History TroubledProduction / LiveActionTV

25th Sep '16 5:09:47 PM nombretomado
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** Spielberg was the only one supporting her after a while, and when the two executives from DreamWorks who'd been keeping him from finding out how bad things had gotten on the show finally let him on it, Rebeck lost even that. Shortly after the show was renewed, she was fired... [[SecondSeasonDownfall and things went]] FromBadToWorse. [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/kateaurthur/smash-horrible-ratings-for-the-premiere Much worse]]. [[http://tvline.com/2013/05/10/smash-cancelled-nbc/ Much, much worse.]] [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/kateaurthur/smash-creator-theresa-rebeck-emailed-me And don't think Rebeck didn't notice.]]

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** Spielberg was the only one supporting her after a while, and when the two executives from DreamWorks Creator/DreamWorks who'd been keeping him from finding out how bad things had gotten on the show finally let him on it, Rebeck lost even that. Shortly after the show was renewed, she was fired... [[SecondSeasonDownfall and things went]] FromBadToWorse. [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/kateaurthur/smash-horrible-ratings-for-the-premiere Much worse]]. [[http://tvline.com/2013/05/10/smash-cancelled-nbc/ Much, much worse.]] [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/kateaurthur/smash-creator-theresa-rebeck-emailed-me And don't think Rebeck didn't notice.]]
24th Sep '16 6:00:03 PM nombretomado
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** Rosie O'Donnell! Her infamous season on the show included many on-screen fights with conservative-minded co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. One of them got so-bad, the show utilized a split-screen of Rosie and Elisabeth arguing, prompting Rosie to leave the show the next day. In addition, Rosie's insulting comments to DonaldTrump and Kelly Ripa got the show lots of negative attention, and Walters and O'Donnell reportedly had many backstage feuds.

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** Rosie O'Donnell! Her infamous season on the show included many on-screen fights with conservative-minded co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. One of them got so-bad, the show utilized a split-screen of Rosie and Elisabeth arguing, prompting Rosie to leave the show the next day. In addition, Rosie's insulting comments to DonaldTrump Creator/DonaldTrump and Kelly Ripa got the show lots of negative attention, and Walters and O'Donnell reportedly had many backstage feuds.
24th Sep '16 1:40:28 PM Scoutstr295
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** It started as a case of getting ScrewedByTheNetwork. In 2008, ''Meet the Press'' moderator Tim Russert abruptly died of a heart attack at NBC's Washington bureau. Russert had been a champion of Olbermann's show and defended it against NBC executives who did not like Olbermann's message and/or style.[[note]]Olbermann stated in a 2006 C-SPAN interview that there were people within NBC and GE who did not like his criticism of the Bush Administration, but left him alone because his program was successful.[[/note]] Without Russert to act as a buffer or to vouch for him, Olbermann's enemies within NBC began [[ExecutiveMeddling trying to turn Olbermann's colleagues against him]].
** In 2010, Olbermann made some hefty donations to three congressional candidates ahead of the November midterm election, in reported violation of an MSNBC policy barring personalities from doing so. Olbermann was subsequently suspended indefinitely. A fierce backlash from Olbermann's viewers -- some of whom noted that conservative MSNBC commentator Joe Scarborough had made similar donations with no repercussions from the network -- forced MSNBC to allow Olbermann back by the end of the week. Over the following months, Olbermann's relations with MSNBC deteriorated.

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** It started as a case of getting ScrewedByTheNetwork. In 2008, ''Meet the Press'' moderator Tim Russert abruptly died of a heart attack at NBC's Washington bureau. Russert had been a champion of Olbermann's show ''Countdown'' and defended it against NBC executives who did not like Olbermann's message and/or style.[[note]]Olbermann stated in a 2006 C-SPAN interview that there were people within NBC and GE who did not like his criticism of the Bush Administration, but left him alone because his program was successful.[[/note]] Without Russert to act as a buffer or to vouch for him, Olbermann's enemies within NBC began [[ExecutiveMeddling trying to turn Olbermann's his colleagues against him]].
** In 2010, Olbermann made some hefty donations to three congressional candidates ahead of the November midterm election, in reported violation of an MSNBC policy barring personalities from doing so. Olbermann He was subsequently suspended indefinitely. A fierce backlash from Olbermann's viewers -- some of whom noted that conservative MSNBC commentator Joe Scarborough had made similar donations with no repercussions from the network -- forced MSNBC to allow Olbermann back by the end of the week. Over the following months, Olbermann's relations with MSNBC deteriorated.



** Several months later, in June 2011, it was announced that Olbermann had been hired by the independent progressive network Current TV, and would relaunch ''Countdown'' and air it in his old timeslot. On top of getting his show back, Olbermann and Current TV worked out a deal where Olbermann would wield considerable power as the network's chief news officer, and also own an equity stake. He also got a new studio and several well-known pundits and celebrities as contributors. He was slated to become Current TV's signature primetime anchor. The premiere drew more viewers than CNN. Quick fix, right?
** ...But within the year, the new ''Countdown'' devolved into a mess. Current TV failed to deliver on a promised UsefulNotes/HighDefinition studio and simulcast channel, while Olbermann reportedly became an abusive [[ThePrimaDonna Prime Donna]] behind the scenes. Olbermann started airing shows completely in the dark to cut costs, then refused to come to work for extended periods of time -- even for major news events. In March 2012, Current TV decided to cut Olbermann loose and terminated his contract.
** In the end, despite a court settlement, everyone lost. Without Olbermann's ratings, MSNBC went into such a decline (posting its worst ratings in a decade by February 2015) that it decided to re-tool itself away from the left-wing opinion style that Olbermann had popularized on the network. Current TV, now unable to bank on Olbermann's star power, was eventually sold to Creator/AlJazeera. Olbermann himself returned to ESPN to cover sports events and host a weeknight show (which airs on a fluid time slot). He largely withdrew from political commentary until he launched a web series for ''GQ'' covering the 2016 presidential race.

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** Several months later, in June 2011, it was announced that Olbermann had been hired by the independent indie progressive network Current TV, and would relaunch ''Countdown'' and air it in his old timeslot. On top of getting his show back, Olbermann and Current TV worked out a deal where Olbermann would wield considerable power as the network's chief news officer, and also own an equity stake. He also got a new studio and several well-known pundits and celebrities as contributors. He was slated to become Current TV's signature primetime prime-time anchor. The premiere drew more viewers than CNN. Quick fix, right?
** ...But within the year, the new ''Countdown'' devolved into a mess. Current TV failed to deliver on a promised UsefulNotes/HighDefinition studio and simulcast channel, while Olbermann reportedly became an abusive [[ThePrimaDonna Prime Donna]] behind the scenes. Olbermann He started airing shows completely in the dark to cut costs, then refused to come to work for extended periods of time -- even for major news events. In March 2012, Current TV decided to cut Olbermann loose and terminated his contract.
** In the end, despite a court settlement, everyone lost. Without Olbermann's ratings, MSNBC went into such a decline (posting its worst ratings in a decade by February 2015) that it decided to re-tool itself away from the left-wing opinion style that Olbermann had popularized on the network. Current TV, now unable to bank on Olbermann's star power, was eventually sold to Creator/AlJazeera. Olbermann himself returned to ESPN to cover sports events and host a weeknight show (which airs on aired in a fluid time slot).slot before it too was cancelled). He largely withdrew from political commentary until he launched a web series for ''GQ'' covering the 2016 presidential race.
24th Sep '16 1:32:36 PM Scoutstr295
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** In the end, despite a court settlement, everyone lost. Without Olbermann's ratings, MSNBC went into such a decline (posting its worst ratings in a decade by February 2015) that it decided to re-tool itself away from the left-wing opinion style that Olbermann had popularized on the network. Current TV, now unable to bank on Olbermann's star power, was eventually sold to Creator/AlJazeera. Olbermann himself returned to ESPN to cover sports events and host a weeknight show (which airs on a fluid time slot) and withdrew from political punditry for a few years.

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** In the end, despite a court settlement, everyone lost. Without Olbermann's ratings, MSNBC went into such a decline (posting its worst ratings in a decade by February 2015) that it decided to re-tool itself away from the left-wing opinion style that Olbermann had popularized on the network. Current TV, now unable to bank on Olbermann's star power, was eventually sold to Creator/AlJazeera. Olbermann himself returned to ESPN to cover sports events and host a weeknight show (which airs on a fluid time slot) and slot). He largely withdrew from political punditry commentary until he launched a web series for a few years.''GQ'' covering the 2016 presidential race.
24th Sep '16 5:32:30 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E3Frontios Frontios]]" (Series 21) has a sad air hanging over its production, with the deaths of two people involved before going before the cameras. Production designer Barrie Robbins killed himself after having done much of the preparation work and was replaced by David Buckingham. The role of Range was originally given to Peter Arne, but he was murdered in his own home - the crime remains unsolved, although the prime suspect (a student Arne was in a relationship with )was later found dead in the Thames, it's not clear what the motive was. William Lucas was cast to replace him. In addition, the Tractator costumes proved overly constrictive and badly ventilated, requiring rewrites for the former and air to be pumped in during recording breaks for the latter.


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** After the location filming for "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E4TheGreatestShowInTheGalaxy The Greatest Show in the Galaxy]]" had been completed, the studio sessions were cancelled because of asbestos contamination. At first it was thought that the serial would have to be abandoned, but eventually it was found possible to erect a tent in the car park at Elstree Studios and film there. (It was actually very fortuitous that they were working on that particular serial because the tents made this arrangement possible. With any other serial around that time they might have had to simply throw out the location footage, but JNT was desperate to avoid another "Shada" debacle and arranged the makeshift solution.)
18th Sep '16 4:52:31 PM mlsmithca
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* The attempt to relaunch ''AllMyChildren'' and ''OneLifeToLive'' online was filled with unfortunate production problems that ultimately resulted in the soap operas being canceled again:
** Once Prospect Park purchased the license to the two soaps after they were canceled by ABC, they struggled for over a year to secure financing and their project was put on hiatus until they worked out deals with the many labor unions. Several members of the ''OLTL'' cast joined ''GeneralHospital'' as their characters to continue work during the hiatus.

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* The attempt to relaunch ''AllMyChildren'' ''Series/AllMyChildren'' and ''OneLifeToLive'' ''Series/OneLifeToLive'' online was filled with unfortunate production problems that ultimately resulted in the soap operas being canceled again:
** Once Prospect Park purchased the license to the two soaps after they were canceled by ABC, they struggled for over a year to secure financing and their project was put on hiatus until they worked out deals with the many labor unions. Several members of the ''OLTL'' cast joined ''GeneralHospital'' ''Series/GeneralHospital'' as their characters to continue work during the hiatus.



** The series was launched in a blitz of publicity (which arguably did it [[{{Spoiler}} more harm than good]]), and ''Eldorado'' began airing three times a week starting on 6 July 1992. Although ITV tried to "strangle the series at birth" by airing an hour-long episode of ''Coronation Street'' at the same time, the first episode drew an audience of over eight million, but by the third episode, this figure had dropped to five million, and to barely half that figure six weeks later. The press attacked the series mercilessly, finding the characters without believability (the central plot from the premiere, in which a middle-aged restaurateur returns from a trip back to England with his new 17-year-old wife, was particularly criticised), the acting amateurish, and the handling of the international cast (when they spoke in their native languages, there were no subtitles; when they spoke in English, they had almost impenetrable or comically over-the-top accents) laughable.

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** The series was launched in a blitz of publicity (which arguably did it [[{{Spoiler}} may have done more harm than good]]), good as said publicity featured multiple {{Spoiler}}s), and ''Eldorado'' began airing three times a week starting on 6 July 1992. Although ITV tried to "strangle the series at birth" by airing an hour-long episode of ''Coronation Street'' at the same time, the first episode drew an audience of over eight million, but by the third episode, this figure had dropped to five million, and to barely half that figure six weeks later. The press attacked the series mercilessly, finding the characters without believability (the central plot from the premiere, in which a middle-aged restaurateur returns from a trip back to England with his new 17-year-old wife, was particularly criticised), the acting amateurish, and the handling of the international cast (when they spoke in their native languages, there were no subtitles; when they spoke in English, they had almost impenetrable or comically over-the-top accents) laughable.
16th Sep '16 4:55:35 PM AndIntroducingALeg
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** The series was launched in a blitz of publicity, and ''Eldorado'' began airing three times a week starting on 6 July 1992. Although ITV tried to "strangle the series at birth" by airing an hour-long episode of ''Coronation Street'' at the same time, the first episode drew an audience of over eight million, but by the third episode, this figure had dropped to five million, and to barely half that figure six weeks later. The press attacked the series mercilessly, finding the characters without believability (the central plot from the premiere, in which a middle-aged restaurateur returns from a trip back to England with his new 17-year-old wife, was particularly criticised), the acting amateurish, and the handling of the international cast (when they spoke in their native languages, there were no subtitles; when they spoke in English, they had almost impenetrable or comically over-the-top accents) laughable.

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** The series was launched in a blitz of publicity, publicity (which arguably did it [[{{Spoiler}} more harm than good]]), and ''Eldorado'' began airing three times a week starting on 6 July 1992. Although ITV tried to "strangle the series at birth" by airing an hour-long episode of ''Coronation Street'' at the same time, the first episode drew an audience of over eight million, but by the third episode, this figure had dropped to five million, and to barely half that figure six weeks later. The press attacked the series mercilessly, finding the characters without believability (the central plot from the premiere, in which a middle-aged restaurateur returns from a trip back to England with his new 17-year-old wife, was particularly criticised), the acting amateurish, and the handling of the international cast (when they spoke in their native languages, there were no subtitles; when they spoke in English, they had almost impenetrable or comically over-the-top accents) laughable.
16th Sep '16 12:24:27 AM PaulA
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** Despite the troubled production, the series drew audiences of 11 million, and in 1968, the BBC began planning a second series. Stock signed on as Watson, but Wilmer refused to return as Holmes when he was told the rehearsal schedule would be cut. After John Neville proved unavailable and Eric Porter was passed over, the producers cast Creator/PeterCushing, another Holmes enthusiast who had played the role once before (in Film/HammerHorror's 1959 film of ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles'')[[note]] It was Hammer's adaptation that prevented the BBC from acquiring the rights to the story during Wilmer's tenure as Holmes; the rights only became available in late 1965.[[/note]] and was delighted at the prospect of showing Holmes' darker side. Sadly, after shooting of the two-part adaptation of ''The Hound of the Baskervilles'' ran over schedule and over budget due to persistent rain during location shooting, the series once again fell victim to time and money problems. Plans for guest villains including Creator/SeanConnery, Creator/GeorgeSanders, Creator/PeterUstinov, and Creator/OrsonWelles had to be scrapped for financial reasons, while "The Dancing Men" was forced to air before final editing could be completed. Cushing enjoyed working with Stock, but was disgusted with his own performance and later told Wilmer that he would rather sweep Paddington station for a living than go through filming again. The series still drew audiences of 15.5 million, but plans for a third series based on ''The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes'' by Adrian Conan Doyle and John Dickson Carr were ultimately abandoned.

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** Despite the troubled production, the series drew audiences of 11 million, and in 1968, the BBC began planning a second series. Stock signed on as Watson, but Wilmer refused to return as Holmes when he was told the rehearsal schedule would be cut. After John Neville proved unavailable and Eric Porter was passed over, the producers cast Creator/PeterCushing, another Holmes enthusiast who had played the role once before (in Film/HammerHorror's 1959 film of ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles'')[[note]] It was Hammer's adaptation that prevented the BBC from acquiring the rights to the story during Wilmer's tenure as Holmes; the rights only became available in late 1965.[[/note]] and was delighted at the prospect of showing Holmes' darker side. Sadly, after shooting of the two-part adaptation of ''The Hound of the Baskervilles'' ran over schedule and over budget due to persistent rain during location shooting, the series once again fell victim to time and money problems. Plans for guest villains including Creator/SeanConnery, Creator/GeorgeSanders, Creator/PeterUstinov, and Creator/OrsonWelles had to be scrapped for financial reasons, while "The Dancing Men" was forced to air before final editing could be completed. Cushing enjoyed working with Stock, but was disgusted with his own performance and later told Wilmer that he would rather sweep Paddington station for a living than go through filming again. The series still drew audiences of 15.5 million, but plans for a third series based on ''The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes'' by Adrian Conan Doyle and John Dickson Carr Creator/JohnDicksonCarr were ultimately abandoned.
15th Sep '16 6:42:12 PM mlsmithca
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--->--'''Ron D. Moore''' on leaving ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''

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13th Sep '16 12:31:40 PM Scoutstr295
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** In the end, despite a court settlement, everyone lost. Without Olbermann's ratings, MSNBC went into such a decline (posting its worst ratings in a decade by February 2015) that it decided to re-tool itself away from the left-wing opinion style that Olbermann had popularized on the network. Current TV, now unable to bank on Olbermann's star power, was eventually sold to Creator/AlJazeera. Olbermann himself returned to ESPN to cover sports events and host a weeknight show (which airs on a fluid time slot), but has stated that he is finished with political punditry.

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** In the end, despite a court settlement, everyone lost. Without Olbermann's ratings, MSNBC went into such a decline (posting its worst ratings in a decade by February 2015) that it decided to re-tool itself away from the left-wing opinion style that Olbermann had popularized on the network. Current TV, now unable to bank on Olbermann's star power, was eventually sold to Creator/AlJazeera. Olbermann himself returned to ESPN to cover sports events and host a weeknight show (which airs on a fluid time slot), but has stated that he is finished with slot) and withdrew from political punditry.punditry for a few years.
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