Pretender Fans Persist

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Fans of the tv series The Pretender are not letting go of their hopes for at least one more movie--the proof is in the latest fan campaign: Campaign TPM: Third Pretender movie.

Campaign TPM: Third Pretender Movie

A new fan campaign is being initiated to mobilize the fans and get the attention of the so-called PTBs: NBC, TNT and even FOX. According to fans, the PTBs have consistently ignored their pleas for more from the thrilling series, The Pretender. The series which played on NBC for four seasons was picked up by TNT after its cancellation. TNT now airs re-runs of the show and also made two TV movies which left fans begging for more answers.

Therefore they have decided to start a more consistent and targetted email and snail-mail campaign together with a fan petition in which they will pledge to donate funds towards a third and final Pretender movie. The new petition is tentatively titled "Calling One Million Pretender Fans," because it is hoped they will have 1 million pledges at the end of it. The new campaign involves soliciting the help of Oprah with the "Harpo Hookup" as well. It seems this time the fans are determined to get results. The campaign website has been launched and fans are being urged to visit and comment on the proposed petition before it goes online.

Fans are also determined to have some control over the outcome of a third movie when it is made, namely to have Jarod and Miss Parker (played by Michael T. Weiss and Andrea Parker; Andrea is currently on ABC's Less Than Perfect) continue to explore their relationship. The self-titled "shipper" fans were not happy with the "almost-kiss" that happened in the last movie, Island of the Haunted. With this new campaign, Pretender fans are in ground-breaking territory-never before have fans ever united to fund the production of a program of their choosing. They may well be pioneers if they succeed in controlling what they want to see. The idea for Campaign TPM came from one fan who pragmatically suggested there must be at least one million fans willing to pay for one more Pretender movie.

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