Originally Posted by DrLar
Maybe 666 Park Avenue would be a better show if it was on cable/premium cable? I think they are restricting themselves to Network standards and can't do more..
BTW Chicago Fire is in danger of being extinguished... too bad I love Monica Raymund..
I guess I'm not sure what's missing on the show that basic cable could better provide.
More blood and guts doesn't make something more scary. You aren't going to get much more in the way of sex unless you go premium. I'm not sure the show would benefit from harsher language, either. You certainly aren't going to see better effects on a cable budget.
Really, what the show could use is better writing and more original ideas. That's not going to improve on cable with the same writers.
I think that too often, people think that being on cable is somhow supposed to make a show better - or that being on broadcast instead of cable will get a good show better ratings.
Is Southland a better show being on cable? It certainly was a good move to keep the show on the air, but the show was just as good before NBC axed it. It certainly isn't getting bigger ratings - just ratings good enough for TNT to continue with it.
What makes a drama good is good writing and characters you care about, for good or bad. What makes a show successful is selling it to your audience.
There's nothing magical about the channel, aside from potentially other shows the channel has leading into the show that might make people stick around.