One of the biggest television renewal upsets last spring was Fox choosing to bring back fledgling series Dollhouse while canceling Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Both shows were struggling for ratings but Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles seemed more likely to be picked up as it was concluding its second season compared to Dollhouse only having aired twelve episodes (the thirteenth episode, “Epitaph One”, is currently only available in the DVD box set for season one and via iTunes). Obviously, loyal Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles fans were upset at this decision.
Those fans may have come to terms with the series never returning to television, but they haven’t given up hope for a direct-to-DVD movie. It seems unlikely but Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles producer James Middleton gave some indication that it could happen:
“The quick answer is, yes, there have been many discussions. I can’t go into more detail about the subject until I have something truly substantial to report. What the fans should know is that I hear them and I too would love to see T:SCC come back in some form.”
Sure, people may only be having “discussions” at this point but at least they’re talking. That’s a good first step for a show that desperately needs a conclusion. Without spoiling anything, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles pulled out all the stops for the season finale and left the series on a giant cliffhanger. Then it got canceled and we were all left wondering what would happen next. Some may find it easy to dismiss fan support as futile but there’s growing precedence for their voices being heard.
Seth McFarlane’s Family Guy was resurrected by Fox after fans made it one of the highest selling DVD sets of all time. Same goes for Futurama with a planned return to Comedy Central. Jericho fans brought that show back, if only for one more season, after an outpouring of support and Joss Whedon’s cancelled Firefly evolved into the Serenity movie. Incidentally, three of the four shows mentioned above are (or were) on Fox.
So, in truly bizarre fashion, Fox may be renowned for cancelling shows but it seems they also do listen to the fans and sometimes give them what they want. This being the case, perhaps a Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles DVD movie is not entirely out of the realm of possibility. The actors may have moved onto other projects (e.g. Brian Austin Green on Smallville, Summer Glau on Dollhouse) but it would be possible to get something done during their respective hiatus. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles needs closure, here’s hoping Fox decides to give fans that as well.
RobOctober 8, 2009 at 10:41 am
Wow, this really gives me hope. On the other hand, buying DVDs is almost irrelevant, as the money goes to WB, not FOX…
Also, would Friedman have anything to do with the movie?
JasonOctober 7, 2009 at 3:06 pm
Awesome! YES DO A MOVIE!!!! Must…..have……TSCC……..
Best news I’ve had all day. Even if it only a chance. But a chance nonetheless. Fingers crossed!!!!
ScarletOctober 5, 2009 at 12:35 am
Still wish to save TSCC.
Once again a network in this case the CW has tried and failed with it’s FRIDAY switch of what seems to be turning out to be the best season of Smallville yet. Sorry but most Smallville viewers weren’t CW Friday night viewers and just because you put a major show on that night doesn’t mean it will change. All it means is that the Powers that Be will probably decide to scrap another good series because of idiotic programming.
Same is true with Fox and their Friday choice for Terminator the Sarah Connor Chronicles a show that in it’s 2nd season was really gaining it’s legs but once again viewers didn’t switch nights and it was cancelled leaving the Brothel/Spy entity known as Dollhouse in order to keep it’s creator happy.
Terminator the Sarah Connor Chronicles died a horrible death and I’m sorry I hate to see Smallville fall to the same fate because of the executives decisions to play multiple chairs with shows that got good ratings on their original nights.
richOctober 7, 2009 at 5:12 pm
who gives a crap about smallville dying? its been on for 8 seasons! it has gone as far as it can go, sarah connor deserves another season and a film
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arthur1920September 29, 2009 at 4:09 pm
we really need a Season 3. This was the most excellent series ever on tv. It was originally developed as a 5 season story arc.
Want to do something? go to savethescc.com and find out about fan efforts to bring back this show.
MatthewSeptember 29, 2009 at 2:40 am
That would be so cool! I would defiantly buy the DVD! I hope the show gets what it deserves, a renewal of some kind. 🙂
Bob StarrSeptember 28, 2009 at 4:07 pm
Hello everyone, here’s some rapid fire responses to your great comments:
@StarKiller, That’s a very valid point you make regarding WB owning the rights while Fox only distributed the series. We’ll keep our ears open for rumblings from the WB camp to see if they provide any more information.
@Garth, Keep hope alive 🙂
@Jacob, If you’re referring to the picture for the post that isn’t any sort of box art. It was simply a great picture.
@JamesM, I echo your excitement for the possibility of a DVD movie. You’re comment about making money is a good one. At the end of the day if WB sees a financial incentive in continuing TSCC via DVD release then they’ll probably do it. Hopefully the outcry of fan support will make them aware they have buyers and it will happen.
Thanks for the comments!
Jacob WisherSeptember 28, 2009 at 5:52 pm
I’m referring to the hand print on the bottom right corner, it’s the same hand print from http://www.thehumanresistance.com which is not property or Warner bros.
JamesMSeptember 28, 2009 at 3:22 pm
Woot! Bring back Sarah Connor!!! Warner Bros will be making money off the DVD sales, since they produced the series, so Warner Bros would bring back the show via direct-to-dvd. I believe Warner Premiere handles Direct-To-Dvd production.
Jacob WisherSeptember 28, 2009 at 3:08 pm
I doubt it’s validity, since they’re using a fan-made poster.
Gareth NelsonSeptember 28, 2009 at 10:32 am
This would be a VERY good thing, but sadly I doubt it’ll happen
StarKillerSeptember 28, 2009 at 8:52 am
I doubt Fox will have anything to do with a continuation of any kind. Warner Brothers has the rights to the series, Fox only aired it. Warner Premiere is the company to look to for a direct to DVD movie.