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Old May 26th, 2019, 07:37 AM   #1
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Default Here's Why Cancelling Battlestar Galactica Was a Horrible Decision!

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Old June 3rd, 2019, 01:43 PM   #2
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Actually pretty decent video. Recommended viewing.
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An interesting view though I think he overstressed the "franchise" potential which never mattered a bit to ABC (since they didn't make money off the merchandise or anything lie that). What he left out was how ABC's decision-making was largely influenced by it's #1 status at the time and it's misguided belief it could get the same numbers on the cheap by putting "Mork And Mindy" in the timeslot which ended up having a domino effect on ABC's ratings across the board that caused it lose forever the "Still the One" status it prided itself on.
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Ever so often, I have wondered what it would have been like if Battlestar had remained a series of tele-films. Instead of the one season we hold so dear, we would have had a few 2-3 hour movies, such as Saga of a Star World, The Gun on Ice Planet Zero, War of the Gods, and the Living Legend (mostly as they were or perhaps expanded). What would that have looked like to have about 3 multi-hour movies over a typical broadcasting season? Would we have had 2-3 years of Battlestar with good ratings eventually spawning a movie franchise, or would it have eventually dried up?
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It's hard to say. One thing I will note is that by the late 70s, the age of the "occasional movie" series was on the way out. Universal and NBC had been successful with them for much of the 70s with the rotating "NBC Mystery Movie" series for the first half of the decade but those shows were finally gone in 78. Would an audience have come back to watch a new Galactica movie two-three months after the previous one? The quality of the writing I'm sure would have been better but its not a guarantee the numbers would have been sustained.
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