One more thing I want to add is I think the reason this show didn't last is because of reasons I mentioned before plus the unbelievably brain dead execs at Fox who have cancelled so many great shows numerous times and yet allow The Cleveland Show to still exist is probably this biggest factor of why this show wasn't even allowed a second season just to see if it had legs.
Pretty sure Fox doesn't have the same executives anymore, and also Cleveland Show has got to be substantially cheaper to make.
But yeah Firefly is a good series, and while I did catch its premiere, I didn't stick with it back when it was on its first run (frankly didn't care for it). Revised my opinion since then, it's definitely one of tbe best space opera shows of the past couple of decades, however abrupt its lifespan.
I don't think it really matters who's at Fox, I just think, historically, they make a lot of bad choices especially in the past 10 years. I'm sure animation and reality shows are cheaper, but the quality is horrible. It not just Fox, but they have probably the worst record for canceling good shows. TV in general has gone extremely down hill and people see it and talk about it every day, hell, they made a South Park episode last week discussing this problem, but like all other problems in America, we just ignore it and hope eventually it will resolve itself. The current trend tells me that we are going to see it get worse before it gets better and shows like Firefly or BSG or anything worth a dam will stand less and less of a chance. Just my opinion.