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A Thank You from Tim

Posted on March 22, 2004 | Comments (24)

Just a quick note to say “thanks" to everyone who took up the cause of continuing the buzz for "Wonderfalls."

Friday nights continue to be tough on Fox. The Friday night numbers seem to have dropped -- not just our numbers, but our lead-in as well. However there is some good news to report. The encore of our pilot on Thursday actually posted slightly better numbers than its original Friday airing. The significance of this should not be underestimated. This never happens, that a repeat does better than a premiere. Especially considering that there was very little actual promotion for this repeat; it was a last minute decision, and wasn’t even listed in most TV Guides.

I suspect a certain awareness was generated by your efforts, so again thanks for that.

Tim Minear


You're welcome! Wonderful cast, wonderful production, great job all around.

Posted by: Dave L. at March 22, 2004 04:15 PM

Tim -

I saw your show on Friday and really dug what you're are trying to do. I'm definitely interested in your show. From what I saw there is mad creativity, talent and diversity.Everything that's currently missing in TV. * Just don't forget to show more people of color not as extras but in some speaking roles where they don't die in first 10 minutes of the show. I'll pass the word about the show.

How about letting me drop a music track or two to the show?

I'm in AFTRA and a NARAS/Grammy Voting Member

Posted by: DJ THUNDERMIXX at March 22, 2004 04:37 PM

No problem. Keep up the good work! I love this show, and clearly everyone else should. I mean...clearly.

And speaking of music, tell whoever chose Frou Frou for the pilot he or she is really, really awesome.

Posted by: Polter-Cow at March 22, 2004 05:19 PM

Matt Roush from TV Guide did a nice write-up about the show in this week's AskMatt section. You might check it out if you have time:


I enjoy the show, hopefully it will last. If not, I'll be the first to purchase the DVD!

Posted by: Derric at March 22, 2004 05:28 PM

Why, your welcome, Tim. Of course, if you'd really like to thank us (or me, anyway) you'll write a George Cukor-ish episode in which Katie Finneran does nothing but lounge about on a lavish victorian bed in a 1930s silk nightie, swizzling a martini.

...like Joan Crawford in "The Women."

...for a whole hour


Posted by: piranesi at March 22, 2004 05:54 PM

i think a tru calling/wonderfalls pairing is a good idea...wish fox would go that way. as it is...the "must see tv" hasn't been very "must see" of late...and of course next year is up in the air as far as nbc is concerned on thursdays. so... i don't know. fridays suck and should be only for reality show hoohaw. in my humble and yet never wrong opinion. *smirk*

nice family dynamics in this last ep btw.


Posted by: gretch at March 22, 2004 06:10 PM

I really enjoy the show ...it makes me actually laugh out loud

Friday nights are tough for fox and for the target audience - I've only been able to catch the reruns on Thursday night.

I wish you the best and I hope Wonderfalls is a success - I will be looking forward to the upcoming episodes

Posted by: dana at March 22, 2004 07:23 PM

And another thing!

The Nielsen system is on the verge of becoming obsolete. Case in point: I watch four or five shows per week consistently, and they all air in the same three time slots. Hoo-ray for dual tuner DVRs. Now, if mine was a sampled household, when I record and watch two shows that both air, say, Tuesday at 8pm, which one would get my "share"? This may not be a big issue in their dataset, but among the population at large it is a very real issue that, in my opinion, should make networks seriously consider reexamining the validity of their current "scoring" system.

I'm just saying.

Posted by: Dave L. at March 22, 2004 08:34 PM

As someone who's not into fantasy (science fiction or otherwise), I've never actually seen an episode of any of your other shows... with the exception of Lois and Clark. Nonetheless, I caught the re-run on Thursday and must say that it's a terrific show - I've been pimping it to all my friends. Unfortunately, they aren't part of Neilsen families, so I don't know how this is going to help.
I've always detested reality shows so it's refreshing to actually find an interesting scripted show. Hopefully, it'll survive the timeslot so that I can watch new episodes for years to come.
Oh yeah, and in response to your "thanks" I say "you're welcome."

Posted by: NaijaChiqa at March 23, 2004 12:26 AM

Wait, you're thanking me?? But I was just wondering how I could thank you...

Because the show is the most fun I've had on Friday nights in a long time--and that's saying a lot, being that Friday has seen many a family game night and they always let me win at Scattergories. So long as it's on TV, I'll continue to persuade, trick and bribe my acquaintances--er, I mean, friends--into watching it.

Here's hoping the network gives Jaye a chance, because I could only say so many good-byes in one year. And my fish ain't looking any younger.

Posted by: Matt at March 23, 2004 07:10 AM

It's been a whole year since I've been that happy on Friday nights, although frankly both showings I've been out and let the VCR take care of it for me.

Love the show; Caroline is a real find and the family and Mahandra are also perfect. I've been trying to convert friends but frankly people in my age group mostly don't watch TV on Fridays at all. It was your name that attracted me to the show and thanks a million.

And I've seen Katie Finneran in her Tony-awarding winning performance in NOISES OFF--she was fantastic! More theater people, please!

And oh yeah, could Jaye sometimes get a Canadian coin? I'd love to see the loon and bear and caribou come to life!

Posted by: Carolyn at March 23, 2004 07:18 AM

I hope that FOX TV will keep the Tru Calling/Wonderfalls back to back thursday night (or whatever day they want), tru calling in the drama/action/suspense and wonderfalls in dramedy. Hope that both series last. Are they planning to release both series in DVD format, I hope so

Posted by: Erick at March 23, 2004 10:20 AM

Thank YOU, from the bottom of my heart... This world is desperate for people like you, who keep the creative and magical sparks alive, against all odds.

Wonderfalls is truly snarkeddy brilliant goodness... Loving the cast, the quirks, the cleverness, and above all... the talking "inanimate" objects....

i will continue to support the show in any way i can....

And Tru Calling/Wonderfalls back to back on Thursdays would make me soooooooo happy. :]

Posted by: Luna at March 23, 2004 10:11 PM

You're too good to be constantly pimping yourself to the networks. We either need a station that will run low-rated but brilliant shows or you should go direct to DVD with your next project.

Thanks for Wonderfalls. It's been so much fun and I pray that it continues.

Posted by: Tontileo at March 24, 2004 02:56 AM

I loved the pilot but was disappointed with the second episode. :[

the pilot was great because it depicted the inner-connectedness which is inherent in every action we make. the second episode on the other hand was centered on one main task, which for me removed the magical aspect that comes from the small journies jaye takes in order to balance the worlds karma. not to mention that the plot for the second episode seemed like an incomplete patch work of ideas...

PS: If anyone knows the answer to this i would appreciate it greatly: at the end of the first episode sharon asks jaye "who,made you guess?"
what does jaye say back?
I was able to figure out that it starts with "nobody,...".

Posted by: guyn at March 26, 2004 06:22 AM

Loved the third episode even better than the second. Congrats on the for-now temporary relocation to Thursdays at 9pm (hope it becomes permanent).

One thing, though: You think you could get FOX to have the official run time set for 9:00pm to 9:59pm for the TiVos, Media Centers (my package) and other DVRs so that instead of competing with ER, we can actually record both shows?

Thanks, Rob

Posted by: Rob at March 28, 2004 12:12 AM

So far, I'm very impressed with the acting, writing and directing/cinematography style of Wonderfalls. I hope the show lasts two seasons, at the very least.


Posted by: Kelly J. Compeau at March 28, 2004 04:48 PM

I was sad to hear of the untimely demise of Jaye and her inanimate muses. I will soon be forced to quit watching TV altogether, once the powers-that-be decide to kill other "critically acclaimed" but low-rating shows like American Dreams and Ed. It's a sad state of affairs when "reality" shows rule the airwaves. I should have saved the Wonderfalls episodes off the TiVo for when I need a fix of quality TV.
Keep trying!

Posted by: karen at April 6, 2004 11:34 AM

I deeply regret the cancellation of WONDERFALLS. If it is any consolation, I have been developing since 2000 a similarly fantastic and whimsical comic strip. Two female cousins enroll in an academy to become knights errant and follow in the steps of Don Quixote. Among the characters are angels--magnificent, powerful angels with the bodies of lions, tigers, leopards, panthers, elephants, rhinoceri, bulls and eagles who put the fear of God into even the most fanatical Shiite cleric. I pray that you will get to read it, as I'm sure you will love it. May I use the face of the dear Lady Caroline for one of the cousins? To conclude: KEEP THE FAITH!

Posted by: Juan Jose Morales at April 8, 2004 03:49 PM

I can't believe FOX has gone and cancelled one of the best new shows on TV. I am so sick of seeing more and more 'reality' shows. (I'm sorry-getting tens of thousands of dollars worth of plastic surgery is reality? Not for me.) Let's hope Wonderfalls shows up again - maybe another network will pick it up?

Posted by: Greg at April 9, 2004 12:42 PM

I am very very sorry that your show was cancelled - (as usual I am a little late finding out). It is very sad that someone decided to cut it off the air - most probably, someone who does not really look at this show and who probably does not care... and,that is too bad!

I loved this show - with some other thousands who were most disappointed , and I would like very much to do something about all this - - please, what can I do to assist in gewtting you back on the air?

Will be awaiting your reply! Keep on doing good work - we do care!

Posted by: Yolanda at April 10, 2004 06:51 PM

Tim Minear,

You produce brilliant, witty television. You actually treat television as a medium in which to produce shows with a great deal of artistic merit, as opposed to the instantly forgettable guff that is reality TV. I can't honestly believe that a show as clever as Wonderfalls could have been cancelled this early in its infancy without being given a fair chance to establish itself.

Apart from the writing, which is superb, Caroline Dhavernas is an excellent actress, of a calibre that we just don't often see these days. Wonderfalls, I thought, was the perfect vehicle for her.

All I want to say is, despite the callous indifference of the networks, there are those of us out here to whom your work does make a great difference. I have followed Angel since its inception and I recognised some of the trademark Minear wit and quirkiness that was ever-present in that show in Wonderfalls. I really enjoy watching television after a hard day at work. When I do, I would prefer to be watching the sort of quality entertainment produced by people like yourself, Joss Whedon and JJ Abrams. I don't feel as if that time is ever wasted.

So feel confident in the fact that there are many of us out here in TV land all over the world who will be looking forward to your next project, whatever that may be. We will endeavour to support you via the internet and whatever other means we can to safeguard those few hours of real television enjoyment that we can get each week. I, and many like-minded individuals, think it is worth fighting for.

Posted by: Absinthe at April 14, 2004 04:43 PM

I'm just wondering why did they cancelled Wonderfalls in exchange to SWAN, I really like the Wonderfalls it makes me laugh and feel light, is there a way that you can sell the rights to another network who has patience and are you going to release a DVD for the whole series.

I hope so and putting it in the warehouse is such a waste for a good/quality dramedy series like Wonderfalls, as I mentioned before back to back with Tru Calling is a perfect combination on Thursday night.

Hope they change their mind

Posted by: Erick at April 23, 2004 01:04 PM

Hey Tim,

I was just talking to some of the guys at work today about a friend I used to go to school with that his own Star Trek home movies. I thought I would see what you have been up to... Looks like you have been busy!! I hope life is treating you well and that you will have something new coming up soon.

Love ya,

Posted by: Val at April 28, 2004 11:57 PM

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