Been a tough couple of weeks for “John from Cincinnati” fans. First, the show that its most ardent fans have embraced as life-altering (or at least mood-altering, eh?) gets unceremoniously dumped by its network — though I still submit we gotta give HBO credit for sticking it out through the initial 10-episode order. Now today comes word that the titular star with the big wave on his head, Austin Nichols, has been busted for inebriated motorvatin’ in Jackson, Mich. (Details here in this AP story)
Driving your silvery Mercury Mountaineer the wrong way down a one-way street is never a good thing, and there are no writers to get him off the hook in this episode…Meanwhile, the post-mortems on “JFC” are continuing to flow, and most of them have been rough on the show and its creators, David Milch and Kem Nunn, but the truly faithful have not given up. Ultra-fan Nancy Tippett is among those behind http://www.savejohnfromcincinnati.net/ website, which comes complete with a to-do list (No. 1 — send postcards with the Monad stick figure — fans of the show know what this means, sort of — to HBO execs).
“If I learned anything from ‘John from Cincinnati,’ it’s that an expression of love is never futile,” Nancy explained to me in an email about her quixotic effort. What can it hurt? The Internet is big….