The following runs off my limited experience in the subject of media marketing. Savant, KoshN, or Joe DM, feel free to correct me if necessary.
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by impycat:
I do have concern about SCI-FI's future, as I for one am getting fed up with the crap they are dishing out.
I'm not trying to be a Channel apologetic, but you have to understand just how expensive a science fiction series can be. Farscape, their best show IMHO, costs a LOT to make. Without the financing system they have, it wouldn't be on the air. In sci-fi, you can't just walk down and go cheap with things - your audience will notice. You can't use Vancouver office sets and film on the street and get your clothes from a cheap source. EVERYTHING is from scratch. On top of that, you have FX. It's far from being easy to budget.
Sci-Fi has done admirably, I think, in attempting to keep costs down while presenting SO MUCH original programming. Now, yeah, I'll agree with you that saying the quality of that programming isn't that great. But they HAVE provided it. Which is a starting point. They're not bad for a fairly fledgling network attempting to dig themselves out of a reputation of "where sci-fi shows go to die." They're young. I'm gonna keep on giving them a chance, starting with when I tape Strange World tonight.
Ok. Ok. You know what? Black Scorpion and Lexx are absolute bottom-barrel, dregs, disgustingly bad shows. But they were cheap to buy and cheap to show...
And you have to remember that they don't have the budget of TNT, Showtime, or some of the bigger cable networks - let alone a broadcast network!
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, arial">quote:</font><HR>I-man was drawing that, it had a loyal, if small following, and they cancel it. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Yup. Let's say you have a product - the Ganglemeister 700. You put the Ganglemeister on the market. It makes an okay showing among a gaggle of people - but, constantly, you have these employees coming at you, saying, "Look at my new product. It's gonna make you more money than the Ganglemeister." And you look at it, and you realize that if you take the Ganglemeister off the market and put this new model ON, the new model will sell a lot more than the old. If you know that the new model will satisfy the Ganglemeister-lovers and keep costs down at the same time, you'll do it in a heartbeat. There's no room in the television biz for labors of love done out of charity.
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, arial">quote:</font><HR>IMHO they need to keep their core audience happy. They talk about wanting shows that are going to bring in new viewers. That is fine but what good is that when you keep dissapointing your old viewers who start to turn you off.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Television audiences can be notoriously fickle at the same time they can be extremely loyal. Sci-Fi knows this. Why do you think they keep on trying to present to you new programming that they think you will like?
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[This message has been edited by channe (edited February 08, 2002).]