You may remember me posting recently about how much I enjoy the show Eli Stone. Well, ABC has decided to cancel this show to bring in some newer shows this spring!! :( Read on:
The case for keeping Eli Stone alive
As we reported previously, ABC decided to spin the wheel and cancel three of its shows — Pushing Daisies, Dirty Sexy Money and, the big surprise, Eli Stone. Surprise to me, at least, because I felt that Stone was moving in the right direction since its very strong season premiere. With its slightly new direction, continuing character growth, and imaginative visions that placed the show nearly in the realm of ‘musical drama,’ the show seemed to be heading in the right direction.
But, as usual, my opinion didn’t count in the network’s decision to axe the show after 13 episodes. It should have, to be honest. Not only because I wield the power of the keyboard and can bring those programming nerds down with a stroke of my CTRL key, but because I speak for the numbers of fans who cherish the show and think it was done an injustice. Not just by being canceled, but being lumped together with Daisies and DSM.
When I think about Eli Stone I see it more like ABC’s current hit Life on Mars than I do either Daisies or Money. Both Mars and Eli feature equal amounts reality and fantasy (though, it can be argued that Mars is all fantasy since the main character allegedly time travels to 1973), both have characters that are on a quest, and both feature an underlying sense that there is a reason for their situations. They also feature good writing, excellent actors, and a story that keeps viewers interested. Plus, Stone has the added factor that, on occasion, we get to see the characters do a little song and dance. And, who doesn’t love a good musical number?
Then there’s the fact that Eli was moving in new and interesting directions with the breakup of Wethersby, Posner and Klein into two separate law firms — Wethersby, Stone and Associates and Posner and Klein. A new dichotomy for Jordan Wethersby and Eli was created as they jumped the hurdles necessary to regrow their new firm. With secondary characters like Matt Dowd and Maggie moving over to Klein and Posner there was also potential for new relationships to be created both in and out of the courtroom. As well as the added chance that these characters would eventually come back to Eli’s firm to fight for the greater good.
There is one more thing that makes this show different than either Daises or Money: heart. And, a sense of spirituality that you don’t find in many shows these days. Where love was at the heart of Daisies and greed and lust were the cornerstone of Money, faith has been the crux of Stone. Whether it has been a discussion of Eli’s role as prophet between Dr. Chen and himself, or a musical number featuring Victor Garber that highlighted the week’s spiritual dilemma, the show was one of those rare programs that entertained as well as made you think. That, in turn, made you care not only for the characters but the situations they encountered.
As you see, there are a number of factors in favor Eli Stone that should give the executives at ABC food for thought. Should they reconsider I would highly recommend putting the show on before or after Life on Mars, giving a boost to both shows which would allow them to continue for several more years. Should they decide that Eli Stone is no longer right for them, then I leave them in the hands of you, the angry viewers, who may reconsider tuning in when Lost or Dancing With the Stars returns to the network.
Eli Stone: Petition to Save the Cancelled ABC TV Show
Attorney Eli Stone has had some strange visions but you have to wonder if he saw this coming — his ABC TV show’s been cancelled!
Though Eli Stone attracts several million viewers and positive reviews each week, it’s just not enough for the network. How about trying a different timeslot or even a different channel in the Disney/ABC family? Currently over 6.3 million viewers tune in to watch this show each week. Why turn them away?
If you don’t want the show to end, there are a few things you can do… Tell your friends and family to watch the show, either on TV or online. Sign the petition below. Write to the network. Politely tell them how you feel about the show and that you’ve signed the petition. Then, pass the word along. You can also check out the Save Eli Stone site. The show’s been cancelled and that’s no hallucination!
To: ABC Studios and Berlanti Television
We, the undersigned, truly enjoy watching the ABC TV show Eli Stone. We believe that it is a wonderfully entertaining series that should continue to be made and aired.
If the show is not attracting enough viewers, we ask that you try another timeslot or consider moving it to another channel in the ABC/Disney family. At the very least, we ask that you make sure that the series has a proper conclusion to the show’s ongoing storylines.
We represent a small percentage of the ABC viewers who tune in each week. We’ve been loyal to this program and network and ask that you show the same loyalty to us.
Thank you for your consideration.
They’ve basically decided to do away with a show that’s not a “reality show”, has intelligent storylines, a positive message, believable characters, humor, and touches on faith in a way that includes any and all.
So even if you’re not the type of person to “write in” or “sign a petition”, could you please go ahead anyway? Consider it an early Christmas present for me. :)