An Open Letter to The Dudes Who Run FX Programming
First let me say, I love you. I could pretty much only watch FX for the rest of my life and be perfectly happy. ‘Sons of Anarchy’ is basically the greatest show I have ever watched (it’s a three way tie with ‘Buffy’ and the ‘West Wing,’ FYI). I’ve annoyed at least three people I know into watching it and they’ve all become huge fans. I’m not saying I should get commission or anything – though that would be nice – I’m saying, I do my part for you. I spread the word about ‘Sons,’ about ‘Justified,’ about ‘The League.’ I do it all. I think we’ve had a pretty beautiful relationship thus far.
Now, let me also say that you made a mistake when you canceled ‘Terriers.’ I kept missing it when it was on, but I DVR’d it. Sadly, some jerk, who shall remain nameless, erased the episodes before I could watch them. And then I had to wait around for a freaking year to be able to watch the show on Netflix Instant. And I hear there’s not going to be a DVD release. I watched the entire show in less than 48 hours this past weekend. It was amazing. And I think it fit really well with the rest of the FX lineup. I’m really bummed that your network decided not to renew it. I think it deserved the chance.
I hope next time you have a show as awesome as ‘Terriers’ that you’ll give it a chance to prove its worth. You’re a cable network. You shouldn’t play in to that stupid ratings crap that NBC and CBS and ABC do. It’s stupid. Their shows don’t even come close to being half as awesome as yours. And you should know that building an audience takes time. ‘Sons’ is now your top show. It’s the biggest show you’ve got, and it’s kicking ass and taking names in the ratings. But it took time. Not every show is going to be a success right out of the gate. You had a critically loved show and you didn’t give it a chance to grow. A lot of dumbasses catch up on shows on Netflix (myself included), you could have built a solid audience via Netflix Instant (trust me, I know my kin; they’re always freaking slow, but they show up in the end) and then led in to a second season with higher ratings.
I’d also like to ask that you not cancel awesome shows and then greenlight some show by Ryan Murphy which you know will do well for a season or two until he ultimately runs it in to the ground. (And you know it’s true. You were the network who let him have six seasons of ‘Nip/Tuck’ when the show barely deserved, like, three. I’m giving you a pass for ‘American Horror Story’ right now only because Connie Britton is flawless. You’re lucky that I’m a huge ‘Friday Night Lights’ fan otherwise we’d have a much bigger problem. I’m sure you’ve seen the terrible things he’s done to ‘Glee;’ it does air on Fox, your lame network cousin, after all.)
I’ll never quit you guys. As far as I can tell, you’ve had a pretty stellar record. You’re usually very on the ball with your programming. It’s hard to argue with ‘The Shield,’ ‘Rescue Me,’ ‘SOA,’ ‘Justified’ (congrats Margo on the Emmy!), ‘The League,’ ‘It’s Always Sunny,’ ‘Archer,’ and ‘Louie.’ I love(d) them all. But I hope you’ll think twice next time. And I hope you’ll release Terriers on DVD. Because some of us actually loved it. And if nothing else, it can live on and become a cult favorite like ‘Freaks and Geeks,’ ‘Firefly’ and ‘My So Called Life.’ Come on, guys, you want this just as much as I do.
Hugs and kissies,
Your biggest fan, Kaitlin
Note: Photo courtesy of FX.