History ExecutiveMeddling / LiveActionTV

21st Aug '16 12:49:57 PM nombretomado
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*** Season six (1980-1981): The first season without Creator/LorneMichaels. Jean Doumanian was hired as the new showrunner (it would have been Al Franken, but he pissed off Fred Silverman with his "Limo for the Lame-O" segment on Weekend Update, and Creator/HarryShearer even expressed an interest in being showrunner, as he felt the show's current sensibility didn't mesh with his brand of humor), and, with every agonizingly unfunny episode, it became clear that Doumanian was in over her head (though Doumanian claims that she was doing the best she could with a limited budget and NBC staff treating her like crap because she's a woman). Add to the fact that she rejected a lot of potential cast members (JimCarrey being one of them), relegated EddieMurphy to background roles (which would be her undoing, as Eddie Murphy's stand-up piece on the Ray Sharkey episode would be the guarantee that he'd be the show's next big star), and was accused for setting up Charles Rocket saying "fuck" at the end of the Charlene Tilton episode (though Rocket himself has stated that it wasn't a set-up and he didn't know he said anything wrong until the backlash), and NBC had to be rushed in to save the show with new blood, knowing full well that they would probably have to give it a mercy kill (they didn't, but back then, they were thinking it and jokes were made about how ''Saturday Night Live'' should be called ''Saturday Night Dead'' due to its drop in quality).

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*** Season six (1980-1981): The first season without Creator/LorneMichaels. Jean Doumanian was hired as the new showrunner (it would have been Al Franken, but he pissed off Fred Silverman with his "Limo for the Lame-O" segment on Weekend Update, and Creator/HarryShearer even expressed an interest in being showrunner, as he felt the show's current sensibility didn't mesh with his brand of humor), and, with every agonizingly unfunny episode, it became clear that Doumanian was in over her head (though Doumanian claims that she was doing the best she could with a limited budget and NBC staff treating her like crap because she's a woman). Add to the fact that she rejected a lot of potential cast members (JimCarrey being one of them), relegated EddieMurphy Creator/EddieMurphy to background roles (which would be her undoing, as Eddie Murphy's stand-up piece on the Ray Sharkey episode would be the guarantee that he'd be the show's next big star), and was accused for setting up Charles Rocket saying "fuck" at the end of the Charlene Tilton episode (though Rocket himself has stated that it wasn't a set-up and he didn't know he said anything wrong until the backlash), and NBC had to be rushed in to save the show with new blood, knowing full well that they would probably have to give it a mercy kill (they didn't, but back then, they were thinking it and jokes were made about how ''Saturday Night Live'' should be called ''Saturday Night Dead'' due to its drop in quality).
21st Aug '16 12:11:13 PM Twentington
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* After a focus group told Creator/MarkGoodson that the original format for ''Series/TriviaTrap'' (where contestants eliminated wrong answers one-by-one) was a "gameplay flaw", the show was retooled partway through into a generic Q-and-A game in December 1984. It lasted until the following April.
18th Aug '16 1:32:24 PM Tre
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* The Nickelodeon SciFi series ''Series/SpaceCases'' had two examples of ExecutiveMeddling in the Season 1 finale. First off, [[spoiler:Catalina was meant to be killed off. However, Nickelodeon decided that was too dark for kids and had the writers add a new ending at the last minute that showed that she had survived by being shoved into another dimension]]. It's an understandable change, but it completely ruins the scene before it and [[spoiler: death]] had already been brought up on the show before, so the logic behind the decision is a bit questionable. The second change was the removal of the character Elmira. You see, following [[spoiler: Catalina's DisneyDeath]] the creative team was going to bring Elmira to the show as a full-time cast member. This made perfect sense as she was already introduced in the past season, had a connection to the crew and the central story line and was liked by fans. However, Nickelodeon felt she was too alien and would keep kids away from the show. So, instead they brought in Suzee, a character previously only seen by Catalina and was utterly unlikable. Fans hated these alterations and season 2 is widely viewed as inferior to the first because of them.

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* The Nickelodeon SciFi sci-fi series ''Series/SpaceCases'' had two examples of ExecutiveMeddling in the Season 1 finale. First off, [[spoiler:Catalina was meant to be killed off. However, Nickelodeon decided that was too dark for kids and had the writers add a new ending at the last minute that showed that she had survived by being shoved into another dimension]]. It's an understandable change, but it completely ruins the scene before it and [[spoiler: death]] had already been brought up on the show before, so the logic behind the decision is a bit questionable. The second change was the removal of the character Elmira. You see, following [[spoiler: Catalina's DisneyDeath]] the creative team was going to bring Elmira to the show as a full-time cast member. This made perfect sense as she was already introduced in the past season, had a connection to the crew and the central story line and was liked by fans. However, Nickelodeon felt she was too alien and would keep kids away from the show. So, instead they brought in Suzee, a character previously only seen by Catalina and was utterly unlikable. Fans hated these alterations and season 2 is widely viewed as inferior to the first because of them.



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* The SciFiChannel has apparently implemented a policy that any series that has only middling ratings instead of stellar ratings will be canceled, despite whatever vocal, devoted following it has. Three examples that jump out include ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', and at the end of its 10th season, after being the longest running U.S. hour-long science fiction show ever, ''Series/StargateSG1'', which annoyed the two main factions of the fanbase for different reasons -- half wanted it to continue, and half wanted it to have ended two seasons before it did. Each of these series replaced the last. They have more generally replaced cancelled shows with such things as [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Monster movies]], ''ProfessionalWrestling'', and whatever syndicated series they could get on the cheap.

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* The SciFiChannel [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci Fi Channel]] has apparently implemented a policy that any series that has only middling ratings instead of stellar ratings will be canceled, despite whatever vocal, devoted following it has. Three examples that jump out include ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', and at the end of its 10th season, after being the longest running U.S. hour-long science fiction show ever, ''Series/StargateSG1'', which annoyed the two main factions of the fanbase for different reasons -- half wanted it to continue, and half wanted it to have ended two seasons before it did. Each of these series replaced the last. They have more generally replaced cancelled shows with such things as [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Monster movies]], ''ProfessionalWrestling'', and whatever syndicated series they could get on the cheap.



* The Creator/SciFiChannel was unhappy with ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'''s plot-heavy story arc-based episodes, since it required a lot of background and internal knowledge to understand and made it difficult to pick up new viewers. When the first two seasons didn't pull in the ratings Sci-Fi desired, the executives pressured Moore into creating more standalone episodes that weren't as plot-heavy. This plan backfired and the third season took heavy criticism from both fans and critics, particularly the infamous episode "The Woman King". Fortunately, the executives decided to let Moore call the shots in the 4th season.

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* The Creator/SciFiChannel [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci Fi Channel]] was unhappy with ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'''s plot-heavy story arc-based episodes, since it required a lot of background and internal knowledge to understand and made it difficult to pick up new viewers. When the first two seasons didn't pull in the ratings Sci-Fi desired, the executives pressured Moore into creating more standalone episodes that weren't as plot-heavy. This plan backfired and the third season took heavy criticism from both fans and critics, particularly the infamous episode "The Woman King". Fortunately, the executives decided to let Moore call the shots in the 4th season.



* That pro-wrestling mentioned above didn't even escape the meddling: when WWE revived the "ECW brand", their contract with parent company USA got the show put up on the then-still-named SciFi Channel. An odd choice to be sure, but not fully without logic, thinking they'd pull in some of the historic ratings spikes the WWE could muster. Then the executives stated "Well you're on SFC, so you need sci-fi elements." This led to such memorable characters as "The Zombie", who were already in the ring by the time the commercial break was over so you didn't even see their intro, and then old-school ECW Original "The Sandman" would come out and [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown smear them across the ring.]] SFC backed off after the first few weeks. [[note]] Oddly, the Zombie apparently proved to be quite popular (perhaps due to his SoBadItsGood gimmick) and the wrestler who played him (Tim Arnson) actually wrestled as the character for several indy promotions [[/note]]

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* That pro-wrestling mentioned above didn't even escape the meddling: when WWE revived the "ECW brand", their contract with parent company USA got the show put up on the then-still-named SciFi Sci Fi Channel. An odd choice to be sure, but not fully without logic, thinking they'd pull in some of the historic ratings spikes the WWE could muster. Then the executives stated "Well you're on SFC, so you need sci-fi elements." This led to such memorable characters as "The Zombie", who were already in the ring by the time the commercial break was over so you didn't even see their intro, and then old-school ECW Original "The Sandman" would come out and [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown smear them across the ring.]] SFC backed off after the first few weeks. [[note]] Oddly, the Zombie apparently proved to be quite popular (perhaps due to his SoBadItsGood gimmick) and the wrestler who played him (Tim Arnson) actually wrestled as the character for several indy promotions [[/note]]
13th Aug '16 1:28:19 PM nombretomado
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* The original series concept for ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'' was about a young divorced woman, but Creator/{{CBS}} executives were afraid that viewers would think that meant Mary had divorced ''Dick Van Dyke'' (Moore having previously played Van Dyke's wife in ''TheDickVanDykeShow''). To protect their investment from the legions of morons they believed were watching, the execs forced the producers of the show to turn Mary into a young unmarried woman fleeing a failed romance.

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* The original series concept for ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'' was about a young divorced woman, but Creator/{{CBS}} executives were afraid that viewers would think that meant Mary had divorced ''Dick Van Dyke'' (Moore having previously played Van Dyke's wife in ''TheDickVanDykeShow'').''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow''). To protect their investment from the legions of morons they believed were watching, the execs forced the producers of the show to turn Mary into a young unmarried woman fleeing a failed romance.
8th Aug '16 9:38:28 AM Nerrin
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* ''Series/The4400'''s pilot miniseries was originally supposed to keep the mystery as to who abducted and returned the 4400, to be resolved later in the series proper. In a rare case of positive, farsighted Meddling, higher-ups insisted the source be revealed by the end of the miniseries to give viewers some more substantial bait to get hooked on, and to avoid the inevitable disappointment when TheReveal failed - as so many others had in so many other stories - to measure up to years' worth of mystery and hype.

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* ''Series/The4400'''s ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'''s pilot miniseries was originally supposed to keep the mystery as to who abducted and returned the 4400, to be resolved later in the series proper. In a rare case of positive, farsighted Meddling, higher-ups insisted the source be revealed by the end of the miniseries to give viewers some more substantial bait to get hooked on, and to avoid the inevitable disappointment when TheReveal failed - as so many others had in so many other stories - to measure up to years' worth of mystery and hype.
7th Aug '16 6:53:33 PM nombretomado
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* ''DeadLikeMe'' was a pretty popular TV series for Showtime, but the then-director of Showtime (in 2005) cancelled the series because he didn't like it and replaced it with the Kirsty Alley show, ''FatActress'' that flew like a lead balloon.

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* ''DeadLikeMe'' ''Series/DeadLikeMe'' was a pretty popular TV series for Showtime, but the then-director of Showtime (in 2005) cancelled the series because he didn't like it and replaced it with the Kirsty Alley show, ''FatActress'' that flew like a lead balloon.
7th Aug '16 11:40:06 AM Nerrin
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* ''Series/The4400'''s pilot miniseries was originally supposed to keep the mystery as to who abducted and returned the 4400, to be resolved later in the series proper. In a rare case of positive, farsighted Meddling, higher-ups insisted the source be revealed by the end of the miniseries to give viewers some more substantial bait to get hooked on, and to avoid the inevitable disappointment when TheReveal failed - as so many others had in so many other stories - to measure up to years' worth of mystery and hype.
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31st Jul '16 6:44:37 AM VoxAquila
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** On a different flip side, Claire's sudden lesbian-ness was seen by a lot of us as an unusual form of TruthInTelevision, especially back when it aired. A massive number of gay/lesbian/bisexual teenagers start off with straight relationships because that's the "normal" always depicted in movies and TV - same-sex relationships often don't cross our minds as a possibility for a long time.
31st Jul '16 6:39:20 AM VoxAquila
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** The space hooker turned out OK; the second pilot, the reshoots, the out of order broadcast, and the general ScrewedByTheNetwork definitely count, though.
** ''Webcomic/HeadTrip'' has a [[http://i.imgur.com/KN7yVYo.jpg solution for this problem.]]
30th Jul '16 3:33:51 PM nombretomado
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*** This reason is probably the largest that ''{{Daria}}'' has took so long to come to DVD. The show at the time used every single song played on Top 40 and/or alternative radio during the show's run. This meant that the show used ''hundreds'' of songs, most only 5 or so seconds, the longest being the credit closer. The two movies released, ''Is It Fall Yet?'' and ''Is It College Yet?'', have their music intact; the two regular episodes included as bonus material are ''silent'', beyond the opening, actual speech, and a generic closer. The full series release replaces all but a handful of songs with mood-appropriate music. Not a perfect solution, but it works well enough, all things considered.

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*** This reason is probably the largest that ''{{Daria}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' has took so long to come to DVD. The show at the time used every single song played on Top 40 and/or alternative radio during the show's run. This meant that the show used ''hundreds'' of songs, most only 5 or so seconds, the longest being the credit closer. The two movies released, ''Is It Fall Yet?'' and ''Is It College Yet?'', have their music intact; the two regular episodes included as bonus material are ''silent'', beyond the opening, actual speech, and a generic closer. The full series release replaces all but a handful of songs with mood-appropriate music. Not a perfect solution, but it works well enough, all things considered.
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