History ExecutiveMeddling / LiveActionTV

16th Jul '17 4:21:17 PM NightShade96
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** The producers had been interested in adding Bruce Wayne to the cast so they could establish the friendship between Batman and Superman that was an important aspect of the comic book. However they never got permission because Creator/WarnerBrothers felt it would produce competition with the ChristopherNolan Batman movies that started coming out around that time. (Contrary to popular belief, Adam Knight was never intended to be Batman. The idea of adding Bruce Wayne to the series had been quashed long before they could write any scripts.) The producers ended up using Oliver Queen instead. This lead to the character of GreenArrow becoming more popular than he had ever been before, and he eventually got his own spin-off.
* 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]].

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** The producers had been interested in adding Bruce Wayne to the cast so they could establish the friendship between Batman and Superman that was an important aspect of the comic book. However they never got permission because Creator/WarnerBrothers felt it would produce competition with the ChristopherNolan Creator/ChristopherNolan Batman movies that started coming out around that time. time (Contrary to popular belief, Adam Knight was never intended to be Batman. The idea of adding Bruce Wayne to the series had been quashed long before they could write any scripts.) The producers ended up using Oliver Queen instead. This lead to the character of GreenArrow ComicBook/GreenArrow becoming more popular than he had ever been before, and he eventually got his own spin-off.
* The "Arrowverse" "Franchise/{{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]].
3rd Jul '17 3:08:03 AM RedScharlach
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* One notorious example came with ''Series/MorkAndMindy''. After the first season was a hit, ABC executives wanted Pam Dawber to wear sexier clothing, hoping to bring a JiggleShow element to the sitcom; Creator/RobinWilliams and others on the show protested and the idea was scrapped. Later, in order to appeal to younger audiences, Mindy's father and grandmother were written out of the show, and instead of Mork and Mindy hanging out in Mindy's dad's music store, they moved the hangout spot to a downtown delicatessen and wrote in a younger brother and sister couple running the deli as M&M's friends. More bizarre supporting characters were written into the sitcom to play off Robin, and the one-shot character Exidor, a hit with viewers, [[EnsembleDarkhorse became a series regular]]. [[RearrangeTheSong The second season's theme was given a disco feel]], and the schedule was moved around so many times that the show lost viewers. Finally, an attempt to win back viewers led to Mork and Mindy [[StrangledByTheRedString officially married couple]], and son Mearth (played by Robin's hero Creator/JonathanWinters) was a regular character. The show went from the #3 show on network television to #60.

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* One notorious example came with ''Series/MorkAndMindy''. After the first season was a hit, ABC executives wanted Pam Dawber to wear sexier clothing, hoping to bring a JiggleShow element to the sitcom; Creator/RobinWilliams and others on the show protested and the idea was scrapped. Later, in order to appeal to younger audiences, Mindy's father and grandmother were written out of the show, and instead of Mork and Mindy hanging out in Mindy's dad's music store, they moved the hangout spot to a downtown delicatessen and wrote in a younger brother and sister couple running the deli as M&M's friends. More bizarre supporting characters were written into the sitcom to play off Robin, and the one-shot character Exidor, a hit with viewers, [[EnsembleDarkhorse became a series regular]]. [[RearrangeTheSong The second season's theme was given a disco feel]], and the schedule was moved around so many times that the show lost viewers. Finally, an attempt to win back viewers led to Mork and Mindy becoming an [[StrangledByTheRedString officially married couple]], and son Mearth (played by Robin's hero Creator/JonathanWinters) was a regular character. The show went from the #3 show on network television to #60.
18th Jun '17 5:27:13 PM Scifimaster92
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* In 1935, Sinclair Lewis published a novel called ''It Can't Happen Here'', about the election of a fascist government in the United States. In 1982, Kenneth Johnson adapted it as a possible TV miniseries called ''Storm Warnings'', but it was rejected as "too cerebral". Eventually it was modified such that the American fascists became extraterrestrial invaders who ate people. The result was ''Series/{{V 1983}}''.

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* In 1935, Sinclair Lewis Creator/SinclairLewis published a novel called ''It Can't Happen Here'', ''Literature/ItCantHappenHere'', about the election of a fascist government in the United States. In 1982, Kenneth Johnson adapted it as a possible TV miniseries called ''Storm Warnings'', but it was rejected as "too cerebral". Eventually it was modified such that the American fascists became extraterrestrial invaders who ate people. The result was ''Series/{{V 1983}}''.
30th May '17 11:40:48 AM Twentington
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* Executives forced the second season of ''Series/TheRedGreenShow'' to take on a more "sitcom" approach, with longer plot lines and more character interaction, instead of the existing format of Red and Harold primarily narrating sketch comedy to the audience. This season also introduced a cast of new characters, [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome none of whom were seen again]] when creator Steve Smith got control of the show back in the third season and reverted it to its existing format.
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29th May '17 9:24:34 PM nombretomado
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* There is also the altering or pulling of reruns due to various rights issues would be considered executive meddling. This tends to mostly happen when they're released on DVD, usually manifested in changes to the show's soundtrack because the asking prices to certain mainstream tunes cannot (or will not) be met. Most infamously seen in the DVD release of ''WKRPInCincinnati's'' first season, and any TV release to come from CBS DVD since the inception of CBS/Paramount.

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* There is also the altering or pulling of reruns due to various rights issues would be considered executive meddling. This tends to mostly happen when they're released on DVD, usually manifested in changes to the show's soundtrack because the asking prices to certain mainstream tunes cannot (or will not) be met. Most infamously seen in the DVD release of ''WKRPInCincinnati's'' ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati's'' first season, and any TV release to come from CBS DVD since the inception of CBS/Paramount.
6th Apr '17 6:00:26 PM bwburke94
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* Two episodes of the RealityTV show ''Series/CrissAngelMindfreak'', both dealing with gun-related illusions, including the infamous Bullet Catch trick, were kept from airing by executives due to concerns of viewers attempting the stunts themselves. This wouldn't have been too much of a problem... had the executives not gone so far as to ''remove the rights'' to the episodes from the show's Executive Producer and star Criss Angel himself to ensure they couldn't be aired. He eventually regained the rights, and is attempting to gain permission to release them in upcoming DVD specials.

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* Two episodes of the RealityTV show ''Series/CrissAngelMindfreak'', both dealing with gun-related illusions, including the infamous Bullet Catch trick, were kept from airing by executives due to concerns of viewers [[DontTryThisAtHome attempting the stunts themselves.themselves]]. This wouldn't have been too much of a problem... had the executives not gone so far as to ''remove the rights'' to the episodes from the show's Executive Producer and star Criss Angel himself to ensure they couldn't be aired. He eventually regained the rights, and is attempting to gain permission to release them in upcoming DVD specials.



** Modern ''Series/DoctorWho'' isn't necessarily free of this, by all accounts; it has reportedly been mandated from above that every story must feature some kind of monster, regardless of whether it is appropriate to include one. The episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E8FathersDay Father's Day]]" was reportedly meant to not include any monsters at all, before this executive degree mandated the inclusion of the ClockRoaches that power the plot. (If this order ever existed - it is disputed - it appears to no longer be in place, hence the existence of episodes such as "Hell Bent" and "Voyage of the Damned" in which no monsters appear at all.

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** Modern ''Series/DoctorWho'' isn't necessarily free of this, by all accounts; it has reportedly been mandated from above that every story must feature some kind of monster, regardless of whether it is appropriate to include one. The episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E8FathersDay Father's Day]]" was reportedly meant to not include any monsters at all, before this executive degree mandated the inclusion of the ClockRoaches that power the plot. (If this order ever existed - it is disputed - it appears to no longer be in place, hence the existence of episodes such as "Hell Bent" and "Voyage of the Damned" in which no monsters appear at all.)



** The producers had been interested in adding Bruce Wayne to the cast so they could establish the friendship between Batman and Superman that was an important aspect of the comic book. However they never got permission because WarnerBrothers felt it would produce competition with the ChristopherNolan Batman movies that started coming out around that time. (Contrary to popular belief, Adam Knight was never intended to be Batman. The idea of adding Bruce Wayne to the series had been quashed long before they could write any scripts.) The producers ended up using Oliver Queen instead. This lead to the character of GreenArrow becoming more popular than he had ever been before, and he eventually got his own spin-off.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' Season 3's Bela Talbot was the result of Executive Meddling.

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** The producers had been interested in adding Bruce Wayne to the cast so they could establish the friendship between Batman and Superman that was an important aspect of the comic book. However they never got permission because WarnerBrothers Creator/WarnerBrothers felt it would produce competition with the ChristopherNolan Batman movies that started coming out around that time. (Contrary to popular belief, Adam Knight was never intended to be Batman. The idea of adding Bruce Wayne to the series had been quashed long before they could write any scripts.) The producers ended up using Oliver Queen instead. This lead to the character of GreenArrow becoming more popular than he had ever been before, and he eventually got his own spin-off.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' Season 3's Bela Talbot was the result of Executive Meddling.
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%%* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' Season 3's Bela Talbot was the result of Executive Meddling.
23rd Mar '17 12:18:11 PM skidoo23
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* The ''Doctor Who'' spin-off series ''Series/Class2016'' was impacted by meddling. As reported in UK media in the summer of 2016, the BBC required the deletion or toning down of sexual content in the made-for-streaming series before allowing the Doctor to make an appearance in the opening episode. This echoed the fact that the BBC famously would not allow the Doctor to appear at all in the other adult-oriented spin-off ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''.
23rd Mar '17 12:15:45 PM skidoo23
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** Modern ''Series/DoctorWho'' isn't necessarily free of this, by all accounts; it has reportedly been mandated from above that every story must feature some kind of monster, regardless of whether it is appropriate to include one. The episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E8FathersDay Father's Day]]" was reportedly meant to not include any monsters at all, before this executive degree mandated the inclusion of the ClockRoaches that power the plot.
** Michael Grade, BBC Controller in the mid-eighties, is the king of ExecutiveMeddling. He openly hated ''Doctor Who'' and decided to have the show put on hiatus for 18 months... scrapping pre-production on an entire season of the franchise, including [[MissingEpisode three fully-scripted and partially-cast episodes]]. The series was allowed to come back at a drastically reduced episode count (14 episodes at twenty-five minutes each, compared to the 13 45-minute episodes they had the season before the hiatus, and the 26 25-minute episode count of most earlier seasons) and with a lower budget. For years afterwards he claimed that one of the reasons he hated the show due to the lousy effects, despite the fact he could have allocated more money to the show. Eventually, he fired Creator/ColinBaker from the role of the Doctor (arguing that he'd been on the show for three years, just like all previous Doctors except for Creator/JonPertwee and Creator/TomBaker, but ''counting the hiatus as part of that time'') and forced the producer to recast the role - whilst dating Colin Baker' ex-wife. The series survived to have three more seasons on the air... but Grade placed the show against [[Series/CoronationStreet another network's incredibly-popular series]] without bothering to note it to the general public... and then the series was put on hiatus one more time in 1989 until [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie the 1996 movie]] and [[{{Revival}} the 2005 revival series]].

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** Creator/PeterDavison, the Fifth Doctor, is on record as saying the BBC was adamant that there be no indication of "hanky panky" among the occupants of the TARDIS during his time on the show, with them frowning upon the Doctor even so much as hugging anyone. This may have been due to the fact that for most of his time, the Fifth Doctor travelled by himself alongside two sexy (and single) female companions, one of whom was played by an actress about Davison's age and the other supposedly still only a teenager. In the Modern Era, this concern was clearly dropped as the Doctor was allowed to romance (subtly and otherwise) companions and others.
** Modern ''Series/DoctorWho'' isn't necessarily free of this, by all accounts; it has reportedly been mandated from above that every story must feature some kind of monster, regardless of whether it is appropriate to include one. The episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E8FathersDay Father's Day]]" was reportedly meant to not include any monsters at all, before this executive degree mandated the inclusion of the ClockRoaches that power the plot.
plot. (If this order ever existed - it is disputed - it appears to no longer be in place, hence the existence of episodes such as "Hell Bent" and "Voyage of the Damned" in which no monsters appear at all.
** Michael Grade, BBC Controller in the mid-eighties, is the king of ExecutiveMeddling. He openly hated ''Doctor Who'' and decided to have the show put on hiatus for 18 months... scrapping pre-production on an entire season of the franchise, including [[MissingEpisode three fully-scripted and partially-cast episodes]].episodes]] (after allegedly ordering an outright cancellation of the series). The series was allowed to come back at a drastically reduced episode count (14 episodes at twenty-five minutes each, compared to the 13 45-minute episodes they had the season before the hiatus, and the 26 25-minute episode count of most earlier seasons) and with a lower budget. For years afterwards he claimed that one of the reasons he hated the show due to the lousy effects, despite the fact he could have allocated more money to the show. Eventually, he fired Creator/ColinBaker from the role of the Doctor (arguing that he'd been on the show for three years, just like all previous Doctors except for Creator/JonPertwee and Creator/TomBaker, but ''counting the hiatus as part of that time'') and forced the producer to recast the role - whilst dating Colin Baker' ex-wife. The series survived to have three more seasons on the air... but Grade placed the show against [[Series/CoronationStreet another network's incredibly-popular series]] without bothering to note it to the general public... and then the series was put on hiatus one more time in 1989 until [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie the 1996 movie]] and [[{{Revival}} the 2005 revival series]].



* In 2011, North American broadcasts of ''Doctor Who'' suffered from another form of meddling; feeling viewers needed an explanation about what the show is about, BBC America required that a pre-credits introduction be added to the episodes of Series 6. Narrated by Amy Pond, and using flashbacks from Series 5, the sequence quickly explains what the show is about, even though as written it suggests the Doctor is imaginary! Aside from breaking the rhythm of the opening teasers of each episode (which normally would lead straight into the credits), the intro was not very popular with viewers who wanted to see the same show the Brits saw. Not surprisingly, the intro is omitted from the Region 1 DVD and Blu-ray releases of Series 6, and was dropped altogether when Series 7 aired.
** For whatever reason, these intros also were broadcast in Australia.
** Series 6 episodes on Netflix in North America still display this version of the intro.
** Some Fourth Doctor episodes were broadcast in Japan in the 90s with a similar intro, with the dub voice actor for the Fourth Doctor reading out an introduction to who he is and what he does in character. This was, however, fairly popular with viewers, as there was much less of an existing fanbase due to the language barrier, and it made the show fit the established patterns of {{Toku}} shows (which ''Doctor Who'' is very, very similar to).

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* ** In 2011, North American broadcasts of ''Doctor Who'' suffered from another form of meddling; feeling viewers needed an explanation about what the show is about, BBC America required that a pre-credits introduction be added to the episodes of Series 6. Narrated by Amy Pond, and using flashbacks from Series 5, the sequence quickly explains what the show is about, even though as written it suggests the Doctor is imaginary! Aside from breaking the rhythm of the opening teasers of each episode (which normally would lead straight into the credits), the intro was not very popular with viewers who wanted to see the same show the Brits saw. Not surprisingly, the intro is omitted from the Region 1 DVD and Blu-ray releases of Series 6, and was dropped altogether when Series 7 aired.
** *** For whatever reason, these intros also were broadcast in Australia.
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Australia. Series 6 episodes on Netflix in North America still display this version of the intro.
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intro. Some Fourth Doctor episodes were broadcast in Japan in the 90s with a similar intro, with the dub voice actor for the Fourth Doctor reading out an introduction to who he is and what he does in character. This was, however, fairly popular with viewers, as there was much less of an existing fanbase due to the language barrier, and it made the show fit the established patterns of {{Toku}} shows (which ''Doctor Who'' is very, very similar to).
18th Mar '17 12:48:33 AM scooter
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** Later, the executives at ABC cut ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' overall season budget, which led to Eric Dane's departure and [[spoiler: his character being killed off.]]



* The executives at ABC cut ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' budget for the current season leading to Eric Dane's departure and [[spoiler: his character being killed off.]]
12th Mar '17 1:44:40 PM nombretomado
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* The reason the first season of ''Baretta'' in 1975 had an instrumental theme instead of the vocal version heard from season two onwards is because of this; star Robert Blake had gotten the ball rolling for what ultimately became "Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow" by Dave Grusin and Morgan Ames, but it was nixed because (so the powers that be told Ames and company) "the reason was, [[UnfortunateImplications you can't open a white show with a black singer]]." ([[Series/FamilyTies Times have]] [[{{Moonlighting}} changed since then]].) Several high viewing figures later the song got vocals (by Sammy Davis Jr., instead of original singer Jim Gilstrap).

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* The reason the first season of ''Baretta'' in 1975 had an instrumental theme instead of the vocal version heard from season two onwards is because of this; star Robert Blake had gotten the ball rolling for what ultimately became "Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow" by Dave Grusin and Morgan Ames, but it was nixed because (so the powers that be told Ames and company) "the reason was, [[UnfortunateImplications you can't open a white show with a black singer]]." ([[Series/FamilyTies Times have]] [[{{Moonlighting}} [[Series/{{Moonlighting}} changed since then]].) Several high viewing figures later the song got vocals (by Sammy Davis Jr., instead of original singer Jim Gilstrap).
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