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Old 10-01-2013, 03:01 PM   #31
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Yep. I liked an actor and the premise of Revolution but I couldn't stand the show. The writing and the direction didn't hold me.
I watched 3 episodes of Revolution and dropped it. Still here it being talked about so I am not sure if I should go back to watch, but really am not that interested.
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Old 10-01-2013, 03:36 PM   #32
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It took me 5 years to get past the 1st episode of Breaking Bad.

I tend to bail quickly, but am open to trying again.
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Old 10-01-2013, 03:58 PM   #33
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For most new shows, the pilot episode is the highest ratings it will ever get, so a good chunk of the Nielsen audience seems to bail if they don't like the pilot. It's the rare show that will actually build an audience in subsequent episodes and those shows usually have great word of mouth. One of the more recent shows that did this that comes to mind is Scandal as well as Breaking Bad whose ratings went in the exact opposite direction with it's finale the highest rated episode.
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Old 10-01-2013, 08:52 PM   #34
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I watched 3 episodes of Revolution and dropped it. Still here it being talked about so I am not sure if I should go back to watch, but really am not that interested.
Don't bother.
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:22 PM   #35
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Revolution is entertaining.. I still haven't watched the season premiere yet, but that's not saying much. I *do* go back and watch old stuff I recorded.

I don't remember what show, but I think I may have given up on one after the pilot last year.. but if I watch, usually I watch a couple... and then if I get into a show, I watch until _THE END_ for the most part. Some of the exceptions in the past were actually *popular* shows, since I know they would show up on DVD.. and even one of my favorite shows ever, 'er', because there were too many things on between 9-11 on Thursday nights and Tivos couldn't deal with the 9:58-11 recording.. so I gave up on 'er' at some point. I have a couple of seasons to watch when I pick up the DVD set some eon (after the Bluray full series gets dirt cheap, the DVD set will be even cheaper!). Did the same with CSI. But for the most part, if I watch more than a couple of episodes, I keep watching or at least recording, the show... and as I said, there have been times when I have gone back and watched episodes I recorded from a year or two ago and caught up. Though it's not an example, I do think after trying out the first couple eps of Revolution last year, I waited months before watching a bunch fairly quickly to catch up near the end of the year.
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:16 AM   #36
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Fortunately, I have enough storage on my TiVos that I can record all the new shows that pique my interests.
I don't watch them right away. I keep up with current shows while the new ones get saved up. If the show doesn't last a full season, I just delete them...there's no point in watching them if that happens.
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:17 AM   #37
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Blacklist is the perfect example of how a pilot grabbed us (wife and I) and had us hooked from pretty much the opening scene. My wife is already hooked (as am I) and was fully entrenched and said she thinks this could be "great series".
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:19 AM   #38
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It took me 5 years to get past the 1st episode of Breaking Bad.

I tend to bail quickly, but am open to trying again.
That was me with Mad Men. And I probably wouldn't have gone back if I wasn't bored and had nothing else to watch. The first episode of Mad Men was incredibly boring.

So while I usually won't revisit something I dropped on the first episode, it's not unprecedented that I might.
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:25 AM   #39
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Fortunately, I have enough storage on my TiVos that I can record all the new shows that pique my interests.
I don't watch them right away. I keep up with current shows while the new ones get saved up. If the show doesn't last a full season, I just delete them...there's no point in watching them if that happens.
See, I never got that whole "if the ratings are bad, no sense watching" thing. Why should "the ratings" dictate what you might like? If everyone sat back and waited for the ratings to come in to watch than NO show would get any ratings. For me, if I like the show, I'm going to enjoy it for however long it's on. I do kinda get it for serialized shows, because they can leave you hanging with no answers to the plot. But for sitcoms and procedurals? Why not just enjoy it until it's officially cancelled? A show like Whitney the last couple of years mostly got bad ratings, but I enjoyed it, so I was going to watch until I couldn't. If I enjoyed it for only 5 episodes? I got that much enjoyment and moved on.
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Old 10-02-2013, 11:33 AM   #40
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If I am interested enough to watch the pilot, I will give a show at least two episodes, maybe three before bailing. I know that the pilot is usually filmed way ahead of the rest of the episodes and often times a lot is revamped between the pilot and the next couple of episodes.

Since I have a Hopper, it records all of prime time (on the 4 major networks) automatically. Therefore I can easily give every show a viewing or two before deciding not to continue watching. I don't have to worry about setting up the DVR to record most shows except the networks like AMC, FX, USA, etc.
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Old 10-02-2013, 12:04 PM   #41
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I used to worry about this but now we have Netflix and On Demand so it is much easier to see shows we discounted early on if they happen to get a lot of good buzz.

IMO it's good to have a list of shows you want to watch someday.
We usually have a surplus but there have been dry spells and that's when we pick up shows we missed first run.
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Old 10-02-2013, 02:27 PM   #42
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I miss the days of only three channels with only a few new shows to watch. Watching TV is too much work these days.
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Old 10-02-2013, 02:44 PM   #43
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I miss the days of only three channels with only a few new shows to watch. Watching TV is too much work these days.
If I won the lottery, I could hire someone to watch TV for me.
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:30 PM   #44
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Of course if you were going to give up on Firefly after the pilot episode you had to wait for them to show an episode or three out of order first.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:01 PM   #45
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I never nuke a sitcom after just watching the pilot. But after seeing the 2nd episode of Dads, I'm starting to rethink that philosophy.
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:29 PM   #46
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See, I never got that whole "if the ratings are bad, no sense watching" thing. Why should "the ratings" dictate what you might like?
I think it's dumb too, but some people refuse to watch/immediately delete a show when it's cancelled. So they'll only watch the show while it's still being made.

I will continue to watch, if I like the show, even when I know it ends on a cliffhanger.
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See, I never got that whole "if the ratings are bad, no sense watching" thing. Why should "the ratings" dictate what you might like? If everyone sat back and waited for the ratings to come in to watch than NO show would get any ratings. For me, if I like the show, I'm going to enjoy it for however long it's on. I do kinda get it for serialized shows, because they can leave you hanging with no answers to the plot. But for sitcoms and procedurals? Why not just enjoy it until it's officially cancelled? A show like Whitney the last couple of years mostly got bad ratings, but I enjoyed it, so I was going to watch until I couldn't. If I enjoyed it for only 5 episodes? I got that much enjoyment and moved on.
I don't pay attention to the ratings. I understand what you are saying though.
I mostly stick with the 1 hour dramas/procedurals and since most of those involve ongoing plots, I don't see any point in watching what is essentially an unfinished story if the show doesn't last a full season.

Would you still take the time to read a book if you knew that the last few chapters were ripped from the end of it?
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Old 10-03-2013, 07:49 AM   #48
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Made it through half of the 30 Rock pilot and bailed. I have never retried it, despite all the praise it gets/got.

Just moved on to other things.
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I don't pay attention to the ratings. I understand what you are saying though.
I mostly stick with the 1 hour dramas/procedurals and since most of those involve ongoing plots, I don't see any point in watching what is essentially an unfinished story if the show doesn't last a full season.

Would you still take the time to read a book if you knew that the last few chapters were ripped from the end of it?
Depends on the book. If it was a book of short stories, sure (think sitcom). If it was a series of books and the author only wrote the first two and decided not to finish the series, I'd read the first two (procedural). If it was a self contained book, and the last three chapters were missing, I'd probably read up until the point that I knew they were missing.
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I did not even make it all the way through the first epsiode of Super Fun Night last night.
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I think it's dumb too, but some people refuse to watch/immediately delete a show when it's cancelled. So they'll only watch the show while it's still being made.

I will continue to watch, if I like the show, even when I know it ends on a cliffhanger.
I was going to start watching Breaking Bad, but it's already been cancelled, so what's the point?
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I was going to start watching Breaking Bad, but it's already been cancelled, so what's the point?
While I understand your point, you picked the wrong show. It wasn't cancelled, it finished its run. It is complete. Start to finish.

Now you can watch it, since you know it won't leave you hanging.
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I think it's dumb too, but some people refuse to watch/immediately delete a show when it's cancelled. So they'll only watch the show while it's still being made.

I will continue to watch, if I like the show, even when I know it ends on a cliffhanger.
Why do you say it's dumb? What difference does it make?
People stop watching tv shows all the time for lots of reasons. There is no reason to invest time in something you've decided is no longer worth your time.
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Why do you say it's dumb? What difference does it make?
People stop watching tv shows all the time for lots of reasons. There is no reason to invest time in something you've decided is no longer worth your time.
I'm not saying it's dumb, people do what they do. But how do you know if a show is worth your time or not, until you watch it?
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I did not even make it all the way through the first epsiode of Super Fun Night last night.
It was so not the show that it claimed to be.
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I'm not saying it's dumb, people do what they do. But how do you know if a show is worth your time or not, until you watch it?
If it's likely to be canned before finishing the season, it's not worth my time. Pretty simple actually.
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If it's likely to be canned before finishing the season, it's not worth my time. Pretty simple actually.
I don't see it that way.

There's no shows you could have enjoyed for the one season (or less) that it was on? Nielsen or the Networks decide for you what you like?
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I don't see it that way.

There's no shows you could have enjoyed for the one season (or less) that it was on? Nielsen or the Networks decide for you what you like?
They don't decide what I like. They help me decide what I'm going to commit my limited time to. Any time spent watching a doomed show is time I'm not watching and keeping up on a keeper.

I'm sure there are some shows I could have enjoyed for a season but I dropped them in favor of shows I have enjoyed for multiple seasons.
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I never nuke a sitcom after just watching the pilot. But after seeing the 2nd episode of Dads, I'm starting to rethink that philosophy.
Technically, I nuked this after the 2nd episode, but since I didn't watch the 2nd episode, I guess I gave up after the pilot. My thought process was that it was so bad that even if it got significantly better it would still be pretty bad.

I have pretty low standards, so giving up during or after the pilot doesn't happen very often.
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I'm not saying it's dumb, people do what they do. But how do you know if a show is worth your time or not, until you watch it?
You can't possible be serious.
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