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In Response to Denis McGrath

May 29th, 2008 by Cancer Cowboy · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Denis McGrath recently commented on the complaints of jPod fans.

Daegan Fryklind, an award winning jPod writer responded with some encouraging words.

Props to Denis for re-posting Daegan’s comments.

I have also commented - not as well as Daegan, but hey…I don’t write well enough to get paid for it <grin>. Here’s what I posted:

DMC: thanks for your insight; it has been very helpful - and has been one of the most significant influences on how we’ve thought about running savejpod.ca. I will continue to follow you on this issue because I think you have important things to say.

Daegan: thanks for your comment - we really appreciate it.

I wish this was as short as Daegan’s response, but I’m not an award-winning writer, I’m just one of the people who’s running savejpod.ca :). As as a jPod fan, let me say: I don’t hate the CBC and I don’t think they’re stupid. I love the CBC and continue to be an ardent supporter and I think they’ve made a mistake with regards to jPod. I do think they need to change how they count viewership. Online viewership and torrents represent real people watching the show. It’s CBC’s job to figure out how to leverage that viewership for revenue and recognition within the Canadian Culture Industry. In my opinion, it is fair to think that how the CBC counts its audience is problematic and inaccurate…and not simply a cold, cold reality.

I deeply regret that shows rarely have more than 1, or sometimes just half a season, to prove themselves. The long tail of viewership is making funding productions a very challenging task. And that is a cold, cold reality.

I hope savejpod.ca saves a show that is, in my opinion, some of the finest TV I have ever seen. You don’t - that’s great. I signed the Save jPod petition…you likely didn’t. Even though I know our campaign has virtually zero chance of bringing the show back, I still think this effort is worthwhile. What can we accomplish? First and foremost, I sincerely hope we bring this great show back. Failing that, we can show our support to the producers, writers, actors and crew so they know they have fans and we want more of what they’re serving because we think it’s delish. We might even influence the CBC, showing them jPod connected with people in a powerful way, that non-broadcast viewership is significant and that CBC can successfully engage the ever-elusive young, “hip & cool” market.

I work to be positive in my work with Save jPod and not put the Ceeb down…after all - they’re just about the only ones that can help us Save jPod. Pissing them off is just bad business. Thanks to dmc for helping me figure that out early in the game. But I don’t begrudge others who want to vent. The whole proposition of producing a show is one which asks people to watch it. When a show is written and produced, advertised, and has a website launched designed to entice viewers to deepen their engagement with the show, not mention re-watch or catch up on episodes, the broadcaster is saying to people “Hey look at this - check it out - we hope you love it.” I think it is more than fair for the people who respond to that request, who accept the invitation to try out a new show and fall in love with it to be frustrated and angry when it’s taken away. Sure it isn’t constructive - but if people don’t bitch and whine when a show was canceled, it means they don’t care. More over, the sole purpose of a television show is to get people to like it and want to watch it. If a show is successful at all, it means that people like it and want to watch it…something that happened because they were invited to do so by the broadcaster.

I’m not saying CBC has a responsibility to renew jPod just because 70 000 people have visited SavejPod.ca and 5000 of those people have signed a petition asking them to renew it (so far). I am saying people being upset because they’ve lost a show the CBC asked them to watch isn’t childish or ridiculous or petty. From where I stand, it seems pretty reasonable and every bit a part of the TV industry as pitching a new show, the joy and dissapointment of ratings, and the tough decision about what stays and what goes.

It will take time for the CBC to decide if canceling jPod was a mistake. But for every fan who mourns the loss of the show, for every person who joins the Facebook group or signs a petition to Save jPod, we know right now, for us…canceling jPod was a mistake. And that’s what we’re telling the CBC.

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Best. T-Shirt. Ever.

May 28th, 2008 by Klownsworthy · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

As seen at Podsters United event outside Leo Awards

As seen at the Podsters United rally outside the Leo Awards

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Roar for 4!

May 27th, 2008 by Mary Jane Doe · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

jPod has won 4 Leo Awards!  The Leo’s were held this past weekend in Vancouver and celebrate excellence in the B.C.  TV and film industry.

The Awards went to:

Best Screenwriting in a Dramatic Series -
jPod - Daegan Fryklind - The Last Shot

Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series -
jPod - Emilie Ullerup - Senseless Prom Death

Best Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series -
jPod - Ryan Robbins - Sprite Quest

Best Guest Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series -
jPod - Babz Chula - Crappy Birthday to You

Congratulations!

Newlywed David Kopp (Ethan) & his Wife Brandy
Newlywed David Kopp (Ethan) and his Wife Brandy

Emilie Ullerup (Kaitlin) & Kyle Cassie (Kevin
Leo Award Winner Emilie Ullerup (Kaitlin) and Kyle Cassie (Kevin)

Ben Ayers (Cowboy)
Ben Ayers (Cowboy!)

Ryan Robbins (Alistair)
Leo Award Winner Ryan Robbins (Allistair)

Thanks to Miranda M. for organizing the Podsters United! Rally
Pictures Courtesy of Miranda M. and Ariane C.
Want to see more? Visit the SAVE JPOD NOW! Facebook Group. :)

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YouTube-ing jPod

May 24th, 2008 by Klownsworthy · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

I’d like to give a well-deserved shout out to #1 jPod Fan Ryan Rosser for stepping up on behalf of the campaign. Ryan has provided us with several jPod videos on request in no time flat (1) (2) (3). These videos are going to help us introduce new fans to the show through our New to JPod page.

Ryan has many other very cool videos on his channel - including this one that reminds me an awful lot of a jPod Gore scene!

Thanks again Ryan!

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EMFNDS and the jPod Lounge

May 24th, 2008 by Klownsworthy · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Recently there have been a number of intriguing EMFNDS videos uploaded onto Facebook (also available on YouTube).

Here’s the scoop:

Torrance Coombs (Vancouver, BC) wrote

Some of you have probably noticed the EMFNDS clips being posted. Here’s the story:

Basically, there was a large web component planned for the jPod launch that for various reasons never saw the light of day. Well, now it’s on its way.

I’ve only seen bits and pieces, but it’s looking really fucking cool. Stay tuned for more.

Those familiar with CBC’s website may remember a big red button in the middle called jPod Lounge. That’s the web component being unveiled, and SaveJpod.ca has received the following exclusive pictures:

jPod Lounge

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New Save jPod Badge

May 23rd, 2008 by Cancer Cowboy · No Comments · Uncategorized

Check out the new badge in the top-right corner of the site. This swanky widget is brought you by the fine robots of 42 Androids.

Want to add this to your site? Check out the article on how to make your dream a reality.

p.s. Don’t miss the awesome banner add 42 Androids is running as well <grin>

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The jPod Mini-Series Myth

May 21st, 2008 by Klownsworthy · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

For some reason in certain circles, a rumour has been entrenched that jPod was only a meant to be mini-series and was never meant to continue. I can assure you this is not the case. And to dispel this myth for good, I direct you to an interview with executive producer J.B. Sugar on Urban Rush (Jan 10 2008). Specifically around the 08:40 mark.

Fiona Forbes [Urban Rush]: “Season One just premiered. Do you know if there’s going to be a Season Two?”

J.B. Sugar [jPod]: “We are very hopeful. […] We are developing scripts, but won’t hear about a production order for a little while”

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Now available on iTunes!

May 20th, 2008 by Klownsworthy · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

jPod is now available for purchase from the iTunes store. Go and write a review for the show!

At $26 for the entire series, that sounds like a steal to me!

 Update: Episodes 8 and 9 are missing for some reason

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Stay Tuned for more jPod…

May 20th, 2008 by Klownsworthy · No Comments · Uncategorized

Just a quick mention that CBC will be re-broadcasting the first season of jPod over the summer (dates TBD). This is a perfect chance to show CBC the audience has grown and to deliver some solid ratings.

Details will be published here as soon as they become available, so stay tuned…!

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Post for the ‘Pod: ready, set, go!

May 19th, 2008 by Klownsworthy · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Lego figures on their way to CBC

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jPod, abroad

May 15th, 2008 by Klownsworthy · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

ContentFilm is the company who’s selling jPod over in Europe, where the show has already been sold to various European territories and international territories.

For those in need of a jPod fix, ContentFilm has a nice jPod website you can explore.

One interesting discovery: Ethan’s introduction video degenerates into a gratuitous zoom on Kaitlin’s chest. How Cowboy-esque!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

May 11th, 2008 by Mary Jane Doe · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

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Original unedited Picture from CBC.ca

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Podsters United!

May 9th, 2008 by Mary Jane Doe · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

In celebration of jPod and its 15 Leo Award Nominations, we announce Podsters United! - a jPod Love-In!  An Event hosted by Save jPod Now

Here is your chance to come and show the CBC, the cast, the crew and the media just how much you really love and support the program.  Wear your favourite jeans, your coolest T, your best sneakers and profess your love for the best show ever produced by the CBC!

This is going to be a CELEBRATION!  Make a sign, bring your copy of jPod, your great ideas, and all the enthusiasm you can muster, and we are going to show the entertainment industry and network executives that this show is an extraordinary success, and HAS TO GO BACK ON THE AIR !!!!!  This gathering is all about Love, not anger. We all know which one is more powerful.

The When and Where

  • Date: Saturday May 24th. 
  • Time: 3:00 p.m - 6 p.m
  • Where: Westin Bayshore Vancouver
  • Location: 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia

Hope to see you there!

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