Monday, June 27, 2011

Here is your most important task today...

Marc Graboff is the man. He's the president of NBC West Coast and Universal Media Studios, and from my research, he is the person who can decide whether or not we see The Event return as a movie or mini-series.

His Twitter is @mgraboff, and based on the pattern I see for NBC Universal email addresses, his email address should be: If you want The Event back, send him an email, and do it TODAY. We can't waste anymore time.

Remember, be courteous. Be respectful. Be polite. Ask nicely, but be enthusiastic. Speak from the heart. Tell him why he should bring The Event back.

To send Marc Graboff a snail mail, the postal address is:

Marc Graboff
President, West Coast Business Operations,
NBC Entertainment
RE: The Event
3000 W Alameda Ave
Burbank, CA 91523

Here is another important person at NBCUniversal to contact...

Ted Harbert is new to NBCUniversal. He came over from the Comcast merger. Mr. Harbert is Chairman of NBC Broadcasting. In this role, Harbert is responsible for NBC Advertising Sales, Affiliate Relations and companywide Research, Domestic Television Distribution and the NBC Local Media group. He reports directly to the CEO Steve Burke, who also came over from Comcast.

Sources tell me that although he wouldn't directly be involved in bringing back The Event, he has a very influential role and would be interested in knowing that fans want The Event to return... so we'll tell him!

Based on the email pattern we have found for NBCUniversal employees, we believe Ted's email is

To send Ted Harbert mail, the postal address is:

Ted Harbert
NBC Broadcasting
c/o NBCUniversal
RE: The Event
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Event for The Event

Here we go, the peanuts for Jericho, the Nerds for Chuck, the blackout for FlashForward. This is it. The Event for The Event. This is not quite a write-in campaign, not quite a social networking campaign, this is contacting the people that we need contacted, doing the things we need to do to get the show's fans noticed, and give the producers a fighting chance at continuing The Event. This week is the most important week to show that The Event fans are out there by

-contacting Marc Graboff and Ted Harbert (details at part 1)
-raising as much money as we can by buying The Event products (also, details as you keep reading)

First of all, we (producers, writers, and us) are aiming for a mini-series or a movie, at this point, not a full- size series. Anything larger would be too much for the budget.

Second of all, what a lot of people don't understand is that NBC and Universal Media Studios (the production company that produces and owns the rights to The Event) are, essentially, the same company. They share executives. When fans are bad mouthing NBC, you're basically bad mouthing the same company that produced the show in the first place. If you ever want a chance at The Event coming back, fans must stop the attacks on NBC. It's just not constructive. They are the people who can rip up and burn the show, in 5 minutes. Show NBC that you appreciate that they aired The Event for one season.

  • Part 1: We have found that Marc Graboff and Ted Harbert from NBC/Universal Studios have the biggest impact on the future of the show. When I said that "write-in campaigns don't work" last week, I meant that NBC/ Universal Studios get a number of letters from this show's fans and that show's fans. This goes directly to the people who decide the future of the show. You can tweet Marc Graboff @mgraboff and post on Ted Harbert's 'Like' page on Facebook. When writing or tweeting them, please be respectful.

  • Part 2: Hulu has made episodes of The Event available. At the time of writing (June 24, 2011), all of the episodes of The Event are now available for viewing, and you don't need to have Hulu Plus to access them. You can watch them at The Event Fan Central. This is a great time to have friends, co-workers and family members who missed The Event the first time to start watching from the beginning.

  • Part 3: Buying episodes of The Event from iTunes, Amazon, etc... This effects NBC Universal's bottom line,  and helps generate more revenue for the show, which makes it more profitable. It also shows the fan support and dedication, what this kind of show needs. Scott Starrett's (composer) music for The Event is also on iTunes. You can search up "The Event (Original Television Score)".

  • Part 4: Where and when possible, pre-order the DVD or Blu-ray of The Event. That will show there's demand.

Do whatever you can do to help get this out. We had really bad timing with this and have limited time to get this to the world. Please help us, by retweeting our tweets @EventFanCentral and @TheEventFanatic about this and letting people know about this and The Event for The Event.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Do you want The Event to return? Here are a few ground rules to follow...

Repost from The Event Fanatic:

If you want to get The Event back on the air, here are a few key concepts you need to consider:
  1. It’s Business: Make no mistake - television shows are not on the air to entertain us. They are on the air to make the network and the production company that owns the rights to the show money, hopefully at a profit. If a show isn't profitable, it's not going to stay on the air. It's as plain and simple as that. It's also true for movies, music, publishing and even video games. Entertainment companies are not in the business to entertain you. It’s not art. They are in the business to make money, and if they do it while entertaining, then all the better, but a network’s primary way to make money is through ratings, and the advertising revenues they can generate as a result. 
  2. Stop biting the hands that have fed us: What a lot of people don't understand is that NBC and Universal Media Studios (the production company that produces and owns the rights to The Event) are, essentially, the same company. They share executives. When fans are bad mouthing NBC, you're basically bad mouthing the same company that produced the show in the first place. If you ever want a chance at The Event coming back, fans must stop the attacks on NBC. Fans who want the show back but insult the network and the executives are not only insulting NBC, but they are also insulting the very people who have a chance to find new life for The Event. I know, if it were me, I wouldn't go out of my way to consider changing a decision or green-lighting a new movie for fans of a show who are insulting me and my team of executives. It's just not constructive. If you want the show to return, be polite. Be respectful. 
  3. If you can help show that The Event can be profitable, do so: Some may read this and object, and I understand that to an extent. This is a somewhat unusual situation, in that the company that produces and owns the rights to The Event and the network that broadcasts The Event in the U.S. are basically the same company, but it is more common that it used to be. If you want to give The Event a better chance at returning, show it with your wallets. Buy episodes online. Pre-order the DVD and Blu-ray. Buy items from the NBC Universal Store. The soundtrack is also available on iTunes. These all help The Event look more attractive to return, since the bean counters can see more revenues result from the show.
  4. Stop focusing on the past: The Event has been canceled. Get over it. Stop going on about WHY NBC canceled it, or what NBC could have or should have done. Can you argue that Monday at 9PM was a bad time slot for The Event, going up against Dancing With The Stars? Sure, absolutely. Can you say that the three month hiatus was bad for ratings? Yes, sure. However, what does that solve? It's past history. You can’t go back in a time machine and change decisions that were made. In fact, I’d bet the producers and the network would both go back in time and make other decisions if they could. However, we live in fact, and time travel is science fiction, not science fact. What is done is done. It's like the old story of the high school quarterback that threw the interception late in the game that cost his team that championship, and then spends the next 25 years going over that in his head.
  5. Focus on the NOW, what IS reality: Here’s what IS true: The writers and actors of The Event are still under contract from NBC/Universal Media Studios. True, some of them have found other parts. I know about Blair Underwood on Broadway, and Zeljko Ivanek taking a role in a movie, as well as Nick Wauters working as a writer on The Vampire Diaries. Don’t take that to mean that they have been let out of their contracts. In fact, if you listen to the last episode of The EventCast, you’ll hear Jason Ritter explain just that. If I am interpreting things correctly, and I'm pretty sure that I am, Nick Wauters working on TVD also has no effect on bringing The Event back.
  6. Sources tell me that Steve Stark, Nick Wauters, and yes... even, believe it or not, supporters within NBC Universal are still actively looking to bring back The Event in a movie or mini-series form. If they can, and it's successful, it opens up the possibility for the show to return as a series in the following season. 
  7. Shows can be "un-canceled". There are many shows that were canceled that have returned. Star Trek is the most famous, but certainly not the only show that has done it. Jericho, Medium, Futurama, and Roswell are some recent examples, and there are many more. Even more shows came back in a new form, such as Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek (again, as Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the other shows that followed it). Nothing that has been decided has to stay that way. 
  8. Every fan counts; every fan can make a difference: You may not seem to be important, but every fan out there can make a difference. I am not affiliated with the show in any way, but countless people have thanked me for doing everything I can to save the show... but I am but one man. I am a man that sometimes works long hours, is married, and have a lot of mouths to feed and take care of, but I maintain this website. I post on Twitter and Facebook however and whenever I can, and I know I AM making a difference. So can you.
Tomorrow, June 27th, is the start of The Event for The Event. Join me, and fans everywhere, as we do everything we can to get our show back. More on that in my next post.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Announcing "The Event for The Event"

Fans!!! Join the celebration on Monday, June 27th, where fans of The Event will take part in the first ever "The Event for The Event".

Quite simply, this will be a day where fans everywhere will unite, celebrate the show, and do EVERYTHING in our collective powers to bring back the show!

We'll have more details to come as the day arrives. Until then, celebrate The Event! Tell your friends to catch up on the show and get more people hooked on The Event!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Get NBC to play re-runs in the summer

As most of you know, the producers have been shopping around The Event. The reports on and IMDB have given The Event the biggest publicity of all of the cancelled TV shows. People are hearing about it, which is good. Two and a Half Men got their all-time ratings high on re-runs during Charlie Sheen's 'time', which is a perfect example of what publicity can do.

Let's face it. Write-in/twitter campaigns are all too common and are not eye catching by TV podcasts, blogs, and news sites (which can generate a lot of publicity). Write-in campaigns aren't going to get any new viewers either. In order to get more viewers, NBC (or any other network) needs to air re-runs of the show. Yes, you can watch some of them online, and the best way to do this is to approach sci-fi/TV podcasts, blogs, and fansites to promote it. Many will at least like the show and by doing this, it shoots it's publicity through the roof. This is also a nice way for NBC Universal to make more money from the show, which doesn't hurt our cause. If The Event is profitable, it has more chance of getting back on the air in new episodes, mini-series or a TV movie.

So go on to iTunes, twitter, Facebook, or whatever, and tell people that you want them to talk/post about our current campaign. If everybody that read this post does this and tells a few more people, it will be up in no time. (Also, tell your friends about us, the more the merrier.)

Please leave in the comments, a few sci-fi/TV plugins to contact so everyone can check them out.