LOS ANGELES — During the pandemic, many found themselves binge-watching TV shows, but what if your favorite wasn't coming back for another season?
When Syfy announced it would not be renewing "Wynonna Earp" after the season four finale in April, fans launched a global campaign to get it back.
#BringWynonnaHome is a hashtag taking over social media, fan sites and even billboards like the one posted on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood. Thousands of fans have banded together to save the TV show that they say means so much more than just actors on a screen.
Two friends brought together by their love for "Wynonna Earp" say they found they have much more than that in common. Carole Lowe and Hailey Lown are both a part of the LGBTQ+ community.
Seeing herself represented on screen is why Hailey said "Wynonna Earp" is so special.
"When you can find a show that really represents the queer community, you get one of the most loyal fan bases out there because you finally see yourself on TV, you finally see someone that you can look up to as a role model," Lown explained.
In this show, Lown said the queer relationship is exactly shown as it is in real life: common.
The show, which is set in a western period, follows the story of Wynonna Earp, who finds out that she's cursed to fight 77 demons or outlaws that her ancestor had killed.
But beyond the supernatural storyline, Lown said it's the intentionally diverse LGBTQ+ representation and strong female lead that created a community much bigger than the TV show.
"I came out really early in life, but I was never in a place that, even though I was very proudly out, that I could have a community or people who were like me to talk to, or be friends with or things like that," Lown explained. "This show allowed us through meet-ups, through volunteer work, through just random events that happened in all the conventions, to find our people and make friends not only all over this country but all over the world."
So when Syfy announced that it wouldn't be renewing "Wynonna Earp" after the season four finale, hundreds of thousands of fans launched a global campaign called Bring Wynonna Home to find a new network for season five.
Lowe said the Earpers have raised more than $30,000 to buy stationary and mobile billboards and flyover banners in Los Angeles, New York and Canada, for the second time.
When season four was supposed to be canceled back in 2019, fans did the same thing.
"They started purchasing digital billboards in Times Square. I believe they purchased approximately 200 billboards over a period of time," Lowe explained.
It worked then, but despite the huge show of support both in the real and virtual world, Hailey said it doesn't surprise her that the constant battle continues.
"It's still that way for any LGBT show," she said. "So many of them are given a season, and they're canceled."
Fans continue their search for a new network or streaming service for season five. For more information about their fight, visit Bringwynonnahome.com.