RIP Philo

WTF no more Heroes until April 23?

What the fuck is with these 8 week breaks?  How the fuck do they think they're going to keep their ratings up by fucking with their audience ever couple weeks?

Permalink Send private email Go Fuck Yourself 
March 8th, 2007 11:07pm
I dont know about Heroes (never seen an episode)

But, the networks clearly don't accept failure.

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip - cancelled
Standoff - maybe cancelled
Vanished - Cancelled
3lbs - Cancelled
Justice - Cancelled
Daybreak - Cancelled
Permalink Bot Berlin 
March 8th, 2007 11:14pm
I hear you.  the lack of boring, sadly derivative, over hyped crap tv shows is pressing enough without losing yet another to the bullshit.

I feel your pain.
Permalink Send private email zestyZucchini 
March 8th, 2007 11:15pm
Bot - They finished Day Break online - you can download all of Season 1 with a "real" finale from BitTorrent.

Heroes is getting killer ratings, one of the reasons Studio 60 was canceled was because it got a huge audience coming out of Heroes & half of them left. Of course, "talk really fast about intellectual topics" following "a comic book on TV" might not have been the best scheduling.
Permalink Send private email ~~~x 
March 8th, 2007 11:23pm
It's the same number of new episodes that it's always been but now we don't get any repeats.  I think I prefer it this way.
Permalink Send private email Wayne 
March 9th, 2007 12:11am
But I agree with Mark: it's bloody stupid leaving big gaps in the schedule (or showing re-runs in the gaps). Completely alien concept to anyone not brought up in North America.
Permalink Send private email bon vivant 
March 9th, 2007 1:13am
The gaps are death to these series. I've lost track of several series. I stop watching because there are no new episodes. Then they restart and I don't know about it. When I find the show, I have missed 4 episodes and don't know what is going on. So I stop after 2 episodes. But it's OK since that's episode 6 of 8. I guess seasons are now three sets of 8 episodes? That's not long enough for me to get into it. Also, I am a creature of habit, like everyone. I'll watch my favorite show every Blahsday at 8, but if it's not on every Blahsday, then I find other things to amuse/abuse me and stop caring.
Permalink Practical Economist 
March 9th, 2007 2:04am
Hear hear! Heroes is not even three sets of 8 though. There was a long gap over Christmas and the New Year, and now it hardly seems like there have been six episodes before they are suspending it again.
Permalink Send private email bon vivant 
March 9th, 2007 2:20am
Yeah, it's only been back for a few weeks.

Sept 25 - Dec 4 (11 eps)

7 weeks

Jan 22 - Mar 5 (7 eps)

7 weeks

Apr 23 - ???

It's been gone as long as it's been back and now it's going to be gone for just as long again. I get the Battlestar Galactica mid-season thing, but this is crazy.
Permalink Send private email ~~~x 
March 9th, 2007 2:26am
Lost producers learned that lesson. Everybody complains after some months without new episodes and now they are airing 16 episodes without interruptions.

They said also that next season will be 25 episodes in a row.  I certainly hope so :)
Permalink Send private email Masiosare 
March 9th, 2007 9:30am
You do? Really?

The Lost people are out of plot.
Permalink Send private email Flasher T 
March 9th, 2007 9:33am
Granted, the series is not as exciting as it was in the first season. And mid season is always slow... But those guys are  freaking detail obsessed

Once you start getting all the details and connections in the show, you see all the work behind it. There are things that came up in the first chapter of the first season which are important now (like Adam and Eve)

As I said, is not as good as 1st season, but is better than most. I haven't seen heroes, but I will, today is the premiere here in Mexico.
Permalink Send private email Masiosare 
March 9th, 2007 9:54am
Heroes is good, but not mind-blowing. It's got good production values, but underneath all that it's still a formulaic epic, and on the other hand I am not convinced that they thought up the entire story before they started shooting. I kinda get the impression they are thinking stuff up and tying characters together as they go along.
Permalink Send private email Flasher T 
March 9th, 2007 10:04am
Wow.  I got sucked in to Heroes in September, and proceeded to get more and more pissed-off with all the innuendo and "Who's HE really?" and violence and "what's REALLY going on?" paranoia and memory loss and EVERY f'ing episode some excuse for forcasting the destruction of New York yet again -- as if you could forget.

And the "Save the cheerleader, save the world" -- well, the F'ing cheerleader got saved (and wouldn't she heal, no matter what happened to her?) and they STILL are blowing up New York every episode.

So, when it "came back from haitus" my Monday's were already taken up, thanks anyway, and THEN they cancelled Studio 60 (which came on AFTER Heroes, and was really good, though even its plot was wandering badly) -- well, I just figured if Heroes got good again I'd see it on DVD.

But I haven't seen another episode since it went off in December, and I may not see another episode ever, and that won't bother me. 

I agree they're cutting their own audience with this stuff.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
March 9th, 2007 10:38am
It has been implied repeatedly that the cheerleader heals only up to a point. I guess it's reasonable to presume the main villain can kill her.

She's also, probably, the only person that can stop the explosion, which is why she had to be saved.
Permalink Send private email Flasher T 
March 9th, 2007 10:43am
Oh, sure, I get your points, Flasher.

It's just, after SO many programs hinting at the same things, and SO little progress toward achieving those things, and SO much time on 'haitus', I no longer care.

As far as I'm concerned, it's the X-Files/Lost/Alias plot device of "hinting at some great significance" for a LONG time, which when it's finally revealed, IF it's finally revealed, turns out to not be worth the hype.

It's manipulation of the audience to keep them watching so the producers can sell advertising dollars.  I have no problem with the advertising dollars, but I want entertainment, not "tune in next week, when we MAY reveal something, but PROBABLY you won't like it when we do!" -- "meanwhile, keep watching!"
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
March 9th, 2007 11:19am
I saw the first seasons of Lost and Heroes (first half) all at once rather than in installments (as well as 24, Sopranos  and Weeds). They really hooked me. Now that I watch them weekly they're far less interesting. Dunno if the first seasons are always that good, or whether these are really 20-hour movies that don't fragment well.

BTW, there is a new catch on Heroes this year, not the 'save the cheerleader' plot device of last year. It is more interesting.
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March 9th, 2007 11:51am

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