Tuning in to SciFi TV #17

February 18, 2009

Quick Reviews (no spoilers) of: Demons (2/7), Being Human (2/8), Heroes (2/9), Medium (2/9), Fringe (2/10), Lost (2/11), Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles (2/13), Dollhouse (2/13), Ghost Whisperer (2/13), Battlestar Galactica (2/13).
Listener Feedback about Dollhouse, Fringe on hiatus until April, The Middleman series DVDs in time for San Diego Comic Con, Season 1 DVD Earth Final Conflict, Final 3 episodes of Pushing Daisies, Pushing Daisies episodes available online, Witches pilot on ABC, Sci Fi Friday ratings for for Terminator:Sarah Connor Chronicles and Dollhouse, Lost and Heroes lead online viewing numbers.

Tuner Minute 17 – Young and Old
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Back Porch:
18:03 – Demons 2/7 (episode 1.06 “Nothing Like Nebraska”)
21:00 – Being Human 2/8 (episode 3)
22:45 – Chuck 2/2 (episode 2.12 “Chuck versus the 3rd Dimension”)
25:53 – Heroes 2/9 (episode 3.12 “Fugitives – Trust and Blood”)
32:33 – Fringe 2/10 (episode 1.14 “Ability”)
37:54 – Lost 2/11 (episode 5.5 “This Place is Death”)
41:24 – Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles 2/13 (episode 2.14 “The Good Wound”)
46:21 – Dollhouse 2/13 (episode 1.01 “Ghost”)
51:58 – Battlestar Galactica 2/6 (episode 4.15 “No Exit”)

Hosted by Wendy Hembrock, Brent Barrett and Kevin Bachelder. Recorded on 2/15/09.

Edited by Brent Barrett.

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One thought on “Tuning in to SciFi TV #17”
  1. Marketing/Promotions in regards to T:SCCThe thing that I don’t think that FOX or other Networks unatrsednd is how to market a show like Sarah Connors Chronicles. And it is this fact, that should have/could have/may still save SCC. Fox cancelled SCC for one reason: Numbers. They weren’t there compared to the cost. Now, you and I can complain that they (producers and writers) ditched the show by convoluting the plot and bringing on highly disliked characters (psychotic girlfriends) and making John a brooding teen without any ability to lead and I agree. But for Fox, this was a business decision. So, how do we save shows like Terminator? Do more than number counts. Show the demographics of a show like Terminator. I am one of those HARD to reach demographics. I don’t watch TV and I don’t see many ads. I am a professional with not much time and little desire to be entertained by some show on TV. And I never watch serial television. Ever. Until SCC. The last episode of episodic TV, that I watched, was probably 10-12 years earlier. I hear similiar things from my other friends they just don’t watch much TV, until Terminator hit the airwaves. For two years, we never missed an episode. Now, how much is that worth? A demographic who had no interest in watching something else (we didn’t move on to Doll House or any other zany Sci-fi or drama). How much is it worth to your advertisers to get 40-60 year olds who are flush with money, and never in front of the tube, to be sitting in front of that tube watching. What is that worth? That is what Fox had with Terminator. Nope, I bet it didn’t do well in the mainstream but it did well with a very loyal bunch (and you only have yourself to blame for the second season and the mis-step with Riley and fawning John. But there were still some great episodes in the second season. And you would have had even higher ratings eash year and more and more of the hard to reach group tuned in each weak. Market shows like T:SCC for the demographic you get, the loyalty of that demographic, and the marketability of that audience.

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