"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the road less traveled by and they CANCELLED MY FRIKKIN' SHOW. I totally shoulda took the road that had all those people on it. Damn."
--Joss Whedon, on some damn fanboy site or another
This, from a guy with two hit, long-running shows...
In the end, we all work for the audience.
I don't know... as much as I adore Buffy and like Angel, and as much as I admire Joss for creating them, in recent months he's seemed kind of whiny. I can see why it would be disappointing to have shows canceled, but it almost seems he doesn't realize how lucky he was to have them in the first place, twelve seasons of Buffyverse, and what an enviable place he has.
I suppose it's a constraint for the television storyteller, though. You don't get to choose when your overall story ends. If your plan comes to a close, and the audience wants more, then you find some way to justify (in the story) another season. If your plans aren't finished, but the audience is, then you find a way to justify a series finale. That can't be easy.
I was sad that Angel was cancelled too, but not as sad as I'd have been if it had been cancelled much earlier. It did run five years, after all, and 110 episodes is nothing to sneeze about.
I've been reading the comments, and I thought it'd be worth mentioning that the above quote was in reference to Firefly, not Buffy or Angel. FOX shuffled the episodes around, refused to air the pilot, and regularly pre-empted it for baseball games before cancelling it 10 episodes in.
Too bad. It may have been the strongest of his three shows (and that's some high praise). But there's a movie ("Serenity") based on the show coming out in September.
"I've been reading the comments, and I thought it'd be worth mentioning that the above quote was in reference to Firefly, not Buffy or Angel."
Ummm, if you go http://groups.google.com and try searching for something fairly unique from the quote like "frikkin' show" you'll see that the quote came last February and it was most assuredly in reference to Angel, which ran for 5 seasons.
I stand corrected...
and now how many millions is Joss getting to write Wonder Woman: The Movie
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