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Showtime canceled “The Franchise: A Season With The Miami Marlins”

Aug 20, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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Showtime’s documentary series “The Franchise” followed the Giants last season and the Marlins this season, but the network has decided to cancel this year’s version after just seven episodes.

It was supposed to go at least eight episodes, but both sides agreed to cut it short after Showtime declined to broadcast any more than the initial allotment with the Marlins currently in last place at 55-67.

Or as Marlins president David Samson told Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post: “There was an option to do more but given the state of our season, it was decided that the original eight would suffice.”

Sure, the Marlins are really bad, but I think it was HBT’s own Drew Silva making a cameo appearance that ultimately caused Showtime to pull the plug.

  1. butchhuskey - Aug 20, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    They were really running out of material- poor Showtime

  2. illadelphiasphinest - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Cause the Marlins are uninteresting and terrible.

    • jayquintana - Aug 20, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      It’s not that they were self-important blowhards that was the problem. It was they were BORING self-important blowhards.

  3. kevinbnyc - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Good thing Jeff Loria gave the expensive team he assembled time to gel, rather than declare the experiment failed after 3/5 of a season.

    • Old Gator - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      Compared to the pissant thinking that went into assembling the team in the first place, the trades were the smartest set of moves Scrooge McLoria and his notochord trust made all season. You do realize that the non-waiver trade deadline had a little something to do with it, right ? Or do you prefer to squat on your thumbs and hemorrhage large quantities of money while waiting for something that’s an obvious bust to become a more obvious bust?

      • kevinbnyc - Aug 21, 2012 at 12:16 PM

        Fair point. I just figured he’d wait until they won something, then begin the fire-sale to deepen the disillusion and anger within the fanbase.

  4. florida76 - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:06 PM


  5. randygnyc - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Didn’t know there was a mercy rule in television too.

    • stex52 - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:16 PM

      What he said.

  6. lew24 - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    I’m just waiting for HBO to cancel Hard Knocks too! The Heat are the only thing interesting in Miami!

  7. natslady - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Glad I didn’t watch so I’m not left on the cliff hanging.

  8. dwrek5 - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    I think it would be better if they did it during spring training like Hard Knocks. Then you could see position battles, up and comers, guys with one last shot, etc, etc

  9. willclarkgameface - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:23 PM


  10. dondada10 - Aug 20, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Does Ozzie get a spin-off?

  11. hockeyflow33 - Aug 20, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    The show has so much promise but it just had no flow to it

  12. raysfan1 - Aug 20, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Need to reboot the series, this time convince Gatot to write narrate! Carte Blanche on the topics he wishes to address of course.

    • raysfan1 - Aug 20, 2012 at 11:02 PM

      Gator. Damn lack of edit function.

  13. jkaflagg - Aug 21, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Listening to Ozzie cuss was about the only interesting part of the show, and even that wore thin very quickly…..maybe the lack of success on the field led to people clamming up, but it was a pretty dull bunch of people no matter how hard Showtime tried to jazz them up…..Still, at least they tried, but sometimes it just doesn’t work…..

  14. temporarilyexiled - Aug 21, 2012 at 7:55 AM

    Since they seem to have the Midol touch, why don’t they pick a team for next year that everyone already thinks will be BAD?

    That way, WHEN they’re wrong, the team will be captivating, and the series will actually make it through eight freakin’ episodes.

  15. bigleagues - Aug 21, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Why do I have a pit in my stomach over the notion that Showtime execs have been sending all sorts of gifts and polite gestures to Tom Werner and The Trio in an effort to get the Sox on board for the 2013 season?

    Win or lose, there will be no shortage of drama . . . or so we have been led to believe by the pundits.

    The upside for the Red Sox would be to allow a ‘neutral’ alternative narrative to the media interpretations and accounting of what happens inside the clubhouse and around the team.

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