Top 10 Protests That Saved TV Shows from Cancellation


Quantum Leap

Actor Scott Bakula posing on the California set of "Quantum Leap" in 1990.
Actor Scott Bakula posing on the California set of "Quantum Leap" in 1990.
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Fans and producers worked hard to save the sci-fi series "Quantum Leap" from the notoriously bad 8 p.m. Friday time slot. The show originally aired on Wednesdays at 10 p.m., and it enjoyed high ratings until NBC moved it to Friday evenings, a virtual death sentence for most TV shows. Network executives claimed that they moved "Quantum Leap" to the Friday night slot to try to improve that time period's dismal ratings, but the producer and fans were not on board.

When "Quantum Leap" producer Donald P. Bellisario heard about the schedule change, he was furious and used the show's newsletter to rally a fan letter-writing campaign. With efforts from fans and advocacy groups, more than 50,000 letters supporting the show arrived for NBC president Warren Littlefield. The "Keep the Leap" campaign was a success, and NBC moved "Quantum Leap" back to its original time slot less than a year later. The popular show went on to air for five total seasons.

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