So the rumors are no longer rumors. Spike TV has officially announced that they won't be picking up the show for a second season. You can check out an official response by Spike TV here, explaining how the "network was disappointed with the audience turnout and the ratings."
Now, I've been reading the multitude of responses here and at other websites and fellow fans are pissed off and flat out mad at Spike TV. I, while definitely disappointed, am not mad at anybody, just sad.
We can't blame Spike TV for this, as the show really didn't pull in the ratings they were looking for. I'm sorry if that makes me sound like some sort of sell out or something, but trust me that I have absolutely no connection with Spike TV at all. I'm just another fan - a fan that happens to run a fansite of the show.
Obviously I'm not happy about the show being pulled. Like all of you, I'm not going to be able to watch the rest of this great story unfold. However, I also have this fansite that is now kind of screwed, so this news stings me doubly hard. Even so, I totally understand where Spike is coming from, and it really isn't their fault. They are a network that brands themselves as a network for guys, and as such, need their television shows to bring in large amounts of male viewers. It sounds as though the ratings as a whole for Blade: The Series were decent, it's just that there weren't enough male viewers to please their advertisers. As such, they decided to pull the show, which leaves us, the fans, out in the cold.
However, there's a bit of silver lining here. The cast and crew have said New Line is still very much behind the show and is out there trying to get another network to pick it up. Since the ratings were pretty good as a whole, perhaps a more broad station like FX, USA, or even HBO could pick it up. Maybe the SciFi channel can pick it up to fill out the slot that will be left by Stargate SG-1... who knows?
As for this site, I will continue to make it a great place for fans of the show with news and updates on the DVD, the cast and crew, and hopefully on a new season at a new network. This also means the weekly polls will continue as well as some new additions in the future. As long as there are fans visiting this place, I'll be here making it a place worth visiting.
I do want to give a big fat thank you to everybody that checked this place out. I've never done a fansite before and it was definitely a great experience that I hope to continue in the future. There's been many great readers that have sent in questions, news, and a whole heap of great comments that have made this place a great place to be a part of.
Let me also say that I do still have some plans in the works for some other TV related projects (though no other fansites yet), so be sure to keep an eye out for those in the next few months. If you are interested in other projects I'm working on, you can always check out the Squirrelinabox Network site for updates.
Ok, so I'm definitely rambling now - I apologize. Let me conclude by reiterating that this isn't good bye for this site, and perhaps with a miracl, it's not goodbye for the show either.
[tags]Blade: The Series cancelled, Blade second season[/tags]