Wednesday, December 26, 2012
For months, fellow Grifters and I endure tease and torture that the fates of all other TNT television shows were decided, less our beloved Leverage. Countless campaigns to convince TNT to renew, even TELL the outcome of their decision were launched...not only through social media, but also via old-school phone calls, postcards and letters. Fans poured their hearts out to the bottom-line: the advertisers. Still, time passed--to no avail. Other TNT shows were renewed…and still no confirmation.
Americans endure all the politics of the US elections, bleak financial situations from job losses and pay cuts, the heartbreak of a superstorm that ravaged the northeastern United States that leaves countless homeless and suffering, not to mention the heinous act against children by a gunman. That doesnt take into account the worldwide situation and what people endure on a daily basis. We all seek refuge--even for an hour. Fans of Leverage are worldwide, and we all feel the same. Christmas holds for us the season finale of our favorite show--with hopes of a sixth season.
Days before Christmas, TNT announced their bah-humbug decision that Leverage is cancelled. This network chose to move time slots day-to-day, hour-to-hour throughout the five seasons; and while viewing numbers drifted up and down, the bottom-line dictated their decision…that millions of faithful viewers are not enough for another season.
I was a fan of TNT. I adored The Closer, so much so that I watched reruns incessantly. But what makes me SO angry about this travesty, is not so much that TNT cancelled (and, yes, I hate that), but that TNT advertised for MONTHS of the final episode of The Closer. Commercials ran ad nauseam. But fans of Leverage are dumped days before Christmas and the final episode--with no warning. I, for one, don’t appreciate their disrespect as a loyal supporter.
Dean Devlin, John Rogers, and Chris Downey and all others involved in this awesome show brought us 77 unforgettable, entertaining, creative, mentally challenging, and fun episodes. Tim Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf and Aldis Hodge have given us memorable characters that now live in our hearts and memories. The Leverage writers, directors, producers, cast, crew and guests have done an exceptional job and we salute you. As a fan of this great show, I thank you all.
The blowoff network, however, will not survive my lineup.
Posted by DiDi Hendley at 12:13 AM