Originally Posted by HDMe2
Listening to viewer feedback can be a dangerous thing.
I'm reminded of Heroes... several years ago... that started strong and developed a huge audience... but then the writers and producers started listening to fans... and characters that were planned to be killed off, were re-written because they were fan favorites... and the show started a downward plot spiral that in the end alienated those exact fans.
One minor correction here. It wasn't that the writers and producers were listening to the fans - it was the network and studio. The original plan for season two was for it to be about completely different characters, and it was the network and studio who dictated otherwise. They insisted that the show return to the same characters, assuming 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it". I'll give Tim Kring credit for knowing better, but being unable to do what he wanted.
The same thing happened with his next show, Touch, which had three main characters who continued week-to-week, but otherwise the stories were unrelated and featured different guest stars in wildly different scenarios. The network didn't get it, and so season two was changed to being '24-lite'. Which frankly, sucked out loud. This kind of interference almost always comes from the network.