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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Dismal Marlins season prompts early exit from Showtime

The final episode of The Franchise will air Wednesday on Showtime — one 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.

It may have been a miniseries, but it still wasn’t as short as David Samson.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 21, 2012 at 07:35 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: business, general, ha-ha, marlins, media, miami

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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 21, 2012 at 10:08 AM (#4213574)
Doesn't adversity create more compelling drama?
   2. There are a lot of good people in alt-Shooty Posted: August 21, 2012 at 10:17 AM (#4213587)
Bwahahahahaha! Anyone else think they hired Guillen because he makes good tv? I wouldn't put it past them.
   3. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 21, 2012 at 10:19 AM (#4213592)
There must be some way to save the show. Why don't they bring in Chad Ochocinco to shake things up, Poochie-style.
   4. Bourbon Samurai, what price fettucine? Posted: August 21, 2012 at 10:25 AM (#4213596)
Did anyone watch any of this?
   5. DA Baracus Posted: August 21, 2012 at 10:34 AM (#4213601)
Bwahahahahaha! Anyone else think they hired Guillen because he makes good tv? I wouldn't put it past them.


Hiring people because it makes for good TV seems to be a theme for Miami teams.
   6. winnipegwhip Posted: August 21, 2012 at 01:21 PM (#4213814)
I have watched the series. But it was through "schadenfreude glasses" to reaffirm my hatred for Loria and his Mini-Me.

I guess the marketing slogan for the 2012 Miami Marlins should be "Straight to DVD"
   7. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: August 21, 2012 at 01:30 PM (#4213835)
There must be some way to save the show.

Two words: Clevelander Cam.
   8. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 21, 2012 at 02:01 PM (#4213891)
Marlins 2012 Season Not Renewed by MLB Network, Team Faces Cancellation

Miami, FL - MLB Network has announced it is not picking up the 2013 season of the Miami Marlins and will cancel the remainder of episodes for the 2012 season. The Marlins began the year with positive reviews from critics, but a lackluster summer led to slumping ratings, causing the network to not renew the show for 2013.

"It was a difficult decision because of some of interesting storylines, but viewers never identified with the zany Ozzie Guillen character and we were never able to get a foothold with the 18-39 demographic," said director of programming Bud Selig.

The Marlins were conceived this year as an ensemble piece, with producers bringing in comedy veterans Jose Reyes ("The Mets") and Mark Buerhle ("The White Sox Show"), but the newcomers failed to build chemistry with fresh unknowns like Logan Morrison. Show bad-boy Hanley Ramirez also struggled to take a backseat and was ultimately let go by producers.

"Reyes was coming off a great year with his success in the dark comedy 'The Mets', but Hanley could never adjust to not being the star anymore," said one industry insider.

There are still rumors "The Marlins" may get picked up by CW or even TBS, but with the high costs of production, many of the top stars may not be back. Some have speculated that Mark Buerhle might be let go in favor of a someone cheaper like Nate Eovaldi ("The Dodgers") or Adam Rodriguez ("CSI: Miami").

A few fans have tried to mount a write-in campaign to save the show, but only a handful of letters have been sent thus far.
   9. Bote Man Posted: August 21, 2012 at 02:33 PM (#4213934)
Did anyone watch any of this?

I don't even watch Marlins games at this point, and I get them "for free" as part of my DirecTV package. I sure as he|| aint gonna pay for Showtime to watch this train wreck of a documentary. Besides, we get that after every game on the local news shows as the universal translator chokes on the latest Ozzie spewage.

The one must-see Marlin is Giancarlo Stanton's ABs just to see how far he will whack the next pitch.
   10. jack the seal clubber (on the sidelines of life) Posted: August 21, 2012 at 03:38 PM (#4214015)
They need to have Ozzie marry Kim Kardashian in a two hour extravaganza and bring in Kris Humphries, or whatever his name is, to raise objections. Then they can have Jose Reyes and Logan Morrison arrested for knocking over a liquor store.
   11. simpleton & childlike gef the talking mongoose Posted: August 21, 2012 at 04:19 PM (#4214081)
#8 -- Nice.
   12. Walt Davis Posted: August 21, 2012 at 08:18 PM (#4214323)
There are still rumors "The Marlins" may get picked up by CW or even TBS

Strictly local access cable.
   13. Walt Davis Posted: August 21, 2012 at 08:21 PM (#4214324)
Show bad-boy Hanley Ramirez also struggled to take a backseat

Currently hitting 310/370/540 with the Dodgers ... but the Giants hold serve with Marco Scutaro's 330/360/450.

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