Originally Posted by replayrob
Well, that's difficult when the guy who makes the decision to buy the show is surrounded by "yes men" who simply agree with everything the boss says.
God forbid one of them says "um... wait a second- this show sucks- don't buy it", so we constantly get crap shows that bomb after two episodes air and get pulled quickly after that.
My first impulse is to say, nobody says that about a show that's actually green-lit. There are a million pilots that don't make it to air for which that would probably be an accurate description. But I'm pretty sure that no network executive thinks a show that they've approved for development and airing actually "sucks". That would be professional suicide, no?
But then, to play devil's advocate, I look at Saturday Night Live - as bulletproof a show as there is, going on 40 years now. And some of those sketches are so bad, so patently awful and painfully un-funny, that I think... how can somebody - any
body - think this crap is even remotely humorous? Yet, somebody (*cough* Loren Michaels *cough*) must think it is because pure crap makes it on the air, week after week, year after year. Fortunately, the cast is usually so immensely talented they can almost turn vinegar into wine at times.
So, in the final analysis, you might be right.