This story is the perfect example of why the major television networks and movie studios are failing: ABC Defends Cancellation of Emily's Reasons Why Not.
One minute, Heather Graham was the face of ABC. The next minute, she was gone. Her comedy series Emily's Reasons Why Not was promoted relentlessly by the network as the linchpin of its post-football Monday night schedule, but was only given one airing before being yanked earlier this month. ABC committed to the big promotional campaign before even seeing a script for the show, said ABC entertainment president Stephen McPherson on Saturday. The series turned out to be a dog creatively, he indicated.
They signed up for an ad campaign before they even saw show? Nice priorities. Apparently content quality isn't even a concern anymore. This is when you know it's time to jump ship — when a company doesn't even bother to look at their product. When they've become so self-assured that they think success is a guarantee, or at least a likely possibility. What if GM started advertising for their new SUV before it was finished? Before it'd passed its safety tests? How angry would you be that a company can't respect you enough to subject themselves to their own product before they tossed it your way? The entertainment industry shouldn't be any different, and it's starting to show.
People are sick and tired of crap being shoved down their throats. You begin to resent an industry that is so cocky that they pitch you shows like Bones or Emily Reasons Why Not. It's fairly obvious that it has become common practice to advertise incessantly for shows the networks know suck. The majority of new shows fail, how can an industry not take that as a hint? Try pitching something new and you might get different results. Law and Order is a great show, but anything north of 3 spin-offs is a bit extreme. With all the capital available, why is innovation not the name of the game? Because no one in charge gives a damn ... about the product or making money apparently.