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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 3, 2013 #61 of 113
    TonyD79

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    I was looking to bail then when the fat chick (hey, I'm a fat dude, so I can decide if that was dumb or not) decided to climb on the piano to look sexy during the horrible sing off battle, that is when I hit stop and deleted everything.

    What a horrible show. I wish I could delete it from my recording history, too.
     
  2. Oct 3, 2013 #62 of 113
    TonyD79

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    It was on at night, so it got one out of three right.
     
  3. Oct 3, 2013 #63 of 113
    Azlen

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    I got a chance to watch the pilot episode of "Sean Saves the World" and it was awful. I wanted to like it because I like Megan Hilty but it was beyond bad. Annoying laugh track, wasn't funny. Couldn't make it through the pilot.
     
  4. Oct 3, 2013 #64 of 113
    gweempose

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    I agree that it can be very frustrating to get really into a show only to have it yanked from the schedule without any plot resolution. Because of this, I will often record an entire season of a show and wait to watch it until I know it has been renewed for a second season. That being said, there are some truly amazing shows that got the ax way too soon. I recently started a thread on this very topic:

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=9841540#post9841540

    I can't imagine never having watched Firefly simply because it got cancelled in its first season. I'd put the 15 episodes that do exist up against the complete multi-season runs of almost any other show out there.
     
  5. Oct 3, 2013 #65 of 113
    Maui

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    It wasn't the worst new sitcom of the night in my opinion, Welcome To The Family took that prize, but it was pretty bad.
     
  6. Oct 4, 2013 #66 of 113
    Steveknj

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    And you never would have found those shows had you not watched them. I couldn't have imagined missing Terriers, but if I followed the credo of never watching shows that might get cancelled, I would have missed it. I'll watch stuff I like, and if it gets cancelled, cest la vie :)
     
  7. Oct 4, 2013 #67 of 113
    TonyTheTiger

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    So far, the celeb-led shows are failing in my book. Having been away in the UK for most of last week and this, we are just hitting the DVR for some of the pilots. Last night we watched Michael J Fox and Crazy Ones and the following is true for both of them. The celebs have their 'schtick' and, if the entire show is based on that, it'll get very old very quickly. Maybe they'll get a second episode viewing, but it's not a priority.

    I was really looking forward to Brooklyn-Nine-Nine, but cancelled the SP after the first one. Even Andre couldn't save that mess.
     
  8. Oct 4, 2013 #68 of 113
    WhiskeyTango

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    I suspect you and I have very different viewing habits. If you don't mind my asking, how many hours of tv do you record and watch per week?
     
  9. Oct 4, 2013 #69 of 113
    TIVO_GUY_HERE

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    The Originals didn't make it past the 1st episode. I gave Vampire Diaries a couple of seasons, but gave up on that, so I didn't have high hopes.
     
  10. Oct 4, 2013 #70 of 113
    Steveknj

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    I haven't figured it out, but I would say, on average, at least 4-6 shows per night (except Friday-Saturday). Some nights, more. And I have a whole host of movies and documentaries that I save up for slow periods. I also watch stuff on Netflix from time to time too (just finished United States of Tara for instance). So it's not like I hardly record anything. I record a lot. I think where we differ is I'll give shows a shot, even if the ratings are low, where you might wait for the ratings and if they are bad, you let it go. IMO, I just think you might miss out on a hidden gem from time to time :) If everyone watched like you, I'm afraid, all we'd get is reality shows and other cheap to make shows, because nobody would give anything other than that a chance. Unless of course the TV infrastructure changes with the times :)

    Oh, and I should mention, that I'm an avid hockey and baseball fan, so very often, I will watch all or part of a game and catch up on the other stuff later.
     
  11. Oct 4, 2013 #71 of 113
    MonsterJoe

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    Too bad about those Rangers!
     
  12. Oct 4, 2013 #72 of 113
    WhiskeyTango

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    Oh, I have no problem giving a show a shot. I've seen several of the shows in gweempose's list including Invasion, Life on Mars, Firefly, and Journeyman. Last year I stayed with Last Resort.

    My issue is time and space. If I'm understanding you correctly, you are pretty much able to keep up with what you are recording for the most part? I can't. Right now I have 35 hours set to record each week but I can only realistically watch around 21 hours. With the amount of free space I have on my Tivo, I'll run out of free space in about 6 weeks. At that point something has to give.

    I have about 350-375 hours of backlogged recordings dating back as far as 2006 (season 2 of Sleeper Cell). I simply can't keep up with all that I record and have to be a bit more discerning in what I choose to get involved in.

    Of the dozen or so new shows I'm recording I've only watched the first episode of Sleepy Hollow. When I reach my storage tipping point, I have to decide to bail on a show I am currently watching or one I have saved up. That is when the ratings come into play. Last spring I had 666 Park Ave, Vegas, Red Widow, Zero Hour, and Do No Harm recorded but unwatched. I was down to only 12 hours (out of 157) left in free space. Those shows all got the boot which allowed me to continue recording the rest of the shows I was watching as well as later adding Orphan Black and Hannibal.
     
  13. Oct 4, 2013 #73 of 113
    gschrock

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    I'll generally dump a show if it's cancelled before I've started watching it. Maybe I would have liked it, but who knows, and quite frankly, I don't have the time. And for me, it's pretty simple, I just don't have the time for something that's already been deemed not worthy of continuing. The good thing is if I don't watch it, then at least I don't know whether I would have liked it, so I don't have to be pissed that it was canceled.

    I've got so much stuff that I still need to watch that I'm not exactly running out of stuff to watch.
     
  14. Oct 4, 2013 #74 of 113
    mattack

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    I'm not saying they can't use whatever reason they want to stop watching a show, but I continue to think it's dumb to stop watching a show and immediately delete all of the episodes JUST because it's been cancelled. If they were enjoying the show before, why not keep watching them.

    Heck, I'll probably still watch *at least* the first episode of Lucky 7, even though I know it's already been cancelled. (If I don't watch the second, I might arguably be falling into the same trap.. but I'll really likely just leave it on my hard drive until that hard drive dies too, if I don't watch it soon after watching the first episode!)
     
  15. Oct 4, 2013 #75 of 113
    Azlen

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    To me there is a great dependency on what type of show that it is. I'll watch a sitcom still even if it's been canceled. I even watched the unaired episodes of The B in Apt 23 and Ben and Kate. But I'm much more likely to skip a soon to be canceled show if it's more serial. I don't want to get into a story if I don't know how it's going to end.
     
  16. Oct 5, 2013 #76 of 113
    WhiskeyTango

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    Because I, and others, have better things to do. I guess some people value their time more than others.
     
  17. Oct 5, 2013 #77 of 113
    jr461

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    We approach it similarly. Those shows that seem interesting to us get set up for a SP (typically not more than a handful each season).

    Typically, I like to give a new show about 3 episodes. While I would like the pilot to grab us, I realize that some shows need a couple of episodes to get their footing. That said, if the pilot really loses us we will stop. My wife bailed on the Goldbergs after the pilot (not a huge sitcom fan anyway); I can spare 22 minutes in the near future to see if it improves.

    Regardless of how much we have to watch, the DVR eliminates any pressure to do so on any particular timetable. In fact, we like mini-binges for those shows we don't get to for a couple of weeks.

    There are MANY shows we've caught up on after passing initially but for which received recommendations from friends/family or had seen a lot of press. Those resulted in enjoyable long term binges for shows such as Dexter, Breaking Bad, Arrested Development, Weeds, Mad Men and Downton Abbey.

    We made the mistake of bailing on Ray Donovan after the pilot as we thought it was too confusing (it was late and we were tired). My sister urged us to stay with it so we did and now are hooked.

    On the other hand, Sons of Anarchy was also recommended to us and we gave it 3 full episodes but still couldn't get into it.
     
  18. Oct 5, 2013 #78 of 113
    scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    But who says they were enjoying the show to begin with? If they are just giving the show a chance by watching a few episodes why invest any more time in it?
     
  19. Oct 6, 2013 #79 of 113
    aadam101

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    I give up after pilots because if the show is bad it's sure to get cancelled. The network TV model doesn't make a lot of sense. Spend $100 million on development every year just to end up with one or two hits and maybe a handful of others that don't get cancelled. That's only if you are lucky. If you are NBC, you cancel your entire lineup because nobody watches your network anymore. Rinse and repeat.

    With cable and Netflix quickly taking over, network TV needs to change fast.
     
  20. Oct 6, 2013 #80 of 113
    Azlen

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    One key difference between cable/Netflix and network TV is the pure volume of scripted original programming each provides. Maybe the networks should cut back on the nights that air new programming but cuts directly into their revenue. A lot of what gets watched on Netflix and cable also came from network TV. Cut the source and it will have a downstream impact as well. The network model must still be working to some degree because they're still making money for the most part. When that money dries up things will change but it could very well mean that we don't get as much original scripted programming. There aren't any clear cut solutions out there.
     

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