Topic: Fandom

Fan Service: Canceling a Beloved TV Show Can Leave Fans in Emotional Anguish

Fan Service: Canceling a Beloved TV Show Can Leave Fans in Emotional Anguish

Fandom, meet science. Ohio State University assistant professor Emily Moyer-GusĂ© and former grad student Julie Lather just released a study they conducted in 2008, polling 403 undergrads about how often they watched TV and how the 2007-08 writers’ strike affected them. The results were fascinating: People who watched TV religiously were distraught when their favorite shows and characters went off the air. Considering that the strike lasted only a couple of months, one could assume that fans of canceled shows suffer a much deeper loss. More »