Recently there was a mess on Twitter when someone made an angry post to AMC about how it never really supported the show. There was a big backlash, the person was condemned by lots of people, and everyone said we should be grateful to AMC for hearing us and renewing it every year.
Well, that’s somewhat of a point, but let’s not get carried away. AMC didn’t renew TURN as a favor, or because they love the fans. They’re a business, and if renewal hadn’t benefited them in some way, it wouldn’t have happened. They’ve always said TURN was their prestige show, and its audience was their most affluent, so maybe that was it. They said they were proud of it.
But the simple truth is this: if they were really proud of it, they had a lousy way of showing it. There was no ad campaign and no promotion to speak of. TURN is a well-made, well- written, visually beautiful series…what a missed opportunity. Aside from its attractiveness to history buffs, the storylines are exciting, and we all know the show has some sexy men. AMC could have gone beyond the history angle and created some badass ads with our badass TURN men AND women. They might have pulled in viewers who wouldn’t have normally considered the show.
But none of that ever happened. In the EW interview, Craig Silverstein says that he DID pitch the end for S4, but he also asked for 12 or 16 episodes this time, and he was turned down.
Meanwhile I look at some of the crap programming AMC puts on and actually promotes (hello, Into The Badlands). So if someone tries to convince me I should be forever grateful to AMC….yeah, no. Not happening.
The person who Tweeted the angry post to AMC was too emotional in her delivery, but she made some good points. It’s just fact.
TURN deserved better. I wish it could have been on a network that cared more about it, but as it is, I am going to wring every drop out of this good series in its last year and enjoy the hell out of it. And after that….hey, Netflix, DVDs, and fanfic! It will live on. When you think about it, we only watched the show for ten weeks out of the year. The rest of the time, we created the fandom around it. We’ll just keep on.