First (when I thought it was a mini-series), I was excited about seeing a screen version of UTD. When I learned the writers might change the storyline and the ending, I thought, They can't do that! Who did they think they were?!? You don't step on Superman's cape and you don't mess around with SK's stories!
Then I thought, OK... I can deal with changes,.. I didn't really want to spend 13 weeks watching something when I already know what happened and how it ended. I thought it might be interesting to see how the writers changed the ending... an ending 13 weeks into the future.
Now, knowing the story will go past 13 weeks, I'm not sure what to think. In a way, I'm mad. I don't want to wait for an indeterminate amount of time to find out what happens. But, in a way, I'm glad. I love Haven and I always look forward to seeing it. And I think UTD stories could easily be better than Haven stories even.
I also was mad about the second season, as it must mean we won't know the answer until next year... Wow, that's too long for me! But I think I will watch it, anyway, I like actors there and I like the plot in general. Yes, sometimes it gets boring for me, but in the end, I like this feeling when I have something to look for (like a new episode of UTD).
So, I'm not mad b/c King is making more money...as I specifically spelled out in my original post, I'm mad b/c I committed to watching this show for the 13 episodes, figuring it would be an amusing diversion for the summer.
If you went to see a King movie in the a theater and found it it was just Part 1, come back next year for Part 2, would you think "Good for Mr. King--I'm glad he's getting that extra exposure?"
I must have been reading articles like this one from the New York Times, which refers to the show only as a 13-episode "mini-series" and makes no mention of future seasons: