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It's like sci-fi executives are afraid of presenting complex storylines. Did they not have their biggest critical (if not ratings) success in the last couple of decades with BSG, a decidedly adult-oriented and thematically challenging show? Instead, they come up with series after series that look like they were generated by the same algorithm:
1) Young, attractive protagonists, preferably teenagers. With plenty of angst. Check
2) Simplistic good guy beats bad guy plotlines. Check
3) Contemporary earthbound setting because it's too expensive to do space-based settings with futuristic production design and lots of CGI. Check
And if you do break from the formula and try to make a space-based show (like SG:U), make sure they visit lots of planets with climates all mysteriously like Vancouver.
Oh, and lest I forget, rasslin' and lots of "reality" shows. Because that brings home a lot of cheap bacon.