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Do we have state run television networks now?(8 posts)

Do we have state run television networks now?zman994
Nov 4, 2003 8:27 AM
Why should CBS care if the right wingers don't want them to air Reagan show?
Why? $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ nmDougSloan
Nov 4, 2003 9:17 AM
No, they're run by the markets,TJeanloz
Nov 4, 2003 9:29 AM
State run television actually thrives by showing unpopular shows - how else do you explain Masterpeice Theater?

CBS should care if their programming might offend a significant portion of their audience, as that will impact their ratings and their advertising dollars. I haven't seen any bit of this Reagan "documentary," nor am I a particular fan of the former President, but I do question the motives behind its production.
proof of the market...mohair_chair
Nov 4, 2003 9:50 AM
Did you see that NBC canceled their self-proclaimed "hit" series "Coupling?" After only four episodes. I know it was your favorite show. :) Maybe they'll release all the unseen episodes when they do the DVD! They might dig up some of the old black and white episodes, too.

Last night, in a bit on insomnia, I watched the Late Late Show. There was a good joke about how P Diddy running the New York marathon lasted longer than Coupling did....
Thank God for that...TJeanloz
Nov 4, 2003 9:54 AM
However, it somewhat disproves my theory above, as our local PBS shows the quality "Coupling" (BBC version), which is hilarious.

"Coupling" (NBC version) was perhaps the worst sitcom I have ever seen in my life. "Las Vegas" is sufficiently good to keep me on good terms with NBC though...
why should you?mohair_chair
Nov 4, 2003 9:47 AM
CBS has come back from edge of doom to become the highest rated network, so why bring on bad publicity? The mini series was supposed to air during the "sweeps" season, when the networks prostitute themselves to an unimaginable degree to attract viewers.

This thing sounded like a stinker, although only CBS execs know for sure. A stinker is not what you want to show during sweeps. Call it a reaction to right wingers, or call it a business decision, whatever is most convenient. CBS said it would probably show the series on their pay network Showtime, which doesn't have advertisers.
Maybe they realized it was the right thing to do?SpecialTater
Nov 5, 2003 10:29 AM
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,536971,00.html

Nah. It was $$$$$$
Yes we do, it's called PBS. (nm)94Nole
Nov 6, 2003 6:37 AM