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Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by jodyguercio, Jun 11, 2008.
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I rest my case.
And Im done.:nono: :nono:
I know that usually the shows that I favor are NOT in favor with the general public...
Two examples from this last season: Journeyman & New Amsterdam. I really liked them, not enough other people did.
I'll accept those as apologies.
That's really a good point. We all have different preferences, and often it is a surprise when what we like varies so far from what is truly well-liked in general.
Don't, they weren't. :thats:
I really liked New Amsterdam ... predictably though, my wife didn't and it got cancelled. She didn't care for Jericho, either ... and it went "poof"! ... I wonder if there's a connection? !devil12:
Just make sure she keeps liking you!
You are, of course, correct. Which is why if you can produce a relatively inexpensive scripted show, or a show that is likely to do modestly well in rerun syndication, the low CPM Friday prime time slots are not the kiss of death. Numbers is a good example. Middle tier stars most likely happy with moderate pay and regular work, crime procedural that will rerun well on a cable channel, writers who have regular work, and a Friday slot that so far CBS has not screwed with.
Well, both my wife and I liked Journeyman and New Amsterdam which is a sure kiss of death.
If Journeyman could have pulled its audience on a cable network, the only issue would have been cost. And because it had a good international distribution I don't see why it couldn't have made it, except that it was on the network that carries its namesake show The Biggest Loser - NBC.
New Amsterdam had acceptable ratings, but Fox execs never really backed the show. I don't know why they didn't shift it to Fx once they started hedging. That seems like the type of move that would have created greater potential earnings - it could have been a bit edgier from the start. I could see a backstory with more sex and violence.
Now there's a scary thought. :eek2:
I wonder how quality programming is going to survive at all. When there were only three networks they each had the audience to support a well produced series and now with the dozens of additional "networks", all producing various forms of entertainment the audience is getting spread quite thin. So we now begin to end up with a lot of much lower budget, far less quality, shorter seasons, canceled after one or two years and generally not worth watching programs.
People have reduced the total time spent watching TV according to the ratings. The real irony is that the writers strike apparently accelerated the inevitable.