Ever try to save a show?

Myso_lAww, look at Angela and Jordan (Claire Danes and Jared Leto, pictured). Don’t you love the way he leans? The complete My So-Called Life is finally out, which means the DVD trifecta of my most cherished one-season wonders (MSCL, Freaks and Geeks, and The Comeback) is now complete.

While compiling my favorite musical moments from MSCL for Friday’s Take 5 video, I remembered signing a petition to save the show that had floated around my junior high for a few days. It was literally like 12 sheets of paper ripped out of some girl’s spiral notebook. Classy! And yet so appropriate to the series. It had "Mrs. Jordan Catalano" scrawlings in the margins, arrow-through-the heart doodles, three-dimensional cubes just for the hell of it… you know, the works. "We had a time" composing it, that’s for sure.

My friends and I were convinced that if everyone in our class signed the thing, ABC execs would immediately wise up and change their minds. Ha! We were so naive, we didn’t realize that mailing paper documents to networks is like sending Santa a wish list at 123 North Pole. Or that the only surefire way to save a show is by deluging the network with peanuts. (In MSCL‘s case, maybe flannels?) Anyway, I’m wondering: What’s the greatest length — naive or not — that you’ve gone to save a show you love?

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  • Rachel K

    I’ve signed multiple petitions on line to save/bring back Firefly to television. Fox never gave it a fair chance. Go Browncoats!!

  • Erica

    Firefly and Angel — petitions and “send things to people” campains. I seem to recall trial sized (nancy boy) hair gels over the Angel cancellation!

  • Salah

    how can we forget our favorite family The Bluths.

  • Louise

    I would constantly berate my friends who did not watched Arrested Development, shouting at them “C’mon!!!”

  • Tommy G.

    I sent a letter to Les Moonves asking that he save “The Amazing Race” from cancellation. Hey, so far – so good.

  • BrandonK

    I’ve signed online petitions for Andy Richter Controls the Universe, Futurama, Wonderfalls, and Arrested Development. What IS it with Fox putting cool shows on the air and then getting rid of them before their time?!

  • Shannon

    We actually sent a scathing letter to HBO telling them we were cancelling our subscription when they suddenly yanked “Carnivale” off after 2 seasons. I think we were so honked off that they jerked it without finishing the story. Hey, saved us 12 bucks a month…

  • Shannon

    Oh yeah… I did sign the Arrested Development and Firefly petitions, too.

  • furry_tom

    I signed the Arrested Development petition, invited Carl Weathers over for a stew.

  • adam

    Hey, maybe im the only one, but i was really sad to see What About Brian go. Although it never seemed like they could get their act together with characters coming and going it was much better then most shows on tv right now and wasnt really given a chance.

  • Lisa

    If I had the money, I’d buy a network and put Arrested Development back on.

  • Hamburger Royal

    If the show is excellent, I buy the DVD (vote by wallet). If I succeed, great; if not, doesn’t matter. I get over it. And I support the WGA strike. If it lasts long enough (say, into 2015), maybe Fox will realize that they have 14 episodes of the finest television available to humanity on hand. And the best: Barely anyone will remember Firefly. And those few who do will be stunned when the episodes air in the correct sequence.

  • shonna

    i signed petitions for MSCL and Felicity – 2 of my all-time faves.
    i’m currently obssessed with keeping Friday Night Lights on the air – I’ve emailed NBC numerous times and constantly harass friends and family to watch.

  • Amber

    I actually wrote a letter to ABC begging and pleading for them to keep My So Called Life on the air. I got a lame reply from them and then the show was cancelled. I tried…sigh.

  • Maeve

    Annie- your musical moments from My So-Called Life thing was awesome! I totally did not see it until now. Ok, so I did nothing to try to keep MSCL on the air. However, after the Buffalo Tom “Late at Night” episode, I did campaign hard to get that as our prom song. It was not easy to get it on the ballot, as usually prom songs are popular ballads, and “Late at Night” got beaten by some cheesetastic Bon Jovi song…but at least I tried.

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