Most of you have probably heard the bad news by now: “Hand aufs Herz” just got cancelled due to low ratings. The show will end in September, after only one year on the air.
To quote from a statement that was released both on the official website and on Facebook today, it’s a sad Monday for everyone. For us, the viewers, who from September on will have to live without our daily dose of a show that we have all grown so fond of and that I for one will miss terribly. But of course even more so for the team, who worked so hard and with so much passion to bring all of the stories, all of the songs and of course all of the characters that we now love so much to life. I was lucky to meet some of them when I visited the set a few weeks ago and they were all so optimistic and positive about the fate of the show that it’s breaking my heart to imagine how they must feel today.
Even though the news are incredibly sad, there are still some things that we can hold on to and that can maybe make us feel a little better. First of all, the show won’t end before September, which means we still have more than two months of new episodes left. Secondly, in the statement I linked to above, they promise us that the show will have a happy ending. Without knowing it for sure, I’m convinced that this will also include a happy ending for Jenny and Emma.
As heartbroken as I am today, I’m also very grateful: Grateful that writer-producer Petra Bodenbach and her team created this show and decided that they just had to include a coming out story and that they picked the characters of Jenny and Emma to tell the story; grateful that the story was written the way it was written, that the writers gave the characters and their love story time to evolve and thereby made it so much more credible; and grateful that Kasia and Lucy played it the way they did, with so much passion and devotion.
From September on, “Jemma” and all of the other characters might not be on TV anymore, there might not be any new stories, but I for one will always treasure the wonderful stories we had.
Cross my heart – Hand aufs Herz!
For a translation of the official statement by Sat.1 chief executive Joachim Kosack, and also to read another heartfelt and heartbroken comment on today’s news, go to amidola’s blog post at Jemma International.
And before you ask: Yes, you will read more about my visit to the set of “Hand aufs Herz” soon.