Fans of USA’s The 4400 are looking for a miracle after the network recently announced the cancellation of the sci-fi series. People dedicated to the show are bonding together in their anger over USA’s decision, and like many fans before them they’re attempting to resurrect the series by any means possible. Letters are being sent, online petitions are being signed, and in a move reminiscent of the infamous campaign that saved Jericho, tons of sunflower seeds are being shipped to USA’s offices. The sunflower seeds were mentioned by a character in the season four episode “Tiny Machines,” and fans believe that they may be the key to swaying the minds of network executives.
Fans of The 4400 have a plan, and they’re spreading word of it around the internet as quickly as possible. Using NutsOnline, the same website that shipped all those peanuts to save Jericho, fans will be purchasing bags of sunflower seeds and sending them to USA Network President Bonnie Hammer beginning on February 1. They’ll also be sending numerous letters protesting the cancellation at the same time. Whether or not their efforts will be significant enough to sway executives is unknown, but this sort of thing has worked in the past, not only with Jericho, but with shows such as the WB’s Roswell.
I sometimes find these fan campaigns to be a bit silly, especially since they pop up whenever any genre show is canceled, regardless of its quality or whether it’s past its expiration date. However, I think it’s fully justified in the case of The 4400. USA did fans a disservice by canceling the show with no warning, and since the producers had no idea the axe was swinging they weren’t able to give the show any sort of proper conclusion. That’s understandable when a show is yanked after seven episodes, but after four seasons it’s a bit insulting.
If you’d like to find out what you can do to protest the cancellation of The 4400, visit Savethe4400.net. It’s time to start stocking up on sunflower seeds.
– Don Williams, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
(Image courtesy of the USA Network)