Jewish World Review July 5, 2012/ 15 Tamuz, 5772
Readers are angry about TV network practices, too
By Barry Koltnow
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) No truer words were ever spoken than those of Ralph Gatto.
"It must be nice to have a column with which to vent your frustrations; the rest of us just have to sit and fume," he wrote after my rant last week against TV networks and their practice of canceling shows before resolving the questions, mysteries and plot points raised when the show debuted.
This week, it's your turn to vent. The response to the column was huge, and here are excerpts:
First, more from Ralph:
"For me, the worst example of a show that left me hanging was "Lost." I feel that show cost me six years of my life. The final outcome was a storyline that the producers denied over the years. Plus, the show left several of the supporting events and storylines completely unexplained. I think they were making it up as they were going along."
Brenda Julian: "Thank you for your article highlighting one of the most annoying aspects of TV watching. This has happened so many times to shows I have really enjoyed. I have fond NOT! memories of the show "Las Vegas" being canceled with a major cliff left hanging. Same way with the old shows "Invasion" and "Surface." Canceled after their 1st season; both with cliffhangers (although I got my revenge when a couple in Costco was going to buy the DVD of "Invasion."I told them not to bother as it had no ending and they didn't)."
Callie Smith: "You absolutely hit it on this. My frustration is with the new program that suckers you in ("Revenge," "Lost," etc.) and then without notice goes on hiatus. When "Lost" was on, I completely stopped watching until the final 2 episodes out of frustration for being jerked around for years. Is this the new format? Why then get involved? By the way, we wondered where "Alcatraz" went?"
Ed Smith: "Thanks for venting some of my same sentiments. "A Gifted Man" gone. "Awake" canceled. "Unforgettable" canceled. "Harry's Law" supposedly canceled last year but resurrected, only to be canceled this year? Time to turn off the TV and start watching movies?"
Mike Gibson: "Another column I can agree with. I started "Missing" with Ashley Judd and when she kicked the crap out of all the guys, I thought this would be a show I would love. Instead, after the second episode I realized she would be looking for her son each week and would not find him until the end of the season. Never watched it again. I liked "Alcatraz" for one or two episodes only because I just visited the island last month. Stopped that one after two episodes too. "Awake" only lasted one week with me. Never saw "The River" but really liked "Unforgettable." "
Terry Crow: "Your points about TV shows being canceled without notice, leaving its viewers up in the air, are very well taken. There are TV shows which play its audience as suckers, the most glaring example is "Lost." I always had the feeling that the writers of that show had no resolution in mind, just wanted to keep working. I kept expecting the "Killer Klowns From Outer Space" to show up. It is especially egregious that (the cancellation of "Unforgettable") was done by CBS, which I am sure has the overall ratings to absorb any show which is not performing up to expectations without really affecting its bottom line."
Reggie: "That is the reason I do not watch network TV. I watch TV series on Netflix, if the series completes its plot. I check the Internet comments to check if other viewers were satisfied. Otherwise, I don't even watch the series on Netflix. And you wonder why people are dropping out of broadcast networks."
Mrs. Geggie: "I join you in the "obscene gestures" club. Almost all of those TV shows you listed were my favorites. Love Poppy Montgomery in any role, so who killed her sis, and why? For "Awake", like you, I think he's in a coma but I think his wife and son are both alive, not dead, and (are) trying to "reach" him (the eternal optimist in me)."
AJ Aguilar: "Barry, Barry, Barry! Boy, did you hit the nail on the head! When I heard about the cancellation of three of the shows you mentioned "Missing," "The River" and "Unforgettable" various family members ran into the room wondering why I was literally screaming 'Noooooooo!' at my computer screen."
Jan and Skip Parenteau: "My husband and I have had this conversation so many times. We DVR a lot of shows and have noticed that as time goes by we are taping less and less network shows. Of course, the reason being is we have so often been disappointed when quality shows are dropped in favor of shows that are to put it lightly "just plain dumb." Two of the better quality shows that were axed in recent years were "Detroit 1-8-7" and "The Chicago Code." We were very vested in both of those shows to be oh so disappointed at their demise. At some point, I feel that we will only be watching cable as their requirements for keeping a show on the air are much less and they always seem to "wrap" their shows when they end."
Duane J.: "You're not the only one who hates that when one gets involved in a continuing story, it ends before it can be completed. At least the TV (network could) tell the producers a few weeks before so they can rewrite the ending. I know they tape in advance but they would still be taping the last few episodes."
William Hepner: "Enjoyed reading your article. However, the article does not explain the reasoning behind their actions. I talked with an executive whom will remain nameless a couple of years ago about their actions. Here in a nutshell is his explanation. 'As a business, we must go for the money. We hire TV audience polling people and they report back how many watchers we have that comprises the age group of the buying population that spends the most money and that means the under 30 group.' The under 30 group does not wish to be entertained but kept up on gossip about everything that happens. They also are into the shows like "American Idol," "Real Housewives of New Jersey" and the like. They are the ones who are most guided by the Internet and rumors.'"
Marti Switzler: "What about "The Finder?" I liked that show, which left us with every character hanging off a cliff."
Delaura Kurkowski: "I couldn't agree with you more! In fact I was so mad, I actually wrote an email to NBC today before I read your article and it's creepy how my letter mirrored your article. Just wish it could make a difference."
Jon Holmberg: "Wow, you were right on in your column today. First of all, my wife and I were a bit ticked off that 'Unforgettable' was canceled as it was one of our favorite shows, and then to read that 'Awake' was also canceled encouraged a couple of obscene gestures from us! We both agree that it is really upsetting when you don't get closure on a show and we could only assume that both of these counted on being renewed for next year. This isn't the first time this kind of thing has happened, and I'm sure it probably won't be the last but it really does tend to leave a bad feeling about how the television folks run their business."
Doranna Cooper: "This has to be one of the best articles I have ever read. The problem is that some of next year's new shows will not be any better than the ones they have canceled this year. I thought that (NCIS: Los Angeles") took a long time to get off the ground, and there were even choppy parts to "Hawaii Five-O." Apparently, the creators of those shows were allowed some time to build."
Michele Cruz: "So loved your article, and totally agree with you. I'm giving them the obscene gesture right now. They are idiots. Would you please pass that along to them for me?"
Consider it done.
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