The Sci-Fi Network passed on Firefly for, as far as I can tell, unspecified reasons. What the hell? Are they blind? There's a rabid fanbase there. The FANS took out a full page ad in Variety Magazine showing support for the show. That ain't cheap, folks. What network wouldn't want these fans? What advertisers wouldn't want that demographic?
Sci-Fi would rather have Crossing Over with John Edward and movies like ALLIGATOR. All apologies to fans of the giant-alligator-living-beneath-the-city-genre, but good fucking grief.