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Alden Bates
Date: 2003-08-21 22:45
Subject: Working theory
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I've finally come up with a working theory why US studios always cancel the really good TV series.

It goes like this:

  1. Studio makes TV series A, B, and C.

  2. A turns out to be really good, whereas B and C are the usual pap.

  3. Public realises that series A is really really good and it makes series B and C look like the worthless crap they are.

  4. Ratings for series B and C plummit, public starts expecting Studio to continue putting out shows on the level of A.

In order to cut off point 3, and therefore maintain the viability of series B and C, and ensure that they can continue to produce worthless pap for eternity, Studio gives series A the chop.

Alternately it could just be that all the really crap series blur into one, and we therefore only notice when the good ones get canned.
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King Apathy III
User: frobisher
Date: 2003-08-21 22:09 (UTC)
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However, the studios producing the shows don't cancel them. The networks airing them do...
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Alden Bates
User: abates
Date: 2003-08-22 22:55 (UTC)
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King Apathy III
User: frobisher
Date: 2003-08-25 16:11 (UTC)
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Still, as the network isn't producing the stuff, isn't it just as easy to air good stuff as bad? I'm trying to find the network's incentive in this scenario... :-)
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