Executive Meddling Live Action TV Discussion

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06:21:25 AM Jan 16th 2014
The entry for Babylon 5 under TNT mentions the addition of Warren Keffer. This actually took place while the show was running on the nascent PTEN network. (It was also the last meaningful case of Executive Meddling until the Crusade debacle.)
04:06:14 PM Nov 8th 2011
edited by OldManHoOh
  • Currently, Criminal Minds is in danger of this, as for "creative" (a.k.a. financial) reasons, executives want to fire A.J. Cook and replace JJ with a new character. To add further insult, they also plan to reduce Paget Brewster's role for the next season, completely upsetting the gender ratio of the show. (And this is the same network that is bribing Charlie Sheen to stay on Two and a Half Men, despite his tabloid behavior). Naturally, fans are outraged by this sexist treatment, and they're doing something about it. Blogs are up in flames, people are emailing and calling complaints to CBS, petitions are signed by the tens of thousands to reverse CBS's decision. Even the actors (both male and female) are expressing outrage on their Twitter accounts. There's also talk of boycotting the network and its advertisers until the situation is righted. Hopefully this might resolve soon, otherwise Criminal Minds could suffer a fate similiar to that of a certain sci-fi show (Doctor Who) when it was in trouble twenty-five years ago...
    • As of the end of the 2010/2011 season this is being fixed: both Paget and AJ are returning to the show in the 2011/2012 season. Go fans!
      • Actually, that's not why they are being brought back - or, not the entire reason, anyway. The reason for the financial cuts was to pay for the spin-off series, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior therefore, with the cancellation of the spin-off, there is now the money to bring back AJ and Paget. (And, regarding Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, that was a case of Executive Meddling as well: the creators originally wanted any spin-offs to feature different departments of the FBI [such as White Collar Crimes or Counter-Terrorist Activities], rather than re-hash the BAU.)

Examples Are Not Recent, combined with a bit of Wiki Schizophrenia. Can someone clarify and clean this up? Also, what the hell is up with those pointless spoiler tags?
03:11:16 PM Apr 1st 2012
How does this look for the Criminal Minds example?

  • In the sixth season of Criminal Minds, the execs announced that they were going to fire A.J. Cook and limited Paget Brewster's screen time for "creative reasons" *. The fans were not happy. After many protests and letters, A.J. was able to come back for the first two episodes of the season, Paget's "goodbye" episode, and the season finale to announce she was returning next season. Paget was brought back as a regular for season seven as well.
    • The original plan for A.J.'s character was to Brother Chuck her.
08:37:34 AM Dec 6th 2010
I'm not sure the first line of the page is very good compared to what it replaced, and just seems like an extra attempt to pothole an author/producer, so I'll change it back unless there are any objections?
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