On the heels of actor/writer Thomas Lennon’s (aka Officer Jim Dangle’s) Twitter post announcing the cancellation of Reno 911!, a petition effort has been launched to keep the show on the air.
The city that was simultaneously made famous, and relentlessly shamed, by the tongue-in-cheek, mock-umentary style sitcom launched a veritable fan Web site, SaveRENO911.com, which went live Aug. 14, less than 24 hours after Lennon’s loaded tweet.
“One thing Reno has is a sense of humor,” said Ellen Oppenheim, President and CEO of the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA). “We hope the petition results in the show getting picked up by another network, and that they film the show here instead of the non-descript valleys of Southern California.”
The support is ironic considering Reno 911! has not always been kind to its namesake: Reno is portrayed as a depraved cityscape with an ensemble cast of vagrants and weirdoes pushing the limits of the Nevada State law book.
“We’ve taken more than a few punches from the show, and we think it’s time for the producers to visit the real, offbeat Reno to see what fun they’ve been missing out on.”