THE ANNOUNCEMENT

Welcome to another Wildcard Wednesday! I hope you’re all sitting down for this. After months of introspection, I have decided that the time has come to reduce our rate of five original entries per week down to three. While this is partly a response to upcoming changes within my own life and schedule, the biggest consideration for this cutback is the simple fact that I don’t want to continue producing content that isn’t of the quality, or rendered with the same effort, as past contributions. In other words, it’s better to end things on a high, than a low, and I believe the the time to do so is now.

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Starting in January 2016, we will cease producing original entries for Xena Thursday and Film Friday. The Xena decision is an easy one; we’ve covered the entire series, and Hercules, in a variety of forms over the past two-and-a-half years, and all that I have to say has been said. I’m sure many of my regular readers wondered (from the start) why I gave a whole day to this series, especially since it’s rather incongruous with the other subjects covered here. But there’s no way to undervalue the importance that the show has had in instilling within me a love of television, inspiring my need to be a storyteller, and illustrating the importance of remaining open-minded and objective. I love television because of Xena, and although I won’t be blogging about it weekly, my deep appreciation for the series is unending. These posts will remain here indefinitely for all future scholars, fans, and curious parties.

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In the case of Film Friday, the decision was more difficult. When I knew that Xena was coming to an end, I decided that another day would be going as well. This isn’t a case of running out of things to cover; on the contrary, there are hundreds of films that I’d still like to feature here. Fortunately, the opportunity to do so still exists — on Wildcard Wednesday. It is my error that Film Friday has regularly highlighted mediocre films alongside great ones. I’ve mostly used the day to cover certain stars’ bodies of Pre-Code work: the good, the bad, and the ugly. As a result, there are many films that don’t deserve to be here. Transferring my insatiable fascination with Pre-Code cinema to Wildcard Wednesdays, where these films will be highlighted once or twice a month, allows us to return our focus onto the works that really deserve our attention. In other words, Film Friday is moving to Wednesdays, and we’re cutting out all of the films that aren’t worth your time. So, for fans of the day (and I know I have subscribers here who love Friday most of all), I urge you to stick around because there’s marvelous stuff ahead!

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But I know that this may not be happy news to all of my readers, and as much as I’d like to cite this change as only temporary, it’s likely going to be permanent (at least, I won’t be going back to five days). However, as mentioned above, none of these posts will ever disappear from the site, and new Film entries — heck, Xena too — are going to recur on Wednesdays in 2016. (To wit: I just finished writing a comparison between the 1931 Pre-Code version of Waterloo Bridge and the glossy 1940 MGM production with Vivien Leigh. Expect it in mid-January of next year.) So I hope you’ll all stay with me for the duration of my time here, because I’m unspeakably grateful for your readership, your encouragement, your support, your kindness, and most importantly, your love of great entertainment. I look forward to sharing all this with you — and much, much more — for many years to come.

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Come back next Wednesday for another Wildcard post! And tune in tomorrow for the start of our last series of original posts on Xena Thursday!