F**K FOCUS GROUPS!
Doctor Who failed miserably at the focus group stage during its 2005 rebirth, and that could have spelled disaster for producer Russell T Davies if he hadn’t managed to conceal the result from BBC executives. I’m fairly sure that all the BBC bosses since then are glad that the focus group results were kept from them.
Wow. I didn’t know that.
Hollywood researches the hell out of everything. From single-line pitches to finished products.
And still most of the things they make for theaters and TV fail.
You would think they’d try another approach.
Black Sails is a series original to the Starz pay TV channel. The first episode introduced so many characters that I had to watch it twice. I also wanted to see if my first instinct to watch more was correct. It was. There is more to this than whatever your notions of “pirates” might be. This has a large canvas. Learn more here (which might have the first episode available to see) and here.
By now everyone should have seen it. If you haven’t — spoilers!
I’ve never seen this ad before today. It doesn’t appear on YouTube and there’s no Twitter chatter about it aside from my mention and one other. So I think this is brand new.
In a TV ad of a whopping two minutes in length, Amazon is pushing its Prime service really hard. In time for the holidays — as they are keen to mention in the ad.
What interests me is the mention of the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, letting Prime members read books for free. This should help writers, allowing them to spread the word to Prime members for free reading — and getting paid for it — instead of just giving away their work for free and getting nothing for it.
The complete ad can be seen here.
In the 1960s, ABC had Batman. It was an overtly camp series that children — like me back then — took seriously.
Today, we have The Blacklist on NBC. Which people seem to be taking seriously but it’s all so outrageous it has to be camp.
The first episode was so ridiculous that I didn’t intend to watch more. But I had free time … and now I’ve watched all six episodes, thanks to cable TV On Demand.
The series has become even more outrageous, ridiculous, and unbelievable with each episode. So I recommend it. It makes me laugh out loud with every episode.
If you watch it and don’t, well, you’re not getting what I see as the big joke being played.
After the break, speculative spoilers.
A tweet alerted me:
And it’s true!
Supercar — all 39 episodes.
U.F.O. – oddly, only 25 of the 26 episodes are available. Hulu is missing production episode 20, Destruction. I peeked into production episode 22 — The Psychobombs — and was surprised to find the series titles and theme not included! I hope this isn’t across all episodes.
These series will play on your desktop or notebook. For mobile and TV, a subscription to Hulu Plus is required.
Jason Horwitch, creator of Rubicon, has a series going into development at Fox TV: Fox Buys Romantic Detective Drama From Hart Hanson & Jason Horwitch
Let’s hope for a series commitment.
Rubicon: Sekrit Message