This might mean little to non Spanish readers, but I have been following a tv series called "Pelotas", focused on the little community of people around a small football club. It was a little oasis of good humor, good writing, and good acting. I was waiting every week to watch the new episode, not because it was full of bullshit mysteries (like, say, Lost), but rather because it was a nice time, allowing yourself to reconcile to the concept of good, modest tv series.
"Pelotas" was running along the second season in 2010, and in spite of a rather average audience, it seemed that the Spanish public tv decided to let it grow due to its quality.
Until today; I just read in El País that today's episode will be the last one, as "Pelotas" has been cancelled. Sad news for lovers of good tv.
The take home message to me is quite bitter: this is the third or four small series I have started to watch and enjoyed, then suddenly cancelled. Unfortunately, it happened in several cases for series that were aired by public tvs, from the group Televisión Española. We were used to similar happenings in private tvs, depending strictly on their profit, which used to remove any kind of show or series upong bad audience dates, regardless of their growing potential.
I thought that public tv was different, and that had been the case for a few years; but this proves that, sadly, one can not expect that behaviour for a long time, and once more, a good series disappears as a consequence of the fucking audience.
Obviously Big Brother will not be cancelled for that reason.
And obviously, TVE will have a hard time to convince me to get hooked again on any new series, no matter how they promote it. From now on, I think I will focus on series which have been aired in full elsewhere, and forget about futile attempts from miserable business heads for whom credibility, fidelity and quality mean nothing at all.