Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Terrible News

No, not war, death, or politics. Joan of Arcadia has been cancelled. Via Rich Magahiz.

With the strange exception of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", which ran for seven years, my favorite shows from recent years have all been cancelled while still in their prime. Thankfully, you can get the episodes on DVD:

  • Firefly, created by Joss Whedon of Buffy fame, one of the best science fiction series ever. You can order the DVDs from Amazon.

  • Freaks and Geeks, one of the best TV shows about high school ever. You can order the DVDs here as well as a cheaper version at Amazon.

  • Joan of Arcadia. A modern-day "Joan of Arc" talks to children, janitors, homeless people who are actually God. They give her mysterious tasks to perform, which affect the lives of those around her in unexpected ways. Get DVDs for the first season on Amazon.

  • Wonderfalls. A funny, moving and magical series that is in some ways a "light" version of Joan of Arcadia (interestingly, both the creators of "Joan" and "Wonderfalls" independently conceived of the idea of a modern-day "Joan of Arc"). Tim Minear, who also worked with Joss Whedon on Angel and Firefly, was the executive producer. Get the DVDs from Amazon.


Blogger Kyle McCullough said...

It is a good show, but I seldom watch it. My sons insist that I sit with them and watch "Avatar, The Last Airbender." They make me do it! Honest!

10:12 PM  
Anonymous Rich said...

Thanks for the linkage, Daryl, sorry for the unfortunate news occasioning it. Now it seems that television is an elaborate simulation of entertainment without actually consisting of entertainment itself.

You don't suppose this was a variation on Godwin's Rule, only instead of the mention of Hitler which kills the Usenet discussion, in this case it was Satan which killed the television series?

11:01 PM  
Blogger Daryl McCullough said...

Hi, Rich. How did you find out about my link?

Yeah, "television is an elaborate simulation of entertainment without actually consisting of entertainment itself". Something that I've noticed in recent years (recent decades?) is that a lot of "humor" on TV is actually a simulation of humor, without actually being humor. I would include a lot of Saturday Night Live and David Letterman in this category.

5:50 PM  
Anonymous rich said...

I was googling my last name (yeah, egotistical and all), and there you were.

News on TV is a simulation of news, both when it comes to US and international coverage.

Science reporting on TV is a simulation of science reporting.

Political analysis on TV is a simulation of political analysis.

But the ads on TV are real ads all right. That's how one can tell one is not living in the Matrix.

7:32 PM  

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