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Old 06-22-07, 07:13 AM
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How many episodes should a new series be given ?

Fireffly and Wonderfalls were yanked after airing only a few episodes.
This is ridiculous IMHO as shows need some time to build up viewership, especially as these shows had good reviews.
How many episodes do you think the networks should give to a new series irrespective of ratings ?

I think 12.
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I think it should get it's initial order of shows. There should never be shows that were filmed that don't air.
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I wouldn't have a problem with 12-13 as long as they are guaranteed to air them all.
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If it's a show I don't like, it should be yanked off the air by the first commercial break to make room for something better. If it's a show I like, eight seasons.
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Originally Posted by Timber
I think it should get it's initial order of shows. There should never be shows that were filmed that don't air.
I like this idea.

They also need to start taking DVR viewer results more seriously, but that will start negatively affecting advertising (since, obviously, most DVR watchers don't watch ads).
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I agree with the entire initial should be aired. I also think those episodes should constitute a self-contained story that is open for continuation, like a mini-series, for when the 2nd season isn't picked up.
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13 seems more than fair. If a show doesn't build an audience or at least some buzz, then you can ax it.
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The front 13 would seem like a fair number. These days, they freak out if the show isn't an instant hit and are quick to pull the plug because they can replace them with cheap reality shows or reruns of hit shows.
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Originally Posted by Legolas
The front 13 would seem like a fair number. These days, they freak out if the show isn't an instant hit and are quick to pull the plug because they can replace them with cheap reality shows or reruns of hit shows.

Amen to that. Fox loves to ax anything that doesn't do gangbusters ASAP nowadays, and CBS isn't too much on giving anything a shot either. Smith was a show that had potential but I knew with such a high profile cast it would get yankes if it didn't do well the first week.


I am a proponent of at least letting the initial 13 eps shot run their course, and if it doesn't work for the first three or four, then at least switch its slot, but only once. If it can't get a following then, it needs to be yanked.
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All new series should be guaranteed 13 full episodes, and 1 will air every week for 13 consecutive weeks during prime time, this would make sure the show at least gets a fighting chance.

The biggest thing I would make sure of is that every new show, if canceled, gets the chance to make one more episode to wrap it up, to rid us of all cliff-hangers on prematurely canceled shows.
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I don't think there is a magic number.
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Fox wouldn't be where it is today if it yanked shows as quickly then as it does now, yet this simple fact seems to escape it's executives.

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