Sunday, August 28, 2011

The SyFy Channel's Mediocrity Isn't Over Until The Fat Lady Sings...Or So We Think?

The SyFy Channel's beloved pet project (The "Blood & Chrome" pilot movie) is presently in limbo because of some some unforeseen snag caused by a viewing of a rough cut of the pilot movie. Of course, the SyFy Channel is no stranger to unforeseen snags such as this. When it comes to encountering unforeseen obstacles in trying to get their wildly unpopular garbage agenda on the air...Bonnie Hammer, David Howe, and Mark Stern are no strangers in knowing how to deal with problems such as this.

1. Back in 2003, when Ronald D. Moore's GINO ("Galactica in Name Only") mini series received the lowest audience test scores in television history after a  test audience responded unanimously unfavorably to Ronald D. Moore's disastrous take on "Battlestar Galactica"...Bonnie Hammer rammed the mini series and subsequent four season series into existence despite unanimous hatred of the production and record low ratings for four straight seasons. Even Spongebob reruns got higher ratings than Bonnie Hammer's pet project.

2. The sequel series to the disaster that was "GINO"....The sequel series no one in the general public domain asked for ("Caprica")...was rammed into existence by Bonnie Hammer, David Howe, and Mark Stern despite the controversial unpopularity of "GINO" and the unlikelihood of a large audience waiting in the wings to watch it. "Caprica" limped by for a half dozen or so episodes before "Murphy's Law" royally screwed Bonnie Hammer, David Howe, and Mark Stern up the ying-yang once again.

3. Conventional wisdom would suggest that this flair for getting garbage television on the air despite overwhelming odds and despite financial consequences always waiting in the wings to do them in once again would once again be on the side of Bonnie Hammer, David Howe, and Mark Stern when it comes to overcoming the present obstacle that has derailed "Blood & Chrome." However, this time around Bonnie Hammer, David Howe, and Mark Stern have a new corporate boss in the form of Comcast. And this time around, Bonnie Hammer, David Howe, and Mark Stern might not be so lucky in getting this latest piece of trash of theirs on the air ("Blood & Chrome"). Because for all we know, it may very well be Comcast that pulled the plug on the "Blood & Chrome" project.

What is this incessant need Bonnie Hammer, David Howe, and Mark Stern have always had in never giving up on these pet projects of theirs with the "Battlestar Galactica" brand name attached to them despite unanimous negative opinion and low ratings..and despite their personal friendship with Ronald D. Moore? (Did I just answer my own question?) One thing we do know about the three of them, is that if they find out the general public despises a personal project of theirs, they will fight tooth and nail to get these projects on the air and keep them on the air. Nowhere was this more evident than with "GINO" and "Caprica." Will history repeat itself with "Blood & Chrome", or will Comcast put to an end once and for all...this cycle of behavior with Bonnie Hammer, David Howe, and Mark Stern? And is Comcast already in the process of doing so?

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