Good grief. The studio system does my head in. (A warning up front – this rant is subjective, just this writer’s opinion.)
A network insider confirms to TVLine that the six produced episodes of the Jason Ritter-Alexis Bledel romantic comedy will not air this summer after all.
Read the full TVLine article here.
I know. Let’s all stick to producing programming that’s anaemic and safe, that everyone will halfheartedly endure, rather than something that might divide an audience into those that don’t get it and those who LOVE it. I’m being ironic.
The traditional studio system is bound to their shareholders and must ground all their decisions in the bottom line: Corporations are only concerned about how to make the most money, not how to create the best or most memorable entertainment. It must be so infuriating that there is no magic formula that creates smash hits and that they have to trust creative people and a volatile audience for their bonuses. As a result, the gems that turn up from time to time are as much a surprise to the studio as the pundits. That’s because entertainment is an art, that requires artists. Studio need to learn that they have a better chance if there’s one captain to steer the boat without a committee driving from the back seat. Look what you made me do, I’m so cross I’ve mixed my metaphors.
The seemingly committee-based and gutless cancelling of a show before it even airs appears to be a solid example of poor decision making. Whether that was the decision to review the series when they were halfway through filming, the decision to not give the show a chance to air, or perhaps even before that – the decision to re-make an already successful cult show ‘in American’. The definition of a cult show is that it isn’t mainstream but has a loyal and dedicated fanbase. I’m thinking that wasn’t enough for the bean counters and they got cold feet.
If they’re going to pull this nonsense, they shouldn’t blow a fanfare at the starting line.
HBO and AMC have a different model that allows them the guts to see their decisions through to the end. And what did we get from that system? Off the top of my head… Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Sex and the City, The Wire, The Walking Dead, Girls, Flight of the Conchords, Mad Men, Band of Brothers…
Amy Sherman-Palladino broached the subject during the first (and only) season of Bunheads, where Fanny (Gilmore Girls’ Kelly Bishop) tells potential financier Milly (GG’s Paris, Liza Weil):
Fanny: Art is not democratic.
The money must be compartmentalized from the art. Michelangelo had sponsors but it’s unlikely they would have started making suggestions about the size of David’s feet. The money and the art have to be kept separate so the artists can create. Let them damn create, it’s what you hired them for.
Do chime in. Was the show even on your radar? Do you agree? Do you think it was probably a considered decision and the show was probably awful? Should we just be happy with the programming we get? Do you think television has improved on the whole, over the past however many years?
Pic c/o TheWB. Rant by Rich.