Fans of the Fox show Fringe are extremely distressed at the news that it's being moved to Friday nights on the network.
The move was caused by Fox's decision to shift "American Idol" to Wednesdays and Thursdays. However, instead of moving the show to Tuesdays with Glee, the decision was made to move it to Friday. The head of Fox Entertainment, Kevin Reilly, expressed confidence that the fans of the show would follow it to Fridays.
The trouble with that theory is that Fringe has been falling in the ratings as of late. Another bad sign is the fact that ABC's non-scripted shows run that evening. Also, as science-fiction fans all too well know, that evening is the slot where a lot of shows are sent to die.
In posts on various sites, many are seeing the announcement as the end of the show, while others are calling for campaigns to save it. There are still others who have expressed the opinion that the storylines this year has caused the show to jump the shark. Whatever the reason, the overwhelming outlook for the show is bleak at best.
Combine this with Medium on CBS being canceled recently, and The Event on NBC going into hiatus, this has not been a stellar year for the genre. There are many possible causes of this happening, with the leading one in this writer's opinion being the craze by the networks to keep pushing reality shows all over their schedules.
The shows may be less expensive and very popular right now, but the history of such crazes is that interest begins to wane and the networks will be stuck with shows in various stages of pre-production and nowhere to show them, not to mention that some reality shows are nothing of the sort.
The only hope for Fringe is not a fan campaign against Fox, but an effort to get others to tune into the show where the ratings will hopefully go up. However, for that to succeed, you have to have a network that supports the show.
Frankly, talk is cheap. If Fox supported the show, Friday is the last day on Earth they would schedule it, so saving this show will be a very hard, if not an impossible, battle.
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