I’m sure most folks who watch Scandal
have noticed throughout the season that the show has had quite a few breaks between new episodes from time to time. Hell, the show is currently on hiatus-mode until April 25, which will have put the series on “sleep mode” for three long weeks. While this does happen with many sitcoms, fans of Scandal
are just about sick of it, and they’re letting their voice be heard.
According to Shadow and Act
, a petition, from Change.org of course, has been started to encourage fans to hit up Anne Sweeney, the president of entertainment for ABC, but to do so in a polite manner. Word is, it is the ABC execs who are putting the show on so many breaks, as Shonda Rhimes has already made it clear that she is just the creative, but has nothing to do with any scheduling issues (“I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WHEN SHOWS AIR. I do not have anything to do with the fact that we are not on for 3 weeks. #donottweetmeyourcrazy”). Here’s what the petition creator
, T R Mason, had to say:
There are very few TV shows on prime time television written by, much less starring people of color. The broadcast networks have made great strides in recent years by diversifying the faces we see on prime time TV however there is more that can be done. Putting a show like Scandal on repeated hiatus is a surefire way to lose fans and viewers.
Gladiators/Scandalistas/Scandalists everywhere have not gotten over our initial shock that there will be no Scandal AGAIN for 3 more weeks. Instead of whining and complaining, we are doing something about it! Shonda Rhimes is NOT the reason there’s another hiatus. It’s the TV execs at Disney/ABC Television Group. Let your voices and displeasure be heard by contacting Anne Sweeney, the President of ABC Entertainment…
Or send her a nice little profanity free email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let her know how unhappy we all are and maybe, just maybe they’ll pick up enough episodes that we Gladiators won’t have to be on hiatus AGAIN against our will. So bombard ABC with your unhappiness by emailing, calling, faxing etc. Mount up Gladiators! Mount up!
Who knew you all called yourselves gladiators?? But anyway, it could have a lot to do with the production of new episodes. The show could be doing so well that new episodes are being ordered, and Lord knows it doesn’t take a day to roll out one of those juicy episodes (more like a week). And as Shadow and Act pointed out, it also could have a lot to do with the need to make money, which is often done by saving a network’s biggest moneymaking shows for the “sweeps” periods during months like February and May, when they can sell advertising space for big dollars. Ratings will be high when shows come to an end in May, so big ratings equals more money networks can ask for from advertisers.
So was a petition necessary? While some only sign petitions for more pressing issues (because we know Change.org has made any and everything, big and minute–as in small–worth a petition), I’m sure it wouldn’t hurt to remind those at ABC that fans are becoming unhappy. But then again, you “Scandalistas” aren’t going anywhere! What else is there to really watch on TV right now?