Boy in the Bubble — Josh Friedman’s first blog post since Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles was canceled. It’s… wow. “Losing your show is more like a surprise divorce where you get served papers in the morning and your (ex)wife is fucking Human Target by three in the afternoon using the same time slot your child was conceived in and also where she did that one thing that one time on your birthday.”
Kelvin G says
I am sorry but I don’t feel all the pity Josh Friedman is trying to garner in this post. He seems to blame everyone but himself for the failure of the show. If he wasn’t the one running the show, aproving the slow and convoluted scripts that killed it and wasn’t the final decision maker, he needs to quit calling himself Executive Producer.
If he was, then he needs to step up and let the buck stop with him.
Sorry, Kelvin, your comment got stuck in the moderation queue and I just noticed it there.
I agree with you (I think) in that the slow episodes in the middle of the season had a lot to do with the show’s cancellation, and Friedman does bear the responsibility for those writing choices. I didn’t read his post as an attempt to shirk that responsibility, though. He’s writing specifically about the bubble state — the period of time after filming has ended, while the last few episodes are airing, up until the day he learned they were through. At that point, everything IS out of his hands; the show’s fate rests on decisions that were made months before, on the audience’s response — or rather, the Nielsen audience’s response, since the rest of us aren’t counted — and on business factors that have nothing to do with him. For an example of the latter: Warner Brothers, not Fox, owns the rights to the Terminator franchise. Fox could renew Dollhouse knowing that they stand to make money off its DVD sales and reruns, whereas the WB would profit from Terminator’s.