Monday, May 21, 2012

An Angry Letter To ABC Family

Dear ABC Family,

I've got a bone to pick with you. Today, I've discovered that Jane By Design - one of my favorite shows of ALL TIME - might possibly be ending after this next season. It's certainly not the first time you've axed an undeserving show (I'm still bitter about the abrupt cancellation of 10 Things I Hate About You, which was easily the best series on your line-up at that time) but this time, I'm getting vocal about it.

I understand why you do it. Ratings are important and if not enough people are watching, why pay to keep producing? But for once, can you think of the people who do watch? The ones who spend all week looking forward for more? Jane By Design is somewhat of an obsession when it's on and I'm not ashamed to admit that. I chomp at the bit for a new episode all week, I jump at the chance to watch the sneak peeks and interviews and anything JBD related that you post online. I'm so in love with the story and the characters and the idea of it ending so quickly ... well - excuse my language - it pisses me off.

This is all a matter of opinion, I realize, but it's amazing that a show like The Secret Life of the American Teenager can pump out season after season but you get rid of the ones with real plots and characters that aren't ridiculous and one-dimensional. 10 Things I Hate About You, Nine Lives of Chloe King, Huge and Beautiful People are a few of those unfortunate cancellations to mention.

The smart thing for me to do is to stop watching the shows you premiere because - in all honesty - they probably won't live past one season. Why get attached to something that's not going to last? And I hate to do that because you do give us some awesome shows. As delusional and unrealistic as this is, I really hope you guys start looking past the ratings to the fanbases who fall in love with all of these characters that you throw away so easily.

If Jane By Design is cancelled, I will stop watching your channel. Not even your Harry Potter weekends will entice me back. Maybe that's a bit immature of me, but I'm pretty fed up with everything. And I know a lot of people who feel the same.

An Angry Billy Nutter Lover

P.S. - I think I also need to mention that you were showing Jane By Design on the same night that Fox shows Glee and New Girl, two shows that already had top ratings before Jane By Design even premiered. Think about that.

I doubt there's much we can do about it. I fought like crazy, along with thousands of other fans, to save 10 Things I Hate About You when it was cancelled. But our petitions went ignored. I don't expect anyone at ABC Family to really read this post. I'm just angry and I want to get the word out there to all of my followers who are Jane By Design fans.

I don't know how much good it will do, but when you've got the time, please sign this Twition to save the show. You don't even have to be a fan! If you're someone who has been thinking about watching it, or if you just want to sign it because you are super awesome - your support is greatly appreciated!


  1. I hate it when they cancelled 10 Things I hate about you! I used to love that show! :( And now they're gonna stop Jane by Design as well? Looks like they want people to stop watching the channel all together!

  2. I'm not too bummed if they stop Jane by Design, it's a good show I admit, but there are other good shows still running (like Pretty Little Liars).
    What I am really really bummed about is that it's just announced that Sanctuary is going to be cancelled after 4 seasons. There is not a show (that I know) that has a kickass female lead that is not all about romance and boyfriends. she is just so awesome! So I'm a sad sad mood right now :(

  3. I've never watched this show but I'm still angry about Veronica Mars being cancelled... and that was years ago. So I definitely understand where you're coming from :(

  4. When good shows are cancelled, I get frustrated. (Firefly, anybody? Le sigh.)

    1. I still get mad just thinking about Firefly being cancelled.

      I love Serenity, but...le sigh.

  5. Where are you getting your information? I just heard that Teri Hatcher joined the show and they're gonna be on after Pretty Little Liars instead of switched at birth. Thats Huge. Jane By Design has the biggest stars on the Network now along with Andie Macdowell, why would they cancel it? I think you still have plenty of hope. :-)

  6. *kicks the door* WHHHATT! First I get all excited because I had seen your tweet that it was coming back on, but man I am gonna be ticked if it gets cancelled! And I was a huge fan of 10 Things I Hate About You, too! I think we're TV twins.

  7. I've never heard of this show before but because I hate when that happens and because you wrote such an awesome letter, I signed. I hope the show doesn't get cancelled.

  8. I signed ^_^

    I absolutely hated it when they cancelled Nine Lives of Chloe King. I was heart broken.

    channels really need to stop cancelling things that they think are going to have a second season.

    Most things that get cancel now adays is things that have a cliffhanger.

  9. I haven't started Jane By Design yet, but I have been planning on it. It'd be terribly sad if it got canceled prematurely.
    I was a huge fan of 10 Things I Hate About You and was terribly saddened by its cancellation :[

  10. I love Jane by design and I totally HATE the idea of finishing this awesome show after only one season! I was already completely shocked when they cancelled 10 Things (I mean what kind of ending was that???) and they should definetely not make that same mistake again!

  11. There wasn't any mention of this show being canceled, the only place I read about that was on that petition, which was created by a fan, so no official news about cancelation yet. there's still plenty of hope.

    I also created a twitition, but it was way before, before we knew the show was getting +8 episodes.

    I don't know about you, but with all this production and some big names, I am not so sure abcfamily would make a mistake of cancelling this show.

  12. ilove jane by design and i think they need to put more attention to the people who DO WATCH! cause we care, everytime i watch an ABC family series i am trying to ship it, after some episodes i am used to watch it, i get addicted and than i freaking hear THEY ARE CANNCELING THE FREAKING THING! sorry but i am reall mad they did it with 10 things i hate about you they wanted (it iddnt worked) to do it with Carries diaries an now they did it with this serie STOPPPPPPPP NOOOOOWWW before you break some hearts :(