History ExecutiveMeddling / LiveActionTV

12th Jun '16 5:04:03 PM bombadil211
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** On Sirius radio, Titus also said that executives wanted Titus and Erin to break up in the show, much like ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'' did at the time. But since real life truly wrote the plot here, Christopher had to say no ([[FunnyAneurysmMoment though these days, it wouldn't be a stretch that Titus and Erin are broken up, as Titus divorced his real-life wife {who is also named Erin, but on the comedy special, "Love is Evol," she was renamed "Kate" for legal reasons} in 2006]]).

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** On Sirius radio, Titus also said that executives wanted Titus and Erin to break up in the show, much like ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'' did at the time. But since real life truly wrote the plot here, Christopher had to say no ([[FunnyAneurysmMoment though these days, because his real relationship was going strong, but he did it wouldn't be in a stretch way that thoroughly insulted the executive who'd made the suggestion. [[ScrewedByTheNetwork The show suddenly found itself jumping all over the schedule and all promotion disappearing, leading to cancellation. The network continues to refuse to sell back the rights to Titus and Erin are broken up, as purely out of spite]]. [[FunnyAneurysmMoment Ironically, it turned out that the real Titus-Erin relationship was even more messed up than Titus divorced his real-life wife {who is also named Erin, but on the comedy special, "Love is Evol," she was renamed "Kate" for legal reasons} in 2006]]).ever realized]].
28th May '16 12:46:44 PM KingZeal
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** This is probably one of the ''worst'' examples of this trope. In a lot of these cases, ExecutiveMeddling is merely irritating, ludicrous, confounding, or, on some rare occasions, justified. In this case, however, it was '''''fatal'''''. Concerned by the show's declining ratings (Not one under 10 million viewers, a number not even ''GameOfThrones'' has reached yet, to be fair though the series started at 34 million), the execs pushed the creators to reveal the identity of Laura's killer -- the central mystery of the series - in the middle of Season 2, thirteen episodes away from the finale. Without the focus provided by the search for the killer, the show quickly ran out of steam; the sub-plots, which before added colour to the story, soon became all ''Series/TwinPeaks'' had to offer. The rationale for this case of ExecutiveMeddling was ludicrous; attempting to end ''Twin Peaks''' ratings slide by revealing the identity of the killer was akin to trying to stop the ''Titanic'' from sinking by blowing a hole through the middle of it.

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** This is probably one of the ''worst'' examples of this trope. In a lot of these cases, ExecutiveMeddling is merely irritating, ludicrous, confounding, or, on some rare occasions, justified. In this case, however, it was '''''fatal'''''. Concerned by the show's declining ratings (Not one under 10 (from 34 million viewers, a number not even ''GameOfThrones'' has reached yet, viewers to be fair though the series started at 34 million), 10 million--although that's still more than ''Game of Thrones'' today), the execs pushed the creators to reveal the identity of Laura's killer -- the central mystery of the series - in the middle of Season 2, thirteen episodes away from the finale. Without the focus provided by the search for the killer, the show quickly ran out of steam; the sub-plots, which before added colour to the story, soon became all ''Series/TwinPeaks'' had to offer. The rationale for this case of ExecutiveMeddling was ludicrous; attempting to end ''Twin Peaks''' ratings slide by revealing the identity of the killer was akin to trying to stop the ''Titanic'' from sinking by blowing a hole through the middle of it.
26th May '16 2:01:15 AM pointycatears
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** ''The Walking Dead'' merits an expansion. Just before beginning shooting of the second season, AMC ordered twice the expected episodes, slashed the budget ''in half'' and vetoed a big budget {{flashback}} episode that would [[ADeathInTheLimelight center around the soldier that Rick finds inside the tank during the Pilot]] and reveal how Dale met Andrea and Amy among other things, even though several scenes had already been filmed. The result was a very questioned second season that moved at a snail's pace and took place mostly in a highway and Herschel's farm. The same plotline was visited and done for in the source comic in the span of four numbers.

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** ''The Walking Dead'' merits an expansion. Just before beginning shooting of the second season, AMC ordered twice the expected episodes, slashed the budget ''in half'' and vetoed a big budget {{flashback}} episode that would [[ADeathInTheLimelight center around the soldier that Rick finds inside the tank during the Pilot]] and reveal how Dale met Andrea and Amy among other things, even though several scenes had already been filmed. [[ArcFatigue The result was a very questioned second season that moved at a snail's pace and took place mostly in a highway and Herschel's farm.farm]]. The same plotline was visited and done for in the source comic in the span of four numbers.
26th May '16 1:54:44 AM pointycatears
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* The "Arrowverse" has been subjected to various forms of executive meddling.

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* The "Arrowverse" has been subjected to various forms of executive meddling. For example, various characters have been ExiledFromContinuity due to the shows being in an AlternateContinuity to the DC movies, and any characters who were introduced before executives decided they were no longer allowed to use them in the shows have either been killed off or [[PutOnABus won't ever be seen again]].
19th May '16 8:07:11 PM nombretomado
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** ''MyNameIsEarl'' lampshaded this one when Earl is required to organize a "Scared Straight" Program and Executive Meddling forces him to include environmental themes. He protests, because it wouldn't have anything to do with the story and would just be awkwardly shoehorned in.

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** ''MyNameIsEarl'' ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' lampshaded this one when Earl is required to organize a "Scared Straight" Program and Executive Meddling forces him to include environmental themes. He protests, because it wouldn't have anything to do with the story and would just be awkwardly shoehorned in.
10th May '16 10:40:47 PM erforce
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** On the flip side of the coin, way back in season 1, Claire's friend Zach was originally supposed to come out as gay. This was scrapped due to pressure from Thomas Dekker's agent who believed him playing a gay character would jeopardize Fox's interest in hiring him for the role of [[TheSarahConnorChronicles John Connor]].

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** On the flip side of the coin, way back in season 1, Claire's friend Zach was originally supposed to come out as gay. This was scrapped due to pressure from Thomas Dekker's agent who believed him playing a gay character would jeopardize Fox's interest in hiring him for the role of [[TheSarahConnorChronicles [[Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles John Connor]].
9th May '16 5:50:07 PM 1dominatio
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** This is probably one of the ''worst'' examples of this trope. In a lot of these cases, ExecutiveMeddling is merely irritating, ludicrous, confounding, or, on some rare occasions, justified. In this case, however, it was '''''fatal'''''. Concerned by the show's declining ratings, the execs pushed the creators to reveal the identity of Laura's killer -- the central mystery of the series - in the middle of Season 2, thirteen episodes away from the finale. Without the focus provided by the search for the killer, the show quickly ran out of steam; the sub-plots, which before added colour to the story, soon became all ''Series/TwinPeaks'' had to offer. The rationale for this case of ExecutiveMeddling was ludicrous; attempting to end ''Twin Peaks''' ratings slide by revealing the identity of the killer was akin to trying to stop the ''Titanic'' from sinking by blowing a hole through the middle of it.

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** This is probably one of the ''worst'' examples of this trope. In a lot of these cases, ExecutiveMeddling is merely irritating, ludicrous, confounding, or, on some rare occasions, justified. In this case, however, it was '''''fatal'''''. Concerned by the show's declining ratings, ratings (Not one under 10 million viewers, a number not even ''GameOfThrones'' has reached yet, to be fair though the series started at 34 million), the execs pushed the creators to reveal the identity of Laura's killer -- the central mystery of the series - in the middle of Season 2, thirteen episodes away from the finale. Without the focus provided by the search for the killer, the show quickly ran out of steam; the sub-plots, which before added colour to the story, soon became all ''Series/TwinPeaks'' had to offer. The rationale for this case of ExecutiveMeddling was ludicrous; attempting to end ''Twin Peaks''' ratings slide by revealing the identity of the killer was akin to trying to stop the ''Titanic'' from sinking by blowing a hole through the middle of it.
5th May '16 4:30:53 PM Naram-Sin
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** Neil Marshall, who directed ''Blackwater'', also told of his surprise when an unnamed producer who claimed to represent "the perverted side of the audience" demanded the inclusion of a scene featuring full [[MaleGaze female]] frontal nudity.

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** Neil Marshall, who directed ''Blackwater'', also told of his surprise when an unnamed producer who claimed to represent "the perverted side of the audience" demanded the inclusion of a scene featuring full [[MaleGaze female]] frontal nudity.nudity... in an episode entirely about a battle.



* As a final nail on the TroubledProduction of the ''{{Series/Alatriste}}'' TV series, the network executives made the illumination greater, the music louder and put tags with the character's names when they were first introduced, all against the show's creators and mere days before the premiere, because they feared that the [[ViewersAreMorons moronic viewers]] would not watch a somber show filmed in chiaroscuro. This decision backfired enormously and earned the show terrible critics. A recurrent complaint was that with the lights ramped up, the interior scenes now were brighter than the exteriors, and all the sets and vestuary looked fake.

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* As a final nail on the TroubledProduction of the ''{{Series/Alatriste}}'' TV series, the network executives made the illumination greater, the music louder and put tags with the character's names when they were first introduced, all against the show's creators and mere days before the premiere, because they feared that the [[ViewersAreMorons moronic viewers]] would not watch a somber period show filmed in chiaroscuro. This decision backfired enormously and earned the show terrible critics. A recurrent complaint was that with the lights ramped up, the interior scenes now were brighter than the exteriors, and all the sets and vestuary looked fake.
3rd May '16 1:03:34 PM TVRulezAgain
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* ''{{Victorious}}'' also suffered from some executive meddling, although in this case, it was executive meddling in its favour. As mentioned above, the second main cause for the ratings issues on ''Series/{{iCarly}}'' was a lack of promotion for the show after that romantic storyline. Because ''Series/{{iCarly}}'' looked to be coming to a close, Nick needed to push their promotional focus onto ''Series/{{Victorious}}'', which was slated to 'take over' as the flagship show of the network. The problem was that ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' wasn't especially popular outside of its lead-in from ''Series/{{iCarly}}''. Even with ''Series/{{iCarly}}'' getting renewed a couple more times, the poor advertising for ''Series/{{iCarly}}'' hurt ''Series/{{Victorious}}'', as did the splitting of the show from a pairing where one led into the other, to airing almost at random without being together.

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* ''{{Victorious}}'' ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' also suffered from some executive meddling, although in this case, it was executive meddling in its favour. As mentioned above, the second main cause for the ratings issues on ''Series/{{iCarly}}'' was a lack of promotion for the show after that romantic storyline. Because ''Series/{{iCarly}}'' looked to be coming to a close, Nick needed to push their promotional focus onto ''Series/{{Victorious}}'', which was slated to 'take over' as the flagship show of the network. The problem was that ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' wasn't especially popular outside of its lead-in from ''Series/{{iCarly}}''. Even with ''Series/{{iCarly}}'' getting renewed a couple more times, the poor advertising for ''Series/{{iCarly}}'' hurt ''Series/{{Victorious}}'', as did the splitting of the show from a pairing where one led into the other, to airing almost at random without being together.



* ''SamAndCat'' originally had a sane 20 episode first season ordered...until it turned out to be the only thing on the network's Saturday night lineup with a pulse. Forgetting that Jennette and Ariana aren't Creator/CharlieSheen with the insane 100 episode deal his show ''Series/AngerManagement'' has, the network ordered twenty more episodes...onto the first season (the most a kid's sitcom usually gets in a year is 26, but since both stars are over 20, the show isn't tied down by the traditional California child labor laws which would never allow this). This meant no breaks for [=McCurdy=], who then had to deal with her mother's death from cancer and a built-up rebellion period, or Grande, as her musical career was built up and the long process of becoming Cat Valentine had to be cut down to being fit with a wig so she could keep her natural hair color for her musical performances. Neither actress was even able to get a contract re-negotiation for the extra twenty episodes either. Tensions seemed to have built on the set due to the arduous and grinding shooting schedule due to the physical comedy and special effects the show employs, and after the network over-reacted to [=McCurdy=]'s ex-boyfriend releasing racy pictures of her and a circuit of podcast interviews where she admitted some pretty questionable things such as the network driving her to become a country singer, something she never wanted to pursue at all, behind the scenes rancor built up to the point where [=McCurdy=] refused to attend the ''Kids' Choice Awards'' because of how the network treated her at the expense of her well-being. The network put the show on hiatus with a passive-aggressive statement that the season had been 'tiring' and promised the show will return, but the show limped towards the end, finishing with 36 episodes and its unexpected finale disappointingly leading into the network's ''FollowTheLeader'' attempt at a sports awards show the night after the [=ESPY's=], along with Grande and [=McCurdy=] remaining silent on social media about the last episodes. Coincidentally the show had an episode with a homage to ''Series/LaverneAndShirley'' featuring the stars of that show in a cameo, the first time Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams shared a soundstage in years.

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* ''SamAndCat'' ''Series/SamAndCat'' originally had a sane 20 episode first season ordered...until it turned out to be the only thing on the network's Saturday night lineup with a pulse. Forgetting that Jennette and Ariana aren't Creator/CharlieSheen with the insane 100 episode deal his show ''Series/AngerManagement'' has, the network ordered twenty more episodes...onto the first season (the most a kid's sitcom usually gets in a year is 26, but since both stars are over 20, the show isn't tied down by the traditional California child labor laws which would never allow this). This meant no breaks for [=McCurdy=], who then had to deal with her mother's death from cancer and a built-up rebellion period, or Grande, as her musical career was built up and the long process of becoming Cat Valentine had to be cut down to being fit with a wig so she could keep her natural hair color for her musical performances. Neither actress was even able to get a contract re-negotiation for the extra twenty episodes either. Tensions seemed to have built on the set due to the arduous and grinding shooting schedule due to the physical comedy and special effects the show employs, and after the network over-reacted to [=McCurdy=]'s ex-boyfriend releasing racy pictures of her and a circuit of podcast interviews where she admitted some pretty questionable things such as the network driving her to become a country singer, something she never wanted to pursue at all, behind the scenes rancor built up to the point where [=McCurdy=] refused to attend the ''Kids' Choice Awards'' because of how the network treated her at the expense of her well-being. The network put the show on hiatus with a passive-aggressive statement that the season had been 'tiring' and promised the show will return, but the show limped towards the end, finishing with 36 episodes and its unexpected finale disappointingly leading into the network's ''FollowTheLeader'' attempt at a sports awards show the night after the [=ESPY's=], along with Grande and [=McCurdy=] remaining silent on social media about the last episodes. Coincidentally the show had an episode with a homage to ''Series/LaverneAndShirley'' featuring the stars of that show in a cameo, the first time Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams shared a soundstage in years.
1st May '16 4:26:37 AM aye_amber
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* Heavily subverted by [[TheKennyEverettVideoShow Kenny Everett]]; when he devised for his show a new character called Mary Hinge, he was ordered by Thames TV executives to change the name because the {{Spoonerism}} was "too blatant". So change it he did -- to Cupid Stunt, which is far '''more''' blatant.

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* Heavily subverted by [[TheKennyEverettVideoShow Kenny Everett]]; ''Kenny Everett;'' when he devised for his show a new character called Mary Hinge, he was ordered by Thames TV executives to change the name because the {{Spoonerism}} was "too blatant". So change it he did -- to Cupid Stunt, which is far '''more''' blatant.
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