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the middleman - dead or alive? threat or menace? [Jul. 22nd, 2008|11:23 am]
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javier grillo-marxuach here, live from middleman HQ...

...friends, there's been a lot of loose talk - a lot of words bandied about, words like "cancellation."

which means, i gotta answer the question: has "the middleman" been cancelled?

here's the scoop: we are a fantastically well-reviewed series that the network loves and supports. abc family is the one place that allowed us to do this show in all of its quirky glory, and in spite of the ratings, they continue to tell me "don't change a thing."

and about those ratings? well...while improving incrementally, they have not been stellar, so we - and by "we," i mean the network and myself - have made the decision to make and air a twelve episode first season of "the middleman."

it is a decision that allows us to conclude our first season on a great creative note, and to pool our resources to make our season finale the best and biggest it can be.

in short: we are doing everything we can to delive "the middleman" to whatever the future holds for us: and a crucial part of that future hinges on your continued support.

so, the bottom line - the middleman ain't dead.

if you like the show, then keep watching, the best is yet to come.

if you like the show enough to tell your friends, even better.*

and, of course, we will be at the san diego comicon (me, matt keeslar and les mcclaine on thursday, and me and natalie morales at the tv guide panel on saturday at 6), to meet you - the fans - to drum up support for the show, to sign autographs and give away scwhag...why? because we can't do this without you!

and as we say here at middleman HQ: "pugnantes malos, ne hos pugnetis!"

*if your friend has a nielsen box, that would be the best!

[User Picture]From: sillyd
2008-07-22 06:54 pm (UTC)

Have a blast at Comic Con.
I sadly will not make it this year.

I am there in spirit supporting all things TheMiddleman
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[User Picture]From: cyn_loves_tv
2008-07-22 07:18 pm (UTC)
I promote the show every chance I get, I really love it - but I hate the swap to 10:00 after an old movie on ABC Family. What's up with that?

I'll be at Comic Con so maybe I'll see you all there!
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[User Picture]From: joukido
2008-07-22 07:26 pm (UTC)
That's good news to hear. I was a little worried about how well the show was performing given that comments aren't being posted at a breakneck speed both on here and on Facebook, but just having the reassurance that the show isn't going to keel over anytime soon is great to know.
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[User Picture]From: spectralbovine
2008-07-22 07:28 pm (UTC)
Whew! That's good to hear. I'm really enjoying it, and my like is turning into love, slowly but surely.

By the way, the time chyrons in episode 3 were one of my favorite running gags EVER. And I continue to be amused by the different variations, although I am waiting very patiently for a scene to occur at Hammer Time.
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[User Picture]From: beatnikside
2008-07-22 07:53 pm (UTC)
Javi, you've done the impossible: You've gotten this cynical, seen-everything geek-nerd to tune into ABC Family every Monday night. I've been doing some hardcore evangelizing for "Middleman" in Seattle's geek community, but by golly, I'm going to step up my efforts into the realm of the obsessive. Keep up the good work and we'll find you the audience, by hook or by crook.
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[User Picture]From: sumik
2008-07-22 09:03 pm (UTC)

Chocaholics Anonymous!

I am very relieved.
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[User Picture]From: theevilvoice
2008-07-22 10:25 pm (UTC)
I have gotten two of my friends into the show... hopefully more will follow.
Good luck at Comic-con!
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-07-22 11:11 pm (UTC)
I really wish that there was a way to take into account people-who-pirate-the-show. Because while I have cable and have ABC Family, I've lost the ability to sit through commercials and end up torrenting everything until the show comes on DVD and I can just buy the DVDs. :(
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-07-22 11:54 pm (UTC)
you're a stupid troll.
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[User Picture]From: svilleficrecs
2008-07-23 12:42 am (UTC)
It's called Itunes, dumbass.

Edited at 2008-07-23 12:42 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: ironicart
2008-08-02 12:08 am (UTC)

If you want quality like this to last, support what you can!

iTunes is great way to show support for the show, and though you can get some really really good quality through torrents, buy the season pass on itunes and support the art form! Then torrent your little heart our for all the HD encoded ABC Family Avi files you want. Or maybe iTunes can start releasing more HD quality options for shows. Then your set for sure.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-07-22 11:21 pm (UTC)

Hope it continues

I like the show. It grows on you.
Sexy roommate, funny references, banter, etc.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-07-22 11:36 pm (UTC)

Your show should not even be questioned!


The Middleman is one of the best new shows I've seen in years. Its future should not even be in doubt. WTF? This show is so laugh out loud funny, with smart, well-written dialog, witty rapid-fire banter and great pop-culture references.

Why the hell did ABC Family move it to 10pm? If higher ratings are really what ABC Family is looking for, put it on at 8pm and cross promote the show on ABC and their other sister networks.

I’ve completely lost my faith in the major networks to recognize creative, entertaining programming. Ugh… so frustrating!

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From: (Anonymous)
2008-07-23 01:10 am (UTC)


I just got my mom into the show and she thinks it's brilliant, as do I. I can't believe people can't recognize real entertainment. Sarcastic, quirky, fast-paced, banter is the best kind out there and if you ask me the world needs more of it. People just need to broaden their horizons. And I have to say, that "are you pregnant" conversation in The Boyband Superfan Interrogation made me laugh so hard I cried. And just to let you know, I created a user account on ABC family just to comment on how awesome the Middleman is and to ask you questions about the show. Keep it up.
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[User Picture]From: counterword
2008-07-23 01:14 am (UTC)
Somewhere I read that this show was too smart for ABC Family, but I think it's closer to the truth that it's too smart for TV in general. I mean, it's no Real Life!

Seriously though, I haven't watched TV in years because of the recycled dreck that is omnipresent - The Middleman is the funniest, slickest show I've seen in forever, and the only one that actually makes me want to turn on that stupid box. If ABC Family doesn't work out I hope that you have the contractual ability to shop it around to other networks.

Javier, you have created a brilliant piece of work. Keep it up.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-07-23 01:39 am (UTC)

Move the show to an earlier ime slot.

10:00 pm on Monday night is not the greatest time slot. If it was 8pm instead, it would probably catch fire.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-07-23 04:34 am (UTC)

Re: Move the show to an earlier ime slot.

I love the show! Fingers crossed for a second season!
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[User Picture]From: merujo
2008-07-23 01:58 pm (UTC)
Javi, the show is fun, quirky, and I'm loving it! I've been passing the word on to everyone I know (and I loved telling Dolby yesterday that this week's episode had a Howard the Duck reference in it.) If I had the moolah, I'd hop a plane out for Comicon to cheer you on in person.

Fingers, toes, and my good eye crossed,

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From: monte_noiq
2008-07-23 04:28 pm (UTC)
First, I am delighted to say that I too will be at Comic-con. In fact, I elected to take vacation time and come down on Thursday for one simple reason -- I want to see The Middleman panel. Now I find out there is a second related Panel on Saturday, and that makes the decision to attend even more rewarding. Given your own pressing media requirements, the congestion, commotion, and just plain halcyon scheduling of Comic-con, I don't know if I will ever have the chance to say hello in person -- but I certainly hope to do so.

As for the discussion of "cancellation," I wasn't even aware there was a rumor to that effect. The critics love the show, so I have labored under the assumption that there were no issues. Unlike many of the others who have already posted, I don't even mind the change to 10:00 p.m. I believe you when you express optimism for the future of the show. I have been deeply rewarded by its quality already. And I have been an advocate wherever I can of promoting it to my friends, acquaintances, and even business associates. I will continue to do so until, as I hope and believe, it will be sufficiently popular that it needs no further viral assistance.
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[User Picture]From: mdehners
2008-07-28 08:01 pm (UTC)
I wish we were a Nielson family! As it is, I tell EVERYONE about the show. It and Sci-Fi's 'Eureka' are pretty much it for my TV viewing. I still wish '!!!!' T-shirts were available, or even '!!!!'promo covers for Redbull dispensers. Just to get "buzz" about the show. I agree with everyone that moving the show was the dumbest idea EVER. It cuts out the younger audience...
Love the show and you couldn't have picked anyone BUT Keslaar to play 'MM'. Brendon Fraiser maybe a decade ago perhaps but Matt still would be better!
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-07-29 04:22 pm (UTC)


I really love this show..

oh a Question - the Middlejackets they are wearing for their uniform - any chance to get one of those? I really love this 50's FBI Police Whatever Look they are sending :)
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[User Picture]From: brista
2008-08-25 10:57 pm (UTC)

Re: Yeah..

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[User Picture]From: ducttapesnakes
2008-07-30 05:40 pm (UTC)
Your show is brilliant. I just saw the first episode (my dad downloaded off of Xbox, i believe.)
I really really hope it makes it.
I know i'll be watching regularly now and telling all my friends.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-08-24 12:47 am (UTC)
I have really enjoyed this show and was glad to hear it wasnt canceled. The show has a unique wit about it. I dont think the ratings have to do with the show but rather the timeslot. I mean Monday at 10. Is there anyway they can change it around to a different day.
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