R.I.P. The Sarah Silverman Program
As anticipated (by people who anticipate these kinds of things), The Sarah Silverman Program has been canceled. From DeadlineHollywood:
It’s the end of the road for Comedy Central’s The Sarah Silverman Program, which has been canceled after 3 seasons despite a Twitter campaign to save it. The show earned Silverman a lead actress Emmy nomination last year. But it also was on the brink of cancellation in 2009 when she and fellow executive producers Dan Sterling and Rob Schrab threatened to quit after the cable network asked them to slash the series’ budget by more than 20%. A last-minute deal with sister network Logo was reached to co-finance the series, so a 10-episode third season was ordered. But midway through Season 3, which wrapped last month, the network bumped the series from 10:30 PM to midnight, hinting at its intention not to continue with Sarah.
Oh well. It is weird how a Twitter campaign didn’t work to save the show. It is almost as if the Internet is not actually as powerful as we sometimes believe it to be, and in the world of traditional media, the standard brokers and dealmakers are still required in order to get things done. Also, I find it hard to believe that Comedy Central played such hardball with a well-loved, Emmy-nominated, profile-raising show, when they put shit like this on the air, no questions asked.
But, as usual, what do I know? I am not the President of Entertainment (yet). Goodbye, The Sarah Silverman Program. You will be missed. You are in heaven now, reminding the angels how good Mr. Show‘s Jay Johnson is.