Saturday, April 30, 2011
There's a Big Difference Between Being a Legitimately Successful Business...And Refusing to Go Away After You Fail Again and Again
NBC-Universal's "SyFy Channel" should have closed up shop a long time ago. Nothing they have done or will ever do....will be commercially successful....riding the pulse of what any demographic group or genre fan wants to see....or worthy of being situated within any remote definition of success. NBC-Universal's "SyFy Channel" has been run by a group of....out of touch....supremely untalented.....Wall Street minded.....television executives....who keep plugging along despite one miserable failure after another because they haven't been told yet to clean out their desks and hit the road.
NBC-Universal's "SyFy Channel" continues to exist not because it was ever riding a wave of ever perpetuating....legitimate financial success....but because those who run it at the present corporate level have refused to take a hint...."and get the Hell out of here." It's been more than long enough for NBC-Universal to prove whether or not they could run an intended science fiction channel (over a decade)...and what they have repeatedly demonstrated is a general....all around incompetence....in turning this channel into some sort of money making part time job for themselves.
NBC-Universal's "SyFy Channel" has always existed as a "far below the bare minimum threshold of acceptable profit making" cable channel because the management talent has never been there (Bonnie Hammer, David Howe, and Mark Stern) and the bargain basement hacks they always hire to provide them with television programming (Ronald D. Moore, David Eick) repeatedly fail to entice viewers.
What has kept NBC-Universal's "SyFy Channel" going all of this time is not stellar profit making by any means....but rather the utter brute force of arrogant will power in the face of its own mortality as supremely untalented....hacks. This train hasn't been chugging along via its own engine....it's been pushed along all of this time by Bonnie Hammer....David Howe....and Mark Stern. And all of their individual and collective....supposedly brilliant ideas....have done nothing to prevent the "SyFy Channel" from being beaten by anything broadcast on the "Cartoon Network"...or randomly placed informercials across the board.
The fact of the matter is....the "SyFy Channel" itself....and everything they have ever done under NBC-Universal's corporate ownership....has ultimately proven to be....a marketing and financial dud. You don't keep a channel like this going....you pull the plug on it...period. Because NBC-Universal (after over a decade)...still doesn't know what to do with this damn channel (the moniker...."SyFy??")...and Bonnie Hammer, David Howe, and Mark Stern are as clueless as they always have been in their positions at the "SyFy Channel."
Bonnie Hammer....David Howe....and Mark Stern have issued umpteenth statements and have attended endless promotional junkets announcing one (supposedly)....bold new direction after another for the "SyFy Cannel"....only to have the results ending up being.....another financial dead end for the "SyFy Channel."
The problem that keeps biting all three of them in the ass again and again...is that none of them are science fiction fans. It would be the same thing as all three of them being out on a football field with a team of professional football players...and during a huddle.....Hammer, Howe, and Stern announce to the team...."We don't like football....but we would still like to come up with our own play instead, replacing the one preferred by the coach." If this were a world filled with "common sense"....the three of them would be thrown off the field. If this were a world filled with "common sense"....the three of them would have been fired from the "SyFy Channel" ages ago.
Bonnie Hammer / David Howe / Mark Stern: "We don't like science fiction television programming...so we're going to put on our own....incoherent.....vague....crap instead."
There's nothing wrong with science fiction television programming....the only problem is....Hammer, Howe, and Stern do not like science fiction television programming. (In other words, they have never liked their present place of employment.) Fans of televised science fiction are not "geeks living in their basements" as Hammer...Howe...and Stern...are fond of saying. It's a delusional stereotype cooked up by the three of them in order to support their personal dislike of science fiction television programming....and their intellectual inabilities to grasp the subject matter of science fiction both in literature and on the television screen.
NBC-Universal's "SyFy Channel" has been dead in the water for a very long time. Solely due to the fact that Bonnie Hammer....David Howe...and Mark Stern have been involved in its ("cough") management for far too long...and the three of them really do need to move on....and get as far away from science fiction television programming...and science fiction (period)....as one can get.
Posted by Languatron at 12:39 PM