Fox may have cancelled “Enlisted,” but one fan is launching a campaign to get the network to bring the show back.
Army veteran Nick Palmisciano is founder and CEO of Ranger Up, an apparel company that specializes in making T-shirts that tap into military humor. Palmisciano has posted a video on YouTube lambasting Fox for deciding not to renew “Enlisted,” which he calls “the first quality military television program since ‘MASH’.”
“I get it; I mean, after all, you did give it the old junior college try by putting it in that oh-so-valuable timeslot between the end of work on Friday and the alcoholic haze I like to call ‘the weekend,’ ” Palmisciano says in the video. “I mean, that core 18-to-35 demographic routinely says: ‘You know what guys; I’d like to go out; I don’t want to go out just yet; I want to hang in and watch network television.”
After listing the dire consequences that have resulted from the show’s cancellation — too dire to list here — Palmisciano urges Fox to reverse its decision to cancel “Enlisted,” noting the network has resurrected other canceled shows, including “Family Guy” and “24.”
“Do you really want to replace ‘Enlisted’ without giving it a decent shot in a decent timeslot with a little advertising behind it?” he asks. “Is it not worth a second chance?”
“Enlisted” creator Kevin Biegel said he is flattered by the Ranger Up video and other fans who are urging Fox to put the show back on the air. These efforts show how much the military community has embraced the show — a fact not reflected in the ratings because Nielsen boxes are not allowed on bases, he said.
It remains to be seen whether fans can persuade executives to allow “Enlisted” to continue, but the more vocal they are, the better their chances of success, Biegel told Military Times on Friday.
“I don’t want tofill anyone with false hope and be like, ‘Yeah, it’s going to happen,’ but it certainly doesn’t hurt for people to be putting this stuff out there,” he said.
Fox spokeswoman Alex Gillespie declined to say whether the network would consider bringing “Enlisted” back if enough viewers demanded it.
“On four SUNDAYS, JUNE 1, 8, 15 and 22, from 7:00-7:30pm (ET/PT), FOX will air original episodes of ENLISTED,” Alex Gillespie wrote in an email Friday to Military Times. “Unfortunately, FOX has no additional comment at this time.”■