I agree with you there Stewart. Over budgeting and unattainable expectations on AMC's part really hurt their bottom line. Channels like AMC, Lifetime, A&E, and FX can't afford to make mistakes.
Exactly... and I can't help but think some of AMC's sudden desire to raise rates has more to do with their own poor financial decisions than their trying to spin the value of their network.
It really is a lot like what the Dish vs Voom lawsuit is about... with Dish alleging that they agreed to carry Voom HD if the money they paid to Rainbow Media was spent to improve the programming... but Rainbow squandered the money (definitely didn't put it into creating new programs or buying new ones back then)... so ultimately Dish cried "foul" and pulled support.
Deja vu all over again as AMC (spun off from Rainbow) has several popular programs but is refusing to spend money on them even though viewers are willing to watch and spend money to do so.
Several good shows were cancelled that were new last year and a few may even be picked up by one of the lesser channels. If a show like "Mash" or "Cheers" were to come out now in 2012 they would not make it through the first year. Which they almost didn't back in the day.
True. Seinfeld falls into that category as well. Their initial 6-episode run was all but certain to be canceled until an 11th hour reprieve... and Seinfeld was sure they wouldn't get another after that 1st full season order... but it went 9 total seasons and was one of NBC's best shows and highest rated for quite a while.
But look how they turned out. Not sure if CW is affiliated with someone else but they have several really good shows, "Supernatural", "Nikita", "Vampire Diaries".
UPN was a Paramount endeavor... WB was a Warner endeavor... They sort-of merged (the channels, not the parent companies), and WB is kind of a joint venture between CBS/Viacom & Warner.
So there should be some deep pockets... and they can afford (should they choose to do so) to give a show a chance, especially since they don't yet have a full primetime lineup all week... so they have room to grow IF the suits decide to keep the network afloat.
They also completely threw out Darabonts prequel to the pilot which was a story arc about the soldier found in the tank early on in the series. It was going to cover his final days as the fort fell and how exactly he ended up in the tank, and putting more emphasis on how lucky Rick was over all to get that grenade that saved everyones lives at the end of Season 1.
There was a ton more that they scrapped for the series that would have been truly nice to see, including a ton of stuff from the comic that didnt make it into season 2. Why do you think they spent most of the time at the farm? It was cheaper.
Yep... they made a point of casting a known actor for the dead soldier in the tank... and it's just money thrown away now that they didn't go back and tell his story. The point of casting that actor (his name is escaping me at the moment, but he was on Smallville and the US version of Being Human) was to setup for having him in the episode that was the flashback to that story.