01 June 2007
HBO missing out on Carnivale
I've recently discovered the HBO series, Carnivale via their HBO onDemand service. I remember flipping through the channels and coming upon it, but coming into the series mid-way made me confused as to the importance of certain events or lines as they occurred. However, since HBO recently started showing Carnivale in order from episode 1, I decided to check it out.
CARNIVALE follows a traveling carnival as it wends its way across the Dust Bowl, focusing on Ben Hawkins, a mysterious 18-year-old fugitive with hidden talents who is taken in by the carnival, and Brother Justin, the charismatic, shadowy evangelist who will ultimately cross his path. The series takes place at a time of worldwide unrest, with evil on the rise around the globe and the Great Depression wreaking economic and social havoc here at home.source HBO
starrring: Nick Stahl, Clancy Brown, Michael J. Anderson, Clea DuVall, Tim DeKay, Amy Madigan and Patrick Bauchau.
The show was canceled in 2005 by then-CEO Chris Albrecht, citing high production costs and high actor salary demands that obviously accompany with such a large, talented cast. However, now that he's been ousted by the corporation after a particularly character gouging incident in which he assaulted a female companion... hmmm. Perhaps the heads at HBO will take notice that perhaps his judgement isn't so spot on and Carnivale needs, nay MUST be brought back!
The first two seasons are just two parts in a six part story originally designed by creator, Daniel Knauf. HBO agreed to produce all 6 parts of the series, but pulled out after only 30% complete. The fan outcry at the cancelation of this show blew HBO executives away at the time of cancellation, apparently not enough to revive the series. Over 50,000 emails alone were received by HBO shortly after they announced they were not going to continue Carnivale. Still, two year after the cancellation, fans are still attempting to get the show back on the air, yet HBO still does not give into the wishes of their viewers and suscribers.
NPR podcast on Carnivale
This show is so worth watching. Epic in stature and storytelling, this fictious world enveils it's tantalizing deceits, inquisitions and revelations in a most unconventional manner. Go rent the DVD and watch, see for yourself. I can't explain more than that. You will regret it if you don't watch and savor it.
Bring Carnivale back please.
I dont ask for almost anything that nicely!