARRIED...WITH CHILDREN, THE SIMPSONS, THE X-FILES, and so on.

I'm still hoping that WONDERFALLS ends up somewhere else where it will be appreciated. There's too few good shows left on television to be losing them at the rate they're coming to an end.

Posted by: Bart Smith at April 3, 2004 09:23 PM

Why the hell do all the good shows get cancelled?!!!

What the hell was fox thinking putting this against the apprentance?

What the hell is fox ever thinking?!?

Is it wrong to cry?

Posted by: Brian Smith at April 3, 2004 09:36 PM

Oh, that totally sucks.

I hope the episodes still in the can find a home, somewhere, anywhere. FOX is one of the dumbest networks - finding interesting shows, failing to support them well in the schedule, and then killing them prematurely.

GO FOX!

Posted by: Kevin at April 3, 2004 09:42 PM

I'm so sorry. It was smart, funny, lightning sharp. No wonder it was quickly rejected. Next up on Fox: Syphllis Island!!
If there's good in the universe, you will get another venue and this series will continue on for a long time.

Posted by: Doctor Neon at April 3, 2004 09:45 PM

I have honestly been looking for a show like this for a long time, a show that is for mature people over 18 who don't care about lame, teen angst shows anymore. I really do love this show, and if it comes down to a DVD set being released, I will definitely be buying it. I suppose if a show contains too much intellect, creativity and wit, Fox won't air it. ;o) If so, they underestimate many of their viewers.

Posted by: Georgi at April 3, 2004 09:47 PM

Tim, I am so sorry for you and the cast and crew...

I fell in love with your work on Firefly, and tuned into Wonderfalls because of you.

I wasn't disappointed.

Another first-rate show, squashed by Fox, the bastards.

I want this show on DVD--seems that's just about all I watch, anymore.

Best wishes for you all in future endeavors.

Posted by: ILJ at April 3, 2004 09:52 PM

Oh dear. So sorry, Tim. Play with the beagle tonight and then, tomorrow, call the SciFi Channel. I'd love to see the arc finish.

Dammit, I had gotten hooked on this show!

Posted by: Carolyn at April 3, 2004 09:53 PM

As TV Writer for www.eclipsemagazine.com, I considered "Carnivale" and "Joan of Arcadia" the best new series on cable and network TV respectively.

Had "Wonderfalls" debuted in the fall, as originally scheduled, I would have named it the best new series cable or network.

Right now, I am positively furious with FOX.

I hope enough of an outpouring happens that FOX will deign to release "Wonderfalls - The complete Series" on DVD with a bunch of bells and whistles.

Holding my breath? Not so much.

Damn! Those were three of the best TV Episodes I've ever seen [and I watched some "Twilight Zone" classics in realtime].

My sincere condolences and extended frustrations!

Posted by: Sheldon Wiebe at April 3, 2004 09:53 PM

Tim,

So sorry to hear what happened. My wife and I started from the very first episode and just fell in love with the show.

Who are the morons running the networks anyways? I cannot believe that they didn't even give this show a proper chance. Dumbasses all of them. I hope they fry!!!!

Posted by: Jimmy at April 3, 2004 10:29 PM

What is going on with TV these days? Good shows get canned for what more reality tv? Friday night is one of the hardest nights for anyshow to do well on. After only 3 weeks I was really getting into this show. To the point I forgot about CSI. It was some of the most interesting tv I have seen in a long time. Each person I got to watch this show got hooked. I hope you can find another home for this show. But it seems that most networks want pap these days.

Posted by: Harold at April 3, 2004 10:35 PM

I've been sitting here all evening letting this news soak in while flipping through channels on my tv.

It's just so pathetic that something as beautiful and charming, something with so much potential as 'Wondefalls' has been cancelled while I cycle through crappy, unimaginative show after crappy, unimaginative show that has been around for generations...

I can't believe how dumb fox are, I feel like banging my head against the table in frustration, what is this world coming to? Corporations like fox are creating a society of lazy consumers scared of thinking for themselves.

So sorry for everyone involved with this fantastic show, it was shaping up to be one of those rare series where all the right talent comes together to create something unforgettable. I hope you all know that for every one of us that leaves a comment here there are a myriad of others out there feeling the same way.

If only this show had been on cable.

Posted by: scott at April 3, 2004 10:50 PM

I really loved this show. It was one of the few I actually looked forward to see what might happen next.

I'm sorry they decided to do this.

Posted by: Chris at April 3, 2004 10:55 PM

Hey Tim,

Sorry that the Fox execs have shown their ignorance, yet again, in cancelling a show that was a brilliant piece of artwork. Art at its highest. I look forward to your next scripted endeavor.

Bring on the dvds.

Posted by: Alexander Grey at April 3, 2004 11:13 PM

Tim, if your future work continues to be of the same quality as Wonderfalls then there's no way you can fail. Quality like this speaks for itself.

I wasn't on board for Firefly or the seasons of Angel that you worked on, but I'll be taking a closer look at your work in the future. Good luck Tim.

Thanks for your work on the show.

Posted by: Roger Davis at April 3, 2004 11:19 PM

I'm sorry. This is just ridiculous. As someone else said, even Firefly got eleven episodes to air, for Christ's sake. Four? Four? AND TRU CALLING lives on??

I want DVDs. And please put the music video on them. I love that thing.

This sucks entirely.

Posted by: Polter-Cow at April 3, 2004 11:21 PM

As a long-time Caroline fan, i was delighted that not only she starred on a major show like that, but also that it was well-casted, brilliant, daring and totally unpredictable.

This is not really surprising, but still i'm sad, quality isn't relevant in this world.

I'm thinking the show still has its place somewhere, on a less "popular" "spot". I'm glad i taped the 4 episodes, but it would be hard to accept never to see the remaining episodes already produced.

In an ideal world, this little gem would be releasing its 5-year special edition box-set in 2009, but no.

Hey, even my mom, who doesn't know english, watches with me. She watched because Caroline is from here and we've seen her since she was young, but she kept watching because it's brilliant, and it also has its touching moments that we never anticipate.

It's quite a hard time in my life right now, and that hour every week really made me feel good, plus the few additional times i've watched each episode.

I'm sure the whole crew and cast know that you were all part of something totally magical, thank you for making this for us, and shame on those who killed it.

Posted by: Karim at April 3, 2004 11:28 PM

I only saw two episodes of this show and I loved them. Television shows are becoming a wasteland of bad, boring, and utterly emotionless garbage. It seems hopeless to become excited about a good show because it will soon desert you. Maybe the suits will one day realize that if the critics like it then might as well not air it because the public probably won’t watch it.

The world is becoming a place where mediocrity is the bar to be reached and genius is to be despised. Television is echoing the sentiments of the world.

A DVD release would be great, but they probably won’t sell well. Because of this and because the shows have already been taped the production company (or whomever owns the rights) could make them available for download. Charge a small fee if need be. I’d rather have them on DVD, though.

Posted by: Jeff Smith at April 4, 2004 12:48 AM

Wow, there's a lot of love in this room. It's no wonder. Tim and the team have created a monumental show. The mental midgets at F*x just didn't get it. Or because they didn't get it, didn't want it around to admit they didn't get it.

I definitely want to see WF on DVD.

Posted by: makerofpaths at April 4, 2004 12:52 AM

Un- ****ing- believable. God dammit, this is the same thing- THE EXACT SAME THING- that happened to the masterpiece known as John Doe. THE EXACT SAME THING!! Oh, wait, no. It isn't.

John Doe got a full season before it got pulled. Wonderfalls got FOUR ****ING EPISODES BEFORE THE PLUG OF PURE BRILLIANCE GETS RIPPED RIGHT OUT OF THE WALL!! Which, unfortuenantly, IS OWNED BY COMPLETE AND TOTAL MORONS!!

Alright, time to turn the psychopathic rage-o'-meter down for a moment. It's been said, what, 80 times before hand, but it really needs to be said 80 more times. I, and anyone who even caught a small glimpse of the brilliance of Wonderfalls, am deeply and truly sorry. We are sorry that most TV networks suck an incredible amount these days. We are sorry that these incredibly sucky networks exist, for they are only incredibly sucky thanks to the incredibly sucky network execs that run them.

Money. That's what it's all about, ya know?

Network Suit #1: Hey boss, you know that funny, intellegent, and compelling show we have?

Network Suit #2: ....My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance?

Network Suit #3: ....The Swan?

Newtwork Suit #1: What are you, insane? I mean the ACTUALLY good show.

Network Suit #3: Uh...The Littelest Groom?

Network Suit #2: NO YOU MORON!!! Wonderfalls!

Network Suit #3: Ohhhhh, yeah!

Network Suit #2: Right, right. Forgot about that. How's it doing on the ratings?

Network Suit #1: Not so good, I'm afraid. We aren't really getting as much money as we'd like-

Network Suit #2: HOLD ON!! Not as much money as we'd like? What do you mean?

Network Suit #3: Yes, despite our insanely large amounts of money, we still need more and more and more and more and more and more and more and-

Network Suit #2: Dude, don't have a stroke. We get your point.

Network Suit #1: Well, it's not a smash hit, but it's only been 4 episodes and it is competing against both The Apprentice and Joan Of Arcadia, so-

Network Suit #3: SHUT UP, intern! You've said enough already. We need money, and becaues the virute of patience has disolved from western media's culture completely and totally, we just can't wait for the MASSIVE cash cow of a fanbase this will undoubtedly raise.

Network Suit #2: Indeed!

Network Suit #1: But, sirs, if you'd just be reasonable and show at least some signs of intellegent, non-greed driven thought-

Network Suit #2: Foolish child, we lost that a long time ago. Interferes with money makin'. Now, PULL THE PLUG!! Let's replace it with something far better! I'm thinking...."World's Most Outrageous Videos: Falling On Your Head Edition"!!!

Network Suit #3: BRILLIANT!!!

If you couldn't tell from my badly written little story, I'm SSSSLLLLOOOOWWWLLLYYY loosing my grip on reality, as well as my faith in humanity. First Angel, and now Wonderfalls...all for what? Money? MORE money? Pathetic....

We will follow you wherever you go, Tim. We cannot express our sorrow enough. If Wonderfalls travels to another network, even one we hate, we shall follow. If it reincarnates in the form of DVDs, we shall buy them all. If we must sign a trillion petitions to bring this show back to the airwaves, then we will sign until our wrists are broken.

We are truly sorry, to all the people who have done such a massively Wonderfall(pun SO intended) job on such a beautiful, timeless show such as this. We are your fans, and we will follow you all wherever you go.

Posted by: Smushed Lion at April 4, 2004 01:14 AM

I can't believe it , well ratings were bad , but tru calling ratings were bad too and they'll get a second season.

Unfair world :(
We love ya Tim , keep making your magic , we'll keep following you wherever you go , and Thanks again for all the hard work .

Posted by: T-Donnell at April 4, 2004 01:16 AM

Damn, another fine show gone.

Release the DVD or let us download :)

Posted by: Ashy at April 4, 2004 01:32 AM

I can't begin to express how much this news upsets me. Wonderfalls was such a breath of fresh air in the very stale world of network television. I have watched since the pilot and hoped that FOX would give it the chance it deserved to be seen by enough people over a period of time, in a decent time slot, but they disappointed yet again.

I don't know how much we the fans can do at this point, but I know I am going to fight the fight. I am livid about the state of network TV these days and Wonderfalls was just the show to give me back some hope. I want to see all thirteen episodes.

I know that there is a huge fan base that will not go away quietly. We thank you for putting all the hard work into such an innovative show. Thank you to the tremendous cast (Caroline Dhavernas, Katie Finneran, Tracie Thoms, William Sadler, Tyron Leitso, Lee Pace, Diana Scarwid - you all shined)- you brightened my week and I want to see more of you (Caroline Dhavernas, you are extraordinary as Jaye). To everyone behind this show, thank you. Like I said, we won't go away quietly. Like the wax lion, you'll hear our voices and we'll roar if we have to.

Posted by: Angela at April 4, 2004 01:50 AM

What a way to wake up on Palm Sunday! To find out that my favorite show in the whole wide world got axed without given time to breathe! It was supposed to be a great day and now... I don't know.

I really don't know what to say. I really believed this move was better but I guess not. We were all happy about the move and what happens? I was starting to turn people and make them change the channel. Hell that ridiculous Apprentice show that is some hit for all I know is ending in 2 weeks so the ratings would have skyrocketed then!

Damn FOX? Did you know you were sitting on a goldmine here? You gave time to shows that are not of the caliber or range of Wonderfalls (will not bash other FOX shows) but why not the 'Falls?

Hopefully Showtime, A&E or another channel (FX for that matter could air the rest of the season, FX was probably a better fit anyway) that is smart will pick up Wonderfalls and capitalize on the possibilities.

Thank you Caroline, Tim, Todd, Bryan and the rest of the cast and crew for such an extraordinary show. We all supported you but alas most of us are not Neilsen families. DAMN IT!

FOX... you got me angered.... annoyed.... enrageddd..... Ahhhhhhh!

Posted by: Joey at April 4, 2004 04:15 AM

I hope someone picks up the show at least long enough to show all 13. Maybe USA (They've done a great job on some recent series and seem to be willing to let them breathe).

Fox can go to hell. I am so sick of their crap. You Bastards!

Posted by: Lewis at April 4, 2004 04:53 AM

How many DVDs need to be sold?
OK, I´ll buy them all. Just release it!

And... Although it may have been mentioned before...
FOX sucks!

Posted by: Weasel at April 4, 2004 05:15 AM

It's truly sad that such a magnificent series is gone. I work in the business and I understand the networks' need for ratings, but such an extraordinary show as this would've eventually made money for the company.

Immensely succesful shows that got very rocky starts include "Cheers" and "Seinfeld." It's often stated that these shows wouldn't stand a chance today because of the fast trigger fingers the networks have.

Having worked on "Frasier" for the past ten seasons, I was sad to see it go for a lot of reasons. It was a smart, funny show. I loved watching it as well as working on it. "Wonderfalls" (which I had nothing to do with) was going to replace "Frasier" in my mind as the smart and funny show to keep me amused each week.

But I would not be surprised in the least if Wonderfalls won an Emmy or two after its cancellation. Small consolation.

But the magnificent cast will pop up on other projects, and the creators/showrunners will give us other delights in the future.

That's what I tell myself, anyway.

Posted by: Dave at April 4, 2004 06:20 AM

Wahhhhhh!
My husband and I so enjoyed Wonderfalls, its much better than Joan and we thought it would be our new replacement for Buffy. I guess we will have to file it next to "Maybe it's Me", and hope that it comes out on dvd. Where can I sign a petition?????????

Posted by: Kira Dolcimascolo at April 4, 2004 06:31 AM

This show was the first one in a long while that actually had me excited to see each new episode since everything was so sharp, from the production, the acting, the writing, right down to that brain virus theme song of yours.

Why does Fox even BOTHER to pick up quality TV shows such as this (or Firefly, or Family Guy, or Futurama, etc.) if they're just going to slash and burn their own schedule if it doesn't produce an instant Friends-level hit? Oh, because it'll be easier to just drop $100,000 producing ten episodes of some cheap pandering bullshit like "MY SHORT STUBBY MIDGET GIGOLO" or "SNOTTY RICH CHICKS VS. ATTACKING WILD ANIMALS" or some other shit reality show, all of which will just try to shine off of the successes of the original Real World seasons (which worked because the stars were likable, or off of Survivor, which works because it never forgets that it's a GAME SHOW). ASSHOLES.

At least Fox TV has it's highly reputable news division to stand behind. Oh, wait...

Posted by: Joe Szilagyi at April 4, 2004 06:38 AM

This totally sucks!

I'm sorry to hear it, Tim. I love Wonderfalls.

Four episodes, and that's enough for Fox to decide whether or not it's going to catch on? Don't they remember Northern Exposure? Or Seinfeld? If either of those had been judged based on the ratings of the first four episodes, we never would have seen any more episodes of either show.

Bloody short-attention span studio executives!

Posted by: jillylane at April 4, 2004 06:46 AM

Utterly disappointing. Like everyone else posting, I do want to thank you and the cast and crew for creating a gem. I was visiting my family when "Wonderfalls" debuted and there we were ... my parents (65+ years old both), me and my sister (both past our mid-forties), and my brother in law (thirties) ... all cracking up, all enthralled.

All willing to tune into a network that we're pretty underwhelmed by most of the time.

If someone can get the powers-that-be to get their heads out of ... they might tell those idiots that shows like "Wonderfalls" will *improve* their bottom line. They just have to be patient.

Are there any Canadian stations you could sell it to? Cuz my husband (fifties, loved the show... can we say "diverse appeal"?????) and I keep thinking we're going to be moving to Canada if the US keeps devolving the way it has been.

Posted by: Felicity at April 4, 2004 07:11 AM

To Tim:

Sorry to hear about the show. My suggestion is lobby CTV or Global in Canada to produce it the way they produced Due South after it was cancelled in the states. It lasted for several seasons and became a cult phenomenon. CTV is also producing the wonderfully quirky sitcom Corner Gas and I feel they would be receptive to Wonderfalls. Heck, the show is already filmed in Canada with many Canadians in the cast: it already qualifies as Canadian content. The worst that might happen is the show's setting might have to become Niagara Falls, Ont. Who cares?

Please put out the DVD. If Firefly - which never received as good a response as this show - rates a DVD, Wonderfalls does.

Cheers

Alex

Posted by: Alex at April 4, 2004 07:35 AM

Tim:

Didn't even know you had a Web site, and I hate this is how I have to find out.

First "Angel" (which I just discovered this year) and now "Wonderfalls."

Sigh!

Let me just add my voice (and that of my 75-year-old mother) to the chorus of those saying "We're so sorry."

I'll keep looking for your name (and all former Mutant Enemy folx) on future projects. (Althought it's got to be hard for you folx to keep working, when your brilliant shows aren't appreciated.)

Posted by: Karen at April 4, 2004 07:36 AM

Well, that's a shame. I hope you do find a venue that suits the show. Would Showtime be interested? Could run consecutively with DLM when it airs in July.

This is sad... What a fantastic show, what a miserable happenstance... Hang in there Tim, Todd and Bryan. We're still behind you!

Posted by: Richard at April 4, 2004 07:36 AM

Time to call up David Kemper and find out how he was able to bring back Farscape as a mini series. I'd like to think it was the fans, but I know the reality of the situation. That's only a small part of it.

Sorry about Wonderfalls, Tim. It was the only great new show this season. Hell, great show period. I'll give props to Angel, too. But that's it. Time to give up television, Timbo. Time to go get rich writing great movie scripts. I'm sure you'll get more appreciation there than you have with FOX and those jackholes.

Posted by: Spike Speigel at April 4, 2004 07:42 AM

Well, based on the four episodes we've seen, this was the best show on TV, even better than The Sopranos, Angel, and Arrested Development. In the (laugh out loud) * (choke you up) metric (where a show has to do both), it probably trails only the best of Buffy in recent TV history.

I'd not only buy the DVD set, I'd pay in advance. Where do we write to urge its release?

Also, I'm contributing to the program at this year's World Science Fiction Convention, and I will be more than delighted to propose a program item to talk about the show and give a boost to any needed grass-roots movement to this effect. (Or, alternately, I'll try to see to it that any panel discussing the stupidity of network execs relative to Firefly includes Wonderfalls as prominently as possible.)

Posted by: Eric M. Van at April 4, 2004 07:47 AM

It boggles my mind.....

My favorite new show of the season by far, and it's gone, just like that.

The execs at FOX and I must have been watching something entirely different.

I don't understand how they can't see what I'm seeing, that they can't see the refreshing wit and originality of this show. That they can't give it a decent time slot. Heck, that they can't give us all thirteen episodes that are already in the can, even.....

FOX, "Your a$$ is ringing". It's me calling to complain. I'll bet "it does that a lot lately".

FOX, I hope you won't be terribly offended if I hold a grudge against you and your network. :(

Posted by: Paul at April 4, 2004 07:54 AM

From an overseas fan. I'm 47, british, cynical .... and I love Wonderfalls. I can't believe the "Pink Flamingo" is the end. The show was intelligent, funny, adult, quirky .... and compulsive. It's so rare to get a show that doesn't talk down to its audience and, indeed, seems to expect its audience to be intelligent and quick-witted.

Well, all I can say is, thanks for believing in us and trying to give us something better than the usual diet of pap. Sorry it didn't work out for you.

Posted by: Helen H at April 4, 2004 08:00 AM

Unbelievable! Maybe you can turn it into a reality series, "The Making of Wonderfalls".

Anyway, DVDs please. Also please get Space Channel (www.spacecast.com) to run the full series ASAP, like they did for Firefly last year.

Posted by: Ames at April 4, 2004 08:18 AM

Well, this tears it. A friend of mine is mad at me for getting him hooked on shows that almost immediately get cancelled. He'd just forgiven me for starting him on his Firefly addiction and now, this.

(I don't have the heart to tell him about Angel yet.)

Posted by: ann westland at April 4, 2004 08:20 AM

Agree, great series-and just getting warmed up. Why don't we all just bombard FOX with our opinion of their idiotic ways.

Posted by: Lew at April 4, 2004 08:40 AM

What a great show! I can't believe Fox has cancelled it already.

I've already let them know my opinion at askfox@foxinc.com.

Posted by: Jim at April 4, 2004 09:15 AM

Maybe UPN or another network will pick-up the series. Tim what can the fans do to help the show stay on the air? I just checked the FOX website and WF is still on the schedule for the next two weeks?

Posted by: Tif at April 4, 2004 09:17 AM

I suppose if you tried to make it more like a reality show, it would have made it. Because what we need right now is more reality shows! Bleh.

I started a discussion thread on FOX's website if anyone wants to post their displeasure.

http://forums.prospero.com/foxshows/messages

Posted by: Liz Ann at April 4, 2004 09:19 AM

IS there no way we can get it back on air? it only just begun, and i can't stand the fact that the remaining episodes will be sitting in a warehouse gathering dust. You make these wonderfull episodes to show to the world. Stupid, Fox I don't think I'll ever forgive them...

Posted by: Michelle Chang at April 4, 2004 09:24 AM

R.I.P.-TV

Tim Minear

Joss Whedon

They saved TV, alot...

Posted by: David Lesondak at April 4, 2004 09:25 AM

I was searching and searching for the show but could not find it, after I told everyone at work to watch. Bummer!!! I was happy it was Friday nights, too. It was such a unique show. Loved it. So they put on some stupid "pleasure island" show instead? (Instant channel change!) ARGH!!! Sad-sad day for television!!!

Posted by: Emma at April 4, 2004 09:30 AM

I guess this is what I get for falling in love with a show the very first episode. I wasn't impressed by the promotional trailers, but my husband was so we watched. I fell in love with Jaye within minutes. Not since the first episode of Angel have I become emotionally involved with a show so quickly. I've been telling everyone I know about this show, and most of them have watched and are now dedicated viewers as well. It seems that the networks are pandering to the lowest common denominator. They won't give a well written show a chance because it just might make the viewers think a little bit, and no-one wants that. As someone else said, is it ok to cry?

Posted by: justme at April 4, 2004 09:33 AM

It's times like these I wonder if me getting into this business is such a great idea...

Tim, I'm terribly sorry. You had an amazing show going there it's a shame. Wonderfalls was quickly becoming my favorite show and I looked forward to it every week and now...ugh.
I hate Fox.

Posted by: Kelli at April 4, 2004 10:14 AM

On it's first Thursday night run, with no promotion telling us that it had moved, 3 million of us watched your little show. Think how many might have watched if they had told us it was moving? If they had given it a shake and started it there? It's easy to simply blame Fox, but they are the ones who have ponied up the cash for a lot of great entertainment (so sad that they also make so much cash off of trash). It would be nice if they watched it, too, but they were probably busy watching The Apprentice and taking notes. Well, 3 million of us will buy a DVD set, or tune to another channel. Best of luck, and thanks for the great stories.

Posted by: goodbarron at April 4, 2004 10:33 AM

I had pretty much given up on network television before Wonderfalls. I've given up on it again.

I will happily buy the DVD set if it's released, though.

It is already missed.

Posted by: Drew at April 4, 2004 10:45 AM

No way. I am so upset that Fox didn't even give this show a chance to gain an audience, I will write to them. How is a show supposed to gain a loyal fan base without a decent night, without a significant amount of publicity to promote a new show, and by showing only four episodes? I dragged my husband from his xbox to watch the first episode, and he's been hooked along with me ever since. I'm sorry I'm not a part of the stupid Neilson rating-game-farce thing. With Angel having been canceled (heart-wrenching-cringe following this thought) I needed a new good show to fulfill my television woes. I had found it in Wonderfalls, and now, with the cancellation, I truly feel like taking a bat to the television set (I know that serves no purpose, and will accomplish nothing...well maybe I'd feel a little better). Oh why do those stupid people that have the Neilson hook-up thing in their house have to be so awe-struck with reality crap? I am so so sorry Wonderfalls is cancelled, I laughed and cried during the last episode (along with my husband), and the only other shows that make me do that are Buffy and Angel. Maybe the only solace you can take is knowing that you put out a show that was so original, unique, intelligent, and great it was to good for crappy television. It better make it to DVD, or else I'll have to take my base ball bat to something else.

Posted by: syd t at April 4, 2004 10:52 AM

Tim, (if you're out there)

Never posted before, but brainwaves happen when they happen, had to get this one out there before my brain exploded. Reading another post on here got me thinking...

Have you thought about the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)? It's a longshot (very, I know), but as only a recent comer to this area (St. Catharines, Ontario, 15 minutes from the Falls — I go to/work at Brock University), even I can appreciate what this wonderful show does with our lovely little peninsula (you're not fooling anyone calling it upstate New York, but I assume you knew that), and the CBC is ALWAYS looking for shows with a unique Canadian perspective.

I realize one or two things would have to be tweaked (but I personally think that the Republican leanings of Darrin and Sharon would be even funnier as self-hating Canadians), but I think with the right urging, this gem could find a home produced north of the border. There is such a bubbling industry up here (I've just had a script I'd written turned into a feature by friends independently getting shopped around, gaining connections, and what I'm learning about the business is astounding, it almost seems limitless, and another friend works at The Lab, where Wonderfalls itself had its dailies developed), I hope there is something to be done.

But if nothing can be done, kudos on having a hand in some of the finest television produced (if not just recently, possibly ever) in Angel, Firefly, and now Wonderfalls, and I will be there next time your name shows up on my small screen.

Posted by: Liam Dynes at April 4, 2004 10:57 AM

What the Hell? This was the only show I even watched on Fox. I say somebody with some brains should buy Fox and turn it around. I'd do it myself, but I don't have that kind dough. If any network out there has any kind of intellect, they would pick up Wonderfalls and show Fox how simple they really are. This is one of the most brilliant shows ever.

Posted by: Silent Thriller at April 4, 2004 11:22 AM

Wonderfalls was one of only two shows I watch on TV. I found it while channel surfing. It was the only show I watched on FOX. I loved it the first time I watched it.

Posted by: keith at April 4, 2004 11:25 AM

Quite sad as well that Wonderfalls is no more. And just after I reset my VCR no less.

The problem, I think, is that Fox is so good at pandering to the masses with unreality programming that they have to preempt or move around all of their shows to make room for more unreality.

The real lesson here, I fear, is that if you have a show you think is good, don't go to Fox. Go to CBS. They'll give almost anything a full season. Last year, Hack was a very weak show in many places, but this year it rocks. If David Koepp had taken Hack to Fox, it wouldn't have survived.

Only on CBS does Appointment Programming still REALLY exist.

I am not a CBS hack, just a guy who keeps track of this sort of thing and watches a lot of TV.

I bought Firefly on DVD (and watched it every week when it was on), and I'll buy Wonderfalls when it comes out on DVD as well.

Good luck with your next venture.

Posted by: J at April 4, 2004 12:00 PM

Tim,

loved Wonderfalls, all four episodes. Pink Flamingos was pure genius, and in the end I had to resist the urge to get on my knees.

Someone should fire those suits at FOX. In fact, someone should fire all suits working at TV today. They have no idea about what 'quality entertainment' means.

The Nielsen model is dead. We need to change the way TV audiences and publicity work. Pay per show?. Who knows...

I hope you can get the DVDs out, or perhaps you can get the series in another, decent, channel. Assuming that exists. HBO is all that comes to mind right now, although living in Spain I don't exactly know other options there.

In any case, thanks for all you gave us. If we don't get anything more, I will remember those 4 episodes as some of the best TV I have ever seen, and IMHO that's saying a lot after Buffy, Angel, Firefly or Farscape.

Keep on going, we'll support anything you do!.

Posted by: Pakete at April 4, 2004 12:06 PM

Everything I want to say has already been said multiple times but I just had to add my voice to the chorus.

I never used to watch TV, until Buffy came along. Then Angel, and I've followed you all to your new projects. Everything about these shows has been so obviously superior to the rest; FOX gave X-Files a chance. That was the last time, it seems to me, that a quirky show was (Eventually) supported by its network. What changed?

I'd like to know if there is something concrete we can do to help get the DVD out.

Thanks to all involved with the show.

Posted by: Lauren at April 4, 2004 12:13 PM

I can't believe how haphazardly the execs at FOX run their network. What is the point of developing intelligent, quirky, word-of-mouth shows, when they pull the plug before giving those shows a chance to build that word of mouth? If all networks ran their business this way, such initial bombs as SEINFELD would have been dead before their first season was over. I know there are large amounts of money at stake, but if you continually cut your losses, all they will ever end up being are losses. WONDERFALLS deserved better.

I sent an email to FOX expressing my disappointment and bafflement at their business practices. I'd recommend that others do the same. Even if it does no good for the show, it feels good to vent.

FOX, I DESTROY YOU.

Posted by: Ignatz Ratzkywatzky at April 4, 2004 12:26 PM

I've said it before, and i'll say it again. FOX execs need to be lined up and smacked about with spoons. Big spoons. I was really enjoying Wonderfalls, episode 3 made me laugh more than anything else that week (short of laughing AT Real Life Gardeners and their Pets XII) and I genuinely looked forward to seeing a whole series of well written, funny, slightly weird TV.

FireFly, Angel, Wonderfalls - what's next, advert breaks every 3 minutes because "people like to make coffee". IDIOTS.

I'd suggest no-one every makes anything for FOX ever again, unless you're a machocist.

Posted by: Luc at April 4, 2004 12:38 PM

Thank god, it's about time! I have been waiting anxiously for a timeslot to open up so Fox can bring us Gluttonbowl 2: Electric Barfaloo and America's Assiest Asses IV.

Sadly, I just made the comment yesterday to some friends that they had to check out the show, but that since it was on Fox there were probably only going to be 3 more episodes. Turns out I was overly optimistic.

Posted by: steak at April 4, 2004 01:03 PM

I swear, the people running FOX must be 12 year olds with Attention Deficit Disorder. Time after time over the past six years or so, they've proven without a doubt that they do not know how to run a network with inventive, high-quality family programming.

Tim, I am truly very sorry to hear about the demise of WONDERFALLS. This show could easily have sustained a good five-year run on any network but FOX. Maybe you should consider relaunching all 13 eps. on a Canadian broadcaster. Just a suggestion. :-)

Posted by: Kelly J. Compeau at April 4, 2004 01:14 PM

Tim,

I was never a big fan of Buffy (sorry...I was too wrapped up in Farscape at the time) and what eps of Firefly I've seen I've enjoyed (good thing it's on DVD now...I can finally watch all of it).

But I am a HUGE fan of Wonderfalls. I was skeptical at first...since it seems like lately any good QUALITY show doesn't get the chance...I didn't want to tune in to watch Wonderfalls, but a good friend of mine convinced me to watch. I was hooked from day one. I just found out from another board that yet another show I really love has met a bitter end all too soon.

Guess I'll go back to watching my Farscape and The Lost World DVD's cause there isn't a decent thing on TV anymore. I refuse to lower myself by watching the "reality" shows that are being forced down our throats.

Sad and pissed in Seattle,

Cyn

Posted by: Cyn at April 4, 2004 01:21 PM

Mr. Minear -

Thank you for more quality television. Wonderfalls has been truly excellent so far. I fear that this cancellation is all my fault. I saw eps. 1, 2, and 4, but I missed ep. 3. I am that one viewer that broke the FOX's back. Sorry. Fox stands by NO show:

Greg The Bunny RIP
The Tick RIP
Andy Richter Controls the Universe RIP
Firefly RIP
Undeclared RIP
Wonderfalls RIP

I am not watching FOX anymore. No Simpsons. No 24. No That 70s Show. No FOX, no more.

They give me a fine show to love, such as WONDERFALLS, and then they take it away. Mmmm, more football and Paris Hilton. Fox even screws its sacred Sunday-night lineup over stinky old football. And Paris Hilton just makes America's pubes itch.

I hope that you and Misters Fuller and Holland get big chunks of the merchandising/video sales, because when you put the complete season of WONDERFALLS on DVD, it will sell like lottery tickets.

F uct
O ver
X - fill in the blank, you name it

Geraint Jr.

Posted by: Geraint Jr. at April 4, 2004 01:23 PM

This is such a stupid decision by those knee jerkers at fox, what would have happened to shows like cheers, x-files, etc is the networks hadn't given them a chance?

Fox seems determined to become the destination of every moron with a tv who doesn't want to think or invest.

Wonderfalls is the best reviewed show of the season, easily, say that to yourself again, the best reviewed show of the season. If any new series deserves to be given a chance it's Wonderfalls, there's so much crap out there with no ratings that seems to be immortal. Why?!

I just hope someone gives the show a chance, it has every element of a great, long running series, fans and critics agree. But how is dumping it in the death slot of friday then putting it opposite CSI for one week giving the show ANY chance at all.

Fox is just the pits, if they hadn't lucked out with the simpsons they would be so much dust by now, there are obviously no executives there who give a damn about television.

Posted by: miles at April 4, 2004 01:27 PM

"There is no such thing as a fall schedule from FOX any longer," the network's entertainment president, Gail Berman, said this week. "The new season will start in June. It will all be laid out in a plan for them at upfront [on May 20]."
The news was delivered during FOX's pre-upfront meeting with the advertising community on Wednesday in which Berman indicated that instead of a traditional September start, FOX will begin the 2004-05 season in June followed by a second wave of launches in November when its coverage of the World Series concludes. The moves are part of what FOX says is a transition to a year-round schedule.
The announcement comes as little surprise as FOX had been moving in said direction for the past seven months with such moves as launching scripted dramas like "The O.C." during the summer and ordering several pilots well in advance of the traditional spring development season.

Now if the network is going towards a year-round schedule, logic thinks that not ALL those shows will be hits. And due to the expense of starting a new show, you know they are going to have to stick to some the low rated shows. Wonderfalls joins a long list of dramas -whether they be fantasy, sci fi, cops or lawyers -that have gotten the boot because they don't fit into the mythical group of highly coveted viewer's -the teens -who in reality, don't give a crap that most show are on (teenagers are not appointment bound TV viewers, and that is a harsh fact). Wonderfalls -and satirical shows like Bernie Mac and Arrested Development really appeal to 28 and up and we buy a lot of crap. So to appeal to a group that is fickle as teens are, is just illogical. And we've let our love for dumb reality programming -which is the real threat to any scripted TV show -over come everything we hold dear. Bottom line may be important, but risk is a part of the game. The fate of any show is thought to be the viewer. I don't believe that. I think short sighted bean counters and publically traded companies who've become hostages to their investors are the real fault shows like this are cancelled. Fox -along with the WB's cancellation of Angel -just proves that cable channels like HBO and Showtime are were writers, and directors and actors should be heading. Network TV is becoming the haven for people with short attention spans. I'm astounded that the brains of people who watch such reality crap as American Idol, The Apprentience, Survivor and anything else can generate the electricity it needs to move their legs. RIP Wonderfalls, RIP Angel. Bring on a fourth season of Enterprise, though. There is no justice.

Posted by: Dave at April 4, 2004 01:40 PM

Crap....
No!
Now I'm stuck with that makeover show and stupid shows like Arrested Development....

Tru Calling, Your My Only Hope!
[Of Course I'd Love A Faith Spin-Off]
*{Puts On Star Wars Theme Song}*

Poor Tim... WB And Fox are not on my GOOD list..

Posted by: Chris McElwain at April 4, 2004 01:42 PM

Tis a shame. Good shows are rare, and what's rarer is good shows actually staying on the air.

Posted by: Disco at April 4, 2004 01:55 PM

If you're furious about the cancellation of Wonderfalls, and Angel, and Farscape, and a score of other shows that you *liked* that were cut before their time, you have only one real weapon against a network like Fox:

Not letter-writing, not petitions, not "Save Wonderfalls" websites, not attempts to reform the Nielsen ratings.

Money. Cancel your cable/satellite service. Completely. Period. Done.

Explain to your cable service why you're doing this, and let them know you are *not* switching to a competitive provider. This gets the cable/satellite company's attention, and if enough follow suit, it will eventually pass up the line to the network. As it stands networks like Fox are paid fees by cable/satellite companies to carry their networks, and if you continue to subscribe to cable/satellite service, you're essentially paying Fox regardless of whether you watch another show on their network ever again.

So. If you're serious about sending a message to Fox, bite the bullet. Call your cable/satellite provider Monday morning and *CANCEL*. Get as many people as you can to do the same, and make sure people tell the providers why.

Giving money to the networks that deprive you of something you love is simply stupid. Money is the only commodity they understand, so take it away from them. If enough join in, maybe we can change TV.

Posted by: moonburn at April 4, 2004 02:32 PM

crap, what else will I have to see on teevee now? I only watched Tru Calling this week because it preceeded Wonderfalls (and TC was terrible and stupid).

Sigh, is there anyway you can make the rest of the 'sodes available via bittorrent? Not that I want to suggest that networks have dropped the ball, but that the underground might make them wake up. Oh, wait, they'll just act like it is a brown paper bag on fire on their porch.

Posted by: Brain Garage at April 4, 2004 02:37 PM

After only an episode, wonderfalls became my favorite show, if it is going to be release on dvd, count on me to buy it. I'm not sure if this link has been given, but there is a petition going on at http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/wonderfalls

Posted by: Stephanie at April 4, 2004 03:43 PM

well crap! all i can say is im so sorry to Tim all the cast and crew of Wonderfalls. This was the best new show of the season. my sister, who only watches thing that are animated even enjoyed it. It's official. im programing my tv to skip FOX. I am through with this network. first VR5 and Lone Gunmen, then Firefly (my very favorite show ever) and now Wonderfalls.

Posted by: Alexandria Firth at April 4, 2004 04:27 PM

That sucks. I really liked that show... =(

Posted by: Al Franken at April 4, 2004 04:42 PM

I can't believe this! Such crap...Wonderfalls was one of the greatest shows to emerge on television in a very long time. If a DVD is released, I'll definitely buy it..especially if the rest of the season's episodes are thrown in!

I apologize for the mindless viewers out there who would rather watch such crap as American Idol, or One Tree Hill.

Disgusting.

Posted by: Jaimee at April 4, 2004 04:47 PM

Wow.. I was bumbling around the internet today and found a terrible rumor that WonderFalls was cancelled... What a cruel april fools joke, I thought to myself. And more digging around eventually brought me here, with the solid evidence that the show has, indeed, been cancelled.. Makes no sense that crap rules the tv these days and intelligent shows are woefully non-existant.
..
sigh..

I hope, against odds, that this show can someday see the light again. What a loss.

Posted by: Art at April 4, 2004 04:52 PM

GD it! WTF is wrong with those MORONS at Fox??? Do they even have a CLUE as to what consists of GREAT TV these days? I think not! My husband and I are just sick and tired of getting involved in great new TV shows only to watch them get the axe in less than 6 or so episodes.

F*** it! It's time to turn the TV off!

So sorry for you and the wonderful cast & crew of Wonderfalls, Tim. Perhaps there is the possibility that you can take it to another network.... :(

I just give up

Posted by: Khrystah Montgomery at April 4, 2004 04:55 PM

Tim,

If you're taking a head count of instant sales for a Wonderfalls DVD set, count me in, too. The day of release, I'll be there with check card in hand.

To all the cast and crew, thanks for a wonderful show. Hope you all find new work soon, and for those projects, break a leg.

With gratitude and sadness,

Jan


Posted by: Jan Murphy at April 4, 2004 05:00 PM

Like the other Karen above, I just started watching Angel in the fall, after discovering Buffy during season 7. I was just getting hooked on Wonderfalls -- and now I've lost them all. TV is becoming like movies, which must now hit it big their first weekend. Look quick or they're gone. And for those of us who populate the over-49 demographic that nobody cares about, who gravitate towards quality programs even if they are targeted toward younger audiences, there is virtually nothing left to watch. Thanks, TM, for giving us something different, something intelligent, something rolling-in-the-aisles funny, and something that deserved better treatment from FOX.

Posted by: Karen at April 4, 2004 05:05 PM

God, I'm pissed. I was in love with "Wonderfalls" the first time I saw it.

Is there any place for quirky, intelligent shows anymore? Yes -- on cable. The truth is that until 20 years ago, when television was still monopolized by three big networks, a show like "Wonderfalls" would never even have made it onto TV in the first place. At least we no longer live in a three-network world. The big networks (and Fox, which often beats ABC in the weekly ratings, counts as a big network these days) are not the place for unusual or offbeat shows, and they never were. Three or four million weekly viewers would be a hit on almost any cable network, and that's where people like Tim Minear and Joss Whedon should be looking to pitch their ideas, even if they'd have to deal with much smaller budgets. Due to smaller exposure, the shows probably wouldn't get even three or four million viewers, but it would be better than nothing.

Still... I'm so pissed, and sad.

Posted by: The Tin Man at April 4, 2004 05:11 PM

I am so sorry to see Wonderfalls and all of it's wonderful cast and crew go. What a waste it seems that Fox will not even show the remaining episodes. I had become so quickly attached to this show that I happily faced denial about cancellation. I should have known that anything this good couldn't last. This last year has certainly turned me into a jaded television veiwer. Well, I will hold out hope for DVD's. *sigh*

Posted by: Amber at April 4, 2004 05:53 PM

I suppose I shouldn't be surprised by this news. The people who work for fox are a bunch of dumbasses. This was one of the best shows to come out this year. They do leave some good shows on the air. I really like the oc but to cancel a show like this before it ever had a chance. Where would the world be if they had done that to Ally McBiel

Maid Of The Myst Statue "Go Kick Fox's ass."

Jaye "Why."

Maid Of The Myst Statue "Cause they are Nazi's."

Jaye "Good enough of a reason to me"

Posted by: saintsaucey at April 4, 2004 06:04 PM

In an odd form of irony, my wife and I got an email informing us of the cancellation while we were in the middle of watching "Pink Flamingos" on the TiVo, just now.

This really doesn't make any sense. Were the ratings so low as to justify yanking it so quickly?

Posted by: Michael A. Burstein at April 4, 2004 07:04 PM

Tim,

I feel so sorry for you and the crew and for us fans. Wonderfalls was simply the best show I've ever seen. thanks for showing that TV could have been good... I mean this was hilarious!

tell us what we can do to help. and is we have a chance to make fox changing their stupid decision.

I hope you'll get a chance to release a DVD. I'll definitely buy it!

I wish the best for you.

Posted by: pymfao at April 4, 2004 07:20 PM

I'm sorry to hear this news. I loved the show, and it was one of the bright spots on TV.

I hope another network picks it up. If a DVD is released, I'm picking it up right away.

Best wishes.

Posted by: pht at April 4, 2004 07:40 PM

I need to stop falling in love with tv shows. I keep getting my heart broken in to little bitty pieces and the network execs just jump on them and laugh their asses off. I can't imagine how the people who work on these amazing shows feel. Thanks for the small look we got into the world of Wonderfalls...I would've enjoyed living there for an hour a week...even if it was on Friday night. I'm hoping for the DVD's but I'm not holding my breath. **sigh**

Posted by: Kirsten at April 4, 2004 07:52 PM

You know,Tim, it doesn't cost a fortune to self produce a DVD nowadays. You really don't have to wait for Fox to do it for you.

Posted by: Linda at April 4, 2004 09:19 PM

Sorry that it's gone but not surprised.
I loved its warpness! Twisted is good.

Posted by: Pidge at April 4, 2004 09:29 PM

Crap. I can just see me cancelling cable once Angel ends. I guess that means more money for buying DVDs, like the Wonderfalls one. Please release this on DVD! Perhaps Wonderfalls will grow success on DVD like Firefly did.

Don't give up, Tim! You are a brilliant writer. Please continue to share your gift with us all somehow. Consider new modalities. Perhaps straight to DVD would work? If you make it, the true fans will come. I know I would be in line at the store.

Any chance of you joining the Serenity movie now?

Posted by: libkitty at April 4, 2004 09:37 PM

NOT happy.
Well, I'll buy that DVD if you can find a way to put it out. Wonderfalls is my favorite show I've seen in a long time.

Posted by: Jamie at April 4, 2004 09:55 PM

Well, It's too be expected. The show didn't appeal to the teeming masses.
It's the first fairly good show Tim has done after the excreable Firefly.

I still have to restrain my barfing reflex esophogial action when I think of that horror on tape.
But Wonderfalls had a lot of potential.

Tim, next time you'll have to put in a lot of punky liberal do-nothings, people who sit around saying stuff like "we need to share the wealth" and "the rich don't pay their fair share" and stuff like that and some black faces; make them the bosses and they boss around the white folks; black folk love that! Add a few androgenous indians, a couple of uptight wasp parents who carry bibles and are stupid and each episode have someone go over the falls and survive, wearing 4000pound wieght tested bungee cords, a heated wetsuit and call it
"In The Hood, Wonderfalls Suvivors Fear Death".

Posted by: mapanari at April 4, 2004 10:42 PM

What can a person say? I hate Fox and all TV Execs who pull shows too quickly. In the end, they are alienating us to the point that we have no reason to invest our time in new shows. Just curious, do any of you have a Nilsen box? There has to be a better way to find out what shows are being watched.

Posted by: Jim at April 4, 2004 11:36 PM

I don't quite understand how TV Networks make their decisions on what programs to cancel and what to continue, but I have seen quite a few "intelligent" programs being cancelled while there are still too much crap on every channel. Very disappointed at FOX. Hope to see those unaired episodes on DVDs.

Posted by: A. Maze at April 4, 2004 11:52 PM

It's my fault. Blame me. I actually taped a few episodes and was just about to sit down and watch them. Everything I watch gets cancelled, and I do mean everything. Grumble, grumble.

I haven't even watched the show yet and I am ready to buy the DVDs just to prove a point. I hate those stupid, stupid teevee people who don't give a rat's patootie about good teevee. I swear, most of the people with Nielsen (sp?) boxes watch crap. Often.

Sorry Tim! I hope you can find a new place for WF to call home. I'm gonna go sit down and watch what I have now. Then I will abandon FOX completely. And then I'll enjoy the end of Angel. Good luck Tim!

Posted by: Julie F. at April 5, 2004 12:13 AM

I really liked Wonderfalls, and it makes me sad to think about what it could've been had Fox given it any kind of real chance. I find it amazing that they have the gall to cancel such a brilliant show given the sad state their network is in. I guess it's just as well though, because Fox has never been synonymous with quality television, and now it never will be.

Posted by: Amy at April 5, 2004 01:58 AM

I can see why they cancelled Wonderfalls. I think they tried to come up with a new quirky idea for a show, a new twist, but for me it just didnt work.
Angel on the otherhand was a really good show. A few eps that were a little lame but overall a great show. I still think there was something behind the scene that noone knows what REALLY happened.

Posted by: k at April 5, 2004 04:32 AM

I am a lot like the main star,a 24-year-sarcastic-bitter-gen-y-loser-chik. This was the only show that I learned how to work my VCR for. I fished out the VCR found the wires even tested it. I didn't have the right wire so I ran outside in my pajamas to find the right cord. Dusted off an old tape of the movie GREASE and taped over it. If you check on torrents.com you will see it is the 2nd most DLed show next to Sopranos. I hope it comes out on DVD so I can worship further. My condolences Mr. Minear. Grr...

Posted by: jas at April 5, 2004 06:26 AM

I just got off the phone with my local Global TV affiliate here in Canada (they showed Wonderfalls). While the network is tied to the Fox broadcast of Wonderfalls -- which means they won't be able to continue running the show now that Fox has cancelled it, the programming person tells me that Global execs are possibly considering buying the series, at the very least to complete its run.

Apparently, while the show tanked in the US (ratings-wise), it was considered a break out hit here in Canada.

If you are in Canada, and you're a Wonderfalls fan, I urge you to call your local Global affiliate ASAP and express your support of the show. It won't do our American friends much good, sadly, but at least it might impact whether we're able to see the rest of the series up here. There is also always a remote chance that production could continue in Canada, a la Due South, though I couldn't get the Global person to say whether that's on the table or not (she probably wouldn't know anyway).

Posted by: Alex at April 5, 2004 08:15 AM

The best show on (or off) television. I'll watch it on DVD. I'll watch it on HBO. I'll watch it on any network. I'll watch repeats on my VCR. I'll even start watching FOX again if they bring it back...

Posted by: Tim at April 5, 2004 09:20 AM

theWB should pick up the series. It seems they appreciate shows like Wonderfalls more than FOX.

I would buy the DVD. I have already created an archive of the first 4 eps.

Tim, this is the best show since "Push, Nevada". Keep up the good work. Sorry for your lose.

Posted by: Wayne at April 5, 2004 09:34 AM

Gee, why watch a great show like this when Fox is sure to air something mindless like American Idol or Celebrity Boxing. I'm so tired of Fox cancelling the best shows on TV! Please try to put this series out on DVD. I can put it on the shelf with my other favorite Fox cast off, Firefly.

Posted by: Alicia at April 5, 2004 09:51 AM

To say that I was disappointed this morning to hear about the cancellation of Wonderfalls would be an understatement. I am actually feeling sick about it.

This show was the most intelligent, witty, brilliant program that the Fox television network had to offer this year. It is rare for me to watch television programs on Fridays, but I made a point to either watch Wonderfalls or to set my VCR so I could watch it later. This show had charm, it had originality, it was fun, and it was the kind of show that I would talk to my friends about.

I’d like to put forward a possible explanation for low viewership. Fans of this type of program are wary about watching a new show, knowing that Fox’s track record has been to cancel shows without airing all of the season’s episodes. This early cancellation brings back memories of Harsh Realm, Strange Luck, Millennium, Firefly, and John Doe. All of these shows ended without resolution of their story lines. I don’t believe you are going to build a fan base for any show without being loyal to those fans and to these shows. I for one will think twice about watching any new show on the Fox network again. I might as well just avoid disappointment and wait for the inevitable DVD release.

So there you have it. FOX can count me as a viewer lost and ask their ratings and numbers experts how many thousands or millions of viewers I represent. Then go tell all of the advertisers who buy time on the FOX network what a mistake they've made.

My demographic:
Single Male
34 years of age
with an income of over $50,000
Orange County, California

Posted by: Carter at April 5, 2004 10:07 AM

This is truly disappointing and, as you said, not at all surprising. The DVDs will sell like crazy and Fox will once again ("Family Guy") realize what a short-sighted mistake they've made. Do they really need more timeslots open for sludge like "The Swan"? Apparently, they do.

Posted by: Jameson at April 5, 2004 10:16 AM

I checked this show out in the first place because Hercules wouldn't stop shouting about it on Ain't It Cool, and I'm very glad I did. I went to Niagara U. for three years and lived mere blocks from the falls for that whole time, and anybody that can make that town seem magical has got a gift. I guess it's not even really a shock any more that good shows get cancelled (hell, you could populate a new channel with just the good stuff Fox has snuffed), but it still sucks. Add my vote to the long list of folks who will gladly pony up for the DVD. Everyone involved with this show ought to feel proud of what they've done...

Posted by: Mark W. at April 5, 2004 10:33 AM

Hi Tim,

Absolutely devastated and sad for everyone on the show and for myself and my husband as we were so happy to have found your show. Cheers to Caroline for such a great performance. You guys all sparked together and I was finally feeling like tv might get good again. I can't believe this. This is so wrong!

I guess you have to be on HBO to get a chance for success. FOX just stinks for this, I will never forgive them, first Firefly and now this. It is beyond unfair.


Sorry to all of you and your staff, we know you made a quality show -- even if Fox doesn't.

Annie E.

Posted by: Annie at April 5, 2004 10:49 AM

i don't know what fox is thinking... i stayed home and watched the first episode and thoroughly enjoyed it... thought it was cleverly done and very refreshing. hopefully another network will pick it up and make the fox execs kick themselves in their butts, where obviously their heads are located at as well.

Posted by: A. Tu at April 5, 2004 10:53 AM

I don't believe it! How COULD they cancel Wonderfalls? This is easily the best new series to be on our screens in a long time and this just seriously sucks.

It's quirky, humourous, clever... I need my fix of talking animals and cheesy theme music!

Please find another network or put the episodes out on DVD or the net. It is a wonderful show!

Posted by: MJS at April 5, 2004 11:08 AM

Let's see, what quality shows has the FOX network cancelled?

Wonderfalls
Futurama
Family Guy
Firefly
Any Richter Controls the Universe
John Doe
Space Above and Beyond

Those last two had cliffhanger endings. The network obviously doesn't feel its viewers are intelligent enough to deserve proper endings to those shows.

Feel free to add on to the list.

Posted by: Slug at April 5, 2004 11:19 AM

Too bad it ended this way, just like Firefly.

Here in the Netherlands the are finally showing Firefly on Saterday night on Yorin television, hopefully all 15 episodes.
So why not promote 'Wonderfalls' in Europe??
Why hoping for another Network in the US to air the series?? Europe big enough to make it a succes here.

Posted by: Ronald at April 5, 2004 11:25 AM

Amazing. I guess there's just not enough room between dwarf reality shows to air a decent new program.

FOX needs a wake up call. Wonderfalls would have been a key player in their lineup.

My great sympathy goes out to you and the cast and crew. You all did such a wonderful job.

Posted by: Maxson at April 5, 2004 11:25 AM

What's it take to start a new network? Maybe on cable? Call it the "reality free TV network" and it can run all the really great shows that everyone else cancels.

What a line up we could make.

Farscape, Firefly, Wonderfalls, Futurama, Angel and John Doe, among others. But no reality crap.

And of course, with amazing talent like Tim and Joss, we could have more original series.

We may not get the ratings the other networks get, but what we'll do is make our advertising more expensive because our viewers are smarter! We'll deliver better viewers. Maybe it'll be a pay cable network...

Tim, you deserve better.

Tom

Posted by: Tom Loveman at April 5, 2004 11:33 AM

I am so Sorry...

Posted by: ZuDfunck at April 5, 2004 12:37 PM

Unbelieviable. Just as I think there's finally something to watch on Fox, the show is cancelled.
Anyone have a number for Fox Television?


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Posted by: Scott at April 5, 2004 01:03 PM

I'm a busy girl, I recently got married and at the end of the day my favorite thing is to sit down and watch something good on TV with my husband. Something that gives you real emotion, love, sadness, happiness, feeling and care for the characters you watch. Everything decent goes off of the air. This is ridiculous! Ever since Buffy ended (Been watching that for 7 years,Ugh), I've been struggling for a show to watch. Charmed, Angel (Ending in May.), and Tru Calling really didn't do anything for me, its basically like the same episode repeating over and over again, but then I stumbled upon Wonderfalls. I've watched every episode so far and I loved the concept, it was witty, funny original, and cute, and just as the storyline starts to unravel, it gets cancelled? Whats up with that? I agree with everyone else, everything that was decent on TV has been replaced with a new Reality TV Series, crap like this makes me homicidal.

Posted by: Sierra at April 5, 2004 01:09 PM

Well, FWIW, I found the number of my local Fox station (actually Fox-owned, not just an affiliate) and called in a polite protest.

(212) 452-5555


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Posted by: Scott at April 5, 2004 01:10 PM

Well, that seals it. Since FOX can't seem to support good shows anymore, I can't support FOX. Sadly, I'll be missing out on the Simpsons, 24, American Idol and Tru Calling (yes, I actually watch that one every week.) - But, I am done watching FOX or anything on it. I'll just wait for episodes of 24 to hit the internet or dvd.

Thank you for making such an amazing show - I hope some day I'll be able to see the whole story unfold.

-Marc

Posted by: Marc at April 5, 2004 01:10 PM

Save this show! No, I don't mean petition FOX and all that jazz. But I've seen three of the four episodes aired and I think this show is awesome! It's one of my favorite shows and it seemed FOX was actually getting their act together by moving it to the same night as Tru Calling so they'd have a watchable block of TV to offer people once Friends' vapidness is off the air and The Apprentice (which I actually kind of like, but it's not THAT great) wraps up. But, thanks to--estimate-for-the-masses-based-on-the-tastes-of-the-few--Nielsen ratings (which, I'm sorry DO NOT WORK!) we, the viewing public are deprived of another quality show.

Do whatever you have to do to get this on a different, deserving network (preferably a broadcast network, I don't have cable). Not just so the involved viewers can find out what happens in the remaining episodes, but push for more to be ordered and produced. It's a show with an original plot, an EXTREME rarity these days, and deserves better than FOX's pussy-footing around.

Note though that Disney...oops, I mean...ABC does the same thing (Sports Night, Once and Again, a list to infinty and beyond), UPN is the Utterly Pointless Network (their best rated show is Enterprise, which is a crappy show, and I speak as a Star Trek fan), and then there's the (cancel-Birds-of-Prey-cause-it-seemed-silly-but-keep-Smallville) WB, pass!

That leaves NBC and CBS. NBC would be a good place, they have several shows exiting this year and next and may like grabbing a show with what should be an obvious built in fanbase. And CBS could just work! And if none of this works, you must at least release a DVD set and make FOX pay for it as penance for their stupidity.

Meanwhile, what is FOX's problem? Dark Angel, Harsh Realm, Futurama, I never saw Firefly (or maybe I missed it's FOX Saturday at 3:15 AM timeslot) but I heard it was good, Wonderfalls, and the list goes on. They get these shows that could potentially drive them to the #1 network spot, and they kill them. Yet they give full-runs to stupid reality mini-series, My Forever Big Fat Obnoxious Gay Dwarf Fiancee Simple Life Makeover. And, sorry, while I'm enjoying this year's American Idol slightly better than the other seasons, after this year it needs to go.

They simply cannot base all of their TV programming decisions on the ratings. And they especially can't do it when they pit a show against The Apprentice and then sit back going, "Hmm, I wonder why we did so bad on Thursday at 9 PM". By their own methods they KNEW it was going to do poorly! That doesn't make it any less good of a show and EARTH TO FOX, The Apprentice will be over in 2 more weeks anyway, DUH! They could've pumped up advertsing Wonderfalls AND Tru Calling to secure Thursday nights to persuade NBC not to air Apprentice 2 on Thursdays, but no!

Bottom-line, FOX sucks and Wonderfalls is one of the best new shows this year no matter WHAT network it's on!!! And I really, really, really don't want see this end up alongside the other axed-before-given-a-chance shows. It'd be too sad. My stapler's talking to me.

Posted by: Danny Burleson at April 5, 2004 01:11 PM

Call a press conference to say that it was cancelled because of pressure by the Bush administration. That will cause ten million Americans to decide that it must be good. And network executives will fall over themselves trying to sign you up.

Posted by: Roger Sweeny at April 5, 2004 01:17 PM

Wow! What a shame, I watch so few shows and this was one of the best in a long time, I don't get it? This deserves to be seen somewhere and Fox made a big mistake. I have let them know that I for one think they should reconsider. Thanks for this great albeit short lived show. I for one will miss it. :(

Posted by: michael at April 5, 2004 01:51 PM

I'm feeling sick. How can they cancel this? It's
such a great show with just the few episodes that
have aired. Don't take it personal Tim. Let's hope
that one day they'll understand the grave error
they've made and either continue the show or at
least give us the rest of the episodes.

I feel lost!

Posted by: Rob Lohman at April 5, 2004 01:52 PM

I would also like to lend my support to you and tell you that I simply loved the show.

I'm outside of the usual demographic, I guess, I'm a woman in my 50s and I thought the show really was one of the best most innovative in years.

I'll write to Fox and give them my 2 cents.

Keep up the good work!
Sue

Posted by: Sue Surova at April 5, 2004 01:53 PM

Quite honestly, I think Fox just sucks. This is the second of two shows that my husband and I have really enjoyed on Fox (the other being "John Doe") that they did not give a chance to, but that had lots of fans. I cannot believe that crap that they have on instead....and how many American Idols must one endure?
Tim, I hope that you are able to find a place for Wonderfalls.
Kindest Regards,
Carolyn

Posted by: Carolyn O'Brien at April 5, 2004 02:06 PM

I just want to say that I love the show and that was the last show that I'm gonna from fox because they always cancel show without given a chance to people to know about the show and start to listen it. I hope that you gonna be able to put it on DVD.

Good luck!

Posted by: Orca at April 5, 2004 02:10 PM

Wonderfalls is/was a truly entertaining series and easily my favorite show on television. In fact, it was the only one that I made a mental note of not missing. I am disappointed with FOX's decision to cancel the series, especially since they have been the home to so many of my favorite shows in the past. Here's hoping that they will reconsider their decision and/or, at the very least, release the entire series (including unaired episodes) as a boxed set. I will follow this show to any other network that picks it up and will watch it over any FOX show in a similar time slot. This is just sad news and proof, once again, that network television is a barren wasteland of mediocrity.

Posted by: Ivan Rakitic at April 5, 2004 02:42 PM

With the demise of Wonderfalls my Television viewing is at an end. Thanks Tim! You gave us all a wonderful ride. Sad it was cut so short.

Posted by: Jamie at April 5, 2004 02:44 PM

Fox network sucks so much bum. Stupid network TV. Good luck with finding a place for Wonderfalls either on DVD or another network.

Posted by: Troy at April 5, 2004 02:52 PM

What a shame... I, personally, am new to Tim's stuff and I loved Wonderfalls. It was the one show that I would look forward to watching. I'm also not familiar with FOX's cancelling history but from what I have heard this isn't too uncommon from them. I really, really hope this series can be picked up elsewhere because it was both refreshing and down right fun to watch. Gonna miss the show... :( Thanks for the four episodes I was able to see though, I enjoyed them a lot.

Posted by: Jesse at April 5, 2004 02:53 PM

Haven't you people figured out how network TV works by now? Money and ratings. There are 300 million people in America. Of course there will be thousands who like this show. The fact remains that there are many more who tune out. Like Simon from everyone's favorite reality show says, "Sorry!" There are only so many freaks and geeks who can stand Firefly and Wonderfalls. You either use your talents to make a show a lot of people would want to watch or you become irrelevant in this tough business.

Posted by: Bob at April 5, 2004 03:07 PM

Well, talk about daily dose of depression! I'm only 12, but Wonderfalls was by-far my favorite TV show! When my dad told me the news, I sulked in my room. Like the others said, try getting it on another channel. Personally, I say stick with cable. Though not the most trustworthy, you will definatly attract more "non-dish/digital" customers. Truly, I'm sorry.

Posted by: Sammy at April 5, 2004 03:11 PM

Plus, if its not animated, doesn't star a hollywood star, or isn't a reality show, then don't go for Fox. Forever Eden, Bernie Mac, Simpsons, Malcom in the Middle, Arrested Development, even Oliver Beane...all "Fox-ish" shows. Poop on them I say!

Posted by: Sammy (again) at April 5, 2004 03:14 PM

I read the news this morning and upped my Netflix subscription in response. "Wonderfalls" was an oasis in the otherwise dismal landscape of television. It actually had me laughing out loud at least once an episode--not just a giggle, either, but a guffaw. I do think the show could have built an audience if it had been given half a chance. And the networks wonder why the coveted 18-34-year old network is abandoning them.

Posted by: Laura at April 5, 2004 03:17 PM

In respose to "Bob's" remarks a few posts back:

A show's ratings are not based on how many people ACTUALLY watch a show. They're based on how many NIELSEN HOUSEHOLDs watch a show of which there are approx. 1 million in the USA.

That's 1 million people deciding what the other 299 million get to watch!

When you hear "29 million people watched this show" that's any estimate based on the demographics in a Nielsen Household's community, in reality it could be 2 million. Whereas, they say "only 100 thousand people watched this show", it could really be 30 million people with bunny ears on their TV. Not to mention people who work during primetime and have to tape or Tivo their shows.

Network moguls claim that the Nielsen system works. That's just business speak for, "We're too lazy to figure out another way."

In the case of Wonderfalls, they could have played the ratings game in their favor. Instead, if you look at their moves: from postponing the show's release in the first place, to putting it on Friday, then squeaking out an announcement about switching it to Thursday vs. CSI & Apprentice, they deliberately killed the show. Plain and simple.

Posted by: Danny B. at April 5, 2004 03:56 PM

CALL NOW!
1-888-223-2FOX
This is Fox Studio, not the network; they're accepting requests for the 13 episodes to be released on DVD. The woman I spoke with said they'd received a lot of requests for a DVD release.


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Posted by: Scott at April 5, 2004 03:56 PM

I guess I'm just joining the chorus of people who are very disappointed with this decision. I kept urging all of my friends/relatives/coworkers to watch Wonderfalls - "This great new show on Fox that's funny and smart and therefore not going to be around for long." Still, I can't believe that the network was this quick to cancel a series when (AFAIK) all of the episodes have already been filmed.

I know that the TRIO network was showing episodes of great shows that were cancelled too soon. I think the overarching title is "Brilliant but Cancelled". Wonderfalls definitely fits that bill.

Also, I SO want that DVD. After I watched Pink Flamingos on my TiVo, I automatically deleted it and then regretted it severely. I had a *feeling* that TiVo'd episode might be the only way to introduce my friends to the show - and I'm sorry to say my intuition was right.

To all the cast and crew: I'm so sorry. You did everything right. We all loved the show. Keep trying on a better network, and keep making intelligent TV. We really DO want it. It's just that the execs keep underestimating us.

Posted by: Ivy at April 5, 2004 04:05 PM

Damn it! I just read a glowing review of your show in The New York Times, was looking forward to seeing it, and now I'm robbed of the chance. Sorry, man. Hope you can find it another home on cable.

Posted by: Evan at April 5, 2004 04:08 PM

Tim,

Adding my 2 cents worth. For the love of God, never go with Fox again! I thought Wonderfalls was the best show on TV and one of the best comedies ever. Please see what you can do to get it out on DVD. I bought Firefly the day it came out and will do the same for WF. Sorry the Fox network let you (and all of us) down. I don't suppose USA or SCI-FI would consider picking it up?

Posted by: Curby at April 5, 2004 04:11 PM

The series didn't "fail", FOX did. This makes me sick to my stomach and I would puke on FOX's shoes if I could.

Will Bravo air the episodes. They took on Keen Eddie.

Posted by: alex at April 5, 2004 04:48 PM

Apart from the Tacky Family Moment that ended each ep (hey, TFM - just like Tim's initials!) and a theme song that made the Enterprise song sound good and listenable, Wonderfalls was pretty good.

If I thought Fox execs had balls I'd suggest hanging them by those appendages, but the mere fact that they cancelled the show proves they don't. That goes for UPN also, having axed Jake 2.0 - which if they'd left it alone, would have become the new Buffy. May their souls drown eternally in the Lake of Lukewarm Piss.

Posted by: David Chapman at April 5, 2004 04:52 PM


FOX sucks. Now I'm going to have a 'sode.

(but I'll buy the series on DVD)

Posted by: PO'd Billy at April 5, 2004 04:55 PM

Tim, you and your crew should be proud of Wonderfalls - what a great freakin' show. Hooked me from the first moment, even though I was a little apprehensive about trying out a new show on trigger-happy Fox. You can count on me to follow this little gem to whatever network it lands on, or to DVD, or whatever. I NEED to see the rest.

I think Fox's exec's have their collective heads so far up their collective butts, that with any luck they'll suffocate. There were exactly two shows I was watching this season: Wonderfalls, and Angel, and they're both cancelled.

Who the hell are these Neilson people? Is there an IQ limit? Do they screen out anyone who's ever read a book?

I feel really bad for you guys, I'm really pissed off, and I'm pretty sure I'll never watch anything on Fox ever again.

Posted by: Doug Toms at April 5, 2004 05:04 PM

ya know life is twisted when an inovated show like w.f. gets axed without axing all the american idol finalists into tiny pieces and throwing them in niagra. this sick sad world of reality obsessed idiots won't even know what has been lost. maybe if they relized there is no reality in reality t.v. maybe if they took donald trump and simon cowell droped them on an
island to battle it out to the death then i'd watch. but until then all my favorite shows will be overlooked under apreciated and cancelled.
if i owned a network it would be w.f. follwed by angel followed by Trup VS Cowell battle to the death, then i'd kill the winner

Posted by: rory at April 5, 2004 05:51 PM

Just wanted to say thank you to the cast, the writers and crew and all of you that worked so hard on this wonderful show. The show was so good that my husband and I both said a couple of weeks ago that FOX would probably pull a Keen Eddie soon. And alas they did. Your show was much too great for a lousy network like FOX. I sincerely hope that Bravo or F/X or another cable network sees the potential and picks up Wonderfalls. If not, we certainly hope for a DVD set so we can enjoy all 13 episodes for years to come. Bravo on a job well done - and we hope to see all of you working on other great projects in the future.

All the best.

Posted by: Nezee at April 5, 2004 05:55 PM

Tim, so sorry. This show was a bright spot in an ever increasingly bleak TV land.

This was not a show that failed on FOX, it was another show that FOX failed.

I loved your work on Firefly and Angel. I bought all those DVD's, I'll buy Wonderfalls when it comes out!

Everyone I have shared my recordings of WF with has enjoyed it, but the conversation always starts with "Wonder what?"

So another one bites the dust. Before it ever aired I read a review that stated, "...so good FOX will cancel it as soon as they can, so watch it while it lasts."

I really think the time has come for a new cable network that is cross genre. One that focuses on shows that appeal to viewers with an attention span that enjoy the intelectual stimulus. It seems that is what all the best shows that get cancelled have in common.

Most of the best shows seem to be on "alternative" networks, USA, FX, the movie channels. FOX frequently eats its own young.

For more clever, interesting programing, check out Arrested Development (on FOX, sure to be cancelled) and Dead Like Me on Showtime. Gilmore Girls on WB is also very witty and well done.

Thanks Tim and co., I'll be waiting your next project. Just try and make it work on a number of levels, so we can enjoy it for it's wit and brilliance, and the Nielson families can enjoy it for it's "purdy colors" or whatever those inbreds find interesting.

Posted by: Stone Gargoyle at April 5, 2004 06:47 PM

I watched every show... Finally! People could see upstate/western NY! (YES, there is a WHOLE state.) Hey - don't get me wrong - I love NYC, but there are a lot of great people and places in NY outside of the city - like Niagara Falls! Also, Jaye is absolutely hysterical! I could relate to her - and I bet a lot of other 20 something women could too...you should really market the show to them...the educated women stuck in a lousy job market who lead a life of waiting...waiting to find their niche and their place in everything. Meanwhile, all these weird things happen to us along the way...sometimes to get us through...sometimes to show us that we are our own worst enemies. This show has a lot of potential...IF you show your potential viewers why they should watch. Here's to you, Tim, for getting me through a few weeks of my crazy life by giving me something to look forward to every week!! (Objects don't speak to me but I am an Ivy League grad who loves beer and is waiting for something...don't know what it is yet, but who does??) Anyway...THANKS!

Posted by: Elizabeth at April 5, 2004 06:59 PM

PS - I'd buy all the DVD's, too!!

Posted by: Elizabeth at April 5, 2004 07:01 PM

A girl with sass
A show with class
Banter that’s quick
Writing with kick
A cast with spunk
Refreshing, not junk
A plastic lion that talks
Good show? Fox walks!
More I must see
Bring on the DVD
(And no more Idol for me!).

The REAL ongoing reality show on Fox?
"When Good Shows Get Bad Treatment"

Thank you for, at least, 4 fun evenings.
Wonderfalls will be sorely missed.


Posted by: Vin in Royal Oak at April 5, 2004 07:17 PM

I am sorry and disappointed to hear WF has been cancelled. I only saw two episodes(WoundUp Penguin and Pink Flamingos)but they were enough to get me addicted to the program. Is it possible for the WB network or MTV or some other cable network to pick up the series?

Posted by: kjc at April 5, 2004 08:32 PM

:(

Posted by: null_void at April 5, 2004 08:45 PM

I am so sorry that FOX has not decided to give Wonderfalls a chance. I was hooked from the very beginning on this show. I didn't even know that you were involved until after I watched the premiere then went to the website.

My best wishes to everyone involved with the series. I eagerly look forward to everyone's next projects and the DVDs.

Posted by: Trip in Virginia at April 5, 2004 09:02 PM

This really sucks. Wonderfalls was the best new show this season with only Arrested Developement to match it. You would think that after what Fox learned from the Family Guy situation that they would have given it a second chance, but they are idiots. Hopefully we can at least get some dvds out of this.

Posted by: Kiki at April 5, 2004 09:11 PM

This is exactly why TV is evil. You finally find a good showl one worth the time, and they cancel it. It's a damn good show. Effing FOX.

Posted by: Chasmyn at April 5, 2004 09:38 PM

Dang. And I'd finally gotten around to recommending Wonderfalls on my blog at http://www.nehrlich.com/blog/2004/04/03#wonderfalls .

As with everybody else, I loved the show, and was looking forward to many more episodes. Jaye was a great character, and deserved a better fate. I would instantly buy the DVDs. If there's any place I can usefully express my displeasure, let me know.

Posted by: Eric at April 5, 2004 09:50 PM

Wow, what disappointing news.
Bring out the DVD of the series. I'd buy the set in a heart beat. I was just getting to really like this show. Damn FOX.

I ask fellow fans to email FOX and boycott them if they don't smarten up. (wishful thinking).

Cheers.

Posted by: Kingsley Chen at April 5, 2004 10:03 PM

Well, I had a wonderful recommendation for you at RyanHopak.com. My visitors know that I know good comedy. Gotta remove it now. Don't want to get anyone's hopes up. Tim, I'm a writer in L.A., too. It would be an HONOR to work beside you someday. Thank you for the most refreshing show in years.

Posted by: Ryan Hopak at April 5, 2004 11:07 PM

Well shit...I <3 that show. Maybe if they hadn't put it in the time slot of death, it would have had a better chance. I hate how networks cancel shows so quickly...GIVE IT A CHANCE!

Posted by: sarahz0r at April 5, 2004 11:32 PM

Tim,

So sorry to hear the news. Second time Fox has seriously screwed you over by cancelling a great show. Really hope that you can get someone to air the rest of the episodes and maybe pick up the show. Maybe at least we can get a DVD of the episodes you have in the can already. Good luck!!

Posted by: Tim Beishir at April 5, 2004 11:55 PM

This sucks, but I see an opportunity here. Pitch a digital release. The time is nigh, the demographic is DEAD ON, and somebody has to be first (and get the credit). If nobody picks up the remaining episodes, follow Lessig's model: Make them free to download, and sell the DVDs to the faithful--with the obligatory extra's--via the download site, Amazon, etc. Done right, this would generate blogosphere buzz, "big media" attention, and quite possibly more profit than the conventional alternatives. Something to think about. I'd hate to see the remaining episodes warehoused.

Posted by: Scott Phillips at April 6, 2004 12:00 AM

Wow, what sad, sad news. We loved Wonder Falls and cannot get over Fox's premature and knee-jerk (emphasis on jerk) cancelation of such an incredible show.

I had spread the word about the show, and a bunch of folks were going to tune in this Thursday who had not had the good fortune to yet see the show. Now maybe they'll be unlucky enough to catch Forever Eden or a repeat of Totally Outrageous Behavior Caught On Tape. Ugh...

Fox sucks.

Patty

Posted by: Patty at April 6, 2004 05:03 AM

Man this sucks I finally like a Fox show and they cancel it! Shop the show to a better network we will follow.

Posted by: Keith Clark at April 6, 2004 05:05 AM

Man, I knew that the networks would screw up something as brilliant and original as this show. What a loss to us all.

Liz

Posted by: Liz at April 6, 2004 05:13 AM

i am really sorry about Wonderalls Cancellation. What is FOX thinking putting it against CSI and The Apprentice??? They should of waited for The OC and 24 to end and put it in their timeslot!!! Wonderfalls is a great show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As a 34 yr old, Friday nights are dedicated to night out on the town by 9pm and happy hour. Who is home to watch?? I think one of the networks such as USA or Family will pick it up. Keep plugging the show It is too good to lose!!!

Posted by: alison at April 6, 2004 05:56 AM

This is terrible! A great show gone so quickly. Have already written to Fox and TV Guide. Will continue to harress anyone I can about this cancellation.

Posted by: Mary Ann at April 6, 2004 06:41 AM

To hell with FOX.

Is there any chance we can get to watch the remaining episodes on another network? UPN or the WB? How about a cable network? USA, Bravo, TNT, TBS, for crying out loud, I'll start a letter writing campaign to my local access channel if I thought they'd broadcast the show....

Posted by: alex at April 6, 2004 06:42 AM

Incredibly disappointing. This was the only new show I've enjoyed this season. I'd buy the DVD in a second. I'll keep my fingers crossed for one to come out, or at least for the episodes to be aired in another venue.

If neither happens, I'm going to pray someone slips them online for downloading.

Posted by: Tracy at April 6, 2004 07:50 AM

Dear Fox Network:

Thanks for cancelling Wonderfalls. Now I can go back to my promise of not watching your network after the shabby treatement you gave Firefly, Futurama and Family Guy (your Killer F's) as well as this one.

The only thing I can surmise is that you have two teams independant of each other: one to find quality programming, and another to kill it. Which makes you the revolving door of the networks. Geez, guys - you make UPN look good.

I hope the crow you'll have to eat over the return of Family Guy, the success of Futurama on Cartoon Network, and the Firefly movie is at least tasty.

Sincerely,
Disgruntled With No Chance Of Being Gruntled Again

–––––––––––––––––

Dear Mr. Minear:

As always, thanks for trying and succeeding in the quality department. I first thought that Wonderfalls was going to be a ripoff of Joan of Arcadia, but after seeing your name on the credits I knew there had to be more to it than that.

Again, thanks for not abandoning the more imaginative viewer to the torments of "World's Blankiest Blank" programming.

Signed,
A Fan

Posted by: Matt at April 6, 2004 07:51 AM

I really think the show would have picked up and audience, but 4 episodes doesn't give it a chance to draw. Besides, everyone knows that Nielson Rating is a complete joke! It is a small small number of people in a small small number of places and is not anywhere near a cross section of people.

Posted by: Leah at April 6, 2004 08:51 AM

Hey everyone,

Check out http://www.nielsenmedia.com/

They have the balls to talk about their system like it actually works! I even learned something new: Approx. 26,000 people have the boxes on their TV tracking what they watch, then 1.6 million simply keep a TV journal! They could make up any kind of crap they want!

Read more on the site to learn about the hilarious mathmatical formulas they use to turn the 120 Nielsen Households that watched a show, into meaing that only 2 million people watched it. Or how 1,200 actually means 30 million.

Posted by: Danny B. at April 6, 2004 08:56 AM

Another thought...

1) FOX likes them there reality shows
2) FOX doesn't know how to run it's own network

Solution: New reality show "I Could Run FOX Better And I'm Not Even A TV Executive". The winner has complete control over FOX's programming for 1 season.

Of course, FOX would probably cancel it for having low ratings on Sunday mornings at 9.

Posted by: Danny B, at April 6, 2004 09:03 AM

Just checked and the petition for saving Wonderfalls has over 5,000 signatures in 2-3 days!

By Nielsen methods that's like 100 million people!

Posted by: Danny B. at April 6, 2004 09:16 AM

This is very unexpected and very sad. I do not agree with that decision and I think you should sell your show to another network.
Good luck!

Posted by: Melanie at April 6, 2004 10:11 AM

I missed the premiere. It was up against something I watch. Then caught the repeat of the premiere and was immidietly hooked. I thought it was one of the most creative shows since Northern Exposure!

I don't want to see just the rest of the 13 episodes. I want more!

Posted by: at April 6, 2004 10:28 AM

What a wonderful show with a glass (or two) of Merlot... intelligent, quirky, and a dry sense of humor laced with "Alice In Wonderland" visuals!

I recall another show that was slow to warm up - hours spent as a grassroots campaign of one spreading words of praise for a darkhorse in a Friday night slot... "X Files."

Wonderfalls, is a victim of cascading impatience. Grab a glass and let the bouquet develop!

Posted by: Stodare at April 6, 2004 10:38 AM

FOX SUCKS A$$! wonder falls and the OC were the best things to happen to them, but they cancel wonderfalls and put off the oc every chance they get!, if it wernt for the oc and arrested dolvelopment i wouldnt even bother watching

Posted by: danielle at April 6, 2004 10:59 AM

They should have given the new time slot a chance. I love the quirky, smart humor. Unfortunately anything with any creativity and intelligence is short lived nowadays. Who are these powerful viewers who only want to see lewd, crude and duh? I certainly don't know any of them.
And I've just recently discovered Firefly via DVDs - What a terrific show that was! Another one lost before we had a chance to discover it.

Posted by: Patty G at April 6, 2004 11:17 AM

Any show cool enough to have a theme song by XTC was doomed to fail in a universe run by network executives and the Nielsen company. Never mind the excellent writing, acting, and sheer creativity that filled every episode of "Wonderfalls". The show was probably cancelled out of sheer spite - "Wonderfalls" was making every other show look bad.

I miss the show already.

( Can anyone comment on the financial effort involved in putting out a DVD set? Are we talking thousands, tens of thousands, millions of dollars? Maybe the DVD can be financed by the devoted fans, if Fox doesn't come around to releasing the DVD on their own. )

Posted by: Charles Z at April 6, 2004 11:20 AM

It was Jon Lovitz who said, after the cancellation of The Critic: FOX... it should be spelt with a 'U'.

It rings true. I won't purport to be the hugest Wonderfalls fan, I will say that the show was growing immensely on me.. it had more potential than any other TV show out there, and it was just getting better with each passing week.

But that's FOX. That's the TV industry in general. Anything imaginitive, different, unique and intelligent isn't given a fair chance. The majority of people must be idiots. It's the only explanation as to why great shows, or potentially great shows get cancelled (Wonderfalls, Twin Peaks, Millennium, The Critic), reality TV is king, and dreck like Married With Children can run 11 years.

Posted by: James R Curry at April 6, 2004 11:21 AM

This was one of only two reasons why I had not given up on TV. Now that that reason is gone I feel no urge to turn on the tube.
Heres hoping someone else picks it up.

Posted by: Tyler Murray at April 6, 2004 12:01 PM

I saw on cable last night, in the onscreen description, that caroline was supposed to be on 'the late late show' on CBS, but she wasn't. I assume because the show was cancelled they didn't see the value in having a guest with nothing to pimp.

I would have loved to have seen her on there though, pity.

Posted by: miles at April 6, 2004 12:19 PM

Thank you for not giving up, Wonderfalls Producers!!! Wonderfalls may survive yet: http://tv.zap2it.com/tveditorial/tve_main/1,1002,271|87353|1|,00.html

And hopefully once again we can go neener-neener to FOX!

I have never gotten such a pit-in-my-stomach sick feeling over a show being canceled, even ones I really liked, until this one. It was more of a "Wonderfalls we hardly knew ye" mournfulness. But if one of the other networks is intelligent enough to pick this up, days will be bright once again.

This show deserves every chance in the world, more so than any show I can think of in the past 10 years of crappy TV.

And if it is picked up, start selling monkey statues and wedge-head lions to remarket the show, seriously. I'd buy one.

I said earlier that UPN and WB would be poor choices, but now that I think about it, they could be ideal. Some of their best ratings performing shows just barely do better than WF did in FOX's ratings-trap-of-death and a lot of them don't get canceled. Case in point UPN's Enterprise fares the best of any of their shows at approx. 4.5M viewers, a mere .6M better than WF's best night. Except, it's on Wednesday and should do better given its timeslot, and deserves to be axed for both quality and ratings reasons, but it remains on the air, which would give WF fans hope that WF would at least stay on the air even if big picture wise 'nobody's watching it' (which I'm not buying, Nielsen).

Posted by: Danny B. at April 6, 2004 12:24 PM

I really hope it finds a place, and this isn't the first I've heard that there may be hope following fans' reactions.

It so deserves it, what network would produce an entire season of a show as obviously imaginative and quirky as 'wonderfalls' and expect it to prove itself in two crappy timeslots after just 4 episodes!! It's just dumb!

It has to be a good buy for another network, the first series is already in place and there is more of a buzz for the show than ever before.

Good luck, it really deserves to succeed.

Posted by: Miles at April 6, 2004 12:58 PM

The episode "Muffin Buffalo" is now being shown in Prime TV's listings (a Canadian cable channel) as airing April 18th, 1AM (MDT). Hmmm... could it be that I'm going to get my Wonderfalls fix after all (at least for a while)?

Posted by: Wayne at April 6, 2004 01:30 PM

Now I see that we are getting shafted on the 4/8 showing as well -- so that we can instead enjoy The Swan.

Dear Fox: I HATE YOU

We didn't even see Wonderfalls until the third episode aired. They were all saved on our DVR and as soon as we finished watching the first one we had to stay up and watch all of them. I actually felt good after watching them, instead of like I had wasted hours of my life that would never be recovered.

Why do Fox execs continue to greenlight projects that have no chance of surviving? Subtletly, originality, and wit are just not valued or compatible with the rest of the schedule (I'll be amazed if Arrested Development gets renewed).

And how the hell does Tru Calling manage to not only limp along, but get retooled to include Jason Priestly? Anyone have the answers? Anyone?

Posted by: steak at April 6, 2004 02:26 PM

I'm so glad to hear that you're trying to find a new home for Wonderfalls. It is absolutely one of my alltime favorite shows. You did really, really good here.

Let us know if there is anything we can do to help. I've sent emails to Fox, WB and CBS so far as well as a few online tv critics.

I really, really hope you succeed. Wonderfalls deserves so much better!

Best of luck and Thanks for the four fabulous episodes I was able to see.

Samantha

Posted by: Samantha at April 6, 2004 02:28 PM

It's so rare that I find new programming that I actually want to watch, and Wonderfalls was probably the first show in years that I actually made an effort to watch. I sincerely hope someone out there has sense to pick this show up and give it a chance.

Posted by: Jonathan Stimmel at April 6, 2004 02:43 PM

All I can say is... I hope that the Zap2It article is accurate and some other network sees what a great show this is! Look at how well Monk does on USA - so well that Monk episodes air on ABC as well!

The current crop of TV executives needs to realize that the quality shows of the past were all given enough time to catch the public's eye. Broadcast television continues to lose its appeal because of a relentless commitment to garbage shows and a complete failure to nurture shows worth watching.

Thanks to everyone involved with Wonderfalls for producing such a great show, and I am looking forward to seeing the rest of the season SOON.

Posted by: Keith Yarnell at April 6, 2004 03:15 PM

By the way - the Fox website appears to have been sanitized - not a wax lion to be found anywhere. The show's pages (fox.com/wonderfalls) are also gone.

If I was a Fox executive and responsible for cancelling a critically acclaimed show after just four measly airings in two different, sometimes unadvertised time slots... well, I guess I can see how they would be so ashamed of themselves that they would want to quickly hide all the reminders of their failure to do their job properly.

Posted by: Keith Yarnell at April 6, 2004 03:19 PM

On the whole I find American tv very poor, I live in the Uk and tv here is even worse :/ but Wonderfalls is really a gem of a show. Its such a shame the companies are so short sighted and don't give such a great show a fair chance.
Out of the present crop of new shows Joan and Tru etc, Wonderfalls is by far the best, good luck finding a new home for this great show :)

Posted by: Paul Stephens at April 6, 2004 03:20 PM

I hope that Tim or his staff reads all these posts, and I hope they fax or email all of these pages of posts to Fox, to show them what a great show Wonderfalls really is.
I also want to note that this morning I looked at Petitionspot.com and there were over 4,000 signatures. This afternoon its over 6,000 (thats six THOUSAND) signatures to save the show.
There's also over 700 signatures on PetitionOnline.com to have the show sold on DVD.
Not to mention all the buzz at various message boards.
There has to be a way for all of us to make a difference and get another network to pick up this show. Tim and staff, just let us (your viewers) know what we can do.
~Roxy
PS- I just have to mention that my favorite thing about Wonderfalls was the smushed lion.I loved it.

Posted by: Roxanne at April 6, 2004 03:29 PM

I was also saddened to hear that this clever, funny, and touching show was cancelled. I looked forward to watching 'Wonderfalls' every week; I think a lot of people could relate to Jaye (the whole 'graduating with a college degree yet working in retail' syndrome), among the other incredibly well-written (and well-acted!) characters. I will really miss this show.

...Did you know that an online petition has been started to save the show? Here is the website:
http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/wonderfalls
Last time I checked, there were 6000+ people on that petition. If that doesn't work, I hope someday the whole story of Jaye and her talking inanimate objects can be fully realized on DVD.

Posted by: Meg at April 6, 2004 03:48 PM

This really bites big blue herds of donkey dicks. Last Thursday was the first time I was able to see Wonderfalls due to our local Fox affilliates broadcast of high school sports, and now its getting canceled. Is it any wonder that Wonderfalls fell? Do the Powers That Be at Fox *aware* of what some of the affilliates do to their show(s) and why they aren't getting watched?

In the meantime, I'll keep watching for Tim's writing. I hear that the WB is going to revive "Dark Shadows". Here's hoping!

Posted by: deb m. at April 6, 2004 03:59 PM

This would be disappointing, if it weren't so predictable. It's bitter irony that Fox is the only station that will give really imaginative fare even a foot in the door, but is also the station quickest to pull the plug. The loss of yet another smartly written seriodrama only begs the question whether broadcast television is any longer suited to carry anything more erudite than mean-spirited reality TV. I can't even stand to watch commercial television anymore I find the advertising so insulting to my intelligence (as well as my senses). I certainly have no interest in the products they're shilling. The only product I am really interested in is the show itself, which only makes me wonder if it is not perhaps time for productions like Wonderfalls and Firefly to follow a different business model. It's the old adage, "1,000 channels and nothing to watch." What if instead of having to pay for thousands of crappy options, we could just pay for the select few shows we actually want to see (and not have to watch all those annoying ads to boot). At least it is still free to dream. Oh well, I guess until television executives awake from their ratings-induced comas, the most creative fiction on the Fox network will remain the "news" programing.

Posted by: Joel F. at April 6, 2004 04:23 PM

Very sad news :(
A great show all round.
Hope you find a new home for this show somewhere .. try the UK stations for starters, at least they appreciate quirky shows.

Wishing all the cast and crew the best of luck. Take your next show to a decent network!

Posted by: Tony at April 6, 2004 04:56 PM

Wonderfalls will always be one of my favorite shows of all time. Moses talked to a Bush, and from this point forward I will talk to cow creamers.

thanks for the great show, I just wish I got to see more of it.

thank you
-Christian

Posted by: Christian at April 6, 2004 08:37 PM

I was telling my friend this show would be cancelled after I saw the first episode. There is no place on network TV for a show as unique and well written as Wonderfalls was. I just knew it, and I didn't even get to see the 4th episode because they moved the show to Thurs without telling me. If you find a network I will follow.

Posted by: joejoetheidiotboy at April 6, 2004 11:03 PM

Fox have made a habit of destroying great programs in their first month. Look at Firefly, for example.

Wonderfalls was different, and that is considered a crime at Fox. Anything but the most common of material gets stuck into random timeslots that guarantee nobody will see them. They get pushed around from slot to slot, making it impossible for a good new show to build a viewer base.

Four episodes of Wonderfalls, and already I was of the opinion it would eclipse even Buffy. Yet it was plain, even from Australia, that it wouldn't survive the Fox-treatment.

A good indicator of how good a show truly is would be the ease with which it can be downloaded. Yes, downloading TV programs is illegal, but it's a good metric none-the-less. Wonderfalls consistently found its way into more peer-to-peer clients than West Wing or Sopranos for the last four weeks. That's saying a lot, believe me. After all, four weeks is nothing at all as far as the global consciousness is concerned.

Down here in Australia, we'll never see Wonderfalls. Just like we'll never see Firefly. So everybody I know has been downloading it like crazy. When I broke the news to them that it was over just four episodes in, nasty words were spoken.

Tim has created a truly wonderful show, and I for one will be awfully disapointed if it doesn't at least make it's way to DVD. Personally, I would prefer to see it shift networks, much like Buffy did, even to a lower-paying network. Anything to try and find it's way into Season 2, where the real magic can start to happen.

Posted by: Matt Duggan at April 7, 2004 12:48 AM

Dammit! I LOVE this show! Fox sucks SO hard. Way to give it a chance. Show it three times, move it to the WORST possible timeslot, then kill it. This was the ONLY new show worth watching. Please release them all on DVD. My wife and I will definitely buy it!

Hey Fox! Thanks for bringing back that crap Wonder Years ripoff. Good thinking. Idiots.

Posted by: smacky at April 7, 2004 05:33 AM

I really hope this show finds a new network! It was the best new show I've seen in years! More reality TV? oh god! (><)p

Keep us up-to-date on DVD or network progress. I really want to see the whole season's story.

Thanks for the great series!

Posted by: Rich M at April 7, 2004 06:03 AM

The show was cancelled just days ago and there are already well over 200 comments bemoaning the loss here. Makes you think, don't it? We could all be sending letters to Fox complaining, but I am not aware that that kind of campaign has ever had any effect on a broadcast network. History tells us that a more effective approach is to get at the network through the advertisers. That kind of campaign, even on a small scale, has been very effective in getting shows canceled. Which begs the question, could it work to bring a show back. I suggest that we could collect a list of major Fox advertisers, start a write-in campaign/boycott of those companies and pressure Fox to, at least, run the remaining shows (and in the proper order please.)

Are you with me? I have set up a yahoo group to coordinate a campaign. Check it out and give me a shout. http://tv.groups.yahoo.com/group/revivewonderfalls/

Posted by: Joel F. at April 7, 2004 08:27 AM

Not much to say that hasn't been said. Great show, couldn't wait for each episode. When I tuned in for the 4th show I discovered Wonderfalls left without me and will NEVER come back.
I'm still hearing Andy Partridge's great theme song in my head over and over.
A complete season DVD would be great

Thanks Tim, for everything

Posted by: AlanD at April 7, 2004 08:30 AM

I would suggest emailing the WB Network at faces@thewb.com in hopes that they will pick up this wonderfall (get it..wonderfall) show.

Posted by: Jim O. at April 7, 2004 09:36 AM

Mr. Minear,
I cannot thank you enough for "Wonderfalls". While I was strangely devastated to hear of the cancellation (I don't usually care about such things), I have high hopes that a show of this quality must be picked up by another (smarter) network. I join in the chorus for a DVD set of which I would purchase several copies (what better gift could there be in the wide world than a set of this amazing show?). I am convinced this is merely a setback. I hope you, all the production personnel and cast can hang in there because I'm certain this show will be in continued production years from now celebrating its 100th episode.

Posted by: Kit Wilson at April 7, 2004 10:07 AM

Unbelievable! FOX does it again....I thought Wonderfalls was innovative and refreshing. The acting was great and the writing was awesome! Why do they feel compelled to cancel a different kind of show like this after just 4 weeks? And to switch it to a night where it had to compete against CSI and The Apprentice?! Absurd...These television stations always do this...cancelling winners like Firefly, Freaky Links, Strange Luck,,,,the list goes on and on. Who are they polling to see who is watching their shows? Not me, for sure. I hope that they come to their senses and rethink this.

Posted by: Janine L. at April 7, 2004 11:27 AM

This is so sad. I thought the show was well written and well acted and I just enjoyed watching it.

Thank you for creating and making it. Keep up the good work, and I'll continue watching what you make!

Posted by: Gennie at April 7, 2004 12:35 PM

I really loved this show. It was the first thing I have seen in ages that made me really open my eyes. This is one of the biggest mistakes FOX will ever make. I hope it is sold to another network.

Posted by: Vnace at April 7, 2004 01:00 PM

Tim,

Sorry to see your Wonderfall show go that way.. FOX didn't even give it a chance.. maybe if they did they would see what a great show they have / had and would see the light.. Well, at least I have the episodes that were broadcast on glorious DVD so I can watch them again and again.. But, I want them all dammit !! Any fans out there that want me to I can help with a hook up so that you can too.. but still I wanted to see the whole 13 as a whole like you had wanted us to see.. This sucks.. Bad Fox... Bad Dog.. No Soup for You !!!!

Qube

Posted by: CobaltQube at April 7, 2004 01:12 PM

Well, I can't believe another brilliant show got cancelled. I don't know what is wrong with this country, but it really ticks me off. I thought I'd actually have a new show to watch and they freaking cancel. Why do these networks pick up a program if they are just going to put it in a timeslot they obviously know is bad for the show. It's like Fox (or WB, or whoever) want the show to fail. It's like they know the show is good and will become popular and then maybe mindless drones will like it and then stop watching stupid reality shows which the networks don't want to happen because they are cheap to produce. OK, enough venting, I just wanted to add my support for the show and disgust with the cancellation. Here's crossing fingers for a DVD release.

Posted by: Mike at April 7, 2004 01:16 PM

don't give up on trying other networks. this was an amazing show... definitely will buy it on DVD if it comes out. now is official, I'm not watching any tv show this year, at least not with the same sort of devotion.

Posted by: nina at April 7, 2004 01:54 PM

I can't believe they cancelled Wonderfalls!! I loved that show. What is going on at FOX anyhow?? How can they possibly make a decision on how a program will fair in the long run after only 4 episodes??? It's not even like they really gave it a full chance with promotions ~ every woman/girl I know who has seen a single episode would watch any television program for Tyron Leitso alone!! And I feel like we were just getting to know the whole family!!!

Add me to the list who would buy the DVD or who would happily boycott FOX's reality replacement and most of the rest of their line up for that matter....

Posted by: Jenn at April 7, 2004 01:56 PM

The ONLY show I watch and it gets cancelled-this sucks!

Posted by: Markell at April 7, 2004 02:56 PM

Put me down for the DVD. I can't believe FOX would kill this show. Well, then again, mature humor, talented actors, crisp, intelligent writing...I guess I can see it. Sorry for all the effort put into it for what seems like a quick exit, but remember cream rises to the top.

P.S. Caroline Dhavernas is a knockout. Absolutely gorgeous. XXXOOOXXX

Posted by: Paul at April 7, 2004 03:18 PM

COME ON PEOPLE GET SIGNING NOW!!!

SAVE WONDERFALLS!

http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/wonderfalls

Posted by: Antonio at April 7, 2004 03:26 PM

This is the first time I've been moved to write anything, anywhere and all it is is me typing a quote by Fred Allen, who said it best:


"Television is a triumph of equipment over people, and the minds that control it are so small that you could put them in a gnat's navel with room left over for two caraway seeds and an agent's heart."

Posted by: Andy at April 7, 2004 03:57 PM

Tim -

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE shop this show to another network. Someone has to pick it up and give it its due. Even UPN would probably be a better place than Fox!!! I wait to hear more news and look forward to a DVD release if nothing else. Until then, I will continue to watch the episodes I have on Tivo!

Posted by: Natalia at April 7, 2004 04:44 PM

do not give up few shows that come along are worth fighting for. fight for this one. To me DVD is not good enough. this show deserves not 13 episodes but years of great entertainment!!

Posted by: Kevin wood at April 7, 2004 05:04 PM

I just wanted to add my voice, because my wife and I are so mad about this whole thing, I needed to make a statement somewhere. **If you setup a mailing list for people who want to hear about where they could buy a DVD or see the rest of the episodes, please let me know!!**

This was the best writing on TV as far as I'm concerned. The fact that it only took three episodes to reach that level is as remarkable as it is sad.

If the election has proven anything, it's that you can raise LOTS of money via the Internet. Why not sell "shares" of the series to loyal watchers to help fund a DVD run? I'm sure you could raise a ton.

Good luck!

Posted by: Brian Nemhauser at April 7, 2004 05:09 PM

The people at FOX are complete and utter fools. I am absolutely shocked they canceled wonderfalls! TV lately has been so drab and boring and riddled with reality shows that aren't reality. The characters and plots were fantastic. The show was extremely intelligent and I loved it for that. It was quirky and made me bust up laughing throughout the show. Jaye was hysterical. I agree with some of the other people. They put a brand new series up against the return of CSI and then cancel the show. That's positively crazy and insane. Wonderfalls was so original. You really should consider looking into a different network, though I'm sure you're doing that. Wonderfalls is phenominal and should and deserves to return to the television screen.

Posted by: Hayley at April 7, 2004 06:04 PM

I hardly ever watch TV but when I got wind of Wonderfalls I knew I had to watch it. It was the best show I have ever seen! I couldn't wait for the week to go by so I could see the new "sode". Now I have such an empty feeling and I feel lost. This totally sucks! I sure hope Wonderfalls will be released on DVD. I will buy loads of them and pass them out to everybody I know!

Posted by: Chris at April 7, 2004 06:48 PM

Very sad. If you can get it to another network, or DVD, I'll watch every last episode of Wonderfalls, commercials included. The show that they are planning to put in its place tommorrow is so twisted.

Posted by: unhappingcamper at April 7, 2004 08:35 PM

Wonderfalls had great potential. Fox just pulled a Harry Frazee. May they be cursed!

Posted by: Ruppagator at April 7, 2004 08:48 PM

My friends and I are declaring a BOYCOTT TO FOX!!!
If FOX doesn't give a fighting chance to decent programming, why should we take a chance on FOX? If they choose to air crap, it's well up to us to push the off button. And I hope there's enough intelligent people out there who'll do the same.
Tim, sweety, I hope you can get Wonderfalls on some UHV channel or at least out on DVD.
HOW CAN WE HELP? WHAT CAN WE DO? Whose butt do we have to kick?...

Posted by: lisa at April 7, 2004 09:25 PM

Is there anyway to catch all the episodes? I'd buy it on DVD as well. Sign the petition people!!! Hopefully UPN, WB or maybe even one of the Big Three will pick it up. One can only hope.

Posted by: Abraham at April 7, 2004 09:29 PM

Tim, instead of going to DVD, why don't you contact the big Cable Companies who offer Video On Demand Services, Distribution is easy and you could charge per episode per viewing. If your interested pop me an email. I maintain one of the largest VOD services in the US. Love the shows, keep them alive by offering it to cable. Seriously!

Posted by: John at April 7, 2004 10:24 PM

Tim, do you think showtime might pick it up? Or even a Dead Like Me tie-in? Well, that's a stretch, but there has to be something that can be done. Maybe Sci-Fi channel would pick it up, but it would my much cooler on showtime.

Posted by: Stuart at April 8, 2004 01:48 AM

Easily the best written show to come along in many years. I am very disappointed in its cancellation. I would certainly buy a DVD set of this series, which would also initiate a DVD machine purchase.

Posted by: cp at April 8, 2004 06:06 AM

Someone's going to learn a lesson here and I hope that it is the network learning to give quality shows a fair chance. That friday slot has been a grave to every show but the X-Files that they've put there. Most times the show was getting ready to be cancelled before it even aired. It is my only hope that the lesson you don't learn Tim, is that there is no place for creative shows that are well produced, well written, and well acted on television. As long as you maintain your high standard of work, I can promise that I'll find your shows Fox be damned.

Posted by: Bob Bennhoff at April 8, 2004 07:36 AM

I want to tell you that I will never ever watch FOX again, well maybe for the simpsons. I swear, Wonderfalls mirrored my mother! I called everyone I knew to promote the show and they were all planning on watching it tonight! I have not been able to shut up about it. I am truly sad. I have been looking forward to tonight's show for a week.
Don't give up! Go pursue another network! I am loyal to Jaye and I will follow her talent wherever it shines!
- a Wonderfall fan.

Posted by: Mary at April 8, 2004 08:31 AM

Just like many Fox blunders, expect Wonderfalls to receive an Emmy after cancellation. The show was unequalled.

Please, Tim, find this show a new home. As stated by others, I hope to purchase the DVD's as soon as they are made available (just like everyone I know did with Firefly).

Welcome yet again to the dumbing down of American media: "this new, me no understand, me want beer and ball game" is the voice of the public and Fox execs.

Posted by: Erin at April 8, 2004 08:37 AM

Just read the sad news... I figured that there was something up when the show was switched to Thursday last week. Wonderfalls was one of the best shows I have seen in many years... pure magic and escapism.... Too bad there weren't more of us who saw that magic. I guess they were too busy watching crazy people eat roaches while tarantulas walk over them!!! I hope you find a way to let us see all those un-aired episodes... I need closure. My deepest sympathies to you and all your fans.

Posted by: Kitty at April 8, 2004 08:49 AM

Pulling the plug on such incredible shows and replacing them with reality tripe... I'm just disgusted. If FOX actually stuck with some of their great non-reality programs, perhaps they could garner a few more Emmys and actually be considered competitive.

I can't say much more that everyone else has not said already about how great this show was, but for sure I will buy a Wonderfalls DVD set, if it's released, not just for myself but for all of my family and friends. I fell in love with this show and I will show my support in all ways possible.

Posted by: Chris "ClunkNJ" at April 8, 2004 09:29 AM

Hi Tim - Heard this when it was announced but just found your web site. Like everyone else - it sucks big hairy things.

I guess I should apologize as about halfway through the pilot I said "Crap - I like this show so it will be cancelled soon." I hate it when I'm right sometimes. I've only made an effort to watch or tape two series this season (2003/2004). One was an anime on Adult Swim that I knew would end after 26 episodes, and the other was Wonderfalls. Knowing your pedigree (and after all of Herc at AICN’s fawning over the series), I gave Wonderfalls a chance and really, really liked what I saw. Oh well - I guess my TV goes back to little more than a monitor for my DVD player again.

Please know two things as you start negotiating another outlet for the series: (1) I will follow it to any channel, any time of day and (2) I will buy a DVD set of the first 13 day and date of release.

And please - when you start up a new series (which I *will* be watching), make it more "woman friendly" (as that is what I've read hurt the show more than anything, too big a percentage of viewers had a "Y" chromosome) and find a part for Caroline Dhavernas in it. She has a lot of talent and I loved her “Jaye”, so I can’t wait to see her in other roles.

P.S. – I can’t wait for “Serenity”. Just a thought – in "Serenity 2" or a new Firefly series, Jayne finding a certain Canadian born girlfriend (hint hint) could lead to some interesting development in his character. I’m just saying…

Posted by: Lane at April 8, 2004 09:29 AM

I'm so disappointed that Wonderfalls was canceled by FOX. I loved it from the start--of the most refreshing, and entertaining, shows to come along in quite a while! I really hope another network will pick up the remaining episodes--if not, put out a DVD--I'll buy it!!

C Gregory
Liberty MO

Posted by: Connie Gregory at April 8, 2004 10:00 AM

I hope everyone here dissed (and will diss tonight) watching the 'swan' out of sheer protest.

I am so upset about this ratings thing. I feel like supporting a show by watching it doesn't do a danged bit of good because Nielsen doesn't know or care. I have a theory that Nielsen 'shops' shows to the Nielsen households like movie moguls do with the Oscars. If you play by the rules, have money, and are a suck-up: you win. But try and give 'the masses' what they really want to watch and you get burned.

I cannot fathom that America is really still into this reality trend after this many years. For me it started and ended with the first Survivor, after that (Survivior included) I was ready to go back to fictional, scripted TV (admittedly, I do watch Idol and Apprentice, but my wife's a singer, and we're both interested in business).

I honestly think that more than '3.whatever' million people watched this show. I think this Nielsen thing is a rigged game. Friends has been on the air for 10 years? Yet, add up how many episodes were actually worth watching and you probably wouldn't even get a complete (22-26 ep) season. Just watch, tonight's encore of the 'swan' will *amazingly* get higher ratings, then FOX can go, "See, a repeat did better than WF."

What really torques me is that you can't go to a website without that stupid-have-to-manually-close-it ad for the 'swan' popping up, and yet where were the ads for the show that could potentially have gone on to be the best show in TV history?

I was just telling my wife after the last Wonderfalls how nice it was to see a show like that on the air after all this reality tripe and substance-free sitcoms, and then POW! Fox sux!

Posted by: Danny B. at April 8, 2004 10:11 AM

Its a disappointment to see an original and entertaining show get yanked before its even given a decent chance to win over a broader, more suavy viewing audience. But I guess in a country where talentless people like Brittany Spears and Justin Timberlake are so successful its not necessarily a suprise.

And shows like "Fraser" and "Friends" were on the air for however long! I guess its true...television is dead medium.

Posted by: Nia at April 8, 2004 10:15 AM

Just checked the petition, 8000+ signatures!! By Nielsen standards that would equate to one-third of the country protesting the show’s cancellation.

How can FOX ignore this?!!

Posted by: Danny B. at April 8, 2004 10:33 AM

Wonderfalls is (was) edgy and surprising, witty and sharp. And it always made me laugh out loud 3 or 4 times per show. After the first show it became my favorite TV hour of the week.
I know there's no fairness in this life, but this is just deeply galling.
Somehow, someway I hope we'll at least get to see all of those shows that were shot and never aired.
Tim, you and your team did an awesome job. If there were any justice you'd be sweeping the next Emmy awards.

Posted by: John Averill at April 8, 2004 11:00 AM

I'M SO PISSED THEY CANCELLED THE SHOW!

I loved Wonderfalls. I watched all the episodes and I thought it was the best ever. Why'd they cancel it? There lots of viewers. Lots of people who liked it. Gosh, I hate FOX!

Posted by: Stephanie at April 8, 2004 12:14 PM

I can't believe this. I finally found a show that I can relate to...and this is what they do to me??? This sucks. Well Tim, I agree with everyone else here...you did and awesome job. I fell in love with Wonderfalls when I accidently came across it one lonely Friday night. I was starting to plan my weeks around it. You see, I'm in the military and I'm 1200 miles away from everyone I love including my fiancee and this show gave me something to look forward to. If you guys ever get it released on DVD I will definately be one of the first people to buy it.

Posted by: Leslie A at April 8, 2004 12:18 PM

Sorry Tim! I feel the same as everyone else here, really pissed! I loved "Wonderfalls" and really looked forward to seeing it every week. Best of luck on getting this show on another network!

Posted by: Heather at April 8, 2004 01:00 PM

I'm SOOOOOOO disappointed that Wonderfalls got cancelled. There's not a whole lot of shows that I really get into, but with Wonderfalls I was instantly hooked. I couldn't wait until the next episode or "sode". I just can't believe it. It was an absolutely wonderfull show.

Posted by: I Love Wonderfalls at April 8, 2004 01:50 PM

At first I tuned in just to watch lovely Caroline--then I fell in love with the show itself. I'm as pissed as the rest of you with WF's cancellation. Wished I'd taped more than one episode. I too would buy a DVD set, or even better, hope to watch it on another network. Haven't been this sad to see a show go since SEINFELD. That says alot for a show that only aired four times. Just to pour salt on our wounds, FOX is showing a rerun of The Swan tonight. It'll probably get three times the ratings of WF. SOMETIMES I HATE AMERICA!!!

Posted by: Joe C. at April 8, 2004 02:50 PM

There are no words for how this sucks. I agree with all who say 'I hate everything right now'.

Sad...just sad.

Tom

Posted by: Tom at April 8, 2004 03:40 PM

Sigh! What can I say that hasn't already been said much better than I can repeat here? I just turned on the TV to see an ad that a REPEAT of THE DAMN SWAN was going to play in place of Wonderfalls tonight. I was hoping they had just moved it again, but I knew in my heart I'd better check the site. I am heartbroken. This was the ONLY show I planned to watch each week.

Firefly, and now this. Amazing how little oxygen there must be in corporate VP-and-higher offices! It's the only explanation that makes sense to me.

Please find another network for your future genius. I will never watch FOX again or allow it to be watched in my house, unless the oxygen-starved decision-makers at FOX decide to put Wonderfalls back on.

Please find a way to have DVD's made or another network to buy it. If you need our help, let us know how to help.

Thank you, Tim and company, for this lovely "unicorn" of a show - one too beautiful, pure, and delicate for the harsh world of network television.

You have a place in my heart.

Posted by: Sherri Cartee at April 8, 2004 04:35 PM

this totaly stinks, wonderfalls was like the only show on during the week that i actually wanted to watch. instead what do they put on, a retarded re-run where they butcher ugly girls, and what about the friday spot? how many times can you see a guy jab himself in the crotch with a jousting pole. Fox management seriously needs to pull their heads out of their ass. Some people in america have brain cells still and like a witty series. I would def buy a dvd set if it came out, and would love to see the complete season. any chance they could release the scripts at least?

Posted by: Nate at April 8, 2004 05:17 PM

That is really lame that the show has been cancelled, I thoroughly enjoyed watching it well it lasted. I think that the response on this page alone shows how beloved Wonderfalls is, and that Fox should change their minds. I'm starting to get sick of seeing reality TV everywhere, there's probably one about trying on pants out there somewhere.....
Best Wishes, and don't let something like this discourage you. It brings to mind the story of Mission Hill, which had a similar experience, right down to the 13 episodes made. And Mission Hill came back on Teletoon, and even if it didn't become the most widely popular show out there, I got to see each and every episode, and love every one of them, and that is a sign of success.

Posted by: Jesse Abram at April 8, 2004 05:23 PM

how disappointing. i don't watch much tv, but i happened to catch the premiere of Wonderfalls and i was hooked instantly. couldn't Fox have at least let it finish the season before axing it? it makes me wonder why they picked the show up in the first place if they had such little faith in it.

looking forward to the possible dvd release.

Posted by: Jade at April 8, 2004 05:56 PM

I just found the show, and now it's gone! I just settled in to watch it, and found it wasn't listed on my digital guide.

Based on the one episode I saw, I know I would be willing to buy the whole series on DVD. The same way I bought Firefly. Best of luck to one and all.

Posted by: Alicia Adams at April 8, 2004 05:56 PM

I have an idea for a great new reality show. Six big TV networks go to a plastic surgeon for a complete makeover. They get nipped, tucked, and lipo-sucked until they have something resembling decent programming. Then we'll stick 'em in a beauty pageant to see who has the most taste. The winner will gain the privilege of airing Wonderfalls.

Posted by: Ken D at April 8, 2004 06:17 PM

I can't believe this crap! I absolutely adored this show, it was the only thing I looked foward to on TV because almost everything else is garbage now-a-days. I can't believe this show has been cancelled after such a short run. And then they tell us the cow-creamer episode is next week and then give us the Swan without any explanation.

How a show like the Swan can be shown twice a week (the SAME episode, nonetheless) and Wonderfalls not at all...its just beyond me.

I would pay any amount to see the rest of the episodes. Please please try to get another network to pick it up, or release a DVD. I know you've already got a great fanbase. And I know I would be willing to donate money for the purpose of creating a DVD set of this show. All the fans would.

Don't let Wonderfalls die like this! It was a high-point of my week!

Posted by: Chelsea at April 8, 2004 06:35 PM

I heard that you trying to bring the show to UPN or WB. Best of luck. I want so much for this show to go on. They are now airing "The Swan" and I just turned off my TV. I had it with FOX.

Posted by: keith L at April 8, 2004 06:38 PM

Please Tim- work to get this show on another network...I don't have cable but heck, I'll get it recorded by someone. I just want to look forward to seeing more seasons of this show and the remaining episodes. I'm sorry this had to happen, but FOX is gonna kick themselves in thier ass when they find out how freakin well WF will do. If Fox were a person, I'd become a cow creamer and tell Jaye to punch the crap out of Fox.

Posted by: Danielle Lor at April 8, 2004 06:45 PM

I am really sad that they decided not to show Wonderfalls. I found it extremely funny the first time i saw it. I love the characters and the whole idea. It sucks that FOX has decide to cancel the show. I think it would have attracted more people if they were allow to show more. Well, hopefully HBO or some other channel will air it.

Posted by: eugene at April 8, 2004 06:55 PM

I fucking hate people. Seriously. All idiots with the IQ and EQ of a monkey (sorry to the monkeys for this comparison). I will buy the DVD, even if I download the eps first. POSSIBILITY? I will never watch a show again that is either reality (why would I?) or a really bad show like 7th Heaven or whatever...
YEAH -- why the hell do they even put shows on the air anymore if the critics like them???
BY THE BY -- I cannot believe that TRU CALLING is still on, but they cancelled WONDERFALLS!!!!
WITH THIS SHOW GONE AND BUFFY, ANGEL, ROSWELL GONE I WILL HAVE TO FIGURE SOMETHING ELSE TO DO WITH MY TIME... I hope ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT is still on and I cannot wait until DLM is on again.

Posted by: brie at April 8, 2004 07:28 PM

Well, i am very sorry. I loved the show and looks like i will just have to live with my replayTV'ed episodes... Would love to see USA or someone else pick this great show up. If a dvd is released i will go and pre-order 2 copies just for myself. One to watch and another to lend to friends so they can watch the only good show that has come out of FOX in a while...

Posted by: Matt at April 8, 2004 07:33 PM

I came across the news late when I saw that some reality show was coming on tonight instead of Wonderfalls. A little google search and I learn of Wonderfall's fate. Knowing that I could leave my little corner of retail-hell and go home and watch the show has been the only thing to get me through the past couple of weeks without going insane.

I hope to see Wonderfalls go to another network or have a DVD release. This just sucks.

Posted by: Emily at April 8, 2004 07:38 PM

I cannot believe this show has been cancelled. I'm not much of a TV fan to begin with ..however...I have managed to find a couple of programs this time around that were worth my time watching..Wonderfalls was first on that list. Not only do I enjoy it...My whole family watched every program. My Parents ( both in their 60's) found it highly entertaining as well as my brother and his family. OH well..apparently the only reliable source of television these days are the sports channels..at least I AM confident that both Football and Baseball will continue to be aired and I will continue to watch them. Geesh, I really do wish the network would reconsider! Someone please give this "Wonderful" program another chance.

Posted by: Donna at April 8, 2004 07:54 PM

Its been YEARS since something was on TV that I looked forward to seeing. I worked late tonight but left in time to see WONDERFALLS, and it was gone. I am so pissed and so disappointed. There has to be a way to bring it back, I loved the runaway nun episode. It was hilarious. I love jayes family. I love the show, i want my wonderfalls.

Posted by: Jetson at April 8, 2004 08:02 PM

Mr. Minear:

I spent the last hour NOT watching the "encore presentation" of The Swan on FUX.

Instead, the My Neural Network is showing a fake episode of WONDERFALLS.

Jaye's Ortho-Novum pack keeps saying, "One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small." Jaye is yelling at the pink plastic compact, yelling that it is not a chochky and, therefore, should neither be speaking, nor trying to use her as a hammer of God.

The execs of the My Neural Network think that my fake WONDERFALLS has no replayability, too few stand-alone episodes (just the one, actually), too much arc (later, Jaye hears from a "facial massager" that her sister's girlfriend bought out of the Harriet Carter catalog). The My Neural Network suits are willing to give my fake WONDERFALLS another chance: the My Neural Network will be replaying this fake episode of WONDERFALLS up against the series finale of FRIENDS. If the My Neural Network beats NBC in that timeslot, my brain will pick up fake WONDERFALLS for six more episodes. Of course, the execs are demanding that any additional episodes be themed...and breasty ("you know, like CHARMED").

I wait anxiously for a new venue for the show, and also the DVD. Thanks for making excellent TV.

Geraint Jr.

Posted by: Geraint Jr. at April 8, 2004 08:16 PM

After reading only a couple of the 5600* posts about this subject, it seems like we are all in agreement.
FOX broadcasting execs really don't give anything a chance anymore do they.
This is the network that brought original programming into the forefront with such great examples as Married With Children, and The Simpsons.
They have turned the tide onto themselves, though. Who really wants to watch "The Swan" once, let alone an ENCORE?
Although I still steam up about other shows that Fox tanked (Firefly for example). I can understand that some show are too expensive to produce on a weekly basis. But Wonderfalls was already in the can, they just had to shell out the cash for the 13 that were made,and then try not to juggle it around in their schedule too much.
I think they made a mistake here.
But there are more to come aren't there? I believe that they are gearing up for a second season of Simple Life? Come on guys, you aren't even trying anymore.

Posted by: Former Fox viewer at April 8, 2004 08:17 PM

Tim,

You should reach out to writer/producers Paul Feig and Judd Aptow. They had a very similar experience with the last show I fell in love with before "Wonderfalls," which was "Freaks and Geeks." That show and its fans did a good job of salvaging some good things from a premature cancellation. Specifically, they set up their own "save this show" website, instituted a letter writing campaign to the target networks, and enduced media folks who enjoyed the show to relentlessly and publicly bemoan its cancellation. In the end, they found a network (then called Fox Family) to air the remaining episodes, including a slew of repeats and just this week they are launching a successful DVD collection.

Good luck. I would love to see the rest of this story unfold, even if there are only 13 chapters.

Posted by: Dennis at April 8, 2004 08:45 PM

Get to work on the DVD... this is one of the best shows that i've ever seen. Even if it will be limited to 13 episodes, it's still worth it. Also, if any type of petition of sorts is available, please link it so that i can jump on the train and fight for something slightly more intellectual than "the swan"

Posted by: steve at April 8, 2004 09:48 PM

What a disappointment to hop on the Internet to see why Wonder Falls wasn't on this evening, and discover this pleasant site, and the depressing news of cancellation.

While I'm just another drop in the bucket fanwise, I'll eagerly look forward to any availability of the series on DVD, or another station. It truly was fantastic and original and enjoyable. Great work.

I only wish Fox recognized that as well.

Posted by: mike at April 8, 2004 10:11 PM

I haven't loved a show like that in years. I'll miss jaye.........

Posted by: Leo at April 9, 2004 01:43 AM

Everything about the show was beyond cool. I was even going to tattoo the wax lion. I'll do it after I have my 'sode. Fox's reality sucks. I guess I won't be getting the autographed picture I requested. Please release the dvd.

Posted by: sonadoras at April 9, 2004 01:49 AM

FOX is absolutely pathetic. They didn't even give it a chance!!!! How could they even make a decision after 4 episodes!! I loved Wonderfalls from the beginning (just like I did Firefly!!!). I don't know anybody who has seen it that didn't like it.

We were all so bummed to hear it was cancelled. I guess you can't expect quality to last in this short attention span, low intellect, reality TV world. I will defintitely buy the DVD if/when there is one. I need to see all of Jaye's journey!!

You do great work Tim, it is FOX that sucks. You should start your own network so that we don't have to watch sh*t like the Swan.

Posted by: Lenae at April 9, 2004 05:51 AM

You definitely have a buyer if it ever gets out on DVD. Just think of yours as another great show that wasn't given a chance to shine. Networks just want a quick fix, they don't give shows the time they need to develop an audience. Several years ago, networks would have given shows at least two seasons to gather an audience. Sad. The death of innovative television makes way for numbing reality TV.

Posted by: Angela at April 9, 2004 09:23 AM

loved buffy. loved angel. loved wonderfalls. do not, repeat not, love fox. not fond of wb either. how about tnt, fx, bravo? they at least seem to be interested in reaching us. (so far)

Posted by: sgetgood at April 9, 2004 09:43 AM

Everybody,
USA Today just started their Save Our Shows campaign and it runs until April 19. For anyone that wants to vote for Wonderfalls please email: lifefb@usatoday.com , and let them know the reasons why Wonderfalls should be saved. I dont think a blank email just saying "Wonderfalls" is what they are looking for, so please state some reasons. I just emailed my vote!

Posted by: Roxy at April 9, 2004 10:02 AM

I just wanted to point everyone to this petition. I just signed as #10485 a few minutes ago. As far as I can tell, 2-3 people are signing it EVERY MINUTE! I hope that at least makes Tim feel a little bit better. :)

http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/wonderfalls

Posted by: Kevin C. at April 9, 2004 10:30 AM

I'm stunned and sad that wonderfalls has been cancelled. Thanks to everyone who worked on it. You all did a great job and I hope someday to see the rest of the season!

Posted by: Holly at April 9, 2004 10:56 AM

Tim,

I love Wonderfalls! I'm so sad that after just 4 episodes it would be cancelled. Man, FOX, can't we all just get along? I was so psyched for this unique, new show. It's always nice to find something different to watch besides the same, lame reality shows.

I missed the episode that aired last week, but you can bet I taped it! Now, that VHS is the only connection I have with Jaye and her little, life saving figurines. Otherwise, I patiently await the DVD release, because I am all over it!

Posted by: Abby at April 9, 2004 12:52 PM

I just can't take it...I'm so upset!! That was my new favorite show :(

Posted by: Abby at April 9, 2004 01:00 PM

Tim,

I am so sorry that Fox has the patience of a 2-year old. Please do whatever you can to get all episodes shown - either on another network or on a DVD. I will do a weekly google ( http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=Wonderfalls+DVD&btnG=Google+Search ) until I find that it has been released.

Keep up the great work!

Posted by: Greg at April 9, 2004 01:00 PM

Tim, Tim, Tim... I can't even begin to tell you how MAD I was yesterday when I turned on my TV at 9:00 and found "The Swan" in place of "Wonderfalls." I thought maybe I had the wrong time or something, and I watched the whole thing, only to find that FOX News at Ten was after that.

I almost cried. Wonderfalls was GREAT, and I loved it. I was so excited when it first came out, and now it's GONE. My goodness, I can't believe they didn't give you more time. I'm really sorry for what happened, and I wish that they could put it back on...:-(

It isn't fair.

Posted by: Ivana at April 9, 2004 02:10 PM

I have just heard about the cancellation of Wonderfalls and must say that I am terribly saddened. With all the crap reality TV shows on the air these days, it was nice to see a well-acted and well-scripted program. I was immediately sucked in and actually looked forward to watching television for a change.
I mean 'what the hell'? X-Files wasn't a ratings smasher when it first debuted and it became probably once of the biggest shows in Fox TV history. It should have been given a proper chance. But instead it seems to be all about making the quick buck and screw quality and substance. Is anyone really gonna care who gets the job on The Apprentice? or who wins American Idol? I bet noone remembers who won the second Survivor. Yet that's where the money goes and that's where the promotion goes. It's all about the mindless fluff.
I can only hope that Wonderfalls gets picked up by another network with the patience to give this great show a chance. Or perhaps all 13 episodes will come out on DVD. I gotta find out what happens!
Good luck to all involved in getting a new venue for this wonderful series!

Posted by: Jeff at April 9, 2004 02:20 PM

It figures. Finally someone puts an interesting, well-written, entertaining, and -- so rare in ANY kind of entertainment today -- *original* show on the air, and it doesn't last more than two months. I should point out that I really liked the show, and as a man in his mid-40s, I'm probably not anywhere near Fox's target demographic for this production. But I know what I like, and "Wonderfalls" was as refreshingly different as "Northern Exposure", "Twin Peaks", and "Key West". But none of them are on the air anymore, either. I had carved out an hour of my busy week to enjoy this gem. Sigh.

It is back to reading, I guess. Pity...

Posted by: Jefferson at April 9, 2004 02:24 PM

Can't imagine why Wonderfalls is gone, it was smart and quirky and cute. I don't like TV but I liked this show. This was the only show I watched besides the news. (I'm totally wrong demographic but I liked it anyway).

Posted by: Dana at April 9, 2004 02:36 PM

I loved Wonderfalls Too, and missed the last episode because I forgot about the time being moved. I too will buy the DVD. It's so unfair, Even Family Guy got a couple Seasons, and "Family Guy" wasn't even funny.

Posted by: Sarah Schumm at April 9, 2004 03:04 PM

I spent two months searching for the Firefly DVD at stores, and practically held my sons hand to make sure that he got it for me for christmas. It is now a prized posession of mine. Please try to get Wonderfalls released as well. I cant believe that I have to go thru this with another show that I have watched and fell in love with from the first episode, only to spend time weeks later cursing the TV guide for announcing the show that wont even air. I hate all of this reality TV, and just want to be able to watch TV that doesnt cater to the lowest common denominator. My best wishes go out to the cast and crew of both shows. You all did work that people cared about, and you should be proud of it.

Posted by: brian at April 9, 2004 03:13 PM

THANK YOU to you and your cast for creating such an amazing show. Can you believe I cried when I found out (I got THAT attached after 4 episodes)?. I've been doing all I can, writing e-mails to Fox and signing petitions. I really hope some other network else will pick it up, I'll go and get cable if I have to. Such creativity, thoughfulness and good intent with a realistic sincerity and plenty of sass and wackiness. What else, could I have asked for?

Posted by: Kelly Goode at April 9, 2004 03:14 PM

Please sign the Save Wonderfalls Petition:

http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/wonderfalls

We want it back!!

Posted by: T Cannon at April 9, 2004 03:49 PM

Thank you, Tim, for helping create something that wasn't just another series, but actual art on TV. "Wonderfalls" was smart and funny with a satiric edge that was totally original. I looked on the Fox schedule, tonight, and couldn't believe there was NO mention of "Wonderfalls". It's like it never existed. I couldn't believe Fox would cancel a show THAT good without giving it all it had to try and promote it and help it find its' audience...which it seems to me, judging by the petition site and this one, it HAD found. It would only be a matter of weeks and word of mouth till the audience grew. I told all my friends to watch. This is a crime! At LEAST we deserve the release of the DVD s! Come on, Fox! GIVE this show a chance.

Posted by: Stephanie at April 9, 2004 05:41 PM

For shame, Fox. This was a bonehead move if ever there was one. My whole family LOVED Wonderfalls and we could watch it together. I can't beleive it's gone.

Posted by: laura at April 9, 2004 05:42 PM

Dear Tim and all:
Fingers and toes crossed you will find a home for Wonderfalls, with time it could have found an audience. Last time I try a new show on Fox, they just don't let them live. 1st Firefly, now Wonderfalls. Please keep the show going if you can, with Angel leaving this year, I had show to look forward to for next year!!! You and cast and crew did great, it was short sighted executives who screwed the pooch, again!!

Posted by: Karen at April 9, 2004 05:47 PM

This bites! Finally a show that I like, my 80 year old Mom likes and my 15 year old daughter likes... [it's not often we agree] and now it's gone.

There's a petition to save it. I hope it works!

Posted by: Tea at April 9, 2004 06:08 PM

This was such a awesome show. I looked forward to watching it every Thursday. I hope that another network picks it up. Fox makes such mistakes cancelling all the good shows.
I would definitely get the DVD if it was released
Thank you Tim

Posted by: at April 9, 2004 06:19 PM

it's a damned shame. this was the best show on tv...good luck

Posted by: mike at April 9, 2004 06:21 PM

Just remember FOX, Friends had a lack-luster first season as well, and it got all thirteen episodes!

In todays TV climate, Friends would have been cancelled after the first four episodes if it were on Fox (which I think has a history of pulling series entirely too quick.)

Posted by: Larry at April 9, 2004 06:59 PM

On the off chance that Mr. Minear, or someone who can get in touch with him, reads this... I have an idea for a venue in which to air the show. I am a college student and work at my university's television station. By no means am I claiming that our station has a large audience, or a means to pay the amount of money Mr. Minear and the staff of Wonderalls deserves. However, I would be exstatic to try and work some kind of arrangement out. It could at least be an opportunity to air the episodes that have already been produced, rather than having them sit around uselessly. And maybe if it works with one small local station, it could work with others. If anyone has contact information for Mr. Minear or can get in touch with him, please pass along the info to me (or send my idea to him) and email me at jedichef22 AT yahoo.com. Thank you!

Posted by: Tom at April 9, 2004 07:03 PM

I went to Vegas last week and set 3 vcrs to tape all the shows my wife and I watch over 4 days. Friday was tricky. Joan on CBS followed by Wonderfalls on Fox and Touching Evil on USA.

We just finished Joan and I was waiting to hear that lovely ditty by my old XTC hero,Andy Partridge. Imagine my shock as I found, (gasp), reality TV in my household!!!

The wife began beating me about the head and neck. The dogs howled loudly and deficated in unison. I screamed like a little girl!!

I am so tired of seeing shows I like disappear after 3 episodes, while American Idol, Fear Factor and Survior continue to grow and mutate like the social cancer they are.

The good news is that June is around the corner, so I will be reunited with Six Feet Under, Dead Like Me and F/X.

All networks blow! Cable rules!

Maybe this is why I've had a broadcasting degree for 20 years and never once felt the need to use it.

My rambling aside, it was a great show. You deserve better.

Posted by: Scott at April 9, 2004 07:22 PM

TIM,
I'M SO SORRY WF WAS CANCELLED. I, AND OBVIOUSLY MANY OTHER PEOPLE, CONSIDERED IT A SHINING STAR IN AN OTHERWISE DIM WORLD OF TV.
READING THESE POSTINGS IS A BIT LIKE BEING AT THE FUNERAL OF A PROMISING YOUNG PERSON WHO'S BEEN MURDERED.
I WAS HOOKED FROM THE START OF THIS GREAT SHOW. ALTHOUGH, IT WAS LUCKY I SAW IT AT ALL. I NEVER SAW ANY PROMOS OR COMMERCIALS. I WAS ABOUT TO CHANGE THE CHANNEL WHEN IT CAME ON, AND I GAVE IT A CHANCE. THE ONLY COMMERCIALS I SAW AFTER THAT WERE ON THE NIGHT OF AIRING. THEY CRAM PROMOS FOR THE OTHER ESTABLISHED SHOWS UP OUR ASSES AD NAUSEUM. COULDN'T FUX FIGURE OUT IT NEEDED TIME TO GROW, AND GET THE WORD OUT? TALK SHOW APPEARANCES AND WORD OF MOUTH GO A LONG WAY, PROVIDING THE SHOW IS ON LONG ENOUGH FOR NEW VIEWERS TO GET ON BOARD. WE ALL GOT HOSED.
PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO GET IT RELEASED ON DVD, ESPECIALLY WITH EXTRA FEATURES. THIS SERIES CAPTURED THE HEARTS OF LOTS OF PEOPLE. IT WOULD BE A SHAME TO LET IT END WITH ONLY FOUR EPISODES OUT OF THE CAN.
I E-MAILED FUX, TONIGHT, WHEN THE SHOW WOULD HAVE BEEN ON. ALL OTHER FAITHFULL VIEWERS SHOULD DO THE SAME. LET THEM KNOW HOW DISAPOINTED, THOUGH NOT SUPRISED YOU ARE AT THEIR SQUELCHING SUCH A GREAT SHOW. IT WAS A FEATHER IN THIER CAP, BUT THEY CHOSE TO PULL IT OUT. LET THEM KNOW YOU'RE SICK OF REALITY CRAP SHOWS, AND THAT THEY HAVE ACCESS TO A MORE ELEVATED VIEWING AUDIENCE. THEY DROPPED THE BALL ON THIS ONE. I HOPE SOMEBODY ELSE PICKS IT UP. WE WILL ALL BE THE BETTER FOR IT.

Posted by: STEVE at April 9, 2004 07:39 PM

Tim,

You can't give up. Sell it to another network! It's a very good show, very creative, one that can potentially have a cult following. FOX is an irresponsible network. They've canceled quite a few shows that had potential, but were set up for failure. My girlfriend and I were really excited about this show and were very attached to the characters and the stories. I guarantee someone will make a profit if they put out a DVD of all the episodes.

Posted by: Jeanette at April 9, 2004 08:18 PM

It was too much to hope for, that a show with intelligent writing and a great story line would be successful. I guess Fox thinks all Americans are mindless idiots who enjoy watching other mindless idiots do stupid people tricks.
Thanks for writing and producing such a fun show. Good luck!

Posted by: ellie at April 9, 2004 08:22 PM

Fox is... Well, Fox. There the bastards to blame for numerious power ranger series , as well as millions of other stupid ideas, and I seriously believe that they wouldn't know good tv if it fell from the sky and landed on the network's chief of staff. Wonderfalls was an awesome show, the only good show I've seen sense the decapitating horror known as "reality shows" came about some 5 or 6 years ago and it will be missed. I hope you manage to get fox to atleast put the episodes on dvd so that all of your fans may still see all the episodes before it (eventually) becomes property of post syndicate cable moguls TNT and TBS (I seriously expect this to happen) In the mean time, I hope many will continue to fight in the effort of perhapse reving the show from cancelation, though perhapose in vane at http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/wonderfalls
It's worth a shot, right?

Posted by: Charles at April 9, 2004 08:26 PM

I SO fell in love with Wonderfalls... it's such a pity that stupid fox decided to cancel it... what a shame. I just hope they reconsider and just bring it back to the loyal fans they created. I already miss the crew terribly! I guess Fox wants everything to be a reality show like eveything else :-( so sad

Posted by: Karen V at April 9, 2004 08:36 PM

My new favorite show, please come back.
I heard it was cancelled, I hoped it wasn't true. And TV guide said it was going to be on, so I anxiously tuned in...Forever Eden!?! Are you kidding me!? You take Wonderfalls off the air and put on the worst reality show ever!? I don't get it. I just don't get it. I wish i had taped the 4 episodes when they were on. dang.

Posted by: LiZ K at April 9, 2004 09:48 PM

This was my favorite show. I think it's better than Joan of Arcadia. I liked the Friday time slot. Why try to compete with The Apprentice and CSI? Why not wait till everything else is repeats? Or what about a later time? It worked for Monk on USA. I can't believe with all the garbage on Fox that they couldn't find room to air this wonderful show. Fox is evidently run by idiots. I hope another network has sense enough to pick this show up. If not I hope it will become available on DVD.

Posted by: Jack Wyatt at April 9, 2004 10:13 PM

I stopped watching CSI to watch Wonderfalls when they moved it to Thursdays. I loved this show; it was witty and charming. It just really makes me mad that a quality show such as this one would lose and disgusting, degrading, and morally suspect crap tv like "The Swan" succeeds.

If Wonderfalls is realised as a "complete season" DVD I would run out to the store and buy it in a heartbeat.

Posted by: lauren marie at April 9, 2004 11:04 PM

I don't watch a lot of TV. I only watch a few shows - shows that really catch my attention. Wonderfalls was a show that caught my attention right away - and now it's gone. I hate reality TV - it sucks. It's taking all the brilliantly written dramas and good actors and putting them out of business.

If there's any way this can have a DVD release, I'll buy it - I'll buy TWO! I have tons of friends who would buy it as well. Whatever it takes, if you have to take it into your own hands and get the rights from the studio, do it. We believe in the show and will support it. When you see how much money the fans are paying to people selling Wonderfalls promo stuff on eBay - including unaired episodes - it makes me crazy, because instead of everyone being able to have it, only those with lots of money can have it, and the people selling it are the only ones benefitting.

Support Wonderfalls at tvshowsondvd.com and vote for it. It's doing very well on that site.

Posted by: Relight at April 10, 2004 12:59 AM

Fox sux - no doubt about it. New series should be given a chance to grow and find an audience - no doubt about it.

But that doesn't happen in today's world. So producers need to deal with it and prepare for it.

But no one ever takes ANY responsibility for their own shows. It's always the network's fault. "Wonderfalls" opened with two great episodes. I was a huge fan from episode one. Episode two was even better! I started telling my friends to watch it.

They did - the week they showed that NUN thing. That episode didn't earn any fans among my friends who were watching it for the first time. It *did* earn me some questions about my sanity and taste from those friends that did watch.

And I myself, an already self-proclaimed fan, could barely sit thru that episode. It was one of the most squirm-in-your-seat things I have ever tried to sit thru. It was horrible.

I don't know, maybe you had to be Catholic to appreciate that episode. And I'm not Catholic. I'm not sure what that story was meant to be, funny or sarcastic or ironic or spiritually meaningful, but I do know the acting of the nun and the priest was abominable.

Maybe the show needed a better story editor. Or that episode needed a better director (the image of a distorted keyhole shot of that nun's face will stay in my mind - ugh - forever.) In today's treacherous environment in TV, a bad episode early in a series can send you right over the falls in a barrel.

The fourth episode was much better, but still didn't approach the quality of the first two. I would have kept watching out of loyalty, but I'm not sure how long I would have kept watching had the sub-par scripts continued.

I REALLY liked the Jaye character. But with the diminishment of the cool talking animal sculptures element/gimmick to only three brief lines in the fourth episode, I'm not sure I liked the direction this series was taking.

In any case, I'm sorry it was cancelled. The potential was immense. I hope it gets picked up by Bravo or something.

Posted by: Glenn at April 10, 2004 02:49 AM

I just wanted to add my two cents (CDN) on the sad news of FOX's murder of the brilliant "Wonderfalls." The writing was fantastic and Caroline Dhavernas was an absolute gem. The rest of the cast clicked as well. Unfortunately, these days it seems like if you don't have a Top 10 hit after one episode, you're doomed.

It's a sad testament to the state of television these days, especially when you consider the crap that took the show's place.

Hey, maybe someone can convince Global-TV (who airs the show here in Canada) to obtain the rights to air the rest of the episodes, or even (in a perfect world) produce another season for export to you guys in the States. Oh well, one can hope...

Posted by: Waffles at April 10, 2004 09:25 AM

Tim,

Wonderfalls is the best show in years. The most unpredictable stories I've ever seen on television or movie. I will gladly pre-order the DVD if that's what it takes. Otherwise, if any other network has any sense, they'll begin shooting season 2 and start airing season 1. Good luck and please feel free to email me with any sales information of a DVD release of Wonderfalls. Thanks again for a timely and wonderful creation.

Posted by: Trace at April 10, 2004 12:10 PM

http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/wonderfalls

over 12,000 sigs!!!

Posted by: Danny B. at April 10, 2004 02:47 PM

Wonderfalls is one of the most innovative shows on television in a long time...only MORONS would cancel it!

Posted by: Preston Peavy at April 10, 2004 03:11 PM

Tim,
I just wanted you to know that there ARE people out here who are touched by your talent, and who appreciate the excellent work you do. Don't give up. Television needs more people like you.

Posted by: Lorraine Menard at April 10, 2004 03:12 PM

Tim-

You are wonderful and so was Wonderfalls. Wonderfalls was the funniest show I've seen in a long time. I love to laugh and it did it for me.

I am so sad to see it cancelled. I wish all this love from the public that misses it would have some effect on FOX.

FOX PUT WONDERFALLS BACK ON!!!!!

Posted by: Tara at April 10, 2004 04:53 PM

This was an excellent show. Its the most creative, funny, and engaging show I've seen in years, probably the best since the X-File's good years. It really should not have been cancelled. They did not even give it a chance. Fox showed it twice, both in different time slots and up against the Apprentice one night, come on. I feel for you and would love for it to come back.

Posted by: Alison at April 10, 2004 07:36 PM

WONDERFALLS WAS/IS WONDERFUL!

OFFER A DVD SET FOR PRE-RELEASE PURCHASE...
OFFER AND WE WILL BUY :)

Posted by: AL P. at April 10, 2004 08:17 PM

I recommended your intelligent, funny show to everyone I knew and was a fan from the first episode (the same was also true with "Boomtown"). I'm sorry to see it go and eagerly await DVD's so I can show my friends what I was talking about... I wish everyone affiliated with the show the best of luck in their future endeavors, thank you all.

Posted by: LV at April 11, 2004 01:40 AM

Sorry to hear "Wonderfalls" was canceled. Please don't give up finding a way for American veiwers to see the remaining 9 episodes. FX would be the best choice, since it is owned by FOX, plus they aired canceled FOX shows like "Greg the Bunny" and "Harsh Realm". Bravo might also be good, since the aired the rest of "Keen Eddie". Trio, Lifetime, and the Sci-Fi channel might also do it.
Let us know if the program gets aired in overseas, some of us might have friends over there who could record it for us.
Mark

Posted by: Mark at April 11, 2004 10:22 AM


FOX execs have assured their descent to several rungs lower in Hell where they will undoubtedly be going. I guess this fact lends truth to the familiar bromide that every cloud has its proverbial silver lining.

Don’t give up. Stay the course until some network bites. Remember, many of the greatest and most popular writers have been told their work was unmarketable by a dozens of different publishers before they were picked up. I would like to see wonderfalls added to my personal canon of sublime entertainment, not aborted.

Posted by: at April 11, 2004 04:02 PM

Wonderfalls was awesome! I would still like to see the remaining episodes for the season....any chance that will happen?! I just dont understand how all these "reality" shows (crap) makes it and a show with some depth and character gets cancelled after 4 episodes.

Posted by: Stacy at April 11, 2004 04:24 PM

Please please try to bring this to another station! I was saying that since HBO seems to be the only place with intelligent television, maybe you should try there. I was so outraged when this show was canceled- that I ACTUALLY wrote fox, something I have never ever done.
and as others have said, I would deff. buy this on dvd. Heres the contents of my letter, and unfortunately, no i never heard back.

To Whom it May Concern at Fox,

I have never written a broadcasting company before, and never thought I was going to.  But I have to say that I am extremely angry and disappointed with the news that you have canceled Wonderfalls, after only allowing it to air for 4 episodes!  As a loyal viewer of your network, I found myself so upset with this news that I actually had to write you!   I don't know what TV has come to when shows are being canceled after being given a total of 4 episodes to gain their audience!!  Not to mention that two of those episodes were on a different night (Thursdays as opposed to Fridays), up against the Apprentice.   I doubt that any show that already has a large following would last up against the apprentice, yet alone a show that is just starting out!  It's as if you were trying to get this show canceled!   While reality shows give quick ratings, we are loosing quality tv and scripting.   Shows like Wonderfalls are the kind of show that gives networks awards, and build up their standing in our pop culture.  Reality shows gain fans quick and loose them just as quickly, whereas a quality scripted show creates devoted fans who buy dvds, action figures, t-shirts, write novels and websites, and to be frank, create money for your company.   Wonderfalls may have been doing poorly based on reality tv ratings, but we all know that a scripted show has a much slower plot arc and takes time to create a fan base and high ratings.  As the network who gave us the X-files and Married with Children, this should not be news to you!   The Simpsons, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which you produced, are both prime examples of shows which have historical signifigance and can bring in money for years. Which, is why I was so surprised to find out that you had canceled Wonderfalls without giving it a fair chance.

Wonderfalls was an intelligent, funny, well-written show, and should have been given the time it deserved to garner an audience that I know it would have found.  It had the support of critics, not to mention there was already word spreading on the Internet about it.   Every livejournal or Message board I had run across in the last couple of weeks was full of exclamations from viewers who had now found their new favorite show.  I myself was already saying that I would have to buy this show on DVD when it was released.

I can only hope that another channel will buy this show, maybe HBO- since it seems cable TV is now the only place where well-written smart television can be found.

Posted by: Kate at April 11, 2004 04:38 PM

Where do the so call ratings come from? Mr. Neilson? Well Mr. Neilson has his head up his you know what. The wrong people are getting these Neilson Rating Box things. They need to stop relying on Neilson Ratings. Since Most people have computers these days and most of them have access to the internet, The Networks should build a website for their new shows and alow people to vote on how much we the viewers like the show. We should also get to choose the best time slot for us, and the time slot that gets the most votes wins. We need to replace all of the crappy reallity tv show with better non-reallity (regular programs). The networks also need to let viewers know that voting for a show is an option. Fear Factor, Survivor, Big Brother, High School Reunion, etc. need to go. Does the stuff shown on those programs really happen in REAL LIFE? It's never happend to me.

LET ALL TV VIEWERS VOTE.

Posted by: Shawn at April 11, 2004 06:18 PM

I was so happy when by some coincidence I turned on the tv right when the pilot episode of Wonderfalls came on. I and my fiancee were both hooked right then and there. We are both so sick of "reality" shows we are about ready to save ourselves $30 bucks a month and cancel our cable.

I thought for sure that Wonderfalls was going to be the show that would boost my faith in good tv, but that was not to be thanks to the jerks over at FOX.

I really hope the show gets picked up on another network. If it comes out on DVD, I'm all over it.

Thanks for the wonderful four shows we did get to see.

Posted by: Steve F at April 11, 2004 08:13 PM

They get rid of this show, but they keep "THE SWAN!" GIVE ME BREAK I hate shows where they make all women who don't get their face broken and pieced backed together into societiy's (SP) version of "beauty" feel like crap on the sole of ones shoe! I WANT THIS SHOW BACK SO BAD IT ACTUALLY HURTS! You renewed my faith that a network besides PBS could provide quality programming and now that dream has been broken into millions of pieces by stupid overpaid drunken idiots at fox (may they burn in heck for they have done!)

Posted by: Mark at April 11, 2004 09:08 PM


Here's hoping that Wonderfalls goes to DVD in order to give fans a chance to show their support for this entertaining and diverting show. I hope Fox takes pause to consider their practice of ordering up innovative and entertaining programs and then not allowing them to find their audience. Please let us fans know if there is a way to lend our support and get this show back on the air-or at worst on the DVD market.

Thank you,

Antonio Lanza

Posted by: Antonio Lanza at April 11, 2004 09:26 PM

That sucks that the show got canned but I think another network will pick it up. It was my replacement for Dead Like Me since it was on hiatus. If you guys like Wonderfalls you should checkout Dead Like Me. They have the same feel. And reading an article in my local newspaper I found out one of the creators Bryan Fuller was a creator for Dead like me no wonder they're similar.

Posted by: Robert at April 11, 2004 09:54 PM

I really loved this show. When it didn't come on this week, I was hoping it was related to basketball or something. USA just took up Karen Sisco so maybe there's hope yet. I too would definitely buy the series if made available on DVD. Good luck.

Posted by: Jeanine at April 12, 2004 08:25 AM

I am so bummed about losing Wonderfalls. I am big Buffy and Angel fan, and I was hoping that I could find a new show to follow.

I watched the first four episodes of Wonderfalls and just loved it. I taped it and circulated to five other people who had never heard of it. They really enjoyed it and would have been watchers.

It seems like Fox never really gave it a chance. How could they decide after 4 shows that it was a ratings failure?

Perhaps a cable channel like Bravo might be a potential home for Wonderfalls.

Posted by: lisa10 at April 12, 2004 09:04 AM

I haven't loved a show as much as I loved "Wonderfalls" since I was 15 and hooked on "My So-Called Life." At least I got one full, complete, and perfect season of MSCL before it got axed. And then there was "Sports Night", but again, at least there were 2 full seasons to love and enjoy. I was already disappointed with FOX after its sister network, FX, cancelled "Lucky" after just one season. (Still hoping for a DVD release of that one.) But dumping "Wonderfalls" after only 4 EPISODES? Thinking about it literally makes my heart hurt. I hadn't been this excited about a TV show in YEARS. Of course I enjoyed a few shows during college (Dawson, Buffy, etc.), but "Wonderfalls" was the first show that really caught my interest now that I am a disillusioned 20-something college graduate (not unlike Jaye). And now the show is gone. I am SO pissed. Please try to get this show on another network and/or DVD. You made a great show.

Posted by: Beckers at April 12, 2004 09:59 AM

Any word on the "Wonderfalls" DVD idea? I want to see the rest of them, and I know there is a market for it!

Posted by: Dust'em at April 12, 2004 11:37 AM

THEY CANT JUST TAKE THIS SHOW AWAY FROM US, WE ARE THE ONES WHO WATCH THE SHOWS AND SUPPORT THE FOX NETWORK WHILE THEY CONTINUOSLY AIRE MIND NUMBING SHOWS LIKE AMERICAN IDOL( WE GET IT A WHOLE BUNCH OF PEOPLE SUCK AT SINGING BUT THAT DOESNT MEAN WE WANT TO SEE THEM!!I THINK PEOPLE JUST BARE WATCHING THEM TO SEE WHO THE HELL WINS AT THE END BUT IT DOESNT MATTER ANYWAY BECAUSE AMERICA ALREADY FORGOT ABOUT KELLY...AND THE OTHER GUY.).SO DONT TAKE AWAY AHOWS IKE WONDERFALLS JUST BECAUSE THE ONLY SINGING ON IT WAS A PLASTIC LION THAT BY FAR STILL SOUNDED BETTER THEN ANYONE ONE AMERICAN IDOL.

Posted by: CARLOS HERNANDEZ at April 12, 2004 01:14 PM

An intelligent, well-written comedy on Fox? There's your problem! I hope you can find another, better venue for the 13 episodes and someone with more brains than the Fox folks will try to bring it back for more. Good luck and don't give up on viewers who want decent shows - yours was the only one I watched.

Posted by: Bill Tieleman at April 12, 2004 01:28 PM

I agree with many of the other fans. The show was never given a fair chance by Fox, I hope it gets a chance to make it to DVD as I for one liked the show and want to see where it goes from here. I'll be watching for a DVD release as I'm sure many others. I would hate to see the additional eisodes go unseen (especially by me!) Help us get the full season to DVD.

Posted by: Larry at April 12, 2004 02:03 PM

I really hope the show makes it to DVD, I would definately buy it.

Posted by: Garry at April 12, 2004 04:49 PM

I just heard that the series Wonderfalls is cancelled. I do not watch too much t.v. It is hard for me to find something that interesting. When I started watching the show I was impressed with the concept of objects talking. What imagination this show promised. Fox what are you thinking. Why can't you give it a chance. I sure hope another network picks it up. Sheila, Temperance MI.

Posted by: at April 12, 2004 05:27 PM

Mr. Minear:

Nine days later...

No FOX! No SIMPSONS. No MALCOM. No THAT 70'S SHOW. No 24. No WONDERFALLS means no FOX for me. No WONDERFALLS means no more FOX for my wife.

Oh, BTW, no WB after ANGEL is gone, either.

Posted by: Geraint Jr. at April 12, 2004 05:47 PM

Mr Minear,
I'm sorry to hear that your show has been cancelled. 'Wonderfalls' was one of my favorite shows and to see that FOX didn't believe in it just makes me mad. Maybe it was too hard for them to understand its concept when their brain cells got lazy after producing 'American Idol' for a while. I read somewhere that in Quebec, Canada, a TV network is willing to translate the whole series in French, as a way to support 'Wonderfalls'. From what I understood, the Quebecers will be able to enjoy that show in its full entirety this coming fall. All I can say is, those Canadians are one lucky bunch!

Posted by: Lyna at April 12, 2004 06:46 PM


Tim,

This 'Post' alone says it all. Many fans appreciate well-written comedies like Wonderfalls. The lack of advertising by FOX really killed the show. I never even knew the show existed until I saw an encore premiere presentation after Tru Calling. At first I asked myself what the show was. The brilliant characters, especially Caroline, the talking figurines, and funny situations make the show. I can honestly tell you that the first minute really did me in. I got hooked! I spread the word and talk about the show to all my friends all the time. Friday nights were really tough so I usually taped them. Moving it to Thursdays made it even worse side by side CSI. FOX wanted to kill the show by moving it to Thursday and replaced it with another reality foolishness that's not even original - idea stolen from ABC's Extreme Makeover. Please try your best to shop around for a network that will appreciate a work of art that is Wonderfalls. A network that will stand by their programs and care for it's viewers. Any viewer reading my long gripe, please push for a network release and not a DVD release. Having Wonderfalls on DVD is a brilliant idea. However, if Wonderfalls is revived and eventually becomes a hit, we'll have more than one seasons on DVD! If the show doesn't get picked up and released on DVD, then it's game over for us. We are robbed by more potential episodes. Wouldn't it be great if Wonderfalls continues up to 6 or 7 seasons? Then release them on DVD season by season. Please petition to revive the show and DVD release much much later.

Posted by: Ken M. at April 12, 2004 07:27 PM


Tim,

This 'Post' alone says it all. Many fans appreciate well-written comedies like Wonderfalls. The lack of advertising by FOX really killed the show. I never even knew the show existed until I saw an encore premiere presentation after Tru Calling. At first I asked myself what the show was. The brilliant characters, especially Caroline, the talking figurines, and funny situations make the show. I can honestly tell you that the first minute really did me in. I got hooked! I spread the word and talk about the show to all my friends all the time. Friday nights were really tough so I usually taped them. Moving it to Thursdays made it even worse side by side CSI. FOX wanted to kill the show by moving it to Thursday and replaced it with another reality foolishness that's not even original - idea stolen from ABC's Extreme Makeover. Please try your best to shop around for a network that will appreciate a work of art that is Wonderfalls. A network that will stand by their programs and care for it's viewers. Any viewer reading my long gripe, please push for a network release and not a DVD release. Having Wonderfalls on DVD is a brilliant idea. However, if Wonderfalls is revived and eventually becomes a hit, we'll have more than one seasons on DVD! If the show doesn't get picked up and released on DVD, then it's game over for us. We are robbed by more potential episodes. Wouldn't it be great if Wonderfalls continues up to 6 or 7 seasons? Then release them on DVD season by season. Please petition to revive the show and DVD release much much later.

Posted by: Ken M. at April 12, 2004 07:29 PM

Hi All,
I'm from Israel and I had the chance to watch all 4 aired episoded of the show.
It was great.

I'm so depressed right now (just heard about the show being cancelled) and I think major networks executives are passed their times.

We (the people) must find a new way to create and broadcast QUALITY shows like Wonderfalls.

This is a sad day for me.
Liron

Posted by: Liron Blecher at April 12, 2004 08:35 PM

Reality Sucks....I'll miss YOUR show!!!!

Posted by: Cindi at April 12, 2004 09:10 PM

God this is one of the FEW shows I actually watched and now its gone after 4 eps. WTF is fox thinking.

Please find a way to release as dvd or other medium. It's a shame for all the work to go to waste.(Knowing fox they probably own the rights and wont allow that though)

Damnit, Now I have nothing to watch but sopranos

Dead like me is in Fall
L word is over
Smallville hasen't started yet

TV sucks

Posted by: Ruffy at April 12, 2004 10:19 PM

Wonderfalls IS a great show, I hope someone at FOX or a another network gets the message.

I hope it comes back, for what it is worth this was my comment to FOX when I found out;


To Programming Personal, April 7,2004

“Wonderfalls” should NOT have been canceled.

I DO NOT WATCH REALITY SHOWS, nor have I ever watched “American Idol”.

The viewing public, which does not favor “reality” shows, should not be forgotten.

Obviously my viewing of FOX will be less without “Wonderfalls” airing.

How ratings are done is sometimes baffling in the shows that are chosen to be canceled, remember “Star Trek”.

After viewing TV for longer then I wish to admit “Wonderfalls” has a great deal of potential both in the premise and individual character development, it has the feel of the type and style of show which would do well in the rerun syndication market. This will never happen if there are no seasons to syndicate.

Roy Pollock

Hope the show comes back for many more seasons.

Posted by: Roy at April 13, 2004 09:26 AM

There seems to be a save Wonderfalls site out
there! Spread the word everyone!

http://www.savewonderfalls.com

Rob

Posted by: Rob Lohman at April 13, 2004 11:22 AM

First "Firefly" and now "Wonderfalls". Well, what can you expect from a bunch of illiterate
jerks that don't have the courtesy to even show all of the filmed episodes. "Let's see, if we don't show the episodes in the order intended,
put them on at horrible times and days and they are original and innovative, and they aren't immediately #1 in the ratings, I guess we can cancel them." "Besides, then we can put on another boring, cheap, cheap, cheap reality show." FOX SUCKS!

Posted by: Don Bryant at April 13, 2004 11:37 AM

A Post Script to my previous e-mail.

Can anyone out there tell me why FOX even bothers agreeing to produce shows that they must know will take some time to gain an audience?
We know and they know that they will just cancel them within a few episodes.

Posted by: Don Bryant at April 13, 2004 11:40 AM

How can they cancel a great show that just got started. What was worse was that I taped it in the Friday spot (not knowing the last one was moved to Thursday) so I taped some boring reality thing that I shut off immediately. That and I missed the last episode. Please try and put it on TV somewhere.

Posted by: joey at April 13, 2004 02:45 PM

I miss my show, I switched my nights working to be able to see the show on its new night and now its gone. It has been years since I have been able to be that faithful to a TV show. Bring out the DVD's and give me back my Wonderfalls. If I could only hear that lion one more time (tear.)
Go to the WB they are more tasteful anyway. Fox only invests in cheap, racy, and god awful trailer trash shows anyways. Sniff Sniff,,, thank you I've said my peace.

Posted by: Megan D at April 13, 2004 06:41 PM

I was so happy to accidentally catch "Wonderfalls" while in-and-out napping after a Friday round of golf. From my first viewing (episode 2) I fell in love with all the little things that added up to so much. The little smiles I kept getting built to where I was laughing out loud at all the subsequent little things! (My favorite quote: "I'm more of a Christmas and Easter Jew.")

I caught it early on that I was Jaye Tyler (albeit a guy one), so I am especially heartbroken over the cancellation.

I hope you can get "Wonderfalls" picked up by another network, or at least get its existing episodes brought out on DVD.

DON'T LET "WONDERFALLS" GO TO WASTE!

Posted by: Rob Stiles at April 13, 2004 10:23 PM

I have nothing new really to add. I just wanted to post to add my voice of similar disgust for Wonderfalls being cancelled. I look forward to so few shows each week and like others had been telling friends this is a unique, creative, humorous show *not to be missed*
I remember so fondly "You're not supposed to steal!". "Well, you're not supposed to talk to strangers - Piss Off!". I squeeled outloud and said - I think this is my new favorite show!
I do hope it finds a rebirth and certainly plan to buy the DVD set if released. As I just wrote FOX, "Thanks for bringing this great show to life - I am angry you also put it to sleep".

Posted by: Nich Anderson at April 14, 2004 12:32 AM

I am disgusted with Fox's decision to cancel WONDERFALLS. I fell in love with the show, the writing, Caroline Dhavernas (so proud of her as a fellow Canadian living in Quebec) and the entire cast. I'm sad to say, I knew they would cancel it, as they seem to only want to air stupid, brainless reality shows that cater to the morons of this world. I no longer watch FOX and won't unless they bring WONDERFALLS back.

Posted by: Micheline Harvey at April 14, 2004 10:18 AM

I've been downloading Wonderfalls from bittorrent sites since it started as I'm in the Uk and for obvious reasons, am unable to watch the show on TV. When I first heard about the show, I was interested in the premise and actively sourced it out on the web. However, after watching the shows that were aired, I can see why it was cancelled. It had nothing to do with the acting, the production values, the setting or the quality of the script. It was just not interesting enough to capture the imagination. It didn't hold my attention and it certainly didn't have that special 'spark' to bring you back week after week. I'm sorry, but I for one will not miss it. On the other hand, it doesn't mean I'll revert to watching mindless reality shows. What to do?

Posted by: David at April 14, 2004 11:23 AM

How could they have cancelled wonderfalls? this is one of the greatest shows ever. I've never felt so much sadness from a t.v. show. But Wonderfalls was a great great show. If the series was put on DVD i would immediatly buy the dvd even though i dont have a dvd player. Is there any way to get it back?? Everyone wants it back, but we also need it back.

Posted by: Agatha at April 14, 2004 05:09 PM

I think Wonderfalls should be put on DVD or placed on the WB or FX. I mean it was a great show.

Posted by: Bart at April 14, 2004 06:35 PM

Aw, nuts. Another fine show cancelled. It's a great pity if this show disappears for good. Wonderfalls hardly got the chance it deserved--I hope some network sees the merit that everyone here recognizes...

Posted by: Rich at April 14, 2004 07:28 PM

How can Fox replace Wonderfalls, a witty, character-driven show with the Swan -- a show about fat, ugly chicks getting makeovers? Long live the cow creamer!

Posted by: Joe at April 14, 2004 08:13 PM

I don't watch a lot of TV anymore because I am sick of all of the reality TV shows. Wonderfalls was an excellent show. I was searching this morning for the next time it was going to air (you know how the president's speech threw everything off) and I couldn't find it on FOX's website. I got worried and then found it on CNN or something that it had been cancelled. The show was intriguing and fun and aimed at a good audience of 20 somethings. Just let me know if you want me to beat someone up at Fox and I guess for the 3.3 million of us who were actually watching it we deserve a DVD or two with all of the EPS on it.

Posted by: Krystal at April 15, 2004 06:08 AM

Fox of course is the devil. It a show doesn't take they pull it before it had a chance. I remember seeing a trailer foe the showing and thinking, "hmm this seems odd not sure if I am going to watch this one." But then I did and I was amazed as to how smart, funny, and witty it was. I told others to make sure they tune and watch it they would not be disappointed. I first noticed that it moved from Friday to Thursday and then it was gone. But lets take a look at there track record. Family Guy gone and now it is widly popular, Babylon 5 TNT picked it ran it out and the whole thing is out there on DVD, VR5 show that was finally going somewhere when it got axed, and so and so on. Fox even hates the Simpsons but they are two afraid to touch it. Maybe if you could change the format and make it a reality show, or maybe dumb it down a little. Personly I say you pitch it to the WB or UPN. They seem to give shows a bit more of a chance. Thanks for the four great episodes, and heres hoping that you can find a way to make more.

Posted by: Nathan at April 15, 2004 06:40 AM

I hate that this great show got cancelled after only two episodes. I watched both episode both times they were shown. Very creative and funny. I thought the bronze monkey was the best.

Posted by: Robert at April 15, 2004 12:09 PM

FOX is so STUPID! I can't believe they cancelled that show. I haven't laughed out loud at a TV show in ages, and I had such hopes that this could be one of my new programs. Please let them release it on DVD. I'll buy it like I did the Firefly set. Well, I'm off to mangle my reality-TV-loving Nielsen-member co-worker.

Posted by: Katherine at April 15, 2004 12:41 PM

damn, i was right! i was looking forward to watching jaye today and didn't see it on the tv guide and i knew that it probably got canelled. too bad, i liked the show a lot. i hope they do realease the dvd cause i would definatly buy it.

Posted by: FMB at April 15, 2004 01:37 PM

Sorry to see that 4 episodes is all the show is granted by Fox. As stated the 13 tell a story, and I for one would like to see what that story is. C'mon Fox... Give the show another chance!

Posted by: Neko- at April 15, 2004 02:33 PM

NO!!! Say it isn't so!!!!!! Say it isn't so!!!! There is tons of crap on TV every darn reality stupid crap and they go and cancel this????? WTF!!!!! Damn Them!!! I just signed a petition, but come on those never work. UGHH!!!! Damn these TV people. Just more and more reality crap. Come on these people need a life, you mean to tell me you have a million dollars and can't find a wife, I only had a buck fifty in my pocket when i found mine. So screw you who is responsible for this. Wonderfalls was a good show, that you could actually watch with your kids and not worry about sex, drugs, violence. But maybe that's why they took it off the air. Damn these reality shows. I curse thee who takes my show off the air. I curse thee with blackened plagues and may the lion scream in your ears and mind and make thee feel his pain you have brought. Damn You!!! Damn You!!!!

What is society comming to????
here's the answer: It's comming to crap!!!

Posted by: George at April 15, 2004 02:38 PM

Dear Tim:

Never say never. Put me on your mailing list for future plans with Wonderful Wonderfalls. Maybe as you hope, another network will pick it up. An English one, because Quebec will not be able to see the entire series. Time to take French lessons? Or you'll release it on DVD? Look at this list. You've got a fan base. If it's any consolation, your series is in good company. My So-Called Life, Freaks and Geeks, Gilmore Girls...

Oh, wait, that's still on. Maybe you can slip it in on the WB network. Revenge will be sweet.

Regards

Abrey

Posted by: Abrey Myers at April 15, 2004 02:43 PM

That sucks big time!!! Fox cancels another good show to put on what? something as demoralizing and crappy as "The Swan"? I loved Wonderfalls, it was so interesting. Angel is cancelled too, and how many people love that show? Why are they cancelling all the good shows and putting in all the crappy reality shows? Wonderfalls was a great show, Tim. I would buy it if it came out on DVD.
Like other people suggested, try another network. Cable networks might support it more.

Posted by: Angel6784 at April 15, 2004 05:14 PM

Should we turn this into a petition to bring it back, or some sort of a fan resume to assist in another network picking it back up?

Posted by: Jason at April 15, 2004 05:59 PM

http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/wonderfalls

Posted by: Mary Ann at April 15, 2004 06:28 PM

Tim,

I didn't learn the show had been canceled until tonight, when I expectantly tuned in and...it wasn't there. I'm very disappointed and hope you'll find a way to make the entire 13 episodes available in some way. It was hands down the smartest, funniest, most creative show on television--which, of course, is why it had no chance. If you're compiling any sort of an email list to let fans know about what happens with the remaining episodes, please put me on it. And please keep making imaginative, original shows, no matter how hard the suits make it for you.

--Kevin

Posted by: Kevin at April 15, 2004 06:52 PM

I watched the first couple of Wonderfall episodes and I really enjoyed them. I hope that you do put them on a DVD because I would love to see the rest. I think that it is a shame that Fox just dropped it and didn't address it on their website. I had to do an Internet search just to find out when it was on. I am watching Tru Calling frequently and it looks as if they might cancel that too. I lost Sex in the City, Angel, and Wonderfalls all in one year!

Posted by: Katina at April 15, 2004 07:11 PM

It's been over a week since f**king FOX made the announcement and I'm still really pissed off. The stupid execs never gave it a chance(ahem....crappy ad campaign, timeslots)Wonderfalls is the best show I've seen in years and I loved it from the beginning. The plots are original and the cast is great, especially Caroline Dhavernas....I'm boycotting FOX for sure...As soon it gets picked up on a easily accessible channel and/or on DVD I'm all for it

Posted by: Sarah at April 15, 2004 07:24 PM

I am soooo disappointed!! I also had to search the net to find out why my new favorite show is no longer showing or being advertised. Most of the time I watch TV just because it's there. When Wonderfalls aired, I watched because I truly enjoyed a television show that entertaining. It just made me feel good. What is wrong with people today? Money, that's what...

Posted by: Dee at April 15, 2004 07:25 PM

This is such a disappointment! I loved the show. It was unique, witty and had a message. A hipper "Joan of Arcadia (which I also enjoy." I can't believe that the networks would cancel a series after only three episodes and yet continue to air the garbage that gets renewed.

Keep the faith, fans brought back "Roswell" for another year so maybe the WB will come through again.

"Angel," "Homefront," "Farscape," "Roswell," and now "Wonderfalls." Can those stupid reality shows possibly offer anything comparable?

Posted by: Heather at April 15, 2004 07:35 PM

I barely watch TV, but Wonderfalls was enough to make me come home from work early to sit in front of the box.

If it moves to a new network, I'll follow it. If it moves to a different cable provider, I'll switch providers. Sell it on DVD, I'll buy it. Show me a way to make Fox lose money for taking this show away from us, and I'm in.

Posted by: Matt at April 15, 2004 09:36 PM

Used to believe Fox new a good thing when they see one, but I guess I was wrong, just came from another website working on 18,000 petition signatures to save Wonderfalls. Wonderfalls is by far the best tv show I've seen in a long time, perhaps the juggle of Joan of Arcadia and Wonderfalls on Fridays is what stopped the show from receiving the ratings and credit it deserved. Fox is insane for dropping the show and will be missing a big chance to get the jump on the other networks by showing Wonderfalls.

Posted by: Ellis at April 15, 2004 10:11 PM

This is the website trying to save Wonderfalls with a petition. Lets do it, get the word out.
http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/wonderfalls

Posted by: Ellis at April 15, 2004 10:17 PM

This sucks. Im mad. Plus Caoline Dhavernas was so cute. I will miss her face.

Chris

Posted by: Chris Breen at April 16, 2004 04:47 AM

I went ahead and sent an email to those weenies at Fox. I encourage anyone to let them know your feelings if you haven't already. I'll post it here and I hope it isn't too demeaning to their egos. But I was just so upset and tired or reality TV like everyone else is here, it had to be done: And I typed it even before reading the comments posted. haha

To those o’ so “wonder”ful program schedulers that can’t seem to stick to one format:

Ok, this is not going to be the most thought-provoking email because I cut my index finger and have to run errands in a few moments…but just one comment:

I am tired of Fox, UPN, and WB canceling quality shows and replacing them with god-awful concepts of “reality” TV. I understand the executives have opened Pandora’s Box and basically found some mundane consumption in various formats to place John Q Public on the air for 30 minutes to an hour and laugh at how ridiculous he/she can act; sure, you generate the revenue and increase your profitability. I can live with it. But at least designate a time slot and keep to that schedule for shows such as Wonderfalls so I don’t channel surf and find out whether it will be on the next week or not through word-of-mouth or the Internet.

The concept of “reality” TV sickens me because it replaces true traditional entertainment for basic shlock that does not deserve my money or time. Let these stay-at-home TV junkies interested in “reality” TV have their own sponsored network (which I’m sure is in some test market right now) and leave the entertaining comedies, dramas, etc. stay on one day and time slot. These Reality Fanatics will find a way to get the shows they watch because they have more time to surf and look for what essentially these deviants are missing from their own lives. It’s on every network and I for one have been placed in the situation of watching the History Channel, TechTV, and for crying out loud; The Weather Channel.


How about this for an idea to propose to Fox “programming schedulers”:
A “Cancelled entertainment show channel” It can be called Fox’s Short-Lived Network: Quality entertainment we were too blind to see: Great tag line, eh? Oops! You don’t want possible confusion between SNL and SLN. You’re the creative geniuses, you come up with something J

As a side note: SNL is the show that should have been canceled years ago. Maybe Fox should pick it up.

Ok, time to step down from my bully pulpit.


Posted by: richard at April 16, 2004 09:38 AM

What would FOX be without The Simpsons? Another WB or UPN? Not even a VH1 or COM! We live in a disposable culture: disposable spouses, disposable DVDs, disposable diapers, disposable computers, disposable entertainment, .... It's all fleeting. When will reality become disposable? I can't wait.

Meanwhile, I have a few old episodes of Wonderfalls on VHS. Oh wait, VHS has become disposable too! Gone the way of the 8-track and the vinyl LP. Change sucks.

Posted by: Dawg at April 16, 2004 10:44 AM

Like the previously cancelled "Keen Eddie," obviously, Wonderfalls is too wiity and smart for most Friday night (too young to go out) television watchers. These dumbass sitcoms with sex and fart jokes reel them in by the millions. What a dumb timeslot! And then it is hard for ANY show to go up against "CSI," which has been #1 for 4 years. I don't know whose idea it was to try it it that one night. WEDNESDAY NIGHT AFTER "WB's" "SMALLVILLE," is the perfect time to try. It's a shame. We are forced to listen to crap on the radio whether the right people like it or not. Why not TV. Screw what the "Nielson" people think. Those dinks cancel the best shows, while the simpletons hang around for years.

WE have a HUGE petition over at http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/wonderfalls to save this show. Coming up on 18000 sigs, it was literally counting as I refreshed the page.

Posted by: Lee Parker at April 16, 2004 05:23 PM

Damn! This was the ONLY show that I watched! On ANY network. I'm inclined to delete the FOX channel from my channel menu entirely. The lowest common denominator should not control.

Bring it back FOX!

Posted by: John Halstead at April 16, 2004 06:45 PM

I am ready to throw my tv out. I am sick sick sick of this bulls*it "reality" programming. Wonderfalls was a show that cut to the marrow of my funny bone.

Posted by: Ann at April 16, 2004 07:24 PM

This is so sad, i was just getting in love with the characters,The O.C & Wonderfalls made worth of watching TV,Now instead, FOX is putting us stupid reality shows(that i am very sick of hearing)to watch.

What a shame on FOX. they let go a geat TV show.

i look forward, seeing the show on another network

Congrats on the show Tim!
FOX are idiots

Posted by: Willie at April 16, 2004 09:53 PM

Well, Should I even dare to mention Wonderfalls on PBS! It would be an interesting thought.

Posted by: Al P. at April 16, 2004 10:35 PM

I'm so heartbroken. I loved "Firefly." I loved "Wonderfalls" more. I love "Arrested Development" and am expecting the Fox "We-hate-quality" axe to fall on that at any moment.

I do hope "Wonderfalls" can find another, safer home or at least be released on DVD, and I'll do whatever I can to support those efforts (just saw an article about the WB checking out "Wonderfalls!")

No matter what I thank you, Tim,(and Bryan and Todd) for the hours that we got to spend with Jaye. You put a great song in our head, gave us cool people to hang out with on a Friday night, and reminded us that creativty thrives!

I am strongly considering never watching any new television shows again. It's liking meeting someone, falling in love in the span of a conversation, and watching them get hit by a bus as they walk away. Is it better to have loved and lost than never to have viewed at all?

Posted by: Cy G. at April 17, 2004 10:37 AM

Apparently there is a prerequisite on the application for Fox executives that says check here if you are a moron!

Not only do they cancel all of the best shows on television, but they take a six week hiatus in the middle of an action-suspense thriller that is supposed to take place in the span of 24 hours.

TV Guide is apparently an incestuous cousin.

For two weeks Wonderfalls was listed for Friday, when it had actually already aired the day before. Then if that weren't bad enough, in its article entitled, "Wonderfalls Needs You", at the bottom once again it said, "Airs Friday, 9pm" after it had been moved.

Maybe in their infinite wisdom, the WB will once again pick up one of the Fox network's discarded gems.

Posted by: Linda Young at April 17, 2004 01:10 PM

I promised myself, I wouldn't cry.

Instead, I've joined several underground forces united in one cause: SAVE WONDERFALLS. Yes, I've never been this gung-ho about a TV show, but dammit, I REALLY like this show. Ladies and gentlemen, this is war...

Posted by: Cassandra at April 17, 2004 02:22 PM

*sigh*

Fox had 3 good shows. The Simpsons, 24, and Wonderfalls.

The Simpsons, while still good, has been dropping off a bit as of late.

24 is still (kinda) suspensful, but I doubt they can deliver another season without getting stupidly weird.

Wonderfalls was fresh, funny, and just plain awesome. And Fox burried it.

First of all: pick a day and stick with it. A few days on friday, and then switching it to Thrusday suddenly made it difficult to find the show.

As a Prequal to the First: Pick a day and time that's actually "good." Friday at 9 sucks. Tuesday at 9 would have been decent.

Second: Why midseason? Why in the nine hells would you start a show at Fridays at 9 in the middle of the season? It makes no logical sense.

Third: 4 episodes is flatly not enough time for the show to pick up. They didn't hype the show enough, it was in a crappy slot, and its in the middle of the season (how can you possibley be expected to compete with stroylines in media res?). The only way this show is going to get any viewers in that situation is by Word Of Mouth, which takes some time.


Honestly, I am pissed off at Fox. The Swan looks like an abomination, American Idol is a lesson in Sado-masochism, the O.C. is a prime-time soap opera, and so many of their reality shows are just recycled crap.

What's left? I can catch 24 and Simpsons reruns elsewhere.

Posted by: BlaineTog at April 17, 2004 04:37 PM

I guess that's why I haven't been able to find any more episodes online... Tim, I wanted to express my disappointment as I feel this is one of the most brilliant programs showcased in years. I rarely watch television at all, but a friend recommended the show to me and I was hooked. Wonderfalls is quirky yet well-scripted and has everything I look for in television yet rarely find - original storytelling, heartfelt sincerity, and interesting characterization. It's a shame that Fox would cancel it in favour of the usual cynical careless tripe. I would definetly buy a DVD of the series if it were released.

Posted by: Sue at April 17, 2004 11:29 PM

Please shut FOX down!! They are the Cincinatti Bengals of broadcasting! It all started back with a great show called Brimstone, then Family Guy got it (duh we axed a show that got a lot of $$ in DVD sales), they should not be able to show the new episodes in January.

Wonderfalls and Arrested Development are great shows as well, both would do well on a venue such as HBO or Showtime. Wonderfalls could even make it on Sci-fi I thinks. I was just getting into it, I watched the 3rd episode, then was able to get the first 2, we just watched them last night actually... We were laughing out loud at the 2nd episode, and the Wax Lion episode, that was just a great opening.

Kinda reminds me of Dead Like Me, which is another great show. Plus, I live near Niagara Falls, so I enjoy the show, although it states they live in the United States in a few episodes, however the shop and most of the scenery taken is in Canada across the border! :)

Wish it well.

Posted by: Jim U at April 18, 2004 03:45 PM

If you haven't been there yet, make sure you stop at http://savewonderfalls.com/ and keep letting people know that we want more Wonderfalls. It's a beautiful show and television doesn't deserve it, but we need engaging shows like this in our lives.

Posted by: Billy Holland at April 19, 2004 02:27 AM

This makes me so upset! After I heard Angel was cancelled, that left me depressed for about 2 weeks and w/o hope that it would be re-picked up. :( A very sad year for tv. 1st BTVS goes and ends last year, now Angel flies away, and now Wonderfalls...that was going to be my replacement for BTVS and Angel and even John Doe, and now, what's the reason to watch Fox? Not for reality shows or stupid cartoons, forget it. I want to see the rest of the story, the 13 episodes...we got 3, how is that fair?! I was so excited when I saw Wonderfalls (the theme song was cool!) and now, I turn on Fox to watch and what's on, that creepy reality show, the Swan! No! I want to be "floating along in my barrel" and know what's going on with Wonderfalls!
Thanks for listening to my rant. It's important!

Posted by: Luna at April 19, 2004 07:03 AM

Can they at least play the last episode again? I just have a regular DRV and didn't know they changed the day! I recorded the stupid Eden show by mistake. I was about to cry when I realized it was gone for good. I hope the petitions work to get it back on the air.

Posted by: Mea at April 19, 2004 02:16 PM

Another hour of quality entertainment gone! I adored this show in all of its smart, funny and wacked out glory.
"Defy the chicken!" Totally inspired...
I can only hope that we're able to convince Fox to give "Wonderfalls" another shot!
I'm depressed... time to up the meds...

Posted by: Pamela at April 19, 2004 03:52 PM

I cried when I heard of the cancellation. A few days later, I showed visiting friends from England the four episodes that had aired, then told them it had been cancelled. They screamed in disbelief. We're all in love with the show for its wit and coherent plots, and for making us actually care about the characters. We've concluded that the PTB at Fox are easily hypnotised by pretty shiny things; trained magpies, perhaps? Anyway, just wanted to express my sympathies and wish you luck with getting the rest aired - I heard a rumor about Canada and am keeping my fingers crossed for that and a DVD release - as well as with future endeavors. As the Falls hold a special place in my heart, so now does Wonderfalls.

Posted by: cheebs at April 20, 2004 11:15 AM

Wonderfalls cancelled...
Freaks and Geeks cancelled...
Undeclared cancelled...

The Swan continues.

Is this Bizarro world or what???

Posted by: Lou Davanzo at April 20, 2004 03:21 PM

I don't look forward to many shows on television anymore, except "Wonderfalls." I think I'll grab a quarter and run up north to the "Maid of the Mist" fountain to make a wish............that VERY BAD THINGS happen to those supposedly intelligent fox network executives.

Posted by: Myia at April 21, 2004 04:17 PM

I am extremely upset with FOX. They did not give this show a chance. I will not watch this network again.

Tim, great work! Hopefully the show will be picked up by another network.

Posted by: Kim at April 22, 2004 04:41 AM

I basically agree with everyone else on this site.

Tim, thanks for a great show and if DVDs are released, I will definately purchase them.

Posted by: Matt D at April 22, 2004 07:10 AM

Every show that I ever love gets cancelled! I couldn't wait for Friday nights at 9:00 because this fabulous new show was on. Now it's gone! Yes, I guess it's gone the way of those other amazing shows like "Freaks & Geeks". Now when I watch a great new series I wonder how long until it will be cancelled. "Wonderfalls" was real entertainment, it had an amazingly talented cast and it will be missed...

Posted by: Shayne at April 22, 2004 05:54 PM

Lou Davanzo,
Dont Forget About SKIN, That Was Cancelled By FOX Also...

Now I bet they'll cancel a great show like Tru Calling next...

If They do, they'll get a piece of my mind.

Posted by: Teej at April 22, 2004 06:21 PM

Don't watch much T.V. but truly enjoyed Wonderfalls. Wish the suits could get it right.

Posted by: at April 22, 2004 08:38 PM

I was a cynical underacheiver already (maybe why I love the show and Jaye) but finding out the show is canceled after so few episodes doesn't help. I don't watch television as it is (besides sports), but why even start to watch a series if they keep killing the good shows.

The only other series I started to watch was Firefly. And I find it odd (almost spooky) that Tim Minear is involved in both. I have no idea who he is, but came upon this site when searching for wonderfalls on google. I was wondering when the next airing would be and find this out :(

Tim, good luck in getting this show picked up. My eternal optimism (mixed with cynicism) says that not ALL the people controlling the networks can be THAT STUPID. Someone out there must recognize a good show when they see it, right? ... Hope, especially in man, can be a dangerous thing and can lead to delusions...

Posted by: Kiran at April 23, 2004 03:55 AM

Well this just stinks. Apparently there is no place in our cookie-cutter world for originality anymore. All the shows I love are getting cancelled, and are replaced with yet more "reality" shows, in which not a single shred of reality is portrayed.

Teej- you're right, Tru Calling is likely next up to get killed. Fox and the WB are making huge mistakes left and right lately, and they'll realize it only when it affects their wallets.

Posted by: Nicole at April 23, 2004 02:51 PM

Hi, Tim,

I loved the show, and would definitely buy the DVD if you can manage to release it.

Unfortunately, I only caught one episode (the one that the guest star was writing a book about losers), but that was enough to pique my interest.

If it does get picked up by someone else, I hope you can let me know, as I don't trust my perusal of the tv listings to let me see it.

John

Posted by: John Knoderer at April 23, 2004 04:47 PM

Like The Wound-Up Penguin says...
BRING HER BACK!!!

Please Jaye Tyler has to come back, I love Caroline Dhavernas playing Jaye, she's so cute and has a great sense of humor. If it is ever on DVD, I'll buy it and watch over and over every day if I have too. Hope it's gets another network soon...FOX sucks anyways. Another good show is Tru Calling and I hope they don't cancel that show either...as I heard they might.

Jaye says in Wound-Up Penguin...
Oh yeah, this is a laugh riot...

Posted by: Gene at April 23, 2004 09:29 PM

Isn't it odd that Gail Berman of Fox who made the decision to axe the wonderful "Wonderfalls" is the same Gail who helped shop "Buffy" around when it was first trying to find a home. She and Joss took "Buffy" to Fox and they turned it down, which is how it ended up the WB, which we now know we should all be eternally grateful for.
For if someone like Berman was running Fox at that time and had thrown the usual Fox-like support behind the show, they would have killed "Buffy" after only four episodes as well.

Can't Bryan Fuller get Showtime to pick up the unseen episodes? Since Fuller was involved in creating "Wonderfalls" and the gem, "Dead Like Me", how about airing "Dead Like Me" and Wonderfalls" back-to-back when "DLM" returns for its second season?

Posted by: Lance at April 24, 2004 11:29 PM

Man. I have spent the last two weeks trying to find out what happened to the only show I have felt good about in, oh, two years or so. I really try not to get attached to new shows, since every show I like seems to be cancelled, but I couldn't help myself. I only saw two episodes of Wonderfalls and it just grabbed me. It was fun. That whole scene where the girl runs her father over still makes me laugh.

I really hope your show gets picked up. DVDs would be great, but it would be even better if the show had a chance to be shown on television. I know so many people who would love it, but never got to see it during the short period it was on.

Anyways. Wonderfalls officially holds a spot in my memory. It's the only show I really got into that got cancelled in less than half a season. Four episodes is really a new record for me.

Posted by: Pat at April 25, 2004 02:39 PM

Tim,
Wonderfalls was without a doubt the most inspired television series to ever hit the airwaves. Jaye will always have a place in my heart. Anyone who has ever struggled to find their place in this insane age in which live, cannot help but identify with this amazing character. It's such a cliche' but your show was just to good for television. I lament for the future of network television--a future filled with extreme makeovers, police chases and karaoke contests.
My deepest hope is that an HBO or Showtime
would rescue Wonderfalls and realize what a gem it is.
Hang in there Tim. All the best.

Posted by: Gary at April 25, 2004 04:25 PM

It took me a while to find this site-- I just wanted to say this has been my favorite tv show since Buffy/Angel. I'm heartbroken that it's gone, as are my roommates whom I enticed into the show. (And I never would have seen it were it not for my trusty Tivo.. where do those numbers fit into the ratings schema?)

I REALLY REALLY REALLY HOPE that it gets another network, or a dvd home. It made me devastatingly happy. :)

Posted by: Olga Nunes at April 26, 2004 06:42 PM

Does anyone know all the songs from the 4th and last episode which aired, "Pink Flamingos"? I know that "We Used to Be Friends" by the Dandy Warhols is one of the songs. I don't know what the other one(s) were though.

Posted by: Stan Hwang at April 26, 2004 07:59 PM

This show would have turned out to be a cash cow for fox. Forget your traditional focus groups and look at this site. For every one person who wrote into this site there are another thousand out there who feel the same way. With the potential to multiply times 10. Remember how Northern Exposure started out. You execs. over at fox need to exercise a little patience every once in a while in the name of television ART.

Posted by: jeisen at April 28, 2004 02:08 AM

I know my point is moot but I really, REALLY enjoyed this show. I called all my friends to tell them about it prior to it's first airing but I only have so many friends! What really sucked was FOX's last ditch effort to change its time slot and run it against such a consistent ratings winner. I don't know how many people said "It sounds cool but The Apprentice is on at the same time." (Talk about driving the final nail into the coffin)Sadly, as we all witnessed shortly thereafter, our exciting journey had come to an end. Evidentially, they had no real desire to nurture or support this show and I truly hope that Wonderfalls finds a new home -- preferably on a cable network with big cajones!

Posted by: K at April 29, 2004 06:10 PM

Hey, did anyone catch The Simpsons on May 2nd? They had a pretty appropriate line. They had a takeoff of a reality show on Fox ("Promiscuous Idiot's Island"), and some women were told that they were misled about the premise. Bart commented:
"What did those women expect? When you sign a contract with Fox, you know you're going to be betrayed and humiliated."

Posted by: Scott at May 3, 2004 03:42 PM

Only 4 shows aired and yet so many devoted fans developed so quickly. Are the Fox Executives completely stupid!?! Get the DVD out and make your money on the episodes you already paid for.


I for one won't be watching Fox anymore - ever.

Posted by: Craig Mandelblit at May 4, 2004 02:17 PM

Mr. Minear:

A month and a day and I am still not watching Fox. No Simpsons, no 24, no That 70's Show, no Fox. The next thing I intend to watch on fox is WONDERFALLS, so I don't think that I'll be watching Fox anymore.

I hope you are able to shop this show out in the US, and I hope that a DVD is soon available.

I hope your RH adaptation is going well, or whatever project you have undertaken.

Cheers

Posted by: Geraint Jr. at May 4, 2004 07:43 PM

Sorry to hear the show got cancelled. Man, I was wondering what happened to it for a while until I realized it was axed. What a waste.

Posted by: jack at May 5, 2004 12:16 PM

Dear Tim: Do you own the distribution rights to the show? What's stopping you from: either releasing it on DVD now; or allowing fans to watch the remaining series via streaming video from your website? You've got a fan base. You don't need FOX or WB. Or have you called NBC yet? I understand they're looking for a Hit Show to replace Friends ;)

Regards again,

Abrey
abrey@aol.com

Posted by: Abrey at May 5, 2004 05:05 PM







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