Sarah Connor's Boss Says Goodbye

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Feeling angry and frustrated at Fox for canceling Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles? One man wants you to fight that feeling, and you might want to listen to him; he's the guy behind the show.


Blogging on Fox's official Terminator blog, showrunner Josh Friedman addressed the cancellation and came out much more philosophical, and grateful, than upset:

Good shows are cancelled every year; smart shows, worthy shows, shows which move their viewers to write blogs and have viewing parties and create action figures and bury executives' email accounts under thousands of messages. I miss Deadwood and The Wire and Arrested Development but thank God that I still have Rescue Me and The Office and a recently renewed Party Down written by ex-T:SCC writer John Enbom.

Bad shows are cancelled, too. And certainly there are those who did not like what we did and had their own vision for what a Terminator TV show should be. It's easy to look at low ratings or cancellation as "failure" and for those who believe we've gone about this all wrong I'm sure today's news will only serve to confirm a world view that I would never try to change. We've written the show as best we can, executed it to the best of our abilities, and sent it out in the world knowing that we worked out asses off to do something that wouldn't be a waste of anybody's forty-three minutes.

Thanks to a brave and talented cast, a feature crew working on a TV schedule, and everyone else who I could list but won't because they know who they are. Mostly I'd like to thank those of you who've supported us and fought for us and given up hours of your life to watch our show. At the end of the day, that's what it's about. The watching.

If you're busily preparing a boycott of all Fox shows because of the news, he had a word for you, too:

I know a lot of you are angry about the cancellation and want to find a place to direct your anger and to that I say do yourself a favor and find a way to move past it. Every network wants a big fat hit, especially one with a brand name behind it, and Fox was/is no different. They supported the show, they supported my vision of the show, and they gave it plenty of time to find an audience.

He's a classy man, and here's hoping that he ends up on staff somewhere soon. Joss, need someone to help out with Dollhouse's second season?

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Annalee Newitz

I'm glad that Friedman is putting the best possible face on this, and not burning his bridges. Because I'd like to see him helming another show, and the only way he's going to do that is by getting canceled gracefully. Season 3 of SCC would have been awesome, but so will Season 1 of Friedman's next show.