Originally Posted by cavalierlwt
SyFy?? I wonder what made them decide that the channel name was holding them back, as opposed to the lack of SciFi programming. I suppose everyone has a different idea of what it should be, but I would like to see almost 100% space opera type programming--BSG,Firefly,Farscape, all the variations of Star Trek, Star Gate, etc. Just keep featuring these kinds of shows, maybe a little fantasy on the side--Stephen King's 'The Gunslinger' series would be a great series to make IMHO.
Maybe the economics of this just aren't there. Then again it's hard for me to believe that shows like the above mentioned actually lost money and that SciFi had to supplement it with wrestling.
The market for that type of pure genre programming just isn't there. I admit, I don't understand it. I look at the struggles FOX's sci-Friday lineup is having attracting an audience and I'm mystified. T:SCC is a particularly good television show on a number of levels, and it can't draw flies. 'Dollhouse' has all kinds of potential, at least in the serialized portion of the show. BSG, in spite of all it's well-deserved critical acclaim, drew less than 2 million, if I'm not mistaken, for it's series finale!
'Charlie Jade' premiered to next to nothing (granted, they didn't promote it ahead of time so nobody knew anything about it), and promptly got exiled to the coveted 2:00AM Tuesday morning slot, presumably bumping an infomercial for ginsu knives. 'Eureka' and 'Ghost Hunters', not to mention 'rasslin', draws more eyeballs on any given night, as do the Saturday night shlock-films.
You'd think the youth of America, raised on video games, would more whole-heartedly embrace "real" science fiction, yet they don't. Most of the posters on the BSG & T:SCC threads, for example, are older boomers (like myself) who were exposed to sci-fi literature
when we were younger, and developed a life-long love for the "good stuff". Kids don't read for pleasure anymore; they're not exposed to the Ursula K. Le Guin's, the Poul Anderson's, the Asimovs, the Clarks, the Heinleins, the Ellisons, the Vonneguts. When they get good, serious, high production value sci-fi a la BSG or 'Charlie Jade', they don't understand how rare it is, or appreciate it for what it is. They'd rather watch 'rasslin'. There's no market for the Good Stuff, as Mr. Nielsen keeps telling us over and over again with brutal clarity.