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Angry Fans Of MTV's "I Just Want My Pants Back" Protest At Viacom Headquarters While Armed With Trousers

I Just Want My Pants Back cast

Man, TV executives must really hate Jericho fans. While fan campaigns to save canceled shows have been around nearly as long as TV itself, it wasn't until fans bombarded CBS offices with nuts that this type of active fan protest really took off. Since then we've seen The CW flooded with Mars Bars after they axed Veronica Mars, and disgruntled Journeyman fans inundate NBC with boxes of Rice A Roni (the San Francisco treat).

Now, we may have just set the new bar for odd fan campaigns. Fans of MTV's recently canceled comedy I Just Want My Pants Back took to the Viacom (parent company of MTV) offices in both New York and LA last week in an attempt to save their show. But they didn't come empty handed, they came carrying pants. Slacks, jeans, cargo, sweat all common types were reportedly present and accounted for. All in all, more than 500 pairs were said to have been brought to the Viacom HQ, mailed in by unhappy fans from around the USA.

While fans were obviously met by security at both buildings, in LA they were eventually escorted inside where head of MTV programming David Janollari personally accepted the pants. A similar scenario occurred in NYC.

In the end, this will most likely end as the majority of fan campaigns do. They get some attention, but the network ultimately holds firm. Still, you've got to admire the determination involved with protests like this, as these fans chose to put up rather than shut up. Producers are said to be shopping the show around to other outlets, but very, very few canceled shows ever get brought back.

I'll leave you with this photo of some of the pants that ended up on the Viacom sign in LA:

Pants, Pants, Everywhere

Did you watch I Just Want My Pants Back? Do you support the fan campaign to save it?

Source: Deadline.com

Note: To rtruell, I appreciate the Roswell info. I knew I should have looked a little further back in time. Jericho was just the oldest campaign of that type that I remembered. :)


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Network:
- MTV
Show:
- I Just Want My Pants Back

Written by: Michael Stevenson
Jun 11th, 2012, 12:22 am

jnw93

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Since: 22/Sep/09
Message Posted On Jun 12th, 2012, 1:01 pm

Id love to see it back, US seem to cancle too many good shows :/

rtruell

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Since: 17/Apr/12
Message Posted On Jun 11th, 2012, 5:59 am

"it wasn't until [Jericho] fans bombarded CBS offices with nuts that this type of active fan protest really took off."

 

Actually, an even earlier example of this form of fan protest happened back in 2000 (-ish), with fans of the UPN show "Roswell".  When the show was on the verge of being cancelled, fans bombarded the UPN offices with bottles of Tabasco sauce, which the 'aliens' in the show put on everything they ate.  The fan action got "Roswell" an additional season on the air....which is why "Jericho" fans tried the same thing.  Sadly, the additional season of "Jericho" that resulted was only 1/3 the length of the fan-obtained season of "Roswell"...and even "Roswell's" wasn't a full season :-(  But, at least everyone on "Roswell" saw the writing on the wall and managed to give the show a proper ending, rather than having to leave everyone hanging with many unanswered questions.

 

foo

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Message Posted On Jun 11th, 2012, 1:44 am

aww :(

foo

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Message Posted On Jun 11th, 2012, 1:44 am

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