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Ben Browder tells CNN HLN that, following further talks, it looks like Sci Fi will not continue the show
by Dani Moure - Tuesday, September 17th 2002

Category: Future Farscape

Tonight, CNN Headline News entertainment anchor Alisha Davis spoke with Ben Browder, live from Sydney, regarding the cancellation of the show. Here's a transcript:

Alisha: Joining me now all the way from Australia is Ben Browder. Ben, thanks so much for joining us.

Ben: My pleasure. Good morning from Australia. It's 9:20, the sun is shining, it's the end of winter, and it's tomorrow.

Alisha: All right, well thanks so much for joining us. And my understanding is that you and the cast and the crew, if we can go back to this, you were on the set you were getting ready for the fifth season, and then within two weeks you were told that the show was going to be cancelled. Is that how it happened?

Ben: That's pretty close to the timeline. We had actually finished shooting our final episode of season four, we were doing pickup shots from an earlier episode. The night before I'd been talking with Brian Henson and David Kemper, our executive producers, and they were fairly sure we were going ahead and everyone was planning for a fifth season, and then were on the set and got news and a lot of people broke down in tears.

Alisha: Wow, must've felt like the rug was kind of pulled out from under you there.

Ben: Alicia I got a lot of music in my ears so you're gonna have to speak up.

Alisha: I will! All right, here I was wondering now there is a big campaign to save the show, tell us about that and do you think the fans and the internet can save this show?

Ben: Well the interesting thing about this situation is that basically the two parties the USA Networks and The Henson Company as producers had decided, there was a split, uh, after the fan response they got back together and started talking again. uh, it gave us an extra week before we had to start chopping up the sets, for them to try to figure out a way around it; at this point it looks like it's not going to happen, so we're not going to see a fifth season.

Alisha: Wow. Now, I know that you've participated in chats about the show on the internet. What was the best thing you've heard from fans in those chats?

Ben: Well, the interaction with the fans started almost from the inception of the show, from the period where we were just airing on Sci Fi, umm, very early on the only reaction we had was on the internet so if we wanted a fan response, we wanted to know what they thought about the show, we had to get on the internet and find out. So we had chats at the end of every year, they were sponsored by Sci Fi, and we would gauge how are audience was responding by what we were reading and seeing on the internet. So they were actually critical in the creative process of the show as well. As an actor you stand between the words and the audience, and on television, at least from Australia, the only way to gauge that is to get on the internet and find out what works and what doesn't work, it's been fascinating watching the internet work for us.

Alisha: Yeah it really has, and you have so many fans who really love the show. Ben, I want to thank you so much for joining us.

Ben: Uh, thank you for having me and g'night from Australia.

Ben's comments make it clear that it is now imperative that we contact other networks, particularly Showtime and UPN (who have both expressed interest in some form in the show), as we have been urging you to do from the get go, to try to get them to pick up the show. Visit our Help Save Farscape page for more information.

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