Ep. 35: Witchblade, First Wave & The Dresden Files, plus the value of physical items for save-our-show fan campaigns


  • Fans of TNT’s ‘Witchblade’ sent in Pez candy dispensers, inspired by the lead character's name, Sara Pezzini.

  • Fans of Syfy’s “The Dresden Files” sent in drumsticks to the network, inspired by lead character ‘Harry Dresden’s’ propensity to use drumsticks to cast magical spells.

  • Fans of Syfy’s “First Wave” sent in salt packets to the network. Salt acting as a weakness to the alien characters in the show.

But did any of these clever items actually move the needle, and get the show(s) saved? 


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Ep. 34: Author JOHN J. JOEX - how TV ratings work, plus why sci-fi and fantasy shows are always getting cancelled - OTB034

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Author ‘John J. Joex’ shares his expertise on North American TV ratings, plus why Sc-fi and Fantasy shows have always struggled for renewals. 

John J. Joex on the web: http://www.cancelledscifi.com/

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Ep. 33: TIMELESS - how fans campaigned to save NBC's Timeless and got themselves a two-part series finale - OTB033

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NBC's has spent the majority of its broadcast run on the bubble; but now fans are getting a two-part series 'finale', coming December 20th 2018.

But how did such a loved show find itself struggling for a renewal, why the two-part 'finale', and what (if anything) did Timeless fans have to did with saving the show?

Sources / Links


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Ep. 32: DAREDEVIL - why did Netflix cancel Daredevil? plus more Marvel Television Universe discussions - OTB032

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In this episode Josh joined by Legends of SHIELD and Gonna Geek Show co-host, Stargate Pioneer (aka SP). The guys discuss the recent cancellation of Marvel/Netflix show DAREDEVIL - plus the current status of Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and The Punisher all get a mention. 

Episode Sources and Links

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• @StargatePioneer 
• josh@onthebubblepodcast.com
• @joshuacliston on Twitter, Instagram, GoodReads and Facebook. 

Ep. 31: LAST MAN STANDING: the cancellation and renewal of the Tim Allen comedy - OTB031

Ep. 30: SLIDERS - phones, letters, and early Syfy network - the save-our-show campaign for cancelled FOX show Sliders - OTB030


SLIDERS was cancelled by FOX after 3 inconsistent yet much loved seasons, so today we're taking a look at the save-our-show fan campaign to rescue SLIDERS, and take the cult show beyond a season 3.

Sources and Links.

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Ep. 29: "FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS - the save-our-show campaign for the Taylor Kitsch lead sports/drama" - OTB029


From Facebook and light bulbs, to eye drops and plastic footballs, the Friday Night Lights fan campaign is one of the more respected renewal campaigns of the 2000's. 

In this episode we take a look at the historic fan campaign for NBC drama Friday Night Lights.

Sources, and Source-Audio:

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Ep. 28: THE EXPANSE: aerial #SaveTheExpanse banners, coffee bags, 50,000 Upvotes and more - OTB028

Ep 26: "#SaveLucifer #PickUpLucifer - the fan campaign to save the Tom Ellis lead FOX drama LUCIFER - OTB026"

Ep. 25: "SLEEPY HOLLOW: the campaign to save FOX's Sleepy Hollow - plus a #SaveLucifer preview"


In this episode we explore the fan-grievances-campaign that caused a change in writing and execution from the showrunners of FOX's Sleepy Hollow. 

V.H. (SpoilerTV) - Quote. “Sleepy Hollow is a smart, well-written & acted show that is entertaining, exciting & emotionally affecting.” Unquote. 

J.W. (Spoiler TV) - Quote. “Sleepy Hollow is a great show with a cast that has great chemistry. Reverting back to what worked in season 1 will bring the fans back, the last episodes & upcoming ones proves that.” Unquote.

R.G.R (Rotten Tomatoes) - Quote. “ Thank you so much, Fox! Just thank you so much for interfering with a once bonkers show by turning it into boring formulaic stuff. Absolutely poor decision on your end and this season which held great promise, turned into a snooze fest on most of its episodes. Because when it was great, it was spectacular and hilarious. When it wasn't... it was below average. Not even sure we're getting a third season to correct this, because that last episode sure felt like a goodbye and a damn fine goodbye at that. Oh well, still hoping for a second chance...” Unquote. 

By A Prayer (iTunes US Store)
Sleepy Hollow S2 was Quote. “ALL OVER THE PLACE” Unquote . 

Me Name Here (iTunes US Store)
Quote. “Loved the first season and a half, but not buying the sudden change of tempo of the way the characters are getting altered. Unquote. 

Sources and Links:

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Ep. 24: "ANGEL: We’ll follow Angel to Hell.. Or Another Network - OTB024"

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"In this episode we take a look at the fan campaign to save Joss Whedon's ANGEL for a Season 6".

Save Angel campaign actions:

  • Fan websites including saveangel.org
  • Message board posts.
  • Around 2000 SaveAngel branded chocolate bars.
  • Fan rally in Burbank, CA. .
  • $13,000 raised via the Angel's Food Drive for the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank.
  • Multiple mentions across major media outlets incl. Joss Whedon being interviewed on LA's "Kevin and The Bean Show". 

Articles / Resources:


josh@onthebubblepodcast.com to email to show.

@joshuacliston on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and GoodReads. 

Ep. 22: "#save99 #renew99 the fan campaign that saved Brooklyn Nine Nine - OTB022"


In this episode we break down the recent #Save99 #Renew99 fan campaign to saved Brooklyn Nine Nine for a 6th season.

After being cancelled by FOXTV on May 10th, a massive online campaign fired-up and flooded influential channels such as Twitter with countless messages of support for a renewal. Those messages weren't just coming from fans, but were also being sent by popular comedians, actors, directors and more.

In my time researching fan campaigns for On The Bubble, I'm not sure I've seen quite this level of instantaneous fan involvement.

Episode Sources.

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Ep. 21: "MARVEL'S MOST WANTED: the fan campaign to get ABC to release the Most Wanted pilot - OTB021"


CLICK TO READ EPISODE SCRIPT HERE - it's kinda like transcript, but without the implied Aussie Accent :-)

Today we're taking a look at the Marvel's Most Wanted pilot, and the fan campaign to get ABC to release the pilot to fans. 

Episode Links and Resources:

QUOTE: “It’s a really good script.” UNQUOTE. 

QUOTE: “Most Wanted, ultimately at the end of the day, did not feel as strong as some of the other pilots that we shot.” UNQUOTE.

QUOTE: "Marvel TV fan Dominic Ryland-Jones has taken to Change.org to lobby ABC into action under the title Please Air Marvel's Most Wanted TV Pilot For Fans." UNQUOTE. 


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Ep. 20: "UNITED WE FAN: director Michael Sparaga talks @UnitedWeFanDoc and saving TV shows"

In this very special episode of @OnTheBubblepod Josh is joined by feature director 'Michael Sparaga' from Toronto, Canada to discuss his new TV fandom documentary UNITED WE FAN (@UnitedWeFanDoc on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook).

Watch some trailer action below. 

In ‘United We Fan’ Sparaga explores the wonderful world of save-our-show fan campaigns and the awesome folks who run, join and fuel them. From Star Trek to Jericho; Cagney & Lacey to Chuck and Longmire, this is one TV documentary actually worth getting excited about.

"United We Fan sticks to the deep and fascinating side of genre and cult television, fans of Entertainment Tonight need not apply."

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EP. 19: "TRU CALLING: Eliza Dushku's huge trade-off and the Season 2 cancellation - OTB019"


In this episode we take a look at the wild ride that was FOX Fantasy/Drama TRU CALLING (starring Buffy The Vampire Slayer alumni Eliza Dushku)

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Ep. 18: "Librarians season 5 news - plus Agent Carter season 3 and Marvel's Inhumans season 2 - OTB018"


This Episode Covers:

• The Librarians being cancelled after its 4th season and some season 5 news.

• The fan-campaign for Season 3 of Marvel's Agent Carter.

• The fan-campaign for Season 2 of Marvel's Inhumans.

Agents Carter (Sources/Articles). 

• https://tvseriesfinale.com/tv-show/librarians-tnt- cancelled-renewed-season-five/

• http://comicbook.com/marvel/2017/05/30/hayley-


• http:// www.denofgeek.com/uk/tv/agent-carter/40643/ agent-carter-abc-didnt-discuss-cancellation-with- marvel

• http://collider.com/agent-carter-season-3-netflix/

• https://www.cinemablend.com/television/What- Agent-Carter-Season-3-Would-Have-Been- About-142347.html

Inhumans (Sources/Articles).

• https://www.change.org/p/marvel-renew-marvel-s-inhumans-for-a-second-season-via-a-soft-reboot-with-a-new-showrunner

• https://screenrant.com/inhumans-cancelled- season-2-rumors-abc

Contact the Podcast. 

• @joshuacliston on Instagram and Twitter. 

• joshuacliston@gmail.com to email the show. 

Episode music credits - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1StjgRTfJg4&list=PLzCxunOM5WFJmDRIzZJQexQfSxphkbB9o&index=9

Ep. 17: "Joss Whedon returns to the Buffyverse | The Pinkertons Season 2 - OTB017

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In this episode we take a quick look at Joss Whedon's return to the Buffyverse, and we also take a look at the S2 fan campaign for Canadian Western 'The Pinktertons'.


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Ep. 16: "The save-our-show campaigns for Almost Human, The 4400 and Caprica"


We look at the key activities in the save-our-show fan campaigns for:

  • Almost Human - t-shirt drives, fan-cons and postcard with little moveable legs.
  • The 4400 - sunflower seeds, video outreach from key bast members and Netflix.
  • Caprica - Apples and Syfy channel boycotts.

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Ep. 15: "The Shannara Chronicles is fighting poor S2 ratings with double episodes, but will there be a S3?"

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In this episode we take a look at how SPIKE TV's 'The Shannara Chronicles' found itself on the bubble, and how 14 episodes of sub-par ratings has lead to 3 double episode nights in Season 2. 

Quote 1. @Cancelled Sci Fi - Oct 12th 2017

#TheShannaraChronicles had a .10 rating w/314K total viewers for its S2 debut on Spike. Not a good start on its new network.(Original Source - @CancelledSciFi on Twitter)

Quote 2. @Cancelled Sci Fi - Nov 16th 2017

#TheShannaraChronicles improved to a .11 rating w/277K total viewers. (Original Source - @CancelledSciFi on Twitter)

Quote 3. Read by StarGate Pioneer from GonnaGeek.com

"Averaging a 0.09 (read as: point-O-nine) rating in the 18-49 demographic and 245,000 total viewers. 

"Compared to season one on MTV, that’s down by 77% and down by 72%, respectively."

(Original Source - TVseriesfinale.com)

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#SaveShannara #RenewShannara #SaveTheShannaraChronicles