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28th Jun '16 7:26:14 PM Mario1995
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*** There's also all the forced angles and/or shilling Spike tried to wedge onto ''Impact'', because it was one of their highest rated shows and they could exploit that to push other stuff they air. An example can be found in the 2013 Tito Ortiz/Rampage Jackson storyline that was really only there to promote a fight in ''Bellator MMA'').

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*** There's also all the forced angles and/or shilling Spike tried to wedge onto ''Impact'', because it was one of their highest rated shows and they could exploit that to push other stuff they air. An example can be found in the 2013 Tito Ortiz/Rampage Jackson storyline that was really only there to promote a fight in ''Bellator MMA'').MMA''.



* WWE's ''Saturday Morning Slam'' on Creator/TheCW[='=]s Creator/{{Vortexx}} was a last ditch effort by The CW (after they had dropped ''[=SmackDown=]'' several years before) to continue business relationships with the WWE. It was moderately successful despite being significantly toned down compared to ''RAW'' and ''[=SmackDown=]'' in order to appease the [[PeripheryDemographic children's fanbase]], despite WWE's overall general focus being on adult men. When time came for contractual renewals, The CW tried to retool the program into a WWE news magazine rather than the taped matches it had during its run. WWE, understandably, rejected The CW's debasing proposal, and the inability to come up with a compromise led to the plug being pulled after just one season.

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* WWE's ''Saturday Morning Slam'' on Creator/TheCW[='=]s Creator/{{Vortexx}} was a last ditch effort by The CW (after they had dropped ''[=SmackDown=]'' several years before) to continue business relationships with the WWE. It was moderately successful despite being significantly toned down compared to ''RAW'' and ''[=SmackDown=]'' in order to both appease the [[PeripheryDemographic children's fanbase]], despite WWE's overall general focus primary audience being on adult men. men, and meet The CW's strict TV-Y7 guidelines for its children's programming. When time came for contractual renewals, The CW tried to retool ReTool the program into a WWE news magazine rather than the taped matches it had during its run. WWE, understandably, rejected The CW's debasing proposal, and the inability to come up with a compromise led to the plug being pulled after just one season.
22nd Jun '16 4:23:17 PM MarcoPolo250
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** TNA as a television product seems to be caught up in a complex mishmash of ScrewedByTheNetwork, ExecutiveMeddling from said network, and their own bad decision making at any given time. For instance Viacom and [=DirecTV=] having a squabble pulled TNA from the air as Spike is owned by Viacom and TNA lost viewership on the [=DirecTV=] side for a spell of two weeks. There's also all the forced angles and/or shilling Spike tried to wedge onto TNA TV because it was one of their highest rated shows and they could exploit that to push other stuff they air (an example can be found in the 2013 Tito Ortiz/Rampage Jackson storyline that was really only there to promote a fight happening on a different Spike show, ''Bellator''). And then of course there were the times TNA themselves were at fault for the bullet that wound up in their foot (such as moving ''[=iMPACT=]!'' to Monday night to try to run up against ''WWE RAW'' when the ratings they pulled were nowhere close to being competitive). ''Impact Wrestling'' (their current television product) ended its Spike TV run at the end of 2014, this time with the blame on TNA's shoulders.[[note]]Despite Spike executive mandate warning against it, the company chose to hire back Wrestling/VinceRusso and the flagrant disobedience caused Spike to pull any further contract renewal negotiations.[[/note]] It then moved to NetworkDecay poster child Destination America for 2015, where miniscule ratings from a channel with zero cultural impact meant they had to resort the next year to a brokered programming arrangement with Pop (the former TV Guide Channel); time will tell how that ends up going.

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** TNA TNA, as a television product product, seems to be caught up in a complex mishmash of ScrewedByTheNetwork, ExecutiveMeddling from said network, and their own bad decision making at any given time. For instance instance, Viacom and [=DirecTV=] having a squabble pulled TNA ''Impact'' from the air as Spike air. As Creator/SpikeTV is owned by Viacom Viacom, and ''Impact'' was airing on that network, TNA lost viewership on the [=DirecTV=] side for a spell of two weeks. weeks.
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There's also all the forced angles and/or shilling Spike tried to wedge onto TNA TV ''Impact'', because it was one of their highest rated shows and they could exploit that to push other stuff they air (an air. An example can be found in the 2013 Tito Ortiz/Rampage Jackson storyline that was really only there to promote a fight happening on a different Spike show, ''Bellator''). And then in ''Bellator MMA'').
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of course course, there were the times TNA themselves were at fault for the bullet that wound up in their foot (such fault. Such as moving ''[=iMPACT=]!'' when they moved ''Impact'' to Monday night nights to try to run up against ''WWE RAW'' ''Wrestling/WWERaw'', when the ratings they pulled were nowhere close to being competitive). ''Impact Wrestling'' (their current television product) competitive. Or when ''Impact'' ended its run on Spike TV run at the end of 2014, this time with the blame on TNA's shoulders.[[note]]Despite 2014 because, despite Spike executive mandate warning against it, the company chose to hire back Wrestling/VinceRusso and the Wrestling/VinceRusso. The flagrant disobedience caused Spike to pull any further contract renewal negotiations.[[/note]] It then moved to NetworkDecay poster child Destination America for 2015, where miniscule ratings from a channel with zero cultural impact meant they had to resort the next year to a brokered programming arrangement with Pop (the former TV Guide Channel); time will tell how that ends up going.
6th Jun '16 7:44:08 PM Fito
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* ''Journey Into Imagination'' was closed in 1998 despite it being the park's most popular attraction due to sponsorship issues. A year before the closing, Fujifilm, the rival of the ride's original sponsor, Kodak, wanted to turn the ride into a rollercoaster unrelated to the original concept. Kodak did not want to loose their sponsorship, so they wanted to make a cheaper version of the ride focused more on the science behind imagination. Disney accepted the latter company's idea and reopened the ride in 1999. Visitors did not like how the ride removed Dreamfinder and Figment (though he did have cameos during the constellation scene and at the end of the ride) and felt it was nothing but a tie-in to ''Honey, I Shrunk The Audience'' by theming it around the Imagination Institute. They also felt that the new ImageWorks after the ride was nothing but an ad for Kodak's products. After Disney heard all these complaints, they shut down the ride and revamped it again to be about Figment ruining an open house tour of the Imagination Institute, which recieved mixed reception and is viewed nowadays as a [[LoveItOrHateIt ride that you either like or a ride that you don't like at all]]. The revamp was eventually made pointless in 2010, when Kodak decided to drop sponsorship of the ride anyway despite spending all the years prior trying to keep it.

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* ''Journey Into Imagination'' was closed in 1998 despite it being the park's most popular attraction due to sponsorship issues. A year before the closing, Fujifilm, the rival of the ride's original sponsor, Kodak, wanted to turn the ride into a rollercoaster unrelated to the original concept. Kodak did not want to loose lose their sponsorship, so they wanted to make a cheaper version of the ride focused more on the science behind imagination. Disney accepted the latter company's idea and reopened the ride in 1999. Visitors did not like how the ride removed Dreamfinder and Figment (though he did have cameos during the constellation scene and at the end of the ride) and felt it was nothing but a tie-in to ''Honey, I Shrunk The Audience'' by theming it around the Imagination Institute. They also felt that the new ImageWorks after the ride was nothing but an ad for Kodak's products. After Disney heard all these complaints, they shut down the ride and revamped it again to be about Figment ruining an open house tour of the Imagination Institute, which recieved mixed reception and is viewed nowadays as a [[LoveItOrHateIt ride that you either like or a ride that you don't like at all]]. The revamp was eventually made pointless in 2010, when Kodak decided to drop sponsorship of the ride anyway despite spending all the years prior trying to keep it.
12th Apr '16 5:55:55 AM longWriter
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* ''ComicBook/AmericanFlagg'' provides an InUniverse example: Reuben Flagg, star of the hit series ''Mark Thrust, Sexus Ranger'' loses his job to his own CGI [[InkSuitActor Tromplographic™ duplicate]], then gets drafted into the ''actual'' Plexus Rangers.



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* Lampshaded InUniverse in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''
--> '''Hobbes:''' We can't stay here forever? What if ''Series/RedDwarf: TheMovie'' comes out while we're trapped here?\\
'''Calvin:''' Pfft! As if.
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* ''TabletopGame/{{The Splinter}}'' is an in-universe example. The network in charge of the games in the Realm has zero problems with killing players for the sake of boosting ratings and creating drama. Keep in mind, dying in the game means you die in real life. It's tough to get screwed harder than that.


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!!InUniverse Examples:

* ''ComicBook/AmericanFlagg'': Reuben Flagg, star of the hit series ''Mark Thrust, Sexus Ranger'' loses his job to his own CGI [[InkSuitActor Tromplographic™ duplicate]], then gets drafted into the ''actual'' Plexus Rangers.
* Lampshaded InUniverse in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'':
--> '''Hobbes:''' We can't stay here forever? What if ''Series/RedDwarf: TheMovie'' comes out while we're trapped here?\\
'''Calvin:''' Pfft! As if.
* ''Series/TheMrPotatoHeadShow'': happens often, with the TV executives changing their minds about things ''in the middle of filming an episode'' of Mr. Potato Head's ShowWithinAShow, such as telling them that their superhero episode needs to be educational or a musical.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'': Jerry and George had been pushing for a long time to get their "show about nothing" approved by NBC. Finally, their first episode is aired and is successful. However, at the same time, the head executive who had approved the show goes AWOL and is replaced by a vindictive woman who cancels the show out of spite.
* ''TabletopGame/{{The Splinter}}'': The network in charge of the games in the Realm has zero problems with killing players for the sake of boosting ratings and creating drama. Keep in mind, dying in the game means you die in real life. It's tough to get screwed harder than that.

26th Mar '16 10:24:42 AM Mario1995
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* ''Journey Into Imagination'' was closed in 1998 despite it being the park's most popular attraction due to sponsorship issues. A year before the closing, Fujifilm, the rival of the ride's original sponsor, Kodak, wanted to turn the ride into a rollercoaster unrelated to the original concept. Kodak did not want to loose their sponsorship, so they wanted to make a cheaper version of the ride focused more on the science behind imagination. Disney accepted the latter company's idea and reopened the ride in 1999. Visitors did not like how the ride removed Dreamfinder and Figment (though he did have cameos during the constellation scene and at the end of the ride) and felt it was nothing but a tie-in to ''Honey, I Shrunk The Audience'' by theming it around the Imagination Institute. They also felt that the new ImageWorks after the ride was nothing but an ad for Kodak's products. After Disney heard all these complaints, they shut down the ride and revamped it again to be about Figment ruining an open house tour of the Imagination Institute, which recieved mixed reception and is viewed nowadays as a [[LoveItOrHateIt ride that you either like or a ride that you don't like at all]].

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* ''Journey Into Imagination'' was closed in 1998 despite it being the park's most popular attraction due to sponsorship issues. A year before the closing, Fujifilm, the rival of the ride's original sponsor, Kodak, wanted to turn the ride into a rollercoaster unrelated to the original concept. Kodak did not want to loose their sponsorship, so they wanted to make a cheaper version of the ride focused more on the science behind imagination. Disney accepted the latter company's idea and reopened the ride in 1999. Visitors did not like how the ride removed Dreamfinder and Figment (though he did have cameos during the constellation scene and at the end of the ride) and felt it was nothing but a tie-in to ''Honey, I Shrunk The Audience'' by theming it around the Imagination Institute. They also felt that the new ImageWorks after the ride was nothing but an ad for Kodak's products. After Disney heard all these complaints, they shut down the ride and revamped it again to be about Figment ruining an open house tour of the Imagination Institute, which recieved mixed reception and is viewed nowadays as a [[LoveItOrHateIt ride that you either like or a ride that you don't like at all]]. The revamp was eventually made pointless in 2010, when Kodak decided to drop sponsorship of the ride anyway despite spending all the years prior trying to keep it.
26th Mar '16 7:41:01 AM mimitchi33
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* ''Journey Into Imagination'' was closed in 1998 despite it being the park's most popular attraction due to sponsorship issues. A year before the closing, Fujifilm, the rival of the ride's original sponsor, Kodak, wanted to turn the ride into a rollercoaster unrelated to the original concept. Kodak did not want to loose their sponsorship, so they wanted to make a cheaper version of the ride focused more on the science behind imagination. Disney accepted the latter company's idea and reopened the ride in 1999. Visitors did not like how the ride removed Dreamfinder and Figment (though he did have cameos during the constellation scene and at the end of the ride) and felt it was nothing but a tie-in to ''Honey, I Shrunk The Audience'' by theming it around the Imagination Institute. They also felt that the new ImageWorks after the ride was nothing but an ad for Kodak's products. After Disney heard all these complaints, they shut down the ride and revamped it again to be about Figment ruining an open house tour of the Imagination Institute, which recieved mixed reception and is viewed nowadays as a [[LoveItOrHateIt ride that you either like or a ride that you don't like at all]].
27th Feb '16 8:18:12 AM Mario1995
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** And when WWE was ready to move Raw back to it's original home on the USA Network, [[https://youtu.be/v1cgb-PVJnY Spike TV went out of it's way to keep them from promoting the move.]]

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** And when WWE was ready to move Raw back to it's original home on the USA Network, [[https://youtu.be/v1cgb-PVJnY Spike TV went out of it's its way to keep them from promoting the move.]]
26th Feb '16 1:35:50 PM ironballs16
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*** The worst one of late was when ''Creator/TeamFourStar'' lost their channel entirely due to receiving 4 strikes in a short time period over ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', which has the ApprovalOfGod from ''Creator/Funimation'', the current holder of the English dub's copyright. This was quickly reversed due to a ''lot'' of public pressure.

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*** The worst one of late was when ''Creator/TeamFourStar'' lost their channel entirely due to receiving 4 strikes in a short time period over ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', which has the ApprovalOfGod from ''Creator/Funimation'', ''{{Creator/Funimation}}'', the current holder of the English dub's copyright. This was quickly reversed due to a ''lot'' of public pressure.
26th Feb '16 1:34:48 PM ironballs16
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** The above scenarios have gotten so bad that "Where's The Fair Use?" has become popular on Website/YouTube, due to there being ''zero'' repercussions for those that file a false claim, while those targeted by such claims have to deal with headache upon headache, including lost revenue and possibly losing their channel entirely.
*** The worst one of late was when ''Creator/TeamFourStar'' lost their channel entirely due to receiving 4 strikes in a short time period over ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', which has the ApprovalOfGod from ''Creator/Funimation'', the current holder of the English dub's copyright. This was quickly reversed due to a ''lot'' of public pressure.
23rd Feb '16 3:22:43 PM chaokiwi
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Okay, okay -- not ''all'' network executives are like this. There exist the individuals who intentionally seek out creative people to make shows that don't just FollowTheLeader, and as they get promoted, they may become the very predecessors these shows are inherited from. However, screwing a show happens more often than you may wish to believe, and typically it's because [[TheyJustDidntCare they just didn't care]].

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Okay, okay -- not ''all'' network executives are like this. There exist the individuals who intentionally seek out creative people to make shows that don't just FollowTheLeader, [[FollowTheLeader copy one or another]], and as they get promoted, they may become the very predecessors these shows are inherited from. However, screwing a show happens more often than you may wish to believe, and typically it's because [[TheyJustDidntCare they just didn't care]].
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