So I gather that the network that shows and produces the show Everwood, The WB, has been sold to UPN. Least that is the buzz on the WB Everwood forums from what I can gather.
Now it appears that the next remaining episodes of Everwood will be aired in March for some odd reason. Like that in itself doesn’t make sense to me, but what do I know, I just watch the shows… well some.
According to what I can glean from those forums, the show, Everwood, has dropped a bit in the ratings and so the show might not be renewed by the new owners. That to me would be a shame, as I do enjoy the show and for the most part it is well written and well acted.
What makes me mad though is that how can they claim a show is no longer popular when they play such mind games with the viewers by moving it around so much, without even a how do you do? Seriously, all of the networks seem to do this quite frequently then bitch that a show is not performing and so cancel it.
How is the viewer to know when a show is on, what time, what day when it keeps getting moved around? Like I have all day to figure that crap out? Seriously, if networks want viewers to be loyal to a show, then quit messing with its air dates. And more than that, what is with all these repeats in between?
West Wing is a perfect example of this. One week it was on Wednesday then simply disappeared. No notice, nothing I saw and then weeks later I was flipping thru the dials, and there it was, a new episode being promoted, for that evening. I was thrilled until I realized, it was Sunday.
New Time, New Day and I didn’t even know. I suppose if I looked at all the listings for each day I would have found out, but come on, I rarely watch tv at 8 on a sunday, so why would I check that? Just doesn’t make sense these arbitrary changes.
Shows like Everwood or West Wing are written so that several story lines run thru the show each episode and not all of them get resolved in that one episode. They continue for 2 or 3 or even the whole season at times. So it begs the question, why air repeats in between to confuse the viewer and to force viewers really to vary their viewing choices?
Shows like 24 for example were a hit because each week the show continued without repeats thrown in. Soon as they messed with that, gee what happened? Lower ratings?
It just seems to me that Television Executives need to remember that if they want people to watch a show regularly, the show needs to be aired regularly. How am I supposed to pick up the thread of a show when they air two fresh episodes, then nothing the next week, then a repeat then nothing then a repeat then the third new episode of the season… like I have a good memory but come on, isn’t that pushing it a bit?
And they all do it, and then bitch that viewers are tuning out because of the speciality cable channels. Did they ever stop to think that in reality, it is because they aren’t giving us something to watch or get attached to?