The work continues! We had a lot of great engagement still this week, and the BTS made a comeback as well! Let’s get into it.
19 days after cancellation and we still can get our tags trending!
Writer Alex Sherman continues to support from the sidelines.
Following ECCC’s announcement of not having OFMD guests this year, C2E2 followed suit. However, another ReedPop convention, Florida Supercon, seems to have plans. (They hosted Kristian, Nathan, and Con last year!)
Fans ran a #PetsForPirates event on Twitter – and Damien Gerard (Father Teach) took the opportunity to show off his kitties!
And we heard again from Jorts in support of renewing OFMD!
We are continuing to see support from some crew members, notably set decorator Lindsey Cantrell! She shared some BTS and also the petition link again.
Someone discovered that Max’s “For Your Consideration” billboard was still up…
Kit Williamson, who played “Ed” in Mad Men and created the queer Netflix series “EastSiders” gave a shoutout to OFMD and shared the petition!
We noticed two new photographs thanks to BBC’s S2 episode guide!
And news agencies began reporting on the premiere!
Samba graced us with his presence with a new shout-out post, this time to Vico.
The big news of the day (and the week, really) was the #RenewAsACrew group announcing they were shutting down. We thank them for their hard work, and for getting us tons of media coverage. A couple of accounts have taken up the mantle of continuing renewal efforts: @AdoptOurCrew and @SaveOFMDCrew.
Astroglide did another live-tweet event with us!
THE EYES AND THIS MOONLIGHT WTF IS HAPPENING INSIDE OF ME RIGHT NOW 😭 ❤️ YOU WEAR FINE THINGS WELL I GET IT NOW OH MY GGGGGAAWWWWWW— ASTROGLIDE 💦 (@ASTROGLIDE) February 1, 2024
And Minnie Driver celebrated her 54th birthday!
Our favorite BTS extraordinaire celebrated his birthday!
And Basingstoke Comic Con announced 3 OFMD guests!
The big news of the day was the publication of an article in Vulture talking about the reasons behind why so many Max shows have been cancelled lately. It’s been speculated by many that this may have been a PR attempt by Max.
One of the points mentioned in the article was the “And Just Like That” series, which continues to get renewed, had great reviews and a smaller and more manageable budget than the shows that were cancelled.
They also speculated that OFMD was not a contender for the awards season.
Per our favorite industry insider:
The fact that this type of damage control is being done means a certain CEO is upset at the backlash. They’re trying to control the narrative so badly & it’s not working for them.— Melissa – #SaveOFMD #AdoptOurCrew (@meowzawowza_) February 1, 2024
RE: Casey Bloys’ recent call to arms of “gay Twitter”
In other news… The same group that organized the Times Square billboard (previously affiliated with, but not a part of, #RenewAsACrew) has released another round of ads around New York City!
24 days into the “gravy basket” and folks are still at it!
We were excited to see the BBC doing some advertising for S2!
Another NYC ad spotted in the wild!
Netflix caught media attention for picking up a show that Max dropped – it’s a thing that actually happens! This article in particular also mentions OFMD, which means we’re still getting media attention!
Q+ Magazine jumped into the renewal fray and published this wonderful piece.
Our new friend Astroglide is pitching new unofficial merch as we speak…
And the big announcement of the day – #WeeJohnWednesdays are back! If you’re new to these, Kristian live-tweeted each episode of S1 when it aired on BBC Two early last year, plus he did an interview with a cast member afterward! You can find all of his interviews still on his Instagram or Twitch, they are a delight to watch. S2 episodes will be airing Monday nights at 10:00 GMT (5pm ET, 11am NZST) with Kristian interviews right afterward! Catch us live-tweeting the episode and interviews each Monday!
Twitter put on #DayOfDamien in honor of Father Teach’s birthday!
“Rumours” turned 47…
Our petition hit 84,000 signatures!
Another ad was spotted in NYC!
And Rhys is now on Cameo!
In honor of S2 premiering on the BBC tomorrow(!) Nathan dropped a HUGE BTS bomb! Love ya Nathan!
And Q+ Magazine hosted a S1 rewatch on Twitter!
The #SaveOFMDCrew folks ran a #StewAsACrew event on Twitter!
Other Things This Week:
- Fan Events & Projects:
- Watch Parties:
- The OFMD Aro Ace group has a Discord for anyone who wants in.
- OFMD Latinoamerica is looking for art submissions! Deadline February 4.
- Those attending C2E2 may be interested to attend this fan-run Calypso’s Birthday Party.
- Fans are running (literally) a “Pirates for Palestine” 5K.
- Our Flag Makes a Difference has launched a new fundraiser for Palestine, for eSIMs and sanitary products.
- Our Flag Means Fanfiction has put out a couple of new podcast episodes – featuring Roach and Lucius.
- Check out this awesome calendar for Twitter events!
- The OFMD Fic Club has some prompts for February.
- Print your very own “Save OFMD” flyers!
- Fans have headcanoned Izzy’s birthday as February 29. Celebrate Izzy’s birthday month with a series of prompts here!
- Renewal/Cancellation Articles:
- ‘Our Flag Means Death’ Set To Make Bittersweet Return To BBC2 Amid Fan Efforts To Find The Show A Safe Harbour (Essentially Pop)
- The $20,000 Reason That ‘Our Flag Means Death’ Might Score a Resurrection (The Latch)
- Queer Fans Fight to Keep Our Flag Means Death Afloat (That Fangirl Life)
- La loro avventura finisce qui: 9 Serie Tv che sono state cancellate nelle ultime settimane (Hall of Series, Italy)
- Save Our Show! Why Fans Fight Back When Shows Are Cancelled (Psychology Today)
- The Truth Behind Max’s Cancellation Spree (Vulture; see discussion above)
- Our Flag Means Death: Why It Deserves to Find a New Harbor (Q+ Magazine)
- Save “Our Flag Means Death” – Another Great Gay Series On The Chopping Block (DNA Magazine)
- Other Articles:
- Filmmagasinet (Norway) did a whole episode about renewal efforts! Takk!
- Samba posted a lovely photoshoot with his pregnant wife Aria, and Aria posted a couple photos of Samba with their new baby.
- Vico is a director now! They also have a couple of drag shows coming up next week.
- If you want to check Vico out in March on the JoCo Cruise, they gave fans a discount code.
- The Narrative Labyrinth has put out a “part one” of a series featuring OFMD fan voices.
- A Twitter user is looking for people to interview for an article about OFMD!
- Nat Faxon plays Insomnia in new film “Orion and the Dark.”
- Leslie has been nominated for an Audie Award for her autobiography! Winners will be announced March 4.
- Director Andrew DeYoung is slated for a new project with Paul Rudd!
- The Art Directors Guild Awards will be streamed February 10 – set designer Ra Vincent is a nominee.
Until next time,