When Syfy cancelled Caprica on October 27, the fans didn’t take it lightly. And why should they? The announcement was made as a schedule change – the remaining 5 episodes would be pulled off the air to be shown “January 2011.” As if that wasn’t bad enough Syfy claimed this was due to a lack of viewers. Pair that statement with the botched tv release of the 1st season and it’s easy to see why fans are upset. The same day that Syfy cancelled Caprica, Rosemary Medrano began the Save Caprica apple campaign.
The plan was to gather donations and send a heeping pile of apples to the Syfy offices in New York and California as a gesture of disapproval for their decision. Together fans chipped in $2,350 to show their support for Caprica. Of that, an order of $1,100 was placed with BigAppleGrocer.net to send to NY. It amounted to 2,880 apples, an amount that when stacked are taller than the Great Pyramid of Egypt!
Apples were sent to Steve Burke, current COO of Comcast and soon to be CEO of NBC Universal. The NYC office for NBC Universal is located in Rockefeller Center.
When Jericho fans sent nuts to CBS they were accepted and CBS in turn decided to donate them to charity. NBC Universal would not let the delivery truck down into their loading dock. The driver did everything he could to get past – including having the NBC Chef come outside – but the guard refused the delivery. Left with no legal options to leave the apples at NBC Universal the apples would go to waste. With some effort The Caprica Times got in touch with Maureen Granados (Director of Communications at Syfy). We asked if the apples could be donated to City Harvest in name of Syfy & NBC Universal and she obliged. City Harvest is a food rescue organization, dedicated to feeding the city’s hungry men, women, and children.
Yesterday the apples were delivered through City Harvest to Cabrini Immigrant Services. Cabrini Immigrant Services provides immigrants like Joseph and Sam Adama of Caprica with a haven of support, empowerment, and service. They offer legal counseling, educational support and ESOL classes. The apples were donated to their food pantry.
Syfy has been avoiding discussion with fans since the cancellation of Caprica. Craig Engler, who runs the Syfy twitter account has been ignoring inquiries by Caprica fans and in some cases blocking them. Only two statements by Syfy have been released to the public. One was released as a notice of “schedule change” sent to select media outlets. The other was a Q&A released on facebook with carefully selected questions and defensive answers. The fans aren’t buying it. Syfy’s awkward manipulation of Caprica’s tv schedule left viewers confused and killed any chance of the show building an audience. Outrage is still erupting as fans who are just finding out about the cancellation angrily denounce Syfy on the Caprica facebook page. Sending apples was the first step in showing Syfy that as much as they may want to look the other way, Caprica’s audience does exist. We won’t be ignored and we want Caprica to return for a second season.
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