You know, the guys in prime-time could have had this show, but no! They had 'better ideas!'
Once I beat you, your show will be cancelled faster than you can say 'created by Joss Whedon
Everybody, I've got bad news. We've been canceled. Lois Griffin:
Oh no! Peter, How could they do that? Peter:
Well, unfortunately, Lois, there's just no more room on the schedule. We just gotta accept the fact that FOX has to make room for terrific shows like Dark Angel
, That '80s Show
, Fast Lane
, Andy Richter Controls The Universe
, Girls Club
, Cracking Up
, The Pitts
, Get Real
, Freaky Links
, Wanda at Large
, The Lone Gunmen
, A Minute with Stan Hooper
, Normal Ohio
, Harsh Realm
, Keen Eddie
, The Street
, American Embassy
, Cedric the Entertainer
, The Tick
, and Greg the Bunny
Is there no hope? Peter:
Well, I suppose if all those shows
go down the tubes, we might have a shot.
was getting big figures. Ratings fell, and when ratings fall in television, in spite of your [the fansí] love and enthusiasm, the executives get scared. Why did the ratings fall? It might have been because we went up against Coronation Street
, the most popular soap in the world? It was a big drop, wasnít it? A 50% drop. It was considerable...Itís all to do with money. They took you for granted. They tended to use Doctor Who
as a kind of training ship for novices to get their experience on
. Thatís bad.
If NBC had been trying to cancel us, they couldn't have done a better job.
What does NBC
stand for? Never Believe your Contract.
In a master stroke of UPN programming brilliance, Dilbert
follows Shasta McNasty,
a show geared toward viewers who are... how can I say this... very likely to die in bowling ball cleaning machine accidents
. Fortunately, Shasta
is a filthy and sophomoric show, so it will corner the market on perverts and unsupervised minors. It's a perfect lead-in audience for an animated Dilbert
TV show. If you don't understand that, you
will never be a television executive.
There are episodes I was fonder of than others, and Iím sure all the fans would agree there were periods of time when I thought the show was perhaps not really running on all cylinders...Also, and I heard this from a number of fans, the local affiliates would not always show Enterprise.
We went to a convention — one of the first I went to — in San Antonio, and nobody showed up. We found out later that the UPN affiliate in San Antonio usually preempted Enterprise
for high school football games. So there were a lot of problems that had nothing to do with our execution.
is like Whedon's secretly abusive boyfriend; no matter how many times Fox hurts him, cheats on him, beats him down, Whedon always believes Fox when they say it will be different this time.
As for [co-editor Glenn Greenberg's] belief that a Scarlet Spider
book would have eventually failed, he is entitled to his opinion. I certainly believe that the powers-that-were at Marvel
would have eventually cancelled the book even if it was selling...just like they cancelled Thunderstrike
and War Machine
even though both books were profitable. Since I had access to the actual sales during that period, I can attest to the fact that at the time it was cancelled Thunderstrike
was actually selling more copies than both Thor
combined. Why were profitable titles like Thunderstrike
, War Machines
and all the 2099
books cancelled? The answer I was given was that the guy in charge of marketing had decided that these additional titles were hurting the core company franchises. He believed that the sales on Thor
would go up as soon as Thunderstrike
was cancelled, and Amazing Spider-man
would increase with Spider-Man 2099
gone. Nice theory...but I still think it was nonsense.