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Giving up on a show after just the pilot episode

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by betts4, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. Oct 1, 2013 #1 of 113
    betts4

    betts4 I am Spartacus!

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    I am reading all the threads on the new shows and noticing how many people are just deleting a SP after the pilot - or for some, not even before it ends.

    Yes, I was guilty of this last year with Under the Dome and another one that is now a hit. I starting thinking about this and decided to revise my thinking for the fall season. Give it at least 3 episodes...or more even.

    Are viewers turning into quick to delete without giving a show a chance to really blossom?

    There have also been several shows that I wish HAD gone more than one season. Shows I really enjoyed but am not sure why others didn't - at least enough to have the studios keep them around. And of course there are the shows that I wonder about why they are STILL around.

    I am wondering how many shows you gave up on and then they went on to be hits or at least on for a few seasons?

    Do you give a show more than just the pilot a chance? Let them develop, grow or change at all?
     
  2. Oct 1, 2013 #2 of 113
    Maui

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    Well, in the past I have simply cherry picked some shows that I thought looked interesting and recorded them. I usually gave these shows multiple episodes.

    This year the my recorder is set to record ALL new shows. So far some shows have earned a season pass, some are probationary and others were eliminated after 1 episode (and in one case so far part of an episode). With returning shows that I still watch I just don't have the time to be overly generous in evaluating new ones.

    For the record. Betrayal is the only one I turned off before it was finished.
     
  3. Oct 1, 2013 #3 of 113
    Donbadabon

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    If a pilot shows some sort of promise I will stick with it. But with all the new shows (and existing ones that I watch), it is a tough sell. I can't spend 8 hours a day watching TV so I have to weed out ones that just don't grab me.

    I bailed on the pilot of The Big Bang Theory. Tuned in again during season 6 and loved it. Now I am hooked.
     
  4. Oct 1, 2013 #4 of 113
    Steveknj

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    This is how I do it these days. I'm going the opposite of the OP. There's SO much on TV and I have SO much to watch, that I feel if they can't at least get me interested after the pilot, then I'm bailing. If word of mouth or something else says some show has "gotten better" I might come back. It's usually fairly easy to find old episodes these days. For instance, I bailed on the first episode of Mad Men, which I found boring, but gave it another shot over last winter break, and I enjoyed it after that slow start. But for me to watch within the time frame the advertisers want me to, the show better hook me on the pilot.

    When there were just a few channels, I'd be much more likely to stick with shows I didn't care for immediately.
     
  5. Oct 1, 2013 #5 of 113
    LoadStar

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    Yes. Not here, but I was reading comments on "Agents of SHIELD" elsewhere, and there were comments like "Bored after 10 minutes. Gave up." Seriously? People have a ridiculously short attention span these days.
     
  6. Oct 1, 2013 #6 of 113
    betts4

    betts4 I am Spartacus!

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    There is so much to watch that I can't keep up. I do also cherry pick - I am really picky about sitcoms because there are so many. I am just trying something new - not stopping after the pilot. Maybe by episode three I will say 'no more time to waste on this'.

    What else happens is that I don't even watch a pilot and then hear about it half way into the season and how good it is. Mad Men, West Wing, Once upon a Time. Then I wonder how I can catch up!
     
  7. Oct 1, 2013 #7 of 113
    Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

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    I just wonder if this is because we all have TV overload. For dramas, I'll give a show a half hour if it's something I wasn't that interested in the first place, but gave it a chance. For sitcoms, 10-15 minutes. But if it's a show I had some real initial interest, I'll watch through the pilot and maybe another episode even if the pilot didn't grab me.
     
  8. Oct 1, 2013 #8 of 113
    Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

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    The nice thing is, there's always a way to catch up these days. It might cost a little something, but you can catch up. You also might have to wait for the season to be over too.

    I'm generally more selective for dramas than sitcoms, mostly because it takes more time to watch a drama. I can get through a sitcom in 22 minutes.
     
  9. Oct 1, 2013 #9 of 113
    Hoffer

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    I have so much TV I want to watch at some point in my life. Still haven't watched the last season of Battlestar Galactica. I'd like to watch The Wire. Haven't watched the last 3 seasons of Dexter. I'm behind a season on Boardwalk Empire. Goes on and on.

    I don't really need new shows in my life. I usually give shows a couple episodes, but I'm not afraid to give up on something quickly. Last year there was some new show about a groups of dads. I literally did not give the show 2 minutes. The dads were sitting in a bar with their babies having stupid dialogue. I immediately hated it.
     
  10. Oct 1, 2013 #10 of 113
    TAsunder

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    I used to give shows multiple episodes. This is the first year I am much less inclined to do so. I feel capable of discerning when a pilot is mediocre because they are setting up the show and when it is because it's an unappealing idea in the first place. In the past when I've said, "I'll give it a few episodes before I decide" I have always ultimately decided that my first reaction was correct. The only exception really was half-hour comedies, which I do give a wider berth.

    This year, my wife didn't want to continue watching Sleepy Hollow or SHIELD after about 15 minutes. It was painfully obvious that Sleepy Hollow was not my type of show and SHIELD was even after just 15 minutes. I'd be surprised if my reaction after 15 minutes were not generally quite accurate of a predictor. Historically, I'd be proven wrong now and again, but I bet it would work out 95% of the time. And for the other 5%, I can always try again later via the multitude of streaming options.
     
  11. Oct 1, 2013 #11 of 113
    late for dinner

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    how about the ones who delete their SP before they watch the pilot based on "reviews"
     
  12. Oct 1, 2013 #12 of 113
    Steveknj

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    There's a reason why people say "There's only one time you can make a first impression". It's up to the writers to get me hooked and quickly or I'm moving on. Now it happens that I'm hooked and then, I watch a few episodes and they lose me. The Last Resort was a show like that. I thought the pilot was one of the best I ever saw. By episode 5, it had gotten REALLY bad.

    So at least give me a reason I want to give your show a chance, then it's up to you to keep me.
     
  13. Oct 1, 2013 #13 of 113
    jsmeeker

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    You are totally right. People can't even..




    oohhh.. Look. A new post on reddit!!
     
  14. Oct 1, 2013 #14 of 113
    cheesesteak

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    The only show I can remember bailing on early was Under The Dumb and I lasted five episodes with that. The really bad ones usually get canceled before I drop them.
     
  15. Oct 1, 2013 #15 of 113
    sharkster

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    I've been known to drop a show after the pilot, but not that often. Sometimes a pilot is kind of crappy, but I see promise and I keep going. Sometimes I really don't see that, FOR ME, a show has any promise and I feel comfortable with just letting it go. I don't see anything wrong with that.

    I've never just dropped something, without watching, based on somebody's review or opinion, though.

    These days, what with all the channels (I grew up with 3 channels), there are so many choices out there. I watch a LOT of shows, but there will also be a lot of shows that don't grab me. A lot of them will be mainstream shows, but that's ok. I still have plenty to watch. :)
     
  16. Oct 1, 2013 #16 of 113
    gweempose

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    The best decision you ever made! :)
     
  17. Oct 1, 2013 #17 of 113
    TAsunder

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    Ah, I forgot that a couple of times I have dropped a show without watching it based on the ratings it received (so low that it had no chance of surviving a full season). Certain types of shows just are too frustrating to watch when you know you will never get answers or have a chance to see the story properly unfold.
     
  18. Oct 1, 2013 #18 of 113
    Peter000

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    I have too much to watch, and a show has to REALLY intrigue me for me to even give it a chance. If I don't enjoy the pilot, it's bye-bye.
     
  19. Oct 1, 2013 #19 of 113
    Alfer

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    Agree...if you can't grab my attention with the pilot, odds are I won't keep watching. Not enough time in the day/week/month to "test the waters" of a show by watching it several more times.
     
  20. Oct 1, 2013 #20 of 113
    betts4

    betts4 I am Spartacus!

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    Yes. Thanks to Netflix and binge watching I was able to get into watching Breaking Bad, Downtown Abbey, Homeland and a few others. Thanks to Netflix I was able to watch and love West Wing, Friday Night Lights and others.
     

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