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Food Tree Campaign on ABC's Message Board

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Men In Trees Ratings

Men in Trees General Info, Info about Hiatus and Timeslot Changes on Wikipedia

Info About Other Save-Our-Show Fan Campaigns

 
"CRITICS ARE CRITIQUING" ABC'S TREATMENT OF MEN IN TREES

But perhaps the most notable thing about the 2-year old show, which stars Anne Heche as a New Yorker living in Alaska, is the blinding stupidity with which ABC has treated it. No wonder its fans have grown tired of ABC's fondness for jerking their chains. Thanks to all these bizarre scheduling moves, the ratings for the show have gone down, but network executives, not the show's cast or writers, are to blame for that.

It's been a while since I've aired this complaint, which still generates a lot of mail and seems timely again in the wake of ABC leaving duds like Cashmere Mafia and October Road on the air week after week to diminishing returns. All the while ABC is sitting on a cache of 11 Men in Trees episodes, which aren't scheduled to begin airing until Feb. 27. I understand that ABC is trying to preserve some fresh product to get us through the last months of what's left of this ragtag season, but how much worse could Men in Trees do than these losers? [ABC]

You would need a compass, GPS and a gypsy fortuneteller to know how to find them [the show] if you care enough to watch."

But considering ABC's track record with MIT — 234 time slots in two years! — I'm not holding my breath.
 

MEN IN TREES "HAS GARNERED PRAISE"

Michael Ausiello, TV Guide: 
I don’t know about you guys, but there's something about all of these Trees duos coupling up in real life that warms my cold heart. Now, if only ABC would show MIT half as much love as the actors have shown each other, maybe we'd all get our happy ending. Speaking of which, don't forget to catch MIT in its new Wednesday at 10 pm/ET time slot beginning Feb. 27. Mark your calendars. Using erasable ink.

Linda Stasi, NY Post:
The writing is so good, so clean and understated that it's a pleasure to behold.

Barry Garron, Hollywood Reporter:
A surprisingly refreshing romantic dramedy full of appealing characters.

Katrina Lopez, USA Today:
"Elmo is a community of people that rally behind each other when the chips are down," Heche says.  And the town casts a similar spell on anyone who stops by. Marin's book editor, Jane (Seana Kofoed), falls for a local named Sam (Ty Olsson), aka "Plow Guy." Annie (Emily Bergl), a wide-eyed fan of Marin, meets the love of her life, the na´ve Patrick (Derek Richardson).

Eric Nolan, Film.com:
But unlike this season's SATC knockoffs, Men in Trees distinguishes itself by removing Marin from fashionable Manhattan. One of the show's best assets is the Alaska setting, and nature plays a significant role in many of the storylines. This show is about an intelligent, funny, good-hearted woman who's left the rat race to find her true place in the world. I just wish more viewers would join her there.

 
MEN IN TREES ACTORS POST THANKS FOR TREES ON ABC'S MEN IN TREES MESSAGE BOARD

Scott Elrod - CASH:  I just want to say thank you to everyone whom donated to the save the trees campaign, what an amazing idea you guys are AWESOME!!!

Seana Kofoed - JANE:  Most importantly, we thank you for making us proud. Don't get me wrong, crackers are great and peanuts are funny, but buying trees to provide food for people in impoverished nations?!  I mean seriously, that is the coolest, classiest thing ever.  But know that we, too, believe in Men In Trees.  We love everything you're doing on the show's behalf, we feel insanely fortunate to have such wonderful, dedicated fans, and you make us hugely proud.

Emily Bergl - ANNIE:  I know that other cast members have expressed the following sentiment much more eloquently than I ever could, but please accept my thanks as well for your amazing support!  We have all been so touched that our "little show that could" is being fueled by such grassroots support.

Jenny BicksIf you are reading this, that means our strike is over and I can finally blog again!  It is a pleasure to be back in your midst, and let me just say that it is not lost on any of our cast, crew or writers how fervent and loyal you guys are.  This tree for life program is just perfect and trust me, we have been adding a few trees into your forest.

Sarah Strange - THERESA:  We are so proud that our little show has inspired you to bold action. This warm, generous community that you've built. It shows how we're all the same and have a responsibility to do good, to do right by our fellow Earthlings. It's heavy. I'm humbled. And grateful.

Lauren Tom - MAI:  We just got wind of what the fans on this board have been up to in support of our show--and on behalf of the entire cast and crew, I'd like to say a Huge Thank You for all your efforts. Your creativity, generosity, time and hard work are very much appreciated, and beyond touching to us. 

Timothy Webber - JEROME: We, the cast, are constantly amazed and humbled by the depth and breadth of your support. We also feel, "on set" how special this show is, and we all express it often from the "stars' to the day-players, to the one day TADs. We thank you. (Page 3)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Will ABC See the Forest for the 'Trees'? Fans Plant 7,000 Food Trees to Seed the Way for  'Men in Trees'

Fans of ABC's 'Men in Trees' plant 7,000 food trees in third world countries in support of their favorite television program, currently wavering on the chopping block.

BURBANK, Calif., April 18, 2008 -- "Men in Trees" fans from around the world have been fighting to save their favorite show with contributions of more than 7,000 food trees planted in impoverished countries. They call the campaign "Plant It Forward."  The trees were collected by a group on the ABC message board, and planted through the non-profit organization Trees For Life International (http://www.treesforlife.org), which has sent each fan a certificate of donation. The collected certificates were delivered to Stephen McPherson, president of ABC Entertainment.

In the tradition of save-our-show campaigns, "Men in Trees" fans have taken a novel approach: Their campaign aims to address the issues of world hunger and the environment while, at the same time, convincing ABC to renew "Men in Trees" for a third season. "Seven-thousand food trees can produce up to 1.75 million pounds of food each year," reported Sally Johnston, a campaign coordinator. "That's 70 million pounds of food over the lifetime of the trees and a lot of fresh air."

Organizer Liz Herdade explained, "In the past, fans of TV shows have sent networks fake bananas, bras, peanuts, Mars Bars, Tabasco Sauce, and other sundry items." Though fans have used such creative methods to express support for their favorite TV program, the "Men in Trees" campaign marks the first to incorporate two prominent world issues to bolster its message.

"Leave it to 'Men in Trees' fans to find a way to fight for our renewal and provide food for third world countries," said creator and producer, Jenny Bicks, previously writer/co-producer of "Sex In The City." Actor Seana Kofoed added, "This is the classiest action ever."

The coastal hamlet of "Elmo" is an erstwhile Alaskan outpost where men outnumber women ten to one. When NYC relationship expert and writer Marin Frist (Anne Heche) visits Elmo on a book tour, she learns of her fiance's infidelity and decides to park her bags, resuscitate her confidence, and learn anew about the opposite sex by joining this community of men's men.

The hour-long dramatic-comedy centers on the lives and romantic complexities of Marin
and her individualistic fellow Elmoians, characters who have become as familiar to "Trees" fans as were the denizens of "Cheers" to a former TV generation. Marin's neighbors include Jack Slattery (James Tupper), an outdoorsy animal biologist of few words and quiet intensity; and Cash (Scott Elrod), an uncommonly good-looking loner whose direct, self-assured manner and mysterious past intrigues many viewers.

As the network mulls over what to do with "Men in Trees" next season, TV critics are critiquing. The show has been subject to more than one unexpected hiatus and six timeslot changes during its two seasons, which fueled incentive for fans to organize. Matt Roush of TV Guide wrote, "If ever a show deserved a second (or third or fourth) look, it is ABC's woefully mistreated 'Men
in Trees.'" Even so, the show has garnered media praise and boasts a loyal audience that follows it around ABC's ever-shifting schedule.

Trees for Life International, which oversees tree donations, began in the 1980s by planting fruit trees in India. The program has spread to five continents, in part because recipients make a pledge to help at least two others in the same way. “It’s a first-rate organization,” Johnston says “and an effective means to fundraise or support a cause.”

At this time, "Men in Trees" airs Wednesday on ABC at 10 p.m.

Photo of Scott Elrod and more info available at: http://sydney1106.tripod.com/id17.html

Contacts:

Sally Johnston
sallyojohnston@yahoo.com
818.720.1909

Liz Herdade
lherdade@aol.com
603.828.2763

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