I’m thisclose to breaking up with commercial TV. For shizzle. Too many times I’ve being enticed to watch shows which are then yanked after a week or have their time slot changed incessantly. While watching The United States of Tara the other night on ABC1….
….it occurred to me that if it had been on a commercial network, I wouldn’t have wanted to commit to watching even one episode to try it because chances are, it wouldn’t have been on ever again. Having worked in commercial TV for a *cough* nanosecond…….I understand that the commercial pressures are different to those of the national broadcaster or of cable TV. I get that.
Ratings and the pressure they create are, in short, a bitch. But you can only stuff with people’s patience and loyalty so many times by chopping and changing shows and time slots before we just stand up and leave the room.