The Save Our Spirited campaign gains momentum with press coverage from national newspaper The Australian via a recent interview with Spirited-TV.net webmasters.
Sprightly campaign to save Spirited
MICHAEL BODEY From: The Australian November 04, 2011 7:11AM
A SPRIGHTLY fan campaign to reinstate the Foxtel drama Spirited has sprung up in the wake of the series axing.
Foxtel announced last month it would not commission a third series of the drama starring Claudia Karvan and Matt King four weeks after its second series concluded.
A group of fans has established the Save Our Spirited ‘website’ (via Spirited-TV.net) and produced a YouTube protest video (see above), to the tune of The Whitlams’ I Will Not Go Quietly, stating “We hold opinions. We hold subscriptions. And we’ll use both to be heard.”
The website has amassed 1400 signatures in two weeks and letters have been sent to Foxtel management, including Foxtel executive director of television, Brian Walsh, who is quoted in the video as saying “I feel it’s right for Spirited to go out on a high with the impossible love story of Suzy and Henry resolved in a way that’s as close to a happily ever after as was ever really possible.”
Representatives of the website told Media they were sceptical of Foxtel’s decision to quietly announce the award-winning show’s cancellation in the off-season on the show’s Facebook website. The group has begun a protest campaign through social media, TV blogs and even postering and via more official channels.
“At times this (campaign) has been challenging but we are driven by our unshakeable belief in the show and the fact that all previous press clearly indicates both cast & crew wish to continue making Spirited,” the site’s webmasters “Kate, Kirri and Carina (Spirited-TV.net)” told Media.
“Our first port of call is obviously to address FOXTEL about the poor decision they’ve made, but our efforts will not rest there. This show is worthy of air time on Australian TV and if FOXTEL won’t listen, we’re hoping to make enough noise so that someone else will!”
The trio added fans are still only finding out now about the axing and they have been happily surprised at how well their campaign has taken hold thus far.
Foxtel has hinted it has commissioned another Australian drama for 2012 although it was not able to confirm this at the season launch last week. The W Channel would not comment.
Spirited won the 2010 AWGIE for TV series writing and this year won two ASTRA awards, including best drama. It was the highest-rating series on the W channel last year. The series was created by Karvan and Jacquelin Perske and co-produced by John Edwards.