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TV Executives Are Not Subtle

THIS STOPS ME FROM COMITTING SUICIDE BECAUSE…….Helps me get my head around why some of my favourite shows are underrated/cancelled. 

You are a TV executive. You are working on a promising sitcom about six young 20-somethings working, dating and having fun in 90s New York City. Although they are all different in character, they are all lovable and the best of friends.  What would you call this show?

Central Perk Friends? After the coffee shop they reside in… Relationships of New York?

These all seem boring and obvious right? NBC is even less creative and calls the show ‘Friends’. People love it and it becomes one of the most successful TV shows of all time.

This is not the only TV show where subtlety isn’t appreciated:

  • Lost
  • 24
  • The Sopranos
  • Dexter
  • The Simpsons
  • Seinfeld
  • House

You could not think of a simpler name to call these shows (I love these shows).

You may be thinking that it’s clear that you have to give shows a simple name for it to sell.
This may be true. Some of my favourite shows that have/had consistently low ratings and/or get cancelled would have done better, if the executive’s 5 year old daughter had thought of the name:

  • Scrubs – What are scrubs? Just call it Doctors
  • My Wife and Kids –  What about The Kyles
  • Futurama – Is that even a word? Let’s call it The Future
  • Arrested Development. More like  Family Trouble
  • How I Met Your Mother should be called The Barney Show

Maybe then these shows will get the recognition they deserve.

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Posted by on May 30, 2011 in Entertainment


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