Monday, August 20, 2012
Showtime has decided to conclude the current season of "The Franchise" a week earlier than originally planned:
The original plan called for eight weekly episodes, starting July 11. But the Marlins have endured such a trying season that the team will end its run on Showtime this Wednesday — its seventh weekly episode — instead of Aug. 29.Anyone who has noticed the declining frequency of posts on this here blog knows that Ted and I totally empathize with Showtime. The network thought it would be airing a series about an exciting young team in the throes of a pennant race, and instead it got the biggest disappointment in baseball, a team whose biggest stories involved the Guillen-Castro controversy and the decision to trade away its former franchise player for peanuts.
The Marlins still will have upheld their agreement for eight episodes. They also did a special preview episode in April after manager Ozzie Guillen created controversy with his comments about Fidel Castro.
Then again, do you actually even know anyone who subscribes to Showtime? I've never met a Showtime subscriber in my life, obviously they don't exist. No wonder their ratings are suffering!
UPDATE, via Fish@Bat, here is the trailer for the season finale: