An Open Letter To FOX

Hi there.
I have of course heard of Gotham arriving to your network this fall.  Congratulations.  As a Batman fan, I look forward to it.
That being said, I have a concern.  Your history with science fiction.
Science fiction is one of the many genres from which superhero stories draw root.  It is also a genre you have not handled well.
I understand, the numbers for the first seasons of Firefly and Almost Human were not to your liking.  Maybe, then, you  simply don’t realize one important fact regarding science fiction.  You can never judge by first season numbers.  You need to commit to a minimum of two seasons and compare the numbers between the two.  It takes that long to build the audience.
A large risk, I know.  But look at the benefits.  Science fiction audiences are loyal.  They’ll give a show a few episodes chance to recover from a misstep.  They are also avid consumers.  Before dvd made seasons practical, Star Trek: The Next Generation fans bought the complete series on vhs.  Seasons, collectibles and branded gear of all price ranges, these are more popular among fans of sci-fi and superheroes than any other genre.  Surely you can see the profit there.
If that is a risk you are unwilling to take, I understand.  But look at Firefly.  It got a movie and a comics series from dark horse.  Fans are buying the series and the merchandise.  I expect similar from Almost Human.
You will do as you see fit, of course.  I can only offer the recommendation of either committing to a two season minimum on all sci-fi and superhero shows or avoiding the genres entirely.
Good luck with your future endeavors, and I shall be tuning in for Gotham.


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