Fox Officially Terminates Sarah Connor Chronicles

Terminator: The Sarah Connor ChroniclesOne thing I’ll never completely understand is TV programming and why some shows make it when others that are just as worthy, if not more so, don’t. Case in point: Fox TV’s “Dollhouse” and “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.”

We heard late last week that “Dollhouse” was being given a 13-episode second season with the caveat that Joss Whedon had to agree to a drastically reduced budget. Then came the sad (for this Woman anyway) news via that “Sarah Connor” would not be returning come the fall.

According to Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly, “I think it had a nice little run. It was a good show. It was not an either or [with ‘Dollhouse’]. We did see it tailing off a bit [in the ratings]. It had a nice creative core, but, ultimately, we made the bet on ‘Dollhouse’, so that’s it for [‘Sarah Connor’]… We make no apologies. We gave it a lot of support and some consistent scheduling. We tried and thought it was time to move on.

Can’t say I agree with him, but move on we shall.

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  • Chainsaw

    It sounds to me that they’re going to kill two birds with one stone by reducing the budget of Dollhouse and ending Terminator. I don’t see Dollhouse being able to make it to a third season without a full budget. Hopefully, Joss will make the best of it and change the show to reflect it, but I don’t think it’s going to pull people in.

  • Feenix

    I can’t comment on “Dollhouse”, being as I haven’t watched it. But I’m sad to see Terminator isn’t being picked up. I’ve only seen the first season which I bought recently, but I really dig the show. Oh, well…such is Fox.

  • curator

    There is a major flaw in the logic here because they deny the DVD audience when making these decisions. In the 2nd season the story was more arch driven instead of episodic. If you miss any of the key episodes in the 2nd season then you’ll be lost trying to jump back in and as with so many series most people decide ‘screw it I’ll wait for the DVD’.

    I mean Kings would be a perfect example of that… it continued to lose it’s audience from the first episode because it was to heavy for it’s time slot and it’s structure imposed that you were to see every episode. You miss one and you might as well stop watching right there and wait for the DVD release.

    All we can hope for is that Sci-Fi is smart enough to follow Adult Swim’s lead and back the shows which had quickly found an audience in syndication on their network and get them back on the air. Now being live action they would have to act faster but honestly once you have all of the sets and cgi models and pools of footage for flash backs and flash forwards would it really cost more then a couple of ‘Sci-Fi Originals’ to cover at least enough episodes to leave the audience with a bit of closure. Still this is the company who thinks it’s a good idea to rename themselves SYFY so they can trade mark it and ‘not be bound to any one genre’. (Wasn’t that the point?)

    Again Fox is denying the DVD audience. I’m a strong believer that you never know what will become the cult classic 10-20 years from now and if nothing else they should give them the budget to shoot a couple more episodes to wrap things up so that an audience down the road can watch it as a complete unit and not feel like it was unfinished. If they were smart they would at least say ‘here you can make 3 more episodes to wrap up the story and bend it back to the movie series so it can fit in continuity (it’s a series with time travel… that has retcon all over it)… these will wrap up your story and be original DVD content.. keep it on a shoe string because these are only going to home movie audience but give the narrative some closure.’ Then again.. if they were smart about things… they wouldn’t be network tv.

    • Enraged_Otter

      If my memory serves me right it’s been 20 yrs down the road and still no final episode to ALF. Goes to show you how much studios really care if a show just isn’t cutting it anymore.

      • curator

        True though 7 years later the writers/ producers of the show took the story to ABC after contract and made the movie “Project Alf” which finished the story which NBC had reneged on. So case in point of the torch being picked back up by someone else.

        Contracts are weird so who knows what conditions Fox has on SCC. I mean look at the weird arrangement they have at Family Guy where Fox gets to show it first because Adult Swim rebuilt the audience but only has a contract to ‘repeat’ episodes. This leaves us with a show going into syndication on another network the moment after it airs.

        I can’t even imagine the convolution involved in the contracts over the Terminator franchise…. considering each piece of is under contract to someone else. But as they say of Hollywood ‘where there’s a bill, there’s a way’.

  • gil mann

    Eh, I’m surprised we got a second season out of Fox. Such a great show but I bet it wouldn’t turn a profit on twice its audience, especially now that it’s set in the post-apocalyptic future. Sure, they could’ve, yknow, promoted it, but it’s not like the networks don’t have a track record of having no idea what to do with sci-fi, so this isn’t the worst outcome, considering. Damn, I wanted to see that Cameron/John Henry hybrid though.

    T:SCC was better this past season than Battlestar was. YEAH I SAID IT.

  • Raider Redux

    Yeah — this annoys me. SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES defied my low expectations and was actually a good show. DOLLHOUSE, not so much. Although I understand the show has gotten better as of late.

    I think what FOX meant to say is: “After screwing the pooch on FIREFLY, we’ve decided, while we don’t believe in the show, we believe in Joss Whedon’s ability to find a shows eventual footing and create a franchise.”

  • mrmordrid

    Dollhouse over Sarah Connor? Are you freaking kidding me?
    Fuck You Fox.

  • Sirand

    Man, if they were smart, they would’ve waited till T4’s opening box office before they made that decision.

    • G.D.

      Why? There’s been buzz on T4 for a while and it’s never translated into ratings for Chronicles, so why would anyone assume that it would translate into ratings several months after the movie opens?

      The unfortunate thing for the show is that it came out around the same time that work started on T4, so everyone knew that it wasn’t canon, being that it was completely unrelated to what went on in the movies.

      That, coupled with the show being pretty shitty, with awful casting and terrible acting for the most part, and I’m surprised it lasted this long.

      • Enraged_Otter

        I completely agree with you. All the rule breaking this show needed to keep it going broke the deal for me and I really wanted to like this show. The only thing that may have saved it for me is if there was a bitch slapping Chris Brown terminator in an episode.

      • The Woman In Black

        Were we watching the same show? I thought the casting was perfect. The acting may have been a little uneven at times, but the storylines more than made up for it for me.

  • Enraged_Otter