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The Firefly Effect is still alive and strong on Fox. The struggling TV channel, which has seen two of it’s most high profile shows get cancelled this year has resulted in massive outpouring and fan campaigns. That in turn allowed other networks to pick them up. This proves that a lot has changed in the 15 years since Firefly.

Did Firefly pave the way for this new wave of TV activism?

Even though, the cancellation of Firefly still hurts, all these years later, it may have been a necessary sacrifice for this brave new world of TV activism that has taken Hollywood by storm. The #SaveLucifer campaign has been going strong for nearly a month and Netflix picked up the series just as the casts’ contracts were about to expire.

The Fox drama averaged 3.3 million views so fans were outraged when Fox made the late decision to cancel the show. It has a cult following of which streamers are hungry for. Netflix is rumored to have outbid Amazon, which just recently saved The Expanse, for the show.

This marks a brave new step into the DC universe for Netflix and I wonder of the long term potential for an Original Netflix DC Universe like they have with Marvel’s Heroes for Hire. For a TV fan, it’s an exciting time to be alive.

John J. Falco

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