‘The Following’ Did Not Get Enough Fan Support for Fox to Reconsider Renewal for Season 4!

After its Season 3 finale on May 18, Fox has decided to cancel the American thriller drama TV series “The Following” in June.

Typical with TV series that have been cancelled, producers Warner Bros Television, made two different recourse to try to salvage the show. The first is to look for other network or streaming service to rescue the show from cancellation. And the other is to initiate a signature campaign among viewers to make Fox realize that it has made a wrong decision of cancelling “The Following.”

As the show is now officially cancelled based on the scorecard of TV shows for the 2014-15 season as reported by Metacritic, it clearly appears that Warner Bros Television has failed in both endeavors, which is the reason why the Kevin Bacon-starrer TV series remains cancelled to this day.

According to Youth Health Mag, it was streaming service Hulu that first turned down “The Following” when it was offered by Warner Bros Television. Subsequently, Netflix was also cold to the idea when it was brought to its attention.

But weeks before the decision of Netflix not to accept the offer to save “The Following” from cancellation, rumors actually abound on the internet that Warner Bros Television and the streaming service are close to forging a deal driving avid fans of the show crazy and very happy. However, it proved later that it was just mere speculations and more like a wishful thinking on the part of the fans of the show.

Little fan support

As far as the fan petition is concerned, it seems that contrary to what supporters of “The Following” were saying that they have the numbers in pushing for the renewal of the TV show, the initiative indicate otherwise.

Accordingly, as of mid-July, the target fan signatures of 25,000 that the producers wanted to show to Fox has only reached 13,000 or a little over 50% of the goal, indicating that the fans were already lukewarm to the renewal of the show for Season 4.

The cancellation of the show certainly caught Warner Bros Television by surprise because it would not have agreed with a hanging finale as carried out by the show creator had it known that Season 3 would be its last.

The producers would have told the show creator that Season 3 should put a wrap on every burning question and issue so that fans and viewers would feel that there is a closure.

But that is not the case for “The Following” as Season 3 left a lot of unanswered questions, making fans feeling short-changed. It’s no different to going to a theater to watch a movie and just when it came to the point of its climax, the moviegoer steps out of the moviehouse and goes home for good.

Bid their farewells

It is for that reason that Warner Bros Television started lobbying hard to other networks and streaming services to rescue Season 4 of “The Following” from cancellation.

The spectre of the show being completely over is also heightened by the fact that even the cast members of the TV series have bid their farewells to the show’s fans on their respective social media accounts. Just like the favorite line in the series ‘No one is safe,’ it seems that it now applies to the series as well.

Show lead star Kevin Bacon, who plays the role of former FBI Agent Ryan Hardy in the series, has also hinted that Fox would not be renewing the show for a fourth season because 10 days before the series finale, he tweeted on social media giving his big love to the loyal fans of “The Following.”

One comment

  1. Fan campaigns never work.

    They are only ‘successful” when the decision has already been made to keep the show going. Then the network uses the fan campaign (which it may have started itself) to justify it post-hoc.

    All the rest is empty PR, no matter what they say in the media.

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