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Re: Syfy president disses MST3K
« Reply #15 on: December 19, 2009, 07:27:00 PM »
This is what happens when you let the suits be in charge of the talent.
This is what happens when you hire "suits" instead of talented people.



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Re: Syfy president disses MST3K
« Reply #16 on: December 19, 2009, 07:42:36 PM »
This is what happens when you let the suits be in charge of the talent.
This is what happens when you hire "suits" instead of talented people.

In every industry, know-nothings with MBAs - straight out of college and into management, never having done the work they're overseeing - have been at the root of all current problems.


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Re: Syfy president disses MST3K
« Reply #17 on: December 19, 2009, 07:51:18 PM »
This is what happens when you let the suits be in charge of the talent.
This is what happens when you hire "suits" instead of talented people.

In every industry, know-nothings with MBAs - straight out of college and into management, never having done the work they're overseeing - have been at the root of all current problems.
I couldn't agree with you more.



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Re: Syfy president disses MST3K
« Reply #18 on: December 19, 2009, 08:02:05 PM »
This is what happens when you let the suits be in charge of the talent.
This is what happens when you hire "suits" instead of talented people.

TV is in the business of selling ads, not making entertainment. Duh.
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Re: Syfy president disses MST3K
« Reply #19 on: December 19, 2009, 08:08:00 PM »
This is what happens when you let the suits be in charge of the talent.
This is what happens when you hire "suits" instead of talented people.

TV is in the business of selling ads, not making entertainment. Duh.

And in taking that attitude they're doing to TV what the "Suits" have already done to radio.........


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Re: Syfy president disses MST3K
« Reply #20 on: December 19, 2009, 08:25:30 PM »
TV in this country has ALWAYS been in the business of selling ads. It's what they do.
But look at anything from Playhouse 90 to Show of Shows to Twilight Zone to All in the Family to M*A*S*H and tell me there were people who knew quality when they saw it and worked to get it on the air....

That's happening less and less.  And even when someone good does come along, some of their good deeds don't get a chance to prove themselves before they're let go....

The guy who bought and developed "Lost" for ABC (whatever we think of it) was fired before it got on the air and became a hit....


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Re: Syfy president disses MST3K
« Reply #21 on: December 19, 2009, 09:05:55 PM »
TV in this country has ALWAYS been in the business of selling ads. It's what they do.


Beg to differ old boy



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Re: Syfy president disses MST3K
« Reply #22 on: December 19, 2009, 09:16:34 PM »
Funny he mentions that it hasn't been on the network for over 8 years. That is exactly how long it has been since I last WATCHED Sci-fi (or "SyFy") channel. I watched the channel for MST3K. I watched and recorded every episode back then. Once it was gone I never watched the channel again.




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Re: Syfy president disses MST3K
« Reply #23 on: December 19, 2009, 09:29:05 PM »
Funny he mentions that it hasn't been on the network for over 8 years. That is exactly how long it has been since I last WATCHED Sci-fi (or "SyFy") channel. I watched the channel for MST3K. I watched and recorded every episode back then. Once it was gone I never watched the channel again.

And I recall that part of the reason they gave at the time for dropping it was that MSTies tuned in for the show but never stayed and watched anything else.

I would beg to differ in that I did watch their reruns of "Dark Shadows", "Babylon 5" and "Farscape" until they dropped them all....but I doubt that's what they had in mind.


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Re: Syfy president disses MST3K
« Reply #24 on: December 19, 2009, 09:44:53 PM »
Funny he mentions that it hasn't been on the network for over 8 years. That is exactly how long it has been since I last WATCHED Sci-fi (or "SyFy") channel. I watched the channel for MST3K. I watched and recorded every episode back then. Once it was gone I never watched the channel again.

And I recall that part of the reason they gave at the time for dropping it was that MSTies tuned in for the show but never stayed and watched anything else.

I would beg to differ in that I did watch their reruns of "Dark Shadows", "Babylon 5" and "Farscape" until they dropped them all....but I doubt that's what they had in mind.

So what if I stopped watching after MST3K. MST3K is getting the ratings. Makes sense to keep what is getting ratings. Better to get those people to watch that show than to dump it and they watch none. Only other show of their I watched was Tremors the series.




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Re: Syfy president disses MST3K
« Reply #25 on: December 19, 2009, 10:44:59 PM »
Who watches SyFy any way?  All it is now is reruns of a five year old NBC shows and ten year old Universal movies,You can get that on every other station out there.  People like this guy are the reason I don't watch TV any more(I stick to DvDs of older shows)and the BBC and HBO are my two favorite networks in history.  They may have their problems but they do have fewer suits to mess up good shows.  Oh and if given a chance to find viewers most of the time good shows will make more money then bad shows.  MASH,Cheers,Andy Griffith,Star Trek are all still in reruns and sell a lot of DvDs.  You can make money producing good shows,you just have to let people find the shows and that takes more then three weeks.


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Re: Syfy president disses MST3K
« Reply #26 on: December 19, 2009, 11:36:32 PM »
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I'm amazed that a show like MST3K managed to get on the air in the first place, let alone pull off a network switch after being canceled and run for about ten straight years. I imagine that part of the reason for their longevity was that the show was relatively cheap to produce. That was a big chunk of time to dedicate to a single program. And i doubt that even a show as popular as The Simpsons would have lasted as long if it had been two hours.

I am surprised that SyFy isn't even airing an occasional rerun, though. Those last three seasons are bought and paid for, and i believe that they own the broadcast rights to most of the films. Of course, they may have shot themselves in the foot by insisting on a linear narrative for the show... which might force them to air an entire season in order, rather than cherry pick popular episodes. But i actually thought that the genre restrictions were a good idea for MST3K.

Anyway, i don't get all the hate directed towards the SyFy Channel (except for the stupid name change, they totally deserve it for that.) They rescued MST3K from cancellation for three seasons, aired Battlestar Galactica, some awesome animation, an occasional miniseries... and i actually enjoy their horrible TV movies.

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Re: Syfy president disses MST3K
« Reply #27 on: December 20, 2009, 03:32:46 AM »
Talk about biting the hand that fed them for a few years before it was so unceremoniously dropped.
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Re: Syfy president disses MST3K
« Reply #28 on: December 20, 2009, 03:47:16 AM »
The president of SyFy doesn't think that Mystery Science Theater 3000 is all that!  What a travesty.  Let us endlessly mock him.


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Re: Syfy president disses MST3K
« Reply #29 on: December 20, 2009, 03:51:13 AM »
Anyway, i don't get all the hate directed towards the SyFy Channel (except for the stupid name change, they totally deserve it for that.) They rescued MST3K from cancellation for three seasons, aired Battlestar Galactica, some awesome animation, an occasional miniseries... and i actually enjoy their horrible TV movies.

I think it's because they did what TV stations routinely do, and cancelled a TV show, rather than let it run for eternity.  Admitting MST3K is fallible is a terrible offense.