Sunday, May 15, 2011
Human Target Cancelled by FOX
I’ve never had to write this kind of a blog post. My experience with Criminal Intent was quite different and incredibly rewarding. Far beyond any dreams I could possibly have had. I’m sorry I didn’t have the same amount of time to devote to trying to save Human Target because hard work does seem to have an impact at some level.
My deepest sympathies go out to the cast and crew who worked so hard to make Human Target the amazing production it was. I wonder if they are all in mourning? Or are they already in negotiations and signing contracts for their next endeavors? I’m in mourning, but comforted by the fact that I’ve got episodes to re-watch and examine – because there is lots still there to analyse and enjoy! So it’s not the end of this blog!
What are the reasons for the cancellation? I can only speculate.
If they are looking at the ratings – I’m certain they would have had more viewers if FOX had shown it consistently in the same timeslot. It wasn’t Where’s Waldo?, it was Where’s Human Target? It’s like they were deliberately sabotaging the show by moving it all over hell’s half acre. It became a target easy to miss.
Expense? Yes, I bet Human Target isn’t cheap to make. It’s filmed in Vancouver and the Canadian dollar is very high right now, so the exchange rate doesn’t improve the cost of the show.
Demographics? That would be an interesting study. When I first uploaded my Chances vid, the biggest group of viewers was guys 35 and under. That switched to women later and remains that way. Big Canadian viewings!
In Season 2, HT added the ladies as regular cast members and I became devoted to the show. I’m guessing a lot more women watched regularly now. That was a smart move on the part of the producers. After all, we’re the ones with the death grip on the household purse strings and who just might pay attention to the advertisers….. (Did the prime advertisers for HT change from beer in S1 to household cleaners in S2?)
I’d love to know what they pitched for a Season 3. Sigh. Whatever it was, it didn’t work….
And now I’m without Lie to Me, as well. FOX has not won any brownie points with me this week. The one bright spot is the public recognition of the Criminal Intent Binder Project by Kathryn Erbe.
Stay tuned! I’m not done with this blog yet! I'm just side-tracked with finishing a V vid!