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RED ALERT! "The Muppets" fans need to contact ABC **NOW**!!

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by dwmckim, Feb 18, 2016.

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  1. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    In a major shake-up at ABC Network, President Paul Lee was ousted today. Lee was "The Muppets"' biggest supporter/advocate and his departure greatly increases the show's chances of cancellation.

    Muppet fans can't wait on this - if you want the show to be renewed, it's imperative to contact ABC with your show of support for "The Muppets" IMMEDIATELY. Even if you've done so previously, you need to do so again.

    Here's something i wrote previously earlier this month in the Episode 1x11 thread:

    "CONTACT ABC (both the network and your local affiliate station) Write, call, email, tweet etc. Let them know you're a devoted viewer of "The Muppets" and wish to see it renewed for a second season. (Include your demographic info such as age & gender)

    I would STRONGLY RECOMMEND that as you're doing so, encourage ABC to move a second season of "The Muppets" out of the doomed-to-fail Tuesday nights. This is one of the most competitive, saturated nights and while ABC thought highly enough of the series to put it there to begin with, it's becoming increasingly clear that in that crowded arena, viewers aren't choosing "The Muppets" among their choices to watch live as it's broadcast. The best thing ABC can do is concede that Tuesday is a poor fit and move it to a place where it's far more likely to attract the audience most receptive to it - which i believe to be the Wednesday night comedy block. "Move Before Cancel" needs to be our mantra that we deliver en masse to ABC. The audience is out there and the ability to be a hit still exists - but ABC needs to maximize the shows' effectiveness in reaching its target viewers.

    It's really important to be proactive and do this as soon as possible BEFORE a cancellation announcement gets made!!

    All communication needs to be polite and respectful and not angry or raving <snip>

    Time for Muppet fans to represent. Our actions at this time is what may ultimately make the difference.

    Ready, set, go!"

    Twitter: @ABCNetwork (ABC Network), @channers3 (Lee's replacement, Channing Dungey), and @bensherwood (Ben Sherwood, chairman of Disney-ABC Television Group)

    Email via abc.go.com/feedback

    Phone: 818-460-7477 (show code #687)

    Be sure to stream the show online (even if you just bring it up and let play in a different window while you do other things) at abc.go.com/shows/the-muppets and/or hulu.com/the-muppets

    If someone asked me before today, i would have said that despite the recent ratings, "The Muppets" were likely to be renewed given their 123-country distribution and their season-average demos in comparison to all ABC's new shows plus Lee's support. Lee's departure changes everything! And with the shake-up, they are now much more in the likely-to-be-cancelled category...unless we fans do everything we can to show our support.
    Grovette, LaRanaRene, Muppy and 2 others like this.
  2. JimAndFrank

    JimAndFrank Well-Known Member

    I sent feedback to ABC a few hours ago and everyone on Twitter is trying to get #RenewTheMuppets trending.

    Honestly I think it's a lost cause at this point, but I will fight to the bitter end for my fandom.
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  3. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Once a cancellation announcement is made, THEN it becomes a lost cause. (Not that cancelled decisions is always "the end" - as my participation in three successful save-our-show campaigns can attest - but the key is to take action and be proactive BEFORE an official announcement...once that happens, any chance of success completely plummets and the odds are overwhelmingly against you.) That's why action now - by as many people possible is so important - to keep things from becoming a lost cause.

    And as i mentioned upthread, there's still enough factors in "The Muppets"'s favor to give us hope for continuation. Like i said, were it not for the regime place that just took place, i would have pit the show in the "likely to be renewed" column. The key is to remind the present ABC executives of the reasons the show deserves to go forward and that the chances for the show to still be a success still exists...but they need to remove the obstacles hindering the show from being stronger (such as the night it airs...Lee's mistake with the show was not greenlighting it nor fighting for it to correct its flaws with a new showrunner but rather putting so much faith in it as to think it woud ultimately stand a chance in the killer Tuesday schedule. Correct that course of action and get the show where it's most likely to be seen by viewers watching live and that can be the key to live ratings performance.)
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  4. scooterfan360

    scooterfan360 Well-Known Member

    oh ! I better snap out of my fear of internet safety , and reveal my name and address and location for this.
  5. scooterfan360

    scooterfan360 Well-Known Member

    hi I just contacted abc, and I told them that I liked the retooled episodes. and not to cancel the show.
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  6. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I called them as well.
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  7. scooterfan360

    scooterfan360 Well-Known Member

    what did they say to you ?
  8. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Not a thing all it is is a recording. Then you leave a 30 second recording. All I said was my first name and that I want to see season two of the Muppets.
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  9. scooterfan360

    scooterfan360 Well-Known Member

    I did not call them, I sent them feedback.
  10. scooterfan360

    scooterfan360 Well-Known Member

    figure that you will get a recording.
  11. scooterfan360

    scooterfan360 Well-Known Member

    you know what's strange ? that everything that I said was going to happen, when I was skeptical about the show. is actually happening, and now I feel really bad about what I said when I was skeptical about the show.
  12. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Don't beat yourself up over it. Your still a loyal Muppet fan because your trying to help save the show.
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  13. scooterfan360

    scooterfan360 Well-Known Member

  14. ConstantineFan

    ConstantineFan Active Member

    THE ABC Network president getting fired won't change anything about The Muppets, ABC will treat The Muppets like Agent Carter and Agents of Shieldbecause of the fan support and the brand, because Agents of Shield and Agent Carter both were in low ratings and they got renewed for another season. Agent Carter got renewed to Season 2 and Agents of Shield to Seasons 2 and 3, and highly possible 4. Don't freak out and Call/ Email ABC, because the show is going to get renewed no matter what happens. If the show does get canceled, Disney can just move The Muppets to Disney XD and Disney Channel to resolve their viewer problem.
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  15. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I'd personally hate to see the show on Disney XD (or as I like to call it the GOOD Disney channel no one gets) or Disney. If the show is to find another venue, it must be online. Hulu, Netflix, even Amazon or Yahoo. If the show can't continue on television, at least try it online before the Muppets are permanently mothballed.

    I'd LOVE to think that Disney has enough clout over its own network to give The Muppets a second season to keep the brand up. Or at the very least give it a second season because even most of their not successful shows got second seasons (like Better of Ted). SHIELD keeps getting renewed because it does better online and it's part of the highly profitable Marvel Cinematic Universe. I don't know where the Muppets fit in. If Disney can keep them afloat just through a series of internet videos, yeah...fine... but we can't blame them for trying a show that people are either too old and conservative or too young and snarky to patiently sit through the series and wait for it to get better (which it did). You can only make one first impression, but frankly a lot of shows I only watched the first episode of before I hated it I found myself going back to a season or so later and loving it. Why that's not happening here, I can't say.
  16. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    I sent in my feedback letter about the show already. Let's encourage more to do the same! :)
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  17. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    At the risk of seeming like the Debbie Downer of the thread, this isn't going to do anything: networks are like YouTube, they don't listen to the feedback of the people - if they did, they wouldn't be airing half of the garbage that's on TV today; networks usually only want to satisfy their own personal agenda.
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  18. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Either way your negativity won't help. We gotta try anyway we can,even if it doesn't work.
  19. scooterfan360

    scooterfan360 Well-Known Member

    where is the rest of the Muppet central members ? as Muppet fans, they should be on this thread telling their thoughts on this situation.
  20. Muppy

    Muppy Well-Known Member

    I'll try to send them an email tomorrow, maybe even a letter. I'll also be tweeting #renewTheMuppets as much as I can. We may just be a small portion of the viewers, but every little bit helps.
    scooterfan360 likes this.

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