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# Rampant ProductPlacement, particularly in televised sports [[note]] This started with several college football games accepting sponsorship; the uproar over that did less than nothing to start the trend. Technically, the sponsors actually have to pay the teams/colleges to advertise, however, meaning money for university and sports programs. The Rose Bowl, instead to taking full sponsorship, instead uses a "The Rose Bowl, Presented by AT&T/Citi tactic instead [[/note]]

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# Rampant ProductPlacement, particularly in televised sports [[note]] This started with several college football games accepting sponsorship; the uproar over that did less than nothing to start stop the trend.trend from starting. Technically, the sponsors actually have to pay the teams/colleges to advertise, however, meaning money for university and sports programs. The Rose Bowl, instead to taking full sponsorship, instead uses a "The Rose Bowl, Presented by AT&T/Citi tactic instead [[/note]]
4th Jan '17 6:39:20 PM jameygamer
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# ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'' [[note]]1978 TV-movie that's legendary for its awfulness, including 15 minutes of untranslated Wookie speak and variety show-style segments that [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment go absolutely nowhere]], causing Hofstede to actually declare the production "The Worst Two Hours of Television Ever" as the segment title. To date, it has never been officially reaired, Creator/GeorgeLucas is [[OldShame personally ashamed of it]], as are trilogy leads Creator/MarkHamill, Creator/HarrisonFord and Creator/CarrieFisher (who actually had a song at the end of it), and it was exiled from the canon immediately, one of the few parts of the franchise to suffer that fate prior to Creator/{{Disney}}'s purchase of it through Lucasfilm in 2012, 8 years after this book was published. The only person who didn't have much shame for this was Bea Arthur, who appeared as a cantina owner. The holiday special was one of the last gasps of the "variety show" era of TheSeventies, with NBC's ''Pink Lady and Jeff'' (listed further below) entirely ruining the genre two years later. It's also, as of this writing, the sole major program in the book reviewed by WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic and WebVideo/JonTron.[[/note]]

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# ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'' [[note]]1978 TV-movie that's legendary for its awfulness, including 15 minutes of untranslated Wookie speak and variety show-style segments that [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment go absolutely nowhere]], causing Hofstede to actually declare the production "The Worst Two Hours of Television Ever" as the segment title. To date, it has never been officially reaired, Creator/GeorgeLucas is [[OldShame personally ashamed of it]], as are were trilogy leads Creator/MarkHamill, Creator/HarrisonFord Creator/HarrisonFord, and the late Creator/CarrieFisher (who actually had a song at the end of it), it and allegedly owned the only copy of the program before her death), and it was exiled from the canon immediately, one of the few parts of the franchise to suffer that fate prior to Creator/{{Disney}}'s purchase of it through Lucasfilm in 2012, 8 years after this book was published. The only person who didn't have much shame for this was Bea Arthur, who appeared as a cantina owner. The holiday special was one of the last gasps of the "variety show" era of TheSeventies, with NBC's ''Pink Lady and Jeff'' (listed further below) entirely ruining the genre two years later. It's also, as of this writing, the sole major program in the book reviewed by WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic and WebVideo/JonTron.[[/note]]
2nd Jan '17 7:08:22 AM twilicorn
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# ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'' [[note]](1978 TV-movie that's legendary for its awfulness, including 15 minutes of untranslated Wookie speak and variety show-style segments that [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment go absolutely nowhere]]; to date, it has never been officially reaired, and Creator/GeorgeLucas is [[OldShame personally ashamed of it]], as are trilogy leads Creator/MarkHamill, Creator/HarrisonFord and Creator/CarrieFisher, who actually had a song at the end of it, and the special was called "The Worst Two Hours of Television Ever" by Hofstede as its article title and is the sole major program in the book to earn a review from WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic series (it was exiled from the canon immediately, one of the few parts of the franchise to suffer that fate prior to Creator/{{Disney}}'s purchase of it through Lucasfilm in 2012, 8 years after this book was published). The only person who didn't have much shame for this was Bea Arthur, who appeared as a cantina owner. One of the last "variety shows", with NBC's ''Pink Lady and Jeff'' {which is also on this list} entirely ruining the genre two years later).[[/note]]

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# ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'' [[note]](1978 [[note]]1978 TV-movie that's legendary for its awfulness, including 15 minutes of untranslated Wookie speak and variety show-style segments that [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment go absolutely nowhere]]; nowhere]], causing Hofstede to actually declare the production "The Worst Two Hours of Television Ever" as the segment title. To date, it has never been officially reaired, and Creator/GeorgeLucas is [[OldShame personally ashamed of it]], as are trilogy leads Creator/MarkHamill, Creator/HarrisonFord and Creator/CarrieFisher, who Creator/CarrieFisher (who actually had a song at the end of it, it), and the special was called "The Worst Two Hours of Television Ever" by Hofstede as its article title and is the sole major program in the book to earn a review from WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic series (it it was exiled from the canon immediately, one of the few parts of the franchise to suffer that fate prior to Creator/{{Disney}}'s purchase of it through Lucasfilm in 2012, 8 years after this book was published).published. The only person who didn't have much shame for this was Bea Arthur, who appeared as a cantina owner. One The holiday special was one of the last gasps of the "variety shows", show" era of TheSeventies, with NBC's ''Pink Lady and Jeff'' {which is also on this list} (listed further below) entirely ruining the genre two years later).later. It's also, as of this writing, the sole major program in the book reviewed by WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic and WebVideo/JonTron.[[/note]]



# The 1950s quiz show scandals [[note]] Several late-1950s game shows were rigged to help contestants that execs wanted to win, bump players said execs wanted to lose, and generally fabricate "drama". The jig was up when a contestant from ''Dotto'' reported the show to the feds for the rigging. Resulted in the decade-long blacklisting of Jack Barry & Dan Enright, who produced ''Series/TwentyOne'' (the central show involved in the scandal; it was forcibly canceled after champion and NBC anchor Charles Van Doren admitted it was rigged when the champion he defeated, Herb Stempel, reported that show, and it had the added effect of killing Van Doren's NBC and Columbia University careers. It eventually resurfaced with Maury Povich in 2000; this version is not rigged), and led to new laws regarding television that are still in effect to this day; said laws also ended sponsors' control over nonfiction programming after they demanded some of the rigging. The scandals also put a decades-long wound in quiz shows; apart from ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'', no new major quiz shows surfaced until the 70's, and it would take ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'' in 1999 to revive shows with regular cash prizes from $125,000/$250,000 up.[[/note]]

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# The 1950s quiz show scandals [[note]] Several late-1950s game shows were rigged to help contestants that execs wanted to win, bump players said execs wanted to lose, and generally fabricate "drama". The jig was up when a contestant from ''Dotto'' reported the show to the feds for the rigging. Resulted The brouhaha that ensued resulted in the decade-long blacklisting of Jack Barry & Dan Enright, who produced ''Series/TwentyOne'' (the central show involved in the scandal; it was forcibly canceled after champion and NBC anchor Charles Van Doren admitted it was rigged when the champion he defeated, Herb Stempel, reported that show, and it had the added effect of killing Van Doren's NBC and Columbia University careers. It eventually resurfaced with Maury Povich in 2000; this version is not rigged), and led to new laws regarding television that are still in effect to this day; said laws also ended sponsors' control over nonfiction programming after they demanded some of the rigging. The scandals also put a decades-long wound in quiz shows; apart from ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'', no new major quiz shows surfaced until the 70's, and it would take ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'' in 1999 to revive shows with regular cash prizes from $125,000/$250,000 up.[[/note]]
8th Dec '16 11:23:43 AM jameygamer
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# The 1950s quiz show scandals [[note]](Several late-1950s game shows were rigged to help contestants that execs wanted to win, bump players said execs wanted to lose, and generally fabricate "drama". The jig was up when a contestant from ''Dotto'' reported the show to the feds for the rigging. Resulted in the decade-long blacklisting of Jack Barry & Dan Enright, who produced ''Series/TwentyOne'' {the central show involved in the scandal; it was forcibly canceled after champion and NBC anchor Charles Van Doren admitted it was rigged when the champion he defeated, Herb Stempel, reported that show, and it had the added effect of killing Van Doren's NBC and Columbia University careers. It eventually resurfaced with Maury Povich in 2000; this version is not rigged}, and led to new laws regarding television that are still in effect to this day; said laws also ended sponsors' control over nonfiction programming after they demanded some of the rigging. The scandals also put a decades-long wound in quiz shows; apart from ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'', no new major quiz shows surfaced until the 70's, and it would take ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'' in 1999 to revive shows with regular cash prizes from $250,000 up).[[/note]]

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# The 1950s quiz show scandals [[note]](Several [[note]] Several late-1950s game shows were rigged to help contestants that execs wanted to win, bump players said execs wanted to lose, and generally fabricate "drama". The jig was up when a contestant from ''Dotto'' reported the show to the feds for the rigging. Resulted in the decade-long blacklisting of Jack Barry & Dan Enright, who produced ''Series/TwentyOne'' {the (the central show involved in the scandal; it was forcibly canceled after champion and NBC anchor Charles Van Doren admitted it was rigged when the champion he defeated, Herb Stempel, reported that show, and it had the added effect of killing Van Doren's NBC and Columbia University careers. It eventually resurfaced with Maury Povich in 2000; this version is not rigged}, rigged), and led to new laws regarding television that are still in effect to this day; said laws also ended sponsors' control over nonfiction programming after they demanded some of the rigging. The scandals also put a decades-long wound in quiz shows; apart from ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'', no new major quiz shows surfaced until the 70's, and it would take ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'' in 1999 to revive shows with regular cash prizes from $250,000 up).$125,000/$250,000 up.[[/note]]
5th Dec '16 3:35:16 PM twilicorn
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# ''Series/{{Dallas}}''[='=] infamous "Bobby in the shower"/AllJustADream cop-out [[note]](the final scene of the Season 9 finale, which revealed that all events from Bobby's death onward didn't actually happen; was done to get Patrick Duffy back on the program after a season of declining ratings following his character's death. This reveal unsurprisingly met some derision and it couldn't fully undo the damage of having Bobby die in the first place).[[/note]]

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# ''Series/{{Dallas}}''[='=] infamous "Bobby in the shower"/AllJustADream cop-out [[note]](the final scene of the Season 9 finale, which revealed that all events from Bobby's death onward didn't actually happen; happen. The reveal was done to get Patrick Duffy back on the program after a season of declining ratings following his character's death. This reveal It unsurprisingly met some derision and it couldn't fully undo the damage of having Bobby die in the first place).[[/note]]



# The inclusion of [[TheScrappy Scrappy-Doo]][[invoked]] in the ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' franchise (1979-88) [[note]] Technically, this did help somewhat with Hanna-Barbera's target demographic of children at the time, which is part of the reason Scrappy remained a regular cast member for at least 6 more years, but the pup's overwhelming {{Hatedom}} caught up to him, the show, and Hanna-Barbera by that point, permanently staining the franchise and finally forcing Hanna-Barbera to eject the character from the show; Scrappy-Doo ended up pulling a FaceHeelTurn and became the BigBad for the 2002 movie, which was one of his very few appearances past the 1980's. [[/note]]

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# The inclusion of [[TheScrappy Scrappy-Doo]][[invoked]] in the ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' franchise (1979-88) [[note]] Technically, this did help somewhat with Hanna-Barbera's target demographic of children at the time, which is part of the reason Scrappy remained a regular cast member for at least 6 more years, but the pup's overwhelming {{Hatedom}} caught up to him, the show, and Hanna-Barbera by that point, permanently staining the franchise and finally forcing Hanna-Barbera to eject the character from the show; show. Scrappy-Doo ended up pulling a FaceHeelTurn and became the BigBad for the 2002 movie, which was one of his very few appearances past the 1980's. [[/note]]



# ''[[Series/BradyBunchSpinOffs The Brady Bunch Hour]]'' [[note]](1976-77 ''Brady Bunch'' spinoff/revival where the actors/characters, except for Eve Plumb, star in a variety show).[[/note]]

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# ''[[Series/BradyBunchSpinOffs The Brady Bunch Hour]]'' [[note]](1976-77 ''Brady Bunch'' spinoff/revival where the actors/characters, except for Eve Plumb, star in a variety show).[[/note]]show. Plumb's decision not to participate and her character being recast was spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "The Simpsons Spinoff Showcase", where Lisa refuses to participate in a family variety show and is replaced with an older, attractive actress.)[[/note]]



# How flawed the Emmy Awards are when it comes to picking winners [[note]] The complaints listed are as follows: The voting process is flawed because, at least at the time, only one episode from a season was submitted for consideration when they were voting on the season as a whole, the people who are part of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences did not watch shows such as ''Seinfeld, Friends,'' or ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer'' due to not being in those shows' target demographics, instead watching ''Law and Order'' and more obscure shows, that Emmy winning streaks are common (''Series/TheAmazingRace'' notably owned the "Best Reality TV Program" Emmy for almost a decade after this book was published, though debatably for good reason), and that the pay TV channels (HBO, Showtime) had an advantage over the main channels after the uproar over ''The Sopranos'' getting snubbed for an Emmy by ''Series/ThePractice''. Hofstede lobbed a TakeThat to multi-Emmy winner Creator/JohnLithgow in this article. [[/note]]

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# How flawed the Emmy Awards are when it comes to picking winners [[note]] The complaints listed are as follows: The voting process is flawed because, at least at the time, only one episode from a season was submitted for consideration when they were voting on the season as a whole, the people who are part of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences did not watch shows such as ''Seinfeld, Friends,'' ''Seinfeld'', ''Friends,'' or ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer'' due to not being in those shows' target demographics, instead watching ''Law and Order'' and more obscure shows, that Emmy winning streaks are common (''Series/TheAmazingRace'' notably owned the "Best Reality TV Program" Emmy for almost a decade after this book was published, though debatably for good reason), and that the pay TV channels (HBO, Showtime) had an advantage over the main channels after the uproar over ''The Sopranos'' getting snubbed for an Emmy by ''Series/ThePractice''. Hofstede lobbed a TakeThat to multi-Emmy winner Creator/JohnLithgow in this article. [[/note]]



# ''Series/StElsewhere''[='s=] [[AllJustADream All Just a Vision in an Autistic Kid's Mind]] ending [[note]](The final scene of the 1988 GrandFinale cut from the hospital to Tommy Westphall, a child with autism, holding a snow globe with a replica of the hospital inside it, seemingly suggesting that the entire series had been a product of his imagination).[[/note]]

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# ''Series/StElsewhere''[='s=] [[AllJustADream All Just a Vision in an Autistic Kid's Mind]] ending [[note]](The final scene of the 1988 GrandFinale cut from the hospital to Tommy Westphall, a child with autism, holding a snow globe with a replica of the hospital inside it, seemingly suggesting that the entire series had been a product of his imagination).[[/note]]imagination. Surprisingly, the WMG that all the other shows that cross-pollinated with ''Elsewhere'' also exists in the boy's mind barely comes up.)[[/note]]



# ''Series/TwinPeaks''[='=] second season [[note]](the studio execs forced the show to resolve the Laura Palmer storyline, despite the fact that it was the driving force of the series; the reveal resulted in the subplots being all there was left. The spinoff movie that was released in 1992 [[FranchiseKiller finished the job]] on the franchise and it would take two decades for any talks of revivals to materialize).[[/note]]

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# ''Series/TwinPeaks''[='=] second season [[note]](the studio execs forced the show to resolve the Laura Palmer storyline, despite the fact that it was the driving force of the series; the reveal resulted in the subplots being all there was left. The spinoff movie that was released in 1992 film ''Film/TwinPeaksFireWalkWithMe'' [[FranchiseKiller finished the job]] on the franchise and it would take two decades for any talks of revivals to materialize).[[/note]]



# Burger King's "Where's Herb?" commercials [[note]](1985-86 commercial campaign prompting people to find "Herb", the only person in the world who has never eaten the chain's signature Whopper; the campaign was meant to run for a year, but BK was forced to euthanize it after just four months due to some controversial confrontations at Burger King locations by people trying to find "Herb", who was initially not described by the restaurant, and other unfortunate incidents).[[/note]]

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# Burger King's "Where's Herb?" commercials [[note]](1985-86 commercial campaign prompting people to find "Herb", the only person in the world who has never eaten the chain's signature Whopper; the Whopper. This campaign was meant to run for a year, but BK was forced to euthanize it after just four months due to some controversial confrontations at Burger King locations by people trying to find "Herb", who was initially not described by the restaurant, and other unfortunate incidents).[[/note]]



# ''The Reagans'' [[note]](Creator/{{Showtime}} TV movie on UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan which was viewed as a total hatchet job despite [[BlatantLies claims it wasn't]] [[LyingCreator from the producer of the movie]]. Was supposed to air on corporate sibling CBS, but they decided it was too much of a hot potato. Bonus points for it airing only months before Reagan's death from Alzheimer's).[[/note]]

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# ''The Reagans'' [[note]](Creator/{{Showtime}} TV movie on UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan which was viewed as a total hatchet job despite [[BlatantLies claims it wasn't]] [[LyingCreator from the producer of the movie]]. Was It was supposed to air on corporate sibling CBS, but they decided it was too much of a hot potato. Bonus points for it airing only months before Reagan's death from Alzheimer's).[[/note]]



# ''Thicke of the Night'' [[note]](heavily-promoted but poorly-received talk show starring Creator/AlanThicke; was meant to be a comeback vehicle for Fred Silverman, who had been fired from NBC for his very poor performance there, which created two of the other entries on this list).[[/note]]

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# ''Thicke of the Night'' [[note]](heavily-promoted but poorly-received talk show starring Creator/AlanThicke; Creator/AlanThicke, which was also meant to be a comeback vehicle for Fred Silverman, who had been fired from NBC for his very poor performance there, which created two of the other entries on this list).[[/note]]



# The 62nd Academy Awards telecast [[note]]the 1989 show, featuring an awkward and poorly-received ''[[Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Snow White]]'' opening number with Rob Lowe playing the Creator/{{Disney}}-style [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Snow's]] blind date - the whole thing ultimately [[CreatorKiller ruined the career]] [[LaserGuidedKarma of]] [[NeverLiveItDown producer]] Allan Carr (who was coming off a series of movie flops that started with 1980's ''Can't Stop the Music'', which helped [[DeaderThanDisco kill disco]] and inspire the GoldenRaspberryAward) and got the Oscars [[ScrewedByTheLawyers sued]] by Disney for the embarrassing portrayal of Snow White; the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences apologized for the performance and fired Carr, replacing him with Gil Cates for the 1990 telecast. The actress who played Snow White in the show, Eileen Bowman, was effectively [[StarDerailingRole ejected from Hollywood and any chance of being associated with Disney as a result]] as well; she had to sign a gag order the morning after the show and was not allowed to talk about it for years.[[/note]]

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# The 62nd Academy Awards telecast [[note]]the 1989 show, featuring an awkward and poorly-received ''[[Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Snow White]]'' opening number with Rob Lowe playing the Creator/{{Disney}}-style [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Snow's]] blind date - the whole thing ultimately [[CreatorKiller ruined the career]] [[LaserGuidedKarma of]] [[NeverLiveItDown producer]] Allan Carr (who was coming off a series of movie flops that started with 1980's [[DeaderThanDisco disco-killer]] ''Can't Stop the Music'', which helped [[DeaderThanDisco kill disco]] and inspire the GoldenRaspberryAward) Music'') and got the Oscars [[ScrewedByTheLawyers sued]] by Disney for the embarrassing portrayal of Snow White; White. It got so bad that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences apologized for the performance and fired Carr, replacing him with Gil Cates for the 1990 telecast. The actress who played Snow White in the show, Eileen Bowman, was effectively [[StarDerailingRole ejected from Hollywood and any chance of being associated with Disney as a result]] as well; she had to sign a gag order the morning after the show and was not allowed to talk about it for years.[[/note]]



# Music/JanetJackson's WardrobeMalfunction at Super Bowl XXXVIII in UsefulNotes/{{Houston}} [[note]](freakout by MoralGuardians, which included the NFL and Viacom/MTV/CBS finding themselves in legal crosshairs, led to a ''massive'' crackdown by the FCC on "inappropriateness" and ever-increasing fines, which led to the FCC getting hauled before the Supreme Court; the malfunction also didn't exactly help out Jackson or Music/{{NSYNC}} veteran Music/JustinTimberlake, who helped forced the moment, with Jackson getting uninvited from the Grammys. This was the newest moment in the book, with the WardrobeMalfunction having happened earlier in the year it was published and being added at the last moment in this position; a note at the end warned if this had a much harsher "quiz show scandal" level impact, it would be advised to move it to the top 10).[[/note]]

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# Music/JanetJackson's WardrobeMalfunction at Super Bowl XXXVIII in UsefulNotes/{{Houston}} [[note]](freakout by MoralGuardians, which included the NFL and Viacom/MTV/CBS finding themselves in legal crosshairs, led to a ''massive'' crackdown by the FCC on "inappropriateness" and ever-increasing fines, which led to the FCC getting hauled before the Supreme Court; the Court. The malfunction also didn't exactly help out Jackson or Music/{{NSYNC}} veteran Music/JustinTimberlake, who helped forced the moment, with Jackson getting uninvited from the Grammys. This was the newest moment in the book, with the WardrobeMalfunction incident having happened earlier in the year it was published and being added at the last moment in this position; a note at the end warned if this had a much harsher "quiz show scandal" level impact, it would be advised to move it to the top 10).[[/note]]



# ''Bad Ronald'' [[note]](1974 ABC TV-movie which features an extremely nerdy teen with no social skills hidden in his house after killing a peer by accident; after his mother dies, he remains hidden and a new family buys the house, resulting in their daughter earning his attention with him creating a fantasy world. Was quoted as "processed cheese" by the author, and the movie reportedly had a murky color quality to it when it was aired and also had reportedly not aged well).[[/note]]

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# ''Bad Ronald'' [[note]](1974 ABC TV-movie which features an extremely nerdy teen with no social skills hidden hiing in his house after killing a peer by accident; after his mother dies, he remains hidden and a new family buys the house, resulting in their daughter earning his attention with him creating a fantasy world. Was quoted as "processed cheese" by the author, and the movie reportedly had a murky color quality to it when it was aired and also had reportedly not aged well).[[/note]]



# ''3's A Crowd'' [[note]](short-lived 1979-80 syndicated game show that asked embarrassingly probing questions of men, and sought to see whether their wives or secretaries knew them better; got such a backlash that it took down ''all'' of Creator/ChuckBarris' games that were airing that season; [[CreatorKiller he spent the next year in seclusion]], and his career never fully recovered).[[/note]]

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# ''3's A Crowd'' [[note]](short-lived 1979-80 syndicated game show that asked embarrassingly probing questions of men, and sought to see whether their wives or secretaries knew them better; got such a better. The backlash that it took down ''all'' of Creator/ChuckBarris' games that were airing that season; [[CreatorKiller he spent the next year in seclusion]], and his career never fully recovered).[[/note]]
29th Nov '16 7:33:18 PM jameygamer
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# How flawed the Emmy Awards are when it comes to picking winners [[note]] The complaints listed are as follows: The voting process is flawed because, at least at the time, only one episode from a season was submitted for consideration when they were voting on the season as a whole, the people who are part of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences did not watch shows such as ''Seinfeld, Friends,'' or ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer'' due to not being in those shows' target demographics, instead watching ''Law and Order'' and more obscure shows, that Emmy winning streaks are common (''Series/TheAmazingRace'' notably owned the "Best Reality TV Program" Emmy for almost a decade after this book was published, though somewhat for good reason), and that the pay TV channels (HBO, Showtime) had an advantage over the main channels after the uproar over ''The Sopranos'' getting snubbed for an Emmy by ''Series/ThePractice''. Hofstede lobbed a TakeThat to multi-Emmy winner Creator/JohnLithgow in this article. [[/note]]

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# How flawed the Emmy Awards are when it comes to picking winners [[note]] The complaints listed are as follows: The voting process is flawed because, at least at the time, only one episode from a season was submitted for consideration when they were voting on the season as a whole, the people who are part of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences did not watch shows such as ''Seinfeld, Friends,'' or ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer'' due to not being in those shows' target demographics, instead watching ''Law and Order'' and more obscure shows, that Emmy winning streaks are common (''Series/TheAmazingRace'' notably owned the "Best Reality TV Program" Emmy for almost a decade after this book was published, though somewhat debatably for good reason), and that the pay TV channels (HBO, Showtime) had an advantage over the main channels after the uproar over ''The Sopranos'' getting snubbed for an Emmy by ''Series/ThePractice''. Hofstede lobbed a TakeThat to multi-Emmy winner Creator/JohnLithgow in this article. [[/note]]
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# ''Series/{{Dallas}}''[='=] infamous "Bobby in the shower"/AllJustADream cop-out [[note]](the final scene of the Season 9 finale, which revealed that all events from Bobby's death onward didn't actually happen; was done to get Patrick Duffy back on the program after a season of declining ratings following his character's death).[[/note]]

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# ''Series/{{Dallas}}''[='=] infamous "Bobby in the shower"/AllJustADream cop-out [[note]](the final scene of the Season 9 finale, which revealed that all events from Bobby's death onward didn't actually happen; was done to get Patrick Duffy back on the program after a season of declining ratings following his character's death).death. This reveal unsurprisingly met some derision and it couldn't fully undo the damage of having Bobby die in the first place).[[/note]]



# The addition of [[TheScrappy Dawn]][[invoked]] on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and [[HateSink Connor]] on ''Series/{{Angel}}'' [[note]] The former was a disliked character for being annoying and for her intended sacrifice at the end of that season not taking place; after her introduction, ''Buffy's'' days [[JumpingTheShark ended up being numbered]], with the series from Dawn on not being as widely regarded as the first three seasons. Connor, in addition to being annoying, was also a malicious AntagonisticOffspring of the titular character who did things that eventually reached {{Squick}}; he made it through two seasons before the production wiped his memory altogether, but the damage was done and the show only did one more season after he was removed from the cast (Though the book doesn't directly mention this, the eventual ''removal'' of Connor from the cast was pretty much the reverse of Dawn's introduction). While Hofstede didn't fault the actors (Nickelodeon alumni Michelle Trachtenberg and actor Vincent Kartheiser, the roles still hammered their careers (Kartheiser would get into AMC's ''Mad Men'' eventually. ''Angel'' showrunner David Greenwalt, who is not named in the book, would get caught in the CreatorsPet Scrappy pit a second time with Adalind Schade on ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' about a decade after this book was published.[[/note]]
# Creator/{{AMC}} [[NetworkDecay "going commercial"]] [[note]](a case of NotSoCrazyAnymore, as [[GrowingTheBeard AMC's continuing streak of smash hit series]] like ''Series/MadMen'', ''Series/BreakingBad'', and ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' began after this book was published).[[/note]]

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# The addition of [[TheScrappy Dawn]][[invoked]] on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and [[HateSink Connor]] on ''Series/{{Angel}}'' [[note]] The former was a disliked character for being annoying and for her intended sacrifice at the end of that season not taking place; after her introduction, ''Buffy's'' days [[JumpingTheShark ended up being numbered]], with the series from Dawn on not being as widely regarded as the first three seasons. Connor, in addition to being annoying, was also a malicious AntagonisticOffspring of the titular character who did things that eventually reached {{Squick}}; he made it through two seasons before the production wiped his memory altogether, but the damage was done and the show only did one more season after he was removed from the cast (Though the book doesn't directly mention this, the eventual ''removal'' of Connor from the cast was pretty much the reverse of Dawn's introduction). While Hofstede didn't fault the actors (Nickelodeon alumni Michelle Trachtenberg and actor Vincent Kartheiser, Kartheiser), the roles still hammered their careers (Kartheiser would get into AMC's ''Mad Men'' eventually.eventually). ''Angel'' showrunner David Greenwalt, who is not named in the book, would get caught in the CreatorsPet Scrappy pit a second time with Adalind Schade on ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' about a decade after this book was published.[[/note]]
# Creator/{{AMC}} [[NetworkDecay "going commercial"]] [[note]](a case of NotSoCrazyAnymore, as [[GrowingTheBeard AMC's continuing streak of smash hit series]] like ''Series/MadMen'', ''Series/BreakingBad'', and ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' began after this book was published).published. The channel was originally known as American Movie Classics before unmentioned competition from Turner Classic Movies/TCM convinced the channel to go a different direction).[[/note]]
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# The addition of [[TheScrappy Dawn]][[invoked]] on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and [[HateSink Connor]] on ''Series/{{Angel}}'' [[note]](Though the book doesn't directly mention this, the eventual ''removal'' of Connor from the cast was pretty much the reverse of Dawn's introduction).[[/note]]

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# The addition of [[TheScrappy Dawn]][[invoked]] on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and [[HateSink Connor]] on ''Series/{{Angel}}'' [[note]](Though [[note]] The former was a disliked character for being annoying and for her intended sacrifice at the end of that season not taking place; after her introduction, ''Buffy's'' days [[JumpingTheShark ended up being numbered]], with the series from Dawn on not being as widely regarded as the first three seasons. Connor, in addition to being annoying, was also a malicious AntagonisticOffspring of the titular character who did things that eventually reached {{Squick}}; he made it through two seasons before the production wiped his memory altogether, but the damage was done and the show only did one more season after he was removed from the cast (Though the book doesn't directly mention this, the eventual ''removal'' of Connor from the cast was pretty much the reverse of Dawn's introduction).introduction). While Hofstede didn't fault the actors (Nickelodeon alumni Michelle Trachtenberg and actor Vincent Kartheiser, the roles still hammered their careers (Kartheiser would get into AMC's ''Mad Men'' eventually. ''Angel'' showrunner David Greenwalt, who is not named in the book, would get caught in the CreatorsPet Scrappy pit a second time with Adalind Schade on ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' about a decade after this book was published.[[/note]]
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# ''Series/{{Dateline}}'''s 1992 report on exploding General Motors trucks [[note]](said trucks supposedly exploded on impact due to their gas tanks, but after ''Dateline'' failed to produce an explosion, they rigged one. This got NBC sued by GM and led to an exodus of ''Dateline'' staff plus news president Michael Gartner; GM would later get sued themselves when one of the "sidesaddle" gas tanks took the life of a couple's son and discontinued the car using them).[[/note]]

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# ''Series/{{Dateline}}'''s 1992 report on exploding General Motors trucks [[note]](said trucks supposedly exploded on impact due to their gas tanks, but after ''Dateline'' failed to produce an explosion, they rigged one. This got NBC sued by GM and GM, led to an exodus of ''Dateline'' staff plus news president Michael Gartner; Gartner, and forced ''Dateline'' to issue an apology and nix the report; GM would later get sued themselves when one of the "sidesaddle" gas tanks took the life of a couple's son and discontinued the car using them).[[/note]]



# ''[[OneEpisodeWonder Turn-On]]'' [[note]](notoriously-awful HotterAndSexier [[DuelingShows competitor]][[invoked]] to ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'' that aired on most Creator/{{ABC}} affiliates in 1969, either in full or partially. It immediately earned backlash from affiliates such as Cleveland, who ripped the show from their airwaves in the middle and substituted it for other stuff such as an organ number (or just saying "The remainder of this broadcast will not be seen"), and a multitude of West Coast stations including Seattle refused to air it when word traveled to their side of the U.S.; it was effectively canned before the first episode even finished airing. ABC made that cancellation official without comment the next day after Bristol-Myers withdrew their sponsorship and buried it as far as they could. This show subsequently [[CreatorKiller turned]] [[StarDerailingRole off]] the careers of almost everyone involved with it except for several people such as host Tim Conway, future ''Laugh-In'' cast member Teresa Graves, and voice actors Chuck [=McCann=] and Hamilton Camp, the latter of whom was strictly a voice actor for shows such as ''WesternAnimation/{{Ducktales}}'' after this until his death).[[/note]]

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# ''[[OneEpisodeWonder Turn-On]]'' [[note]](notoriously-awful HotterAndSexier [[DuelingShows competitor]][[invoked]] to ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'' that aired on most Creator/{{ABC}} affiliates in 1969, either in full or partially. It immediately earned backlash from affiliates such as Cleveland, who ripped the show from their airwaves in the middle and substituted it for other stuff such as an organ number (or just saying "The remainder of this broadcast will not be seen"), and a multitude of West Coast stations including Seattle refused to air it when word traveled to their side of the U.S.; it was effectively canned before the first episode even finished airing. ABC made that cancellation official without comment the next day after Bristol-Myers withdrew their sponsorship and buried it as far as they could. This show subsequently [[CreatorKiller turned]] [[StarDerailingRole off]] the careers of almost everyone involved with it except for several people such as host Tim Conway, future ''Laugh-In'' cast member Teresa Graves, and voice actors Chuck [=McCann=] and Hamilton Camp, Creator/HamiltonCamp, the latter of whom was strictly a voice actor for shows such as ''WesternAnimation/{{Ducktales}}'' after this until his death).[[/note]]
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# How flawed the Emmy Awards are when it comes to picking winners
# Rampant ProductPlacement, particularly in televised sports

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# How flawed the Emmy Awards are when it comes to picking winners
winners [[note]] The complaints listed are as follows: The voting process is flawed because, at least at the time, only one episode from a season was submitted for consideration when they were voting on the season as a whole, the people who are part of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences did not watch shows such as ''Seinfeld, Friends,'' or ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer'' due to not being in those shows' target demographics, instead watching ''Law and Order'' and more obscure shows, that Emmy winning streaks are common (''Series/TheAmazingRace'' notably owned the "Best Reality TV Program" Emmy for almost a decade after this book was published, though somewhat for good reason), and that the pay TV channels (HBO, Showtime) had an advantage over the main channels after the uproar over ''The Sopranos'' getting snubbed for an Emmy by ''Series/ThePractice''. Hofstede lobbed a TakeThat to multi-Emmy winner Creator/JohnLithgow in this article. [[/note]]
# Rampant ProductPlacement, particularly in televised sportssports [[note]] This started with several college football games accepting sponsorship; the uproar over that did less than nothing to start the trend. Technically, the sponsors actually have to pay the teams/colleges to advertise, however, meaning money for university and sports programs. The Rose Bowl, instead to taking full sponsorship, instead uses a "The Rose Bowl, Presented by AT&T/Citi tactic instead [[/note]]
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