Online television streaming platforms have given us amazing original new shows. And who’ll say no to MORE television? But, the thing people aren’t talking about as often is how they’ve become saviours who sit at the gates of the graveyard of dead or dying shows. The latest of which I am super excited about – Hulu saving the Mindy Project.
This last minute save got me thinking…Imagine if Hulu was around, circa 2002 when Firefly was suddenly and unceremoniously cancelled by Fox.
Firefly was cancelled by Fox in 2002 after just 14 episodes.
After just 14 episodes, this sci fi Epic was taken off the air due to low ratings. Poor programming & scheduling are heavily responsible for the low viewing scores (the network aired the episodes out of order and they scheduled it on Friday nights, commonly known as the “death slot”). In addition, it was an expensive show to make at the time and it wasn’t paying off.
Can you imagine if Hulu, Netflix, Amazon or Yahoo had been around then to save Firefly?
With all of these platforms trying to create original content, perhaps the easier (and cheaper) option, is for them solely rely on purchasing and revitalizing floundering existing shows.
We’ve seen Netflix save Arrested Development, The Killing, and it recently gave Tina Fey’s The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt life. In addition to Netflix’s success with its original programming, it’s fundamentally good PR for the digital service to appease fans who bitterly turn away from other broadcast channels to watch their favourite shows return online.
The Mindy Project (one of my favourite new comedies when it first aired on Fox) has been dropped by Fox but has been saved by Hulu. Thank God. Hulu, while I’m not necessarily overwhelmed by your original programming, but your streaming of older British series and revitalization of cancelled US shows is why I will keep signing up for Hulu Plus.
Whereas Community’s Season 6 revamp on Yahoo felt too little, too late (there’s only so much support the show’s once loyal fans can muster after a lacklustre season 4 and 5, particularly after losing three key characters), the Mindy Project’s story arc potential is poised to fill and sustain a 26-order season. And I’m excited.
Mindy Kaling, your show has just been given new life on a platform perfect for the creation of new gifs and memes. Don’t let us down.