The New York Times has a feature on the phenomenon, which bodes very well for all of us toiling in our little niches, who do what we do for the love of it — and simply seek to find an audience.
According to the lore of the show, Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) is a descendant of Wyatt Earp, who got the clan put under a curse. As the Earp heir, Wynonna is fated to protect the hamlet of Purgatory — and the world — from the demons that bedevil the town. She has the special ability to wield Peacemaker, Wyatt’s gun, which she uses to send Purgatory’s “Revenants” back to hell, usually with a quip — and whiskey — at the ready.
It’s not for every taste — nor was it meant to be.
“It’s such a relief to not have to make TV for everyone,” said Emily Andras, the executive producer and showrunner, who described the comedy-infused, character-driven drama as a combination of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Justified” and “Frozen.’ … In a world of 500 [scripted] shows, if nothing else, you have to say, ‘Well, I haven’t seen that before.’”
The Times piece inevitably delves into some gender politics and whatnot, but what is really important from my perspective is that “not having to make TV for everybody” aspect. Technology and the elimination of gatekeepers — though it has its downsides — allows us to create exactly what we want to create, constrained only by our own talent and commitment, and seek an audience that will support us directly. This is a very, very fine thing.