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Jan. 8th, 2011 02:04 am (UTC)
That truly blows.

There's a lot of things not to like about that article.

Firstly - I'm not sure I fully buy that the not-firm renewal/negotiations aren't holding scheduling up. I'm thinking that maybe the show/the net are using each of them as a gun to the other's heads.

At which point, they both lose. :-P

Mad Men is a great show for AMC - but brass tacks, it's still a niche show. It has the audience it does partially because it *is* a summer show, and there's little else on to compete with it, no matter what night you pick. I'm truly frightened for it if they try to slot it during the regular season.

And so help me....aren't we past the 'powerhouse night' crap? (This argument kind of invalidates my above argument, but go with me.) If the nets would just accept that people are timeshifting, by and large - it shouldn't matter to try to pair the show with a 'good lead-in' or whatever. (Plus, nets are often spectacularly bad at doing that. They shouldn't be, but they are.)

I don't know. What's your take?

(The one good thing is that if they hold off to film, Kiernan will be/look older, and more right for whatever leap in time they take.)
Jan. 9th, 2011 01:19 am (UTC)
I don't completely buy the negotiation bit either. Two years ago there was a bit of a dust up when both sides played hardball. I wouldn't be surprised if both sides were at it again.

If they slot it during the regular season, I still think it will pull in the ratings it gets. People who watch the show are committed to the show. It isn't like L&O or something else that people stumble across and decide to watch.

And don't get me started about the timeshifting. I almost never watch anything when it originally airs. Most of my friends watch stuff off DVRS or online. The only reason nets still focus on "powerhouse nights" etc is for advertisers. Because in Hollywood it's all about the $.