Friday Night Lights fans couldn't ask for more. Just as the show's second-season DVD set hits shelves this week (at the bargain list price of $30), the ratings-challenged fave also gets saved from extinction: NBC, home of the first two seasons, strikes a deal with DirecTV to split the improbable third go-round starting this fall.
Of course, Passions fans couldn't have asked for more, either, when the same two entities found a way to keep their soap alive last year. Right after NBC dropped it last September, DirecTV picked up fresh episodes, and all was happy. For awhile. Then the satellite company also found continuing Passions unworkable, trimming it from four days a week to three, and finally announcing it, too, will give up the ghost (literally, in the case of this supernatural soap) in August.
Yesterday, Chuck fans everywhere (including devoted TWoP posters) banded together to participate in one of the grand traditions of TV fandom: the grassroots Save Our Show campaign. How? Since Subway is Chuck's biggest sponsor, fans hope that by purchasing a $5 footlong sandwich at Subway and dropping a note in the comment box imploring NBC not to cancel their beloved dramedy, they can sway network execs who are currently deciding the fate of the on-the-bubble series. But plenty of past about-to-be-cancelled shows have spawned even more creative campaigns by desperate fans -- read on to relive some of the successes, and more of the failures. (Hint: Food-based protests don't always work...)