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    What are you watching?

    3.4 million fans were watching "The Glades" before it was abruptly canceled by A&E

     
    Since August, a dedicated group of fans have been working to get a network to renew, or at least film a conclusion, to a great series, "The Glades"

    "The Glades" was canceled by A&E networks in August after a cliffhanger, and soon thereafter, a petition was started at change.org. We have eclipsed the 10K signature mark and hope a network is willing to step up and at least finish the storyline.

    Here is a recent letter from Clifton Campbell, Executive Producer for "The Glades":

    "Congratulations Gladeiators on hitting the 10,000 signature milestone! The holidays have kept us all busy but I didn't want another minute to go by before I extended a heartfelt thanks and congratulations to each and every one of you for your continued love and support of our little Glades family. Your commitment to the show and our amazing cast and crew is humbling and I know I speak for all of us in thanking you and offering our sincerest apologies for the way we came to such an unexpected and abrupt end. We only wish we could pay you back for all your loyalty by finding a way to finish our story the right way. We were all caught off guard and would never disrespect our fans and loyal audience by ending the show this way -- quite the opposite. The jaw dropping Season 4 cliffhanger was designed to lead us into a very powerful and exciting Season 5 and beyond. I wish I could offer an explanation for the networks decision that was easier to accept, but the bottom line is our show and our audience is not in their long term strategy. That's why the show was canceled. Like any new head of programming, McKillop wants to make his own mark on the network and has made aggressively going after a younger, better educated, more affluent demographic a top priority -- which is why of course the recent debacle over Duck Dynasty is so hilariously ironic. If a stick in the eye of the audience that is fueling their tremendous success is an indication of his ambitions moving forward, I think it's safe to say his aim might have been a little prematurely aggressive and off target. Like I said, hilariously ironic.

    The networks long term strategy is smart and they have ample resources and reasons to believe they will succeed. They intend to develop and own (hence their new in-house production arm) a line up of scripted formats and original shows that appeal to the younger, better educated, urban audiences coveted by advertisers. It's pretty much that simple. Honestly, it's not an original strategy -- and if that was my goal I'm not sure I would have done anything differently. As disappointing as it was for me to see our show go down the way it did, A&E is riding a wave of tremendous world-wide growth, which comes with difficult decisions. I wish canceling The Glades was one of them, but unfortunately your loyal viewership was meaningless collateral damage.

    But who knows -- stranger things have happened and we may some day find ourselves down in South Florida to finish up what we started. I just want to remind us all that in a content driven universe, networks are kings. They live and die by their decisions and the A&E portfolio is in a remarkably strong and healthy position to continue its impressive growth. As for my very talented, wonderful cast, they will all go on to do many more amazing things with their careers, and I hope you follow and support them. If A&E develops and airs a show you like, I hope you will keep all of this in prospective and allow yourself to sample and enjoy the show. Personally, I'm just thrilled I was able to bring Jim and Callie and the rest of our characters and stories to life, and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for keeping hope alive. You've shown the network the passion in your hearts by speaking up, and character in your ability to commit. It's time to show them some class.

    My apologies for going on, but I thought you deserved the unvarnished truth.

    Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a very happy and safe New Year to you all!

    Clifton Campbell"



    The season finale ended with 3.4 million viewers (one of the highest for the show), and an identical rating to "Longmire" which was renewed for another season. By canceling the show, A&E has left loyal viewers in a bad place from a story perspective. As 2014 approaches, we'd love to see at least a story conclusion, but a Season 5 would be ideal. If you want to know what viewers were watching, it was “The Glades” on A&E. We urge all networks to consider picking up this excellent series, along with it’s 3.4 million viewers.

    The petition can be found at http://www.change.org/petitions/aetv-bring-back-the-glades.

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