Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball
Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck
I think the writing was on the wall when the SCI-FI channel became the SY-FY channel.
Good ole' Siffy where ratings trump content and if the show hasn't achieved successful ratings by the end of the first season, see ya!
I guess the Reality Shows are cheap to make and people watch them like crazy.
That's why networks love them and they're so damn prolific. Far cheaper to produce than scripted productions.
I just wonder how long they can go on though.
They'll go on as long they keep bringing in the $$$.
Even the "Scrobbits" addicted to TV 24 hrs a day are getting fed up with "Reality Shows" so the $$$'s won't be appearing indefinitely.
One good side effct from the sheer hideousness of modern TV is that "Old Fashioned Steam Radio" is back in vogue -- BBC R4 often has really FANTASTIC output -- and people are learning to read books again -- or at least get them via Audio books.
We used to have a free TV day in Iceland -- On Thursdays no TV used to be transmitted -- and this was great --people would actually go out and SPEAK to each other.
Can't agree with the conclusion of this but here's the evidence. !!!
This type of restriction has long since gone out of the window with cable and satellite TV but I think as more and more people are getting disillusioned by what the Networks are offering there's hope for us all as people abandon the medium altogether.
However if you are a young budding author you could potentially make a LOT OF MONEY by writing scripts that people would really enjoy -- and as SCI FI fans are really starved of material these days you could perhaps be the next "Bill Gates" !!.