NBC may have cancelled it, but you can still watch the Black Donnellys on the Internet. Tonight's episode was another great one, leading up to the season finale (and probably the series finale) that will be available next Monday at the Black Donnellys website. It's a shame that this show won't be around, because I'm enjoying it even more than the Sopranos.
There are a bunch of petitions online seeking to save the show, including this, this and this. Quite a few fans have created a blog devoted to saving the show. One devoted fan at the thefirecrackerlounge.com suggests that every Monday, fans call these numbers and leave a message:
1. Lesley Cerwin Director of NBC Entertainment (818) 840-3980
2. Morgan Steffano (Leslie Cerwin’s Coordinator) (818) 840-4276.
3. Victoria Brody/ press manager (212) 664-5276
4. NBC Comment line (212) 664-4444
I'm not that devoted. But it is a really good drama, well worth keeping, even if it needs time to build momentum. The rumor spreading at some sites is that NBC is waiting to see how it's other new shows do before deciding whether to roundfile the Black Donnellys. Unfortunately for me, when the Neilson ratings people came to my neighborhood, they were looking to recruit a family without kids. Not being able to meet their particular demographic needs at that time, I missed out on the chance to disregard every other NBC program in the hopes that the Donnellys might get back on the air. With the Sopranos leaving HBO in another four or five episodes, maybe Showtime or HBO can pick up the show, loosen up the language and images and really let the story go.