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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 7, 2013 #81 of 113
    Steveknj

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    I think I am referring to those who record shows and never watch because they got cancelled. I think, for most of us, if we watched a show and we really enjoyed it, we'd probably watch it no matter what the status of the show is. It's why I generally don't binge view during the fall new show season (and to a lesser extent the January one). I'll watch all the new stuff I'm interested in at least once. I'll get rid of stuff that absolutely have no potential for me to enjoy (such as Dad and Moms this year), and I will go from there. I am usually not a binge viewer anyway and try to keep up, but sometimes I'll get a few episodes behind and try and catch up eventually (this time is year is generally the time I fall most behind because of baseball post season and some hockey). So I do kinda get watching a show once that you kinda like but letting it go if it's going to get cancelled or you just don't like it enough. But I usually don't let either a critic's review or cancellation status determine if I'm going to watch something or not.
     
  2. Oct 7, 2013 #82 of 113
    scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    If you don't know what you're talking about...

    and what you said is an entirely different concept than what I'm questioning mattack about so I don't get why you'd quote me.
     
  3. Oct 7, 2013 #83 of 113
    Steveknj

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    Sorry you took it so personally. :eek:

    Lighten up Francis!

    If you read the thread, you'd know that a lot of this discussion stemmed from the fact that someone mentioned they don't bother watching shows until they know if they are cancelled or not.
     
  4. Oct 7, 2013 #84 of 113
    steve614

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    I see where you are coming from now.
    I admit, I will tend to keep watching a canceled show IF I like the show and I started watching before I knew it was canceled.
    I did this with Zero Hour and 666 Park Avenue.

    OTOH, there are shows like Lucky 7. I've got episodes saved up but I haven't started it yet. And now that it is canceled, I most likely won't bother.
     
  5. Oct 7, 2013 #85 of 113
    scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    I'm simply trying to understand your comprehension limitations.
    I know what the thread is about and your post is relevant to the thread, but quoting me as a launchpad to say it makes as much sense as saying "I like turtles" when asked about your zombie face painting.
     
  6. Oct 7, 2013 #86 of 113
    mattack

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    Yeah, strangely, I got into Zero Hour & 666 more during their burnoffs than when they were regularly scheduled. Probably because they were some of the only dramas with new episodes that I was watching at the time.
     
  7. Oct 8, 2013 #87 of 113
    jr461

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    If a serialized show is canceled, I will stop. I don't want to invest the time to be left without a conclusion. OTOH, if it's a show with stand-alone episodes and I have been enjoying them, no reason not to continue.
     
  8. Oct 8, 2013 #88 of 113
    TIVO_GUY_HERE

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    I have I think 4 episodes of "Southland" yet to see. I do plan on watching them, but since I know there isn't anymore, I'm in no hurry.

    For me to cancel a show after the 1st episode, I really didn't have high hopes anyway.. most shows I will give at least 2
     
  9. Oct 9, 2013 #89 of 113
    mr.unnatural

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    I just dropped The Crazy Ones and The Michael J. Fox show from my lineup last night. I dropped Brooklyn Ninety-Nine after the pilot episode. The first two sitcoms weren't all that bad, but your post rings true for their respective "schticks." I mostly dropped them because there are new shows premiering this week as well as a couple that I still watch and I only have so many hours in the week to watch them. I like to keep as current as I can with my shows and not have too many backlogged. Otherwise, I'll never get caught up. I've still got a lot of shows from torrent downloads I need to finish watching, like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black and several others.

    I also just dropped Criminal Minds and Revolution. Criminal Minds was a great show in it's day, but was starting to reach a point where it was basically the same old plot being rehashed with a slightly different twist each week. Revolution was OK, but when I looked at my overall list it was one of the shows I least looked forward to viewing so it got cut. I dropped Chicago Fire and Hostages for the same reason. I can't see Hostages being more than a dragged out miniseries. It is scheduled to only run for the first half of the season so maybe that's how they planned it.
     
  10. Oct 9, 2013 #90 of 113
    TonyTheTiger

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    According to the pundits, Hostages and Betrayal are both failing to hold an audience, so I would expect them to be dropped fairly soon.

    Watched the pilot of Back in the Game last night and completely failed to even smile, although it seems to have a following.

    Time will tell.
     
  11. Oct 9, 2013 #91 of 113
    MonsterJoe

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    We're really enjoying Brooklyn 99...it's kind of like the "Scrubs" of cop shows.

    Back in the Game got maybe 5 minutes from me.
     
  12. Oct 9, 2013 #92 of 113
    Beryl

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    Totally agree with this prediction. I gave Hostages 2.5 episodes and Betrayal 1.25 (quitting at the first commercial break).
     
  13. Oct 9, 2013 #93 of 113
    WhiskeyTango

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    It's not really a bold prediction and you don't have to be a 'pundit' to see that. The ratings for both shows suck and are getting worse with each passing episode.
     
  14. Oct 9, 2013 #94 of 113
    Steveknj

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    For Hostages at least, I hope they at least burn it off on Saturday night. If not, I'll just move on to something else having enjoyed the few episodes I watched.
     
  15. Oct 9, 2013 #95 of 113
    kmccbf

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    I've bailed on very few shows after the pilot. The few I have is because I just didn't like the characters. Recently I watched a detective show that was recommended to me by a friend. It was well written, well acted, but I took such a dislike to the lead character that I turned it off. When I bail on a show it's not just because it's bad, but also because the idea doesn't interest me.
     
  16. Oct 9, 2013 #96 of 113
    sharkster

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    I was thinking about this last night and one show from last year (a sitcom) came to mind. I tried to watch a show that was called something like 'Men with Kids'. Obviously, it was about several men all of whom had kids. It was so bad I didn't even last the first entire episode.

    I also tried to watch that Mindy Kaling show that same year, and ditched it after the first episode. People seem to like it, though, so perhaps I got out too soon. It just didn't grab me in any way whatsoever.
     
  17. Oct 9, 2013 #97 of 113
    Steveknj

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    I've stuck with pilots that were bad in the past. Usually it's either because I liked one of the actors, or while the pilot wasn't that funny, I saw potential in the show and the characters. The Matthew Perry show a couple of years ago where he managed a sports arena is an example of the former. I stuck with it because I generally like Perry, but the pilot was bad and it only got mildly better, so I gave up. 30 Rock is an example of the latter. The pilot, to me, was really bad, but I could see that the premise could be really funny, and it was for the most part.
     
  18. Oct 9, 2013 #98 of 113
    MonsterJoe

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    I didn't like the Mindy Kaling show originally - but I've watched 1 or 2 more recently, since it's on right after New Girl, and it's better than I gave it credit for.
     
  19. Oct 9, 2013 #99 of 113
    laria

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    I just started watching Breaking Bad this summer. I think Season 1 was for the most part really boring. The last episode or two started to get things moving, although I'm not sure when I'll have time to start watching Season 2, since now all my other tv is started.

    But I only powered through the first few because everyone raves about the show.
     
  20. Oct 9, 2013 #100 of 113
    Steveknj

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    That was me, but I kinda felt REALLY let down, and felt I wasted 10 hours of my life. Yeah, yeah, it gets better, by S2, or halfway through S2 or maybe S3 it gets better...maybe it's even S4 :)

    OK, dead horse beaten by me. Moving on.
     

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