Saturday, April 13, 2013
Aside From Being a Mass Market Failure in General, There Are Other More Obvious Reasons Why "GINO" Failed
Do mass market television audiences like chronic, long term frowning? I didn't think so.
1. As a television viewer, you never received good artistic vibes from "GINO" and its bastard offspring ("Caprica", "Blood & Chrome.") You also never got the impression that these three productions were made by artsy, talented, and imaginative people. Instead, all three productions gave the bitter tasting impression that the decisions made in putting these three productions were put together by a "Corporate Business Committee" at NBC-Universal / SyFy Channel lacking any shred of imagination and inspired thinking. These three productions were not designed to entertain. Instead, it's as if every decision made in putting these three productions together was specifically designed to meet a specific business agenda...to the extreme....with no consideration given to the economic necessity of entertaining a mass market television audience.
a. Let's gut what "Battlestar Galactica" really is (the 1978 series) so that Glen A. Larson can't own any part of it.
b. Let's cast Edward James Olmos as Commander Adama so that we can attract the Hispanic demographic.
c. Let's not hire a costume designer to design an imaginative wardrobe because that would cost too much money. Instead, We'll just dress everyone in business suits. (This issue reminds me of "The Flash" television series in 1990 when the executives at CBS-TV wanted "The Flash" to wear a jogging outfit - sweat pants and a sweat shirt - instead of the highly imaginative costume he eventually did wear.)
d. Let's have needless violence in the show to give the false impression that we are cutting edge.
e. Let's endlessly attack the "1978 Battlestar Galactica" series (and the general public that likes it) while our "GINO" series is in production in order to give the false impression that our "GINO" series is better.
This was NBC-Universal's little way of admitting that the only component of "Battlestar Galactica" they were the slightest bit interested in utilizing....was its brand name, and they were also admitting that they were trying to bury the memory of the much, much better produced "1978 Battlestar Galactica" series.
2. "GINO" and its bastard offspring had the most unattractive and undesirable cast members in the history of a television series. Cast members that quite frankly....repulsed....a mass market television audience. No one wants to waste their time watching the primary characters of a television series (characters a mass market television audience are supposed to be siding with and finding attractive for mass market, business reasons) endlessly and needlessly raping one another, backstabbing one another, and being brutally unkind to one another.
It's as if NBC-Universal / SyFy Channel and Ronald D. Moore instantaneously forgot the mass market requirements (that they were supposed to have been taught long ago) of the business they are supposed to be in when they were crapping these three television productions together ("GINO", "Caprica", "Blood & Chrome.") Instead, all three productions were a curious hodgepodge of post-apocalyptic clap-trap and a manic-depressive orgy endlessly unfolding on your television screen. All three productions containing such undesirable elements for a mass market television audience miraculously skating by all of the people that it did at NBC-Universal / SyFy Channel who rubberstamped this garbage.
3. Edward James Olmos is not a "leading man" type actor for a television series. He is a character actor better suited for playing bad guys
4. The "aroma" - (stench) these three series gave off (primarily "GINO") in hating its source material ("The 1978 Battlestar Galactica" series) remains stunning to this day. You never....ever....hate your source material if you want to build a franchise from it. NBC-Universal and Ronald D. Moore did and God is now punishing them for it. To this day (a decade after "GINO" premiered) they do not have a "Battlestar Galactica" franchise of any sort to speak of or they can boast of. They're stuck with a sleeping giant they don't know how to resurrect and make profitable on a mass market level. Good job, God!!
5. The initial "GINO" mini series / pilot movie received the lowest audience test scores in television history, yet it was green lit for production anyway. I wonder why (sarcasm.)
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Posted by Languatron at 1:47 PM