Bring ‘Em Back!
by Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, the creator of cult favorite TV show Veronica Mars posted a Kickstarter campaign online to raise money to fund a movie follow-up of the show. Their original goal was $2 million in thirty days, but fans rallied together in support and shattered that target in less than eleven hours. At the time of this article’s publishing, the campaign has made over $3.9 million with sixteen days to go in their endeavor. Because of the success of this project, conversations have sparked on the Internet discussing other shows fans would like to see revived.
When the question was posed on the Nerd Machine’s Facebook and Twitter (which you should be following if you’re not already!), unsurprisingly, the majority voted for Chuck to have a second chance on TV or even on the big screen.
Another show that got a lot of votes on social media was one of my personal favorites, Pushing Daisies. In the simplest terms, Pushing Daisies is about a guy named Ned who “makes pies and wakes the dead.” It was critically acclaimed and beloved by fans, but after being dealt a bad hand in the game of television, which included being postponed during the Writer’s Strike in 2007, it was subsequently cancelled after two seasons and twenty-two episodes. I’ll let you in on a secret – as much as I love Pushing Daisies, and believe me when I say it’s a lot, I still can’t bring myself to watch the last two episodes of the show. No matter how many times I do a series rewatch, I haven’t been able to watch the last two episodes because then it would be over for real; there would be no more. I would personally love a Pushing Daisies movie so my fellow fans and I could see Ned, Chuck, Emerson, and Olive get a happy ending.
Naturally, Firefly was also high on the revival response list. As much as I agree with that sentiment, Joss Whedon has given two good reasons as to why it will never happen: one; there was already a movie made, Serenity, which wrapped up everyone’s storylines, albeit not necessarily very nicely and two; he and many of the cast members are busy with other successful projects of their own.
Other answers we received ranged from shows like Wonderfalls to ones like Dark Angel and Gilmore Girls to Freaks and Geeks and Heroes. The sheer volume of replies proves fans are still passionate about their favorite shows, even if they are long gone, and they will never let that passion fade. The Veronica Mars model attests to the fact fans would have no problem chipping in a few dollars to get projects off the ground if it meant they could see the characters they love one last time. Hopefully this fan-funded revolution will help other treasured but gone-too-soon shows be brought back to life.
What other shows would you like to see again, either as a TV show or movie, and why?