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An Open Letter from Tim Minear - PDF File Here

Posted on March 16, 2004 | Comments (56)

An open letter to the Grass Roots from Tim Minear, Executive Producer of WONDERFALLS:

Hi. My name is Tim Minear and I write television. Usually. Right now I guess I’m writing SPAM. But I’m not asking you to donate to some shady or even worthy
cause. I’m not offering to enlarge any of your body parts (though I haven’t ruled it out), and I make no claims of miraculous cures for exotic diseases. What I can offer you is sixty minutes (really about forty five, minus commercials) of quality entertainment if you do one thing: turn on your TV to Fox this Friday night at nine.

For the last year or so I’ve been working with a bunch of really talented people to make a new show for Fox called “Wonderfalls.” We’ve made 13 episodes so far, and I really want you to see them.

Some of the folks at the network are telling me that “Wonderfalls” is the best reviewed new series they’ve had in ages -- maybe ever. I’m currently sitting on a stack of raves from all over the country, from major magazines, newspapers, small dailies, internet sites, etc. They seem to be doing me no good. Also, uncomfortable because of the sitting.

The big brains at the network, while happy with the reviews, tell me that good reviews don’t bring in an audience. Guess they were right. We premiered on Friday, March 12th to less than great numbers.

There are several things stacking the odds against us. Our time slot, charmingly known as “The Fox Friday Death Slot” is quickly living up to its name. There has been much confusion and differing opinion over just how to promote this odd little series. Maybe the unique charm, heart and volcanic snark aren’t coming through. I dunno. Fact is, I have no power over network promotion, I can’t force Fox to air “Wonderfalls” on Monday nights, I don’t have a Nielsen box or know anyone who does.


But I do have this keyboard, my cable-modem and a relationship with genre fans all over the world because of the internet. All of the shows I’ve worked on in the last several years have had loyal internet followings. From “Lois and Clark” to “The X-Files,” from “Angel” to the short-lived but much-loved “Firefly.” Ever since I’ve been associated with genre television I’ve had the extreme honor and pleasure (and sometimes hair-pulling
madness) of interacting with fans of these shows via the internet. You are the most dedicated, passionate and, frankly, smartest fans around.

And I’m turning to you now because I believe you’re a huge untapped resource.

I know that every one of you is connected to many others that I can’t reach. If you can give a hand here, you might be keeping us afloat long enough for us to catch the tide. Worth a shot, anyway.

I know the network wants this show to work. They’re willing for it to work. And if there’s any way that my plea now will help Friday’s numbers tick up just a touch, I think that would be a tremendous sign to them.

The next new episode of “Wonderfalls” airs Friday, March 19th at 9:00pm on Fox. Please tune in and mention it to someone else. Preferably someone with a Nielsen box.

So anyway, I thought I’d mention it. Oh, also, the network is going to repeat our pilot on Thursday, March 18th at 9:00pm after “Tru Calling.” So if you missed it last Friday, here’s your chance to catch it.

Thanks --

Sincerely,
Tim Minear

PS - I know the conventional wisdom says that good reviews don’t mean anything to potential viewers, but here’s a taste of them anyway:

TV GUIDE (3/13-19), Matt Roush
“Ironic and romantic, WONDERFALLS is a true original. Surrender to its charms.”

PEOPLE (3/22), Terry Kelleher
“The reason to watch WONDERFALLS is Dhavernas. With a star like this, a series doesn’t really need a gimmick.”

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY (3/19), Ken Tucker
"A-" “...a revelation - a blessing, even.... Each of the four episodes I’ve seen is better than the one preceding it.”

USA TODAY (3/12), Robert Bianco
“WONDERFALLS is such an unexpected treat”

LOS ANGELES TIMES (3/12), Robert Lloyd
“WONDERFALLS is so well done, so fresh and unpredictable, and so little in thrall to conventional virtues as to make the weary reviewer prostrate with joy... everything clicks here”

NEW YORK TIMES (3/12), Virginia Hefferman
“Beautifully shot and written with wit... Dhavernas is delightful.”

NEWSDAY (3/12), Noel Holston
“the best pilot of the 2003-2004 season... Dhavernas is a find, a marvelously understated comic actress and her supporting cast is impeccable”

CHICAGO TRIBUNE (3/12), Steve Johnson
“the series looks and feels like nothing else on television... it all remains, almost magically, in balance, a delicate, roadside-attraction wonderland where mysteries of the cosmos, lowbrow popular culture, family dysfunction, longing and, mostly humor can coexist.”

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE (3/12), Tim Goodman
“unquestionably the best new drama series of the 2003-04 season... this is your time to love TV”

WASHINGTON POST (3/12), Tom Shales
“WONDERFALLS is wonderful... a prime example of risktaking originality, a brassy blast of fresh air any way you look at it.”

BOSTON HERALD (3/12), Amy Amatangelo
“Executive producers Todd Holland, Tim Minear and Bryan Fuller have created a show unlike any other on television.”

THE GLOBE AND MAIL (3/12), John Doyle
”WONDERFALLS is the best new drama in ages... Caroline Dhavernas is impeccable”

US WEEKLY – John Griffiths
“The writing is deliriously clever, the plots strangely Zen and uplifting, and Dhavernas is beyond winning as the loser-stamped Jaye. A fun, wild free fall."

POPGURLS (3/12), Allyson A Popgurl
“...get together with some friends, order in some Chinese, watch Wonderfalls at 9pm on FOX this Friday, and then go out to your favorite dive bar and snark with each other. Make it a regular Friday thing. You'll be happier for it.”


Comments

I saw the first Wonderfalls and enjoyed it. Although I am not yet a fanatic, I think it shows promise, so I am forwarding your letter to a bunch of my friends that, while they probably don't have Nielson boxes, wouldn't have gotten the letter otherwise.

The only bad thing about the show is that I've heard you're not working on the Firefly movie! Bummer.

Posted by: Freya at March 16, 2004 07:25 PM

I'm usually not impressed with the pilot of any show, but this was different. I absolutely loved "Wonderfalls." Jaye is so bitter and sarcastic and blunt; I fell in love right away. I don't have a Nielsen box or know anyone who does, but I do plan on watching every Friday, even though I get up for work at 4:00 am on Saturdays. Now that's love.

Posted by: Jamie at March 17, 2004 07:16 AM

Having been a huge fan of "Dead Like Me" I tuned in on Friday (well, my VCR did, anyway--technically, I watched it Sunday morning). I like Jaye for most of the same reasons I like George. I'm here for the long haul, and while I don't have a magic box hooked up to my TV or know anyone who does, hey... I'll gladly help spread the word. "Wonderfalls" paired with "Joan of Arcadia" makes for a magical-realism (that's the fancy schmancy socially acceptable term for fantasy, right?) Friday--and many sympathies about the death slot. I've watched just about everything FOX has put there since "Brisco County Jr.", and heck, if I hadn't watched "Vr.5" I probably never would have turned into "Buffy" in order to see superspy Oliver Sampson be all tweedy and Hugh Grant-y. If I can follow Tony Head all over creation, why not one of my fave exec producers? (even tho you killed Doyle and would do it again in a heartbeat, you bastard.)

Posted by: LJC at March 17, 2004 08:20 AM

I watched it. I taped it. I watched it again. I posted on my blog for all of my readers to watch it. I totally want one of the wax lions. He is so cute! When are you going to accept applications to be your minion? If Goddard has 'em then you should definitely have 'em. :)

Posted by: kdeweb at March 17, 2004 11:43 AM

That was the most impressed and excited I have been with a pilot since Now & Again in '99.
Like N&A I taped the show to watch later with very little hope of liking the show. Like N&A I immediately fell in love and I have now watched WONDERFALLS 3 times. I have put the word out to my family to watch the encore of the pilot on Thursday. ( I'm Italian so that means a BUNCH of cousins.) When it comes to good tv my family listens to me when I tout a show - too bad no Nielsen box in my family.

Posted by: TheOz at March 17, 2004 03:29 PM

Thank you so much for posting this letter. I really enjoyed watching Wonderfalls and plan on telling all of my friends about it. It was fun, fast paced, and quirky.

I also plan on passing your letter on to everyone who subscribes to the RoswellMovie.net newlsetter and to the people who belong to our Forum. If there is anything else we can do, feel free to let us know!

Posted by: Jodi at March 17, 2004 06:46 PM

Tim,

I'm delighted to see this letter of yours. I didn't know you had started up another series until Zoomway at zoomway.net (your old Lois & Clark fanbase) referred me to this site.

I'll be sure to watch it this week and knowing you had a hand in it, I've no doubt it'll be great

Regards

Posted by: Anita at March 17, 2004 07:15 PM

Dear Tim,

I watched Wonderfalls on Friday and have one thing to say. The show is wonderful. Finally there's a show that's not only well written, but very fun to watch.
My friend Cassy has created a great fansite for Wonderfalls. Maybe you could check it out and sign her guest book. The web site is: http://www.surrendertodestiny.com
Keep up the good work.

Best,
Vegas

Posted by: Vegas at March 17, 2004 09:44 PM

Dear Tim,

Wonderfalls is quite possibly the best show that I've seen during the 2003-2004 season. It's a comedy that's actually funny! Who would have thought that you could actually see something like that on television these days. It's charming and the cast is fantastic. I've sent fifty or so emails to people I know telling them to watch it. I hope all goes well for this fantastic show.

Best,
Stephen
www.thelemmning.com

Posted by: Stephen at March 18, 2004 07:45 AM

Great job Tim!

I laughed out loud more times than I can count. It's funnier and more clever than the biggest sitcoms. It's wonderful to have such an intelligent, creative show to watch in the sea of brainless, unoriginal reality garbage.

I think the whole "smart" viewer should be taken into consideration in the ratings. A smart viewer should count two to three times as much as a less intelligent viewer. In theory, we make more money and spend it on more expensive stuff, therefore the advertisers should pay a premium to advertise on your show.

Fight the good fight!
Tom

Posted by: Tom in Cleveland at March 18, 2004 08:38 AM

Loved the pilot, send out e-mails. Good luck.

Posted by: Captain Average, Defender of the Buffet Table at March 18, 2004 08:50 AM

Tim-Great plea. I'm definitely going to watch the first epi tonight and will tune in tomorrow. Good luck.

Posted by: Patti at March 18, 2004 09:57 AM

Hey Tim!,

I'm a HUGE fan of your show(s!) and of Bill Sadler, in particular! Very Proud of the work that he and the rest of you guys are doing!
Fact is, though, Fox and the "suits" did this Terrible "death slot" thing to you guys! There's a lot of us out "here" who want the show to take wing, fly, soar, and prove them "wrong" for putting such a great show in jeapordy before it Ever aired! (Choosing such a lousy time slot for it!)
You've proven that you're a genius in No small way by appealing to us, (both on the tube, and), here! Best thing I think Anyone's done in a long time! On Bill's site, we've got a Whole new thread! The Wonderfalls thread! And, it's Hopping! We'll do what we can to make sure the show gets the "Numbers" it deserves!

Love for the show! And, that quirky dentist!, (Oh, Yeah! And, for the guy in whose head all of the characters and storys sprang to life from! LOL!)

PaulaKaye

Posted by: Paula Kaye at March 18, 2004 10:14 AM

Great plea letter - it's nice to see an executive producer get into the trenches and really work for a project he or she believes in. I watched the pilot on March 12 and loved it! It's really "wonderfal" (sorry- bad joke) to finally see a quirky comedy that's actually funny. No reality show garbage for me - I'll keep on tuning in to "Wonderfalls" and will encourage friends and family to do the same. I told my parents about the pilot after I saw it and now they're going to watch the re-airing tonight and then the new episode tomorrow night. I wish you well with the series!

Posted by: Jane at March 18, 2004 11:35 AM

I watched it and it was great. The problem is its Friday night timeslot. Your target audience, or at least the group that would love it, is most often out partying at that time. (Remember "Boston Public"?) I just happened to be home because I was sick. I guess we could tape it, but generally college students tend to designate one person to tape it and send it around, which does not help ratings. Try a rebroadcast on a day between Monday thru Wednesday. Other big shows that have longer standing reputations have their VCR reservations -> Sun-"Sopranos" (HBO), Thursday-"Friends" (NBC), etc. and the weekend starts on a Thursday. A timeslot near the broadcast of "The O.C." would be perfect. That way we'll have a chance to tune in, and then remember when to set the VCR in the future.
GOOD LUCK :)

Posted by: Heather at March 18, 2004 01:47 PM

Wonderfalls is such a cool show!! A very good addition to friday night tv, which I only watch for Charmed. It being on at the same time as Wonderfalls, well, one must be taped and one must be watched... c'est la vie....
Pray to whomever you do that this show stays around... they tend to get rid of the best of them (ie. That's Life; American Embassy; Cupid... haven't heard of these shows?... pity...)just cuz those with the Nielson boxes have the power... Down with the Power!!! (just kiddin!)
But here's to many more season's of this superb show!!

Posted by: KLS at March 18, 2004 02:00 PM

Well, I've been waiting for Wonderfalls since I first read that it would be a mid-season show many months ago. And I waited so eagerly and was so happy with the results. Talking animus is completely up my alley. And, yes you should market a key ring version of the red wax lion. Course I'm partial to the monkey bookend. Really, I've been waiting for Friday to see another episode.

As to the time slot. It does suck. But I'm a mid-age married and my husband and I have a two-year-old so we are definitely home on a Friday night. Hell, we bothered to watch Boston Public in this slot. We are thrilled to have something of quality and humor in this time slot. You should cross promote with Joan of Arcadia because I'm liking Friday nights better than most. I'm sad Monk is over for the season because it made a 9 CST bookened for Wonderfalls.

I will email everyone and encourage them to watch. I do wish you could have Mondays at 8/7 CST because there's nothing to watch there.

Andee

Posted by: Andee DeRouen at March 18, 2004 02:10 PM

It's not often that I find a show that I genuinely enjoy (please note, by genuine, I mean something non-Reality based), and all of the shows you have worked on I have wildly and thoroughly enjoyed -- addiction is a terrible, terrible thing, and I love it.

I tuned into Wonderfalls because of the quirky, snarky and sweet commercial, and was enchanted. This is how I would react if things started speaking to me. This family, this sad little tourist trap, been there, done that. I relate. Here's hoping your show stays on, and is a sign of things to come! Keep up the great work, and I'll pass the message along!

Posted by: RJ at March 18, 2004 02:11 PM

I agree with all of the above so no need to repeat except to say excellent, excellent, excellent!

My comment at the end of last week's show was I wish this whole season was on DVD right now so I could keep watching.

Unfortunately, as Heather notes above, a potential core that would enjoy the snarkiness and irony of the show--tweenies (incl. college students), twenties, and some thirties--is prepping and heading out for the weekend night. Come on, FOX, go to your audience! You can't honestly expect them to change their lifestyles to come to you. This is especially vital since you don't have a third hour of nightly primetime real estate to work with throughout the week. Find a spot where this core will watch.

Anyway, Tim, I passed on my praises and your plea to a friend. But, like every other poster here, I don't know a soul with a Nielsen box. The Nielsen system is killing smart programming. Change the system, programmers and advertisers!

Thanx for the show. I hope we can stay together for awhile.

Reid in Austin, TX

Posted by: Reid at March 18, 2004 03:11 PM

I've been talking it up at work, taped it last Friday, watched it Saturday, and my roommate and I have watched it twice more. My third roommate is watching it tonight, and I sent your email out to as many people as I know. Keep up the great work--thank you for having a genuinely new idea in a tv world that is getting more and more plastic.

Posted by: Taunja at March 18, 2004 05:09 PM

Watched the first show and loved it. It has the same feel as Northern Exposure and nothing has come close to it till your show.
Thanks for giving me something to actually watch not just background noise.

Posted by: Joyce at March 18, 2004 06:41 PM

Tim - great show, quality original television at a time when most shows are being canceled for being orignial NON-REALITY based programing. If I want reality I'll watch my co-workers. If I want interesting, fun, thought provoking tv I will watch shows like Wonderfalls - and I will certainly tell my friends. Real grass roots is where the best kind of marketing buzz can come from and I am glad to help the cause for orignal programing.

Posted by: Michele at March 18, 2004 07:26 PM

You don't have to sell me Tim. I watched the first show and thought it was delightful, the best I've seen all year. What a novel idea and in Niagara Falls at that.

I will definitely pass on your letter and encourage all my friends to watch.

Posted by: Peggy at March 18, 2004 07:35 PM

First I would like to thank tvguide online for leading me here because now I know what I need to do.

I watched the pilot and loved it and plan to watch it again tonight. The good reviews helped because I saw the commericals and thought I would give it a try and read some good reviews so it just made me want to watch it more. Knowing Fox and there decisions to cancel shows prematurely I had told my friend about it which she watched and liked it too....so off to tell more about this wonderful show.

Posted by: Maverick at March 18, 2004 08:14 PM

Just caught the replay of the pilot.

I Love It!!!!

Definately going to be watching this show

Posted by: Mycroft at March 18, 2004 08:31 PM

I watched the pilot on Friday and I'm hooked. I'll be back, and I'm telling my friends. If we don't watch the good shows when we find them, we'll be left with a wasteland of Surviving Idol Factor. And none of us wants that, do we?

Posted by: Marah at March 18, 2004 09:13 PM

Hi Tim!

I first heard about Wonderfalls when it was supposed to debut as a new addition to the 2003/04 lineup. I told my DH about the premise of the show and we both agreed that a show with talking inanimate objects sounded cool. We have been waiting all season for it to finally arrive and we were NOT disappointed!

We LOVE LOVE LOVE it! It is sooooo original, fun, quirky, and intelligent. One of the reasons we are able to catch it is BECAUSE it is on Friday nights. Friday and Saturday nights suck as far as TV goes for us so we're very happy to have Wonderfalls to watch that night.

We don't have any of those little magic boxes you speak of AND we're in Canada (okay that's 2 strikes against us...LOL!), but we've told all our friends and family to watch the show.

If the Fox execs have half a brain (ok, that's a stretch I know), they'll keep this smart, ORIGINAL & funny show ON the air.

Looking forward to tonight! T minus 20 hrs 30 mins and counting....

Posted by: Khrystah at March 18, 2004 09:29 PM

The good news: this compaign worked as far as I'm concerned. I saw a play last Friday so I didn't catch your show then. But when I came home from work tonight and checked my web sites, I saw news of this letter and decided to check out the show tonight. (Thursday)

The bad news: I really wasn't crazy about it to be honest. But hey, I'm the only one who has responded so far that has felt that way. I found it to be quirky, very clever, and amusing; but for me, the deal breaker is ultimately the characters. And I don't like your main character. She annoys me. She's one tone ... angry, bitter, cynical. The thing is, I don't know why she's so angry. She's young, intelligent, and physically attractive. Apparently, she grew up with all the privilages of being in an upper middle class American family. She has a family who, while they may not be perfect, *clearly* loves her and is concerned for her welfare. Still, she's determined to try to spite them for some reason by taking a dead end job that she clearly hates. She's like a toddler holding her breath until she turns blue just to get attention. I don't like her; and I just can't get into a show where I don't like the main character/s.

But hey, that's just me. I never could get into "Seinfeld" for the same reason; and that show was one of the biggest hits ever. So what do I know. :)

Still, I like you; and I've enjoyed your past work. So I'll try and catch the next episode tommorrow anyway. Maybe, I'll like it better. Still, if Jaye continues to be nasty and angry without at least a *good* reason provided for her extreme bitterness, I'll probably pass this show up.

But, I'll still wish you luck. Don't worry; I don't have a Nielson box.

Posted by: Teddi at March 18, 2004 11:03 PM

My husband and I love your show. My husband is pretty wacky and I just happened to be "overqualified and unemployable" - so this show really speaks to us! And we are in one of the most desirable demographics, I wish we were a Nielsen Family!!

Keep up the good work, we'll be watching the new episode tonight!!!

:)

Posted by: Dyan at March 19, 2004 12:23 AM

I watched the premiere last Friday and was pleasantly surprised. I thought it was cute and quirky, something a little different than anything else on the networks. I think Friday night is a bad night. They should put you on at 8 p.m. on Mondays or Wednesdays. On Friday I think your competition is Hope & Faith & the Bonnie Hunt show which I watch so I have to tape either those shows or Wonderfalls to watch later. I'm sick of all the reality shows, never did like them (the commercials make me gag) so this show is very refreshing and Fox should give it every chance just as they did many years ago for the X-Files. Just think what would have happened if the execs would have been short-sighted enough to cancel that show! (By the way X-Files was my all time favorite show - when's the next movie?) Fox definitely needs to give your show a chance to grow, preferably on another night. I'm so sick of the networks yanking shows off before you really have a chance to get into them, changing days & times or putting them on hiatis. It gets so confusing to the public, you never know when your show is on. I like to be able to count on knowing that each week at such & such a time I can tune in & expect to see my show. Best of luck to you Tim. Your work on the X-Files along with your other shows has been wonderful and it looks like given the chance you've got another one to put under your belt. Good luck.

Posted by: Linda Ratzloff at March 19, 2004 05:48 AM

Tim - Not a regular viewer of Fox and am not familiar with your work, but was told by a friend about Wonderfalls and watched the rebroadcast last night.... fabulous!!!!!! I initially tuned in for the scenery but am now officially hooked!!!! Enough of the "reality" shows... I WANT the fantasy!!!!!! Keep up the grand work!!!!!

Posted by: Kitty at March 19, 2004 08:09 AM

It is a rare event that I laugh so hard that I cry at anything on TV. I did when I watched Wonderfalls last night. Love it. Love it. Love it.

The smartest, funniest show I have seen in a very very long time.

Good work! Hope it sticks around.

Posted by: Jennifer at March 19, 2004 09:31 AM

I enjoyed the first episode and am looking forward to future episodes. The quirkiness of the characters is refreshing.

This series should prove to be a big hit if it can generate a following.

Unfortunately, this is March Madness month in Minnesota. Basketball and hockey are scheduled during prime time, moving regularly scheduled programming out of the way. What this means is that Wonderfalls is aired at 1:00 AM in the morning. Tru Calling is in the same boat only one hour earlier.

Airing a new program in March in Minnesota and expecting a large audience is not a savvy move by management.

Of course I don't have much respect for network management due to their idealistic and unrealistic goals of generating a hit series within 4 weeks. For example, JAG although originally aired and rejected by one network, it found a home at CBS. The powers that be at CBS (reluctantly?) gave it time to generate an audience, although they were shooting themselves in the foot by shuffling it from one time slot to another. If JAG were aired today, it would undoubtedly not make it past the 2nd episode.

I digress. If given time and a permanent time slot, Wonderfalls will be successful. There is great acting and writing. Keep up the great work.

Posted by: Kent at March 19, 2004 06:21 PM

Tim,

The show is wonderful!! I did not know you were the producer of it when I caught the 1st ep last week and the 2nd tonite! Now that I know you are involved, I will be sure to keep it on my watch list. I really enjoy the show. I just made a comment last week how now that Angel is canceled, I will have to find a new favorite. I think I have. Good luck!!!

Posted by: Shannon at March 19, 2004 09:46 PM

Best show of the Season. WATCH IT!

Posted by: Allan at March 20, 2004 05:04 PM

What a deliciously odd little show! As I described it to a friend of mine, it's "Must-Toke TV." (And yes, that's a good thing. In this case, anyway.)

Posted by: Largo at March 20, 2004 09:15 PM

I loved the show, I watched thurs. nite, the 18th. It was really different, I couldn't stop watching once I started, it keeps your attention. I want shows that entertain, this did just that. If it's going to be on Fridays at 9, it's going to go up against Third Watch, I watch that, but I would tape one or the other so I don't miss either one. I was hoping it would be on Thursdays, there is nothing on that day, in my opinion. Lets give it a chance on a decent time and day.

Posted by: denise smith at March 21, 2004 04:42 PM

I was wrong about the time in my last letter, the show wouldn't be up against Third Watch, I have reconsidered, the time and day are good for Wonderfalls.

Posted by: denise smith at March 22, 2004 03:29 AM

Thank you for such an amazingly SMART and funny show. I hope that it stays on the air because if more people saw it, I know they would love it and be hooked like I am. If Wonderfalls is taken away, I will definitely go into withdrawl!

Posted by: Justin O'Neal at March 22, 2004 12:34 PM

Tim,

Thanks for demonstrating your commitment and passion to get to your audience. I found your post on http://www.aint-it-cool-news.com and just wanted to let you know you're reaching people.

I for one am happy to say that I have been watching for Wonderfalls since I saw great promos and have been talking it up to friends.

And I too am happy to find some new TV-goodness now that Angel has gone. Wonderfalls is it!

Yours for as long as you make TV...

Posted by: Karen at March 23, 2004 02:05 PM

I'm much older than the targeted audience, but I love Wonder Falls just the same. This show is fresh, smart, funny, thought-provoking, and fun to watch. I was one of those "few" (according to corporate numbers) watching the first episode, and I knew then that "something wonderful has happened" (Hal, 2010). The show is like sunlight and a breath of fresh air coming into the dark, dank cave of much of current television programming.

Last night I loved everything, including the double reference to Jeanie's bottle - Jaye's trailer and the bottle the nun was hiding in.

I'm a militant fan of Firefly and regularly watch the episodes over and over on DVD. I pray the same fate doesn't overtake Wonder Falls. I will send this page to everyone I can in hopes our grassroots support can keep this show on the air, even if Nielson boxes aren't tuned in.

Thank you, Tim and company, for bringing this work of art to life and to us. I can't wait for Thursday and the pink flamingos.

Posted by: Sherri at March 27, 2004 07:23 AM

Oops! Sorry to take up space for this, but the quote I put in my post is from Dave, not Hal, in 2010.

Posted by: Sherri at March 27, 2004 07:26 AM

Just wanted to add my hopes that Firefly's fate is not also in store for Wonderfalls. Despite the fact that it hasn't been screened anywhere in Ireland yet, I and my friends have been watching downloaded copies and loving every moment. It's quite frustrating not being able to add to its success by tuning in to up the ratings.

As we say over here, keep 'er lit, Tim!

Posted by: Chris at March 31, 2004 05:19 AM

Please don't let this show die. If Fox doesn't want it, take it somewhere else. And let me know where it's going because I'll be following.

Posted by: Jessica at April 1, 2004 10:19 AM

Tim,

Thanks for all your awesome work throughout the years.Angel,Firefly and now Wonderfalls!

I called Fox L.A. around 4pm central today and when I called Gail Berman's office I got transferred to a lovely woman named Victoria(ext.4438)who took my comments and was super.

Add me to the list of those in love with Jaye,Wonderfalls gift shop and the entire show.

Keep up the good work, I'll do what I can to grow support.

Michael Norton

Posted by: Michael Norton at April 2, 2004 02:41 PM

Wonderfalls is great, I love the cast, the righting and guest casting is spot on. The girl whom played "Gretchen", in "Pink Flamingos" was sooooo her character.
I do see similarities in WF and Joan of Arcadia in that both shows are trying to teaching life's lessons only in different avenues. WF is much more and adult show whereas JofA is family oriented.
Both show are great being there are so many "latch key" kids nowadays. I love how Jaye's father is a Republican yet his kid's lives are more Democratic! :-P I watch the show religiously and hope FOX keeps it on the air. If FOX does not
keep the show can UPN or another network pick it up?

p.s. I am a Buffy fan too, I have all the available DVDs.

Posted by: Tif at April 3, 2004 03:32 PM

I love this show. It is clever and well-written and funny. I look forward to watching it. The rumors of it's cancellation make me feel like I am losing Buffy all over again! Where does someone go for a good show that does not insult their intelligence? Cable I guess.

Posted by: Michelle R at April 3, 2004 07:28 PM

Found your site after hearing about the cancellation of Wonderfalls. Great show, and a big disappointment that Fox didn't give it a fair chance. Can you tell us if it will continue to air on Global TV in Canada, or if you will be able to make it available elsewhere?

Posted by: DJS at April 6, 2004 09:49 AM

Great show! It should not be cancelled. It recieved too many turbulations which prevented it from achieving the ratings it deserves. It was given a bad time slot and was moved with little notice to Thursdays. I tuned in last Friday and discovered that it had been moved. If the network is cancelling it because of the ratings of last week than I think that is unfair. I wasn't even aware that it was moved. This is quality programming that fills in a niche that Buffy left when it ended and
'Wonderfalls' will most likely attract a lot of viewers if given a stronger chance.

Posted by: Margaret Sadousky at April 7, 2004 11:44 AM

If Fox does not keep this show, take it somewhere else! I really want to see more episodes!!!! It's not a show that deserves to be tossed in a dust bin. It's a show that should be allowed to live!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Minnie Reid at April 7, 2004 11:47 AM

Dear Tim,

As everyone else above has said, Wodnerfalls is a brilliant show and I am absolutely AGHAST that Fox has cancelled it! The Fox Friday Death Slot HAS lived up to its name, and Fox has expressed its continued incompetance by moving it to Thursday for one night (which I missed, cause I don't make a habit of watching the reality-drudgery Fox has the rest of the week), and then axing it!

You know that of course, but PLEASE fight to get it on another network! The WB, I think, would be a much better place for it! Reading that you ahd already approached them, I have already written, called, e-mailed and faxed them my support for your show, as well as signing all petitions I could find! In a TV world polluted with endless reality-tv brainless schlock, a brilliant well-written show can't afford to be killed like this before it even had a chance!

Posted by: Zakk St. James at April 8, 2004 03:59 PM

Tim, I'm shattered. Wonderfalls was so fresh it bowled me over; I was hooked right away. I think if Fox gave it a chance in a decent time slot others would feel the same. I've signed an on-line petition, but I'd write to whomever needs be. The writing and acting, well everything is too good. We must save this show!

Posted by: Phil at April 10, 2004 07:32 AM

You would think that the "brains" at FOX would learn after getting rid of such greats as Dark Angel and John Doe, wouldn't you? I think they should look at new ways of determining the ratings of these shows. If all these good shows keep getting the axe, something is quite obviously wrong with the current ratings system.

Posted by: Seamus at April 10, 2004 02:45 PM

I don't understand the Fox network myself. I have made it my personal mission to do everything I can to annoy Fox and any other network that will listen that Wonderfalls is an amazing show that deserved more than a four week shot. If Fox is not willing to see what this show is capable of, I'm hoping maybe UPN or the WB can see it. This show has such wondeful capabilities and I hope it can live up to them one day...preferrably in the near future.

Posted by: Kelly Smith at April 10, 2004 06:32 PM

Urgh!!!First Firefly, now Wonderfalls! I just want to thank you Tim for providing quality television even if it was shortlived. I loved Wonderfalls and really hope you're able to get out a DVD or another network so my family & I can see what happens.

I look forward to your next creation. Now, How do I get a Nielson box?


Posted by: Justina at April 12, 2004 04:33 PM

Save Wonderfalls! I love Wonderfalls! The show is exciting, creative and mysterious! The actors are perfect in their roles and the special effects are a knockout! The setting is spectacular with many possibilities, an intriguing backdrop to the plot. The native lengend also appeals to me, and I really want to see what will come next in the future episodes! Please keep Wonderfalls on the air! Thank-you!

Posted by: Jane Jones at June 26, 2004 06:40 AM








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