With Firefly flaring up in the news lately thanks to comments made by Nathan Fillion and re-airings of the show on The Science Channel, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette got a chance to sit down with former Fox Entertainment President Gail Berman to discuss why she had to pull the plug on Firefly.
“Canceling ‘Firefly’ was as difficult as anything I’d ever been involved in because Joss and I had been creative partners at one time,” she said. Indeed, I remember seeing Berman sitting with a script and headphones on the set of a season two episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” “I worked with him very closely on this particular show and when it didn’t perform [in the ratings], having to cancel it was very difficult.”
Yes, the ratings. And what about that absurd decision to air the show out of order?
“If I had to do it over again, I might have reconsidered it but I’m not sure it would have changed anything,” she said. “It was a numbers things. It was a wonderful show and I loved it and I loved working with him on it but that was a big show, a very expensive show and it wasn’t delivering the numbers.”
Of course, many Browncoats would blame the fact that it “wasn’t delivering the numbers” on her decisions to air the episodes out of order, bury it in the “Friday night death slot”, and the fact that they only gave it one season. Meanwhile, Dollhouse and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles both got two seasons to try and develop an audience.