8 Responses

  1. Microsvc
    February 12, 2018 at 7:55 am |

    Maybe Mallozzi should approach other networks to get Dark Matter back on. Sounds like he has a good 5-year plan.

  2. Nekomajin
    February 12, 2018 at 11:40 am |

    Great review of the situaion! Thanks!

  3. Tymotey
    February 12, 2018 at 1:50 pm |

    I like your ideeas! We need longer shows

    But lets face it: every week a new show is ready to start. networks havea queque of shows waiting to start, so they can choose from what shows to start, end and continue. Not saying that 10years ago were to few, but they were enought.

  4. Laura3341
    February 12, 2018 at 4:51 pm |

    Microsiv, Mallozzi did go to other networks and Netflix and if I remember correctly he also went to Amazon. Lets put it this way, he tried everything he possibly could. He thought he might have a deal here or there but they fell through.

  5. MediaSavant
    February 12, 2018 at 5:27 pm |

    It’s interesting to read one of these editorials when it’s about a show you don’t care about. I watched Dark Matter occasionally. I didn’t see every single episode, but I saw enough that when it was canceled, I shrugged. The show was okay, but I wasn’t addicted to it. I do respect Mr. Mallozzi and I don’t want this to come off as a criticism of his work. But, the whole “five year vision” thing is impractical. Unless they are writing top-rated shows like Walking Dead, smart showrunners devise season finales that can be satisfactory series finales after they have a few seasons. “Chuck’s” writers did this, knowing they were always on a bubble.

    Today’s TV isn’t a long-form or episodic or shortform. It’s any form that can be justified financially. Netflix has proven that. FX has proven you can have satisfying single season stories like Fargo and American Horror Story.

    Over three seasons, Dark Matter got 39 episodes. Game of Thrones had forty over FOUR seasons… and that is covered four massive novels. It will have 73 by the time it ends. From what I saw, Dark Matter wasn’t purely serialized. There were episodes that didn’t advance the story all that much.

    Any TV network judges a series on what its cost is relative to its revenue. Even Netflix looks at viewing numbers. But, were there any intangibles that might convince a network to keep or take on Dark Matter? Did it generate a lot of critical buzz like “Battlestar Galactica”? No. Was there a lot of fan buzz? I believe their Comic Con panels were pretty easy to get into. Networks have tons of ways to detect buzz these days–social listening, hit counts on their website, VOD viewing.

    I’m sympathetic to having a beloved show yanked from you, even if I don’t share the feeling. But, I also encourage you to open your eyes. The ball is in the producers’ hands. If they want to produce a movie to finish the story and THEY think they have an audience to fund it, there already is a precedent for bringing back shows that way (example: Veronica Mars). The producers have options, too.

    BTW–I love The Expanse and The Magicians on Syfy. Both are based on books–one hardcore scifi and the other fantasy. “Happy!” is an oddball addition to their schedule that fits the new “short season” model for continuing storyline shows. I don’t consider Syfy the Sharknado network.

  6. JLo
    February 14, 2018 at 8:24 am |

    Very well said! I’m to the point I don’t want to start watching a new show until it’s survived at least 2 or 3 seasons.

  7. DJ_SG1
    February 15, 2018 at 12:59 am |

    I used to be a big fan of Sci-Fi Friday, back in the day. However, I cringe at what that network has become (Syfy). Despite the attempt to get back to its roots, Syfy has a looong way to go.

    I was disappointed that Dark Matter was cancelled. At least Killjoys got a chance to continue, and I like The Expanse. However, outside of those two shows, I barely even pay attention to that network, or most networks.

    I much prefer the Netflix model. I like being able to watch episodes at my own pace, without waiting a week (or weeks) at a time for new ones. Plus, since live viewership isn’t an issue, just watching the episodes determines a show’s success. Seems to be a more fair way of doing things.

  8. Jcsmith85
    February 22, 2018 at 7:04 pm |

    Well said, it was also good to hear that someone else felt jilted by the Flash Forward nonsense.

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