Blood Ties Update

Posted: January 16, 2008 in Scifi
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From Cailan: Jan 12 2008, 12:15 PM

Fans, your voices have been heard!

When I posted our TV Throwdown, I asked you guys to email me if a show you loved was missing from the list. Fans of Lifetime’s canceled vampire drama, Blood Ties, responded in droves.

If you haven’t been watching, here’s how fan Tami Z. describes it: “Blood Ties should be on the list of best shows of 2007! It’s a great drama about a take-charge woman P.I. that teams up with a sexy vampire to solve ‘strange’ cases, which also tend to involve her ex-partner/lover cop. The great chemistry among the three main actors (Christina Cox, Kyle Schmid and Dylan Neal) combine with the witty one-liners to make this show completely addicting. You can watch the past 22 episodes on Lifetime’s Website. It’s a crime drama you can really sink your teeth into! (Pun totally intended.)”

Not that I don’t love any show that generates bad puns, but since Blood had been booted from the airwaves, as a dead show it was disqualified from the poll…right?

Not so fast! Because so many of you were so passionate about this series, I did some digging (I’ve learned never to underestimate a rabid fanbase), and lo and behold, there is hope!

According to Blood Ties executive producer Randy Zalken, even though the show is off the air in the States, all is not lost. When asked about possibly getting the show back into production, he says, “We’re hopeful.” Why? Because of fans like you. According to Zalken, “We’re very happy with the support of the online fans,” and he thinks the built-in audience is strong enough to attract new backers to the show.

So, here’s the sitch:

Who Can Bring It Back:  The series is Canadian, and according to Zalken, “Some of the Canadian broadcasters have said, ‘Yeah, we’re interested in it; let us know what and when and how.’ We’re also hopeful that a new home in the U.S. will present itself.” The series would likely need financing from both a Canadian and an American network if it were to pull off a second season. Sci Fi? SoapNet? Starz? Which nets do you think should take a look?

Why It Stands Out During the Strike:  According to Zalken, “I don’t think the strike is going to hurt us, because Canadian writers are not hindered by the U.S. guild rules. So, we can be delivering new shows for the fall… I guess that’s more than a lot of producers are saying now.” That’s good news for fans and Blood Ties staffers, but it’s probably less exciting for our local American writer pals, as it could alleviate some of the pressure they’re attempting to put on American conglomutainment outlets.

What’s at the Ready:  Should a vampire-friendly guardian angel with deep pockets happen to fall out of the sky tomorrow, the show could resume production relatively quickly, says Zalken. “The sets are still available—they’ve not been destroyed—our talent is very eager to come back, and our show runner, Peter Mohan, is standing by.”

Post your feelings about Blood Ties below, and with any luck, a curious passerby with a big fat network budget will happen upon the scene and realize exactly how beloved this series is by you, the fans.

—With reporting by Jennifer Godwin
I love this show, and was so angry when it got canceled.. The best, well written, sexy, smart, show vamp show ever.. Blows Buffy, Angel and Moonlight away.. The actors are amazing. Please, please someone intelligent realize the gold mine this show is.. For a show to have no publicity this has such a large fan base it’s incredible.. What other show has done this???? With the writers strike this is the perfect show for an American network to pick up..

Here is my comment also post of the forum:

Thanks for this bit of good news. I was converted to Blood Ties from listening to several podcasts over at the Slice of Scifi site. While I have not seen the completed first season, I loved what I saw. I am making an entry on my blog about your reporting. Also, in March, MegaCon will have several actors from the show as well as Tanya Huff which I am really excited to see. Over on myspace.com/monsterscifishow, I have a map of Blood Ties fans from all over the world. Stop by and post your location as well.

If you want to post a comment, please feel free to do so on this blog or go over to the Scifi Forum, click this link and make your voice heard.

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  2. JaLeah says:

    Please have this come on evryone loves it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    the ty series is so fun and suspenceful to watch!
    not to mention the love triangle that heats things up!

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  3. Brandi says:

    Blood ties is awesome! I wish they would make more seasons.

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  4. Lance Miller says:

    I’m amazed how tv exec’s/producers are so short sighted. Anyone who cannot justify returning this series shouldn’t be in the industry. It’s well written, it has great characters & will be a hit given half a chance. I remember the day when a tv show would have its time/date schedule changed at least once before such drastic measures, as canceling, was even considered. Maybe this should be considered first.. Please bring this back, today’s need by tv networkds for instant success shouldn’t be the reason for this shows demise. Not all shows succeed immediately, even “Mash” was scheduled for cancellation & we all know how long that show ran.

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