Marlins end show ‘The Franchise’ a week early because of terrible season

This season has been nothing shy of a tremendous disappointment for the Marlins. After bringing in Ozzie Guillen and several high-priced free agents to play in their brand new stadium, Miami is currently dead last in the NL East and more than 20 games out of first place. It initially seemed like their mix of colorful personalities and winning potential would make for great television in Showtime’s original series “The Franchise,” but the latter portion didn’t work out as planned. As a result, the show will be ending a week early.

According to the Palm Beach Post, the Marlins fulfilled their agreement of eight episodes by airing a special preview episode back in April just after Guillen made his controversial comments about Fidel Castro. The final episode was supposed to be on August 29, but instead Wednesday will mark the end of the season.

“There was an option to do more but given the state of our season, it was decided that the original 8 would suffice,” Marlins president David Samson told the Post in a text message.

The show had some entertaining moments like Ozzie’s f-bomb festival before the first game of the season, but there’s something about a team with a 55-67 record that has fallen incredibly short of expectations that makes for poor television. Better luck next year — for both the Marlins and “The Franchise.”

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DRPFMT7TOOCLK2NDOSOT3IV6KE Scott

    Guillen is a hack and the Miami people and ownership bought into his hype what a dissapointment But hey its only money and as long as you have plenty of it its no problem!

  • http://twitter.com/drdjr24 DawgDaze

    as a braves fan,I see the marlins quiet a bit.I think they set their expectations too high this year,they need to gel and learn to play as a team.If they stay together and dont panic,their gonna be a lot better next year.Oz  is  a great mng and they are loaded with young talent,I really think they shoulda held on to Hanley R but O well its done.Still I think the fish will be a threat next year

  • radaroriley

    The White Sox are in first place with basically the same personnel from last season’s poor year.  The Marlins were pretty good last year and added a lot of high priced veteran, proven talent.

    The difference?  Ozzie is not in Chicago and Miami has him.  He has always been all show and bluster with no managerial or people skills.  His win in 05 was one of the great flukes of the decade.  A tool is a tool….Miami got what they deserved.  Too bad.  Their fans expected and deserved better.