Having a say on TV show cancellations

In Brief

January 04, 2002|By Vanessa Sibbald | Vanessa Sibbald,ZAP2IT.COM

LOS ANGELES - For those who feel like they should have more of a say about which TV shows should stick around and which should go, a 31-year- old lifeguard has created a Web site that allows Internet surfers to vote on the current TV schedule.

On Dec. 6, Christopher Burrell launched SaveThat Show.com thanks to his frustration over the cancellation of the Fox series The Street, NBC's Titans and CBS' The Fugitive. The site allows TV viewers to express their opinions about their favorite shows, before they're yanked off the air, via a short online form. Burrell then prints the form in letter format and sends it to the appropriate network.

"There were certain shows that I wanted to stay on the air that I really didn't have a say on. Usually, you don't know how much a show is in jeopardy until it's off [the air]. So I wanted a way for people to write in before the networks make a decision on a particular show, from the very first day that it's on," Burrell tells Zap2it.com.

SaveThatShow.com also features series reviews and polls showing whether viewers think a show should be saved as is or with some retooling. The poll results and suggestions for change are also sent to network executives by e-mail on a monthly basis (although he has yet to hear back from anyone). In less than a month, the site has pulled almost 500 hits since its launch.

Burrell is currently manning the site full-time, which only covers new fall season shows at the moment. However, Burrell says he is starting to get requests for older shows, such as UPN's Roswell and ABC's The Mole.

Fans attempting to corrupt the results should beware. Users are allowed to vote only once per day, eliminating ballot-stuffing. The Web site's top shows to be saved so far are both on Fox - the drama 24 and comedy The Bernie Mac Show.

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