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(TV by the Numbers)   SyFy unveils new programming to win back bitter SF fans - "Outer Space Astronauts," half-hour sitcom that melds 3D animation and live action to bring eight wacky astronauts to life   (tvbythenumbers.com) divider line 74
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2009-11-12 12:35:09 PM
fark that juvenile space shiat - syfy could double it's subscribers just by showing the t and a that they censor.
 
2009-11-12 12:39:27 PM
Kyle 14 (voice: Jay Wendorff) is one of the first artificial humans to be given a post on an OSA ship. He's the most state-of-the-art android in existence and "waaaay better than the Kyle 13 model."

Ugh.
Somewhere, Edward James Olmos is weeping...
 
2009-11-12 12:40:52 PM
If only there was a channel that was devoted to GOOD science fiction.
 
2009-11-12 12:49:57 PM
I guess they didn't learn their lesson from "Tripping the Rift" or whatever.
 
2009-11-12 12:58:34 PM
ursomniac: If only there was a channel that was devoted to GOOD science fiction.

Good Sci Fi doesn't pull in the ratings, and actually requires writing and actors and such (Battlestar) as opposed to cliches, C level actors and recycled scripts that cost next to nothing (Stargate Whatever).
 
2009-11-12 01:07:48 PM
Ralph Bakshi
 
2009-11-12 01:24:17 PM
vartian: ursomniac: If only there was a channel that was devoted to GOOD science fiction.

Good Sci Fi doesn't pull in the ratings, and actually requires writing and actors and such (Battlestar) as opposed to cliches, C level actors and recycled scripts that cost next to nothing (Stargate Whatever).


And let's not forget any network sees $$$ when they move to being a watered-down Spike clone.

/Give me back my G4, my Sci-Fi, and while our at it get your farking reality shows off A&E, and the ice-driving, logging, and pawn shopping off History.
 
2009-11-12 01:32:46 PM
Shostie: I guess they didn't learn their lesson from "Tripping the Rift" or whatever.

Since it sounds like an out-and-out ripoff of TRIPPING THE RIFT, I daresay
they learned their lesson too well.

At least EUREKA is coming back next summer.
 
2009-11-12 01:34:10 PM
UNC_Samurai: vartian: ursomniac: If only there was a channel that was devoted to GOOD science fiction.

Good Sci Fi doesn't pull in the ratings, and actually requires writing and actors and such (Battlestar) as opposed to cliches, C level actors and recycled scripts that cost next to nothing (Stargate Whatever).

And let's not forget any network sees $$$ when they move to being a watered-down Spike clone.

/Give me back my G4, my Sci-Fi, and while our at it get your farking reality shows off A&E, and the ice-driving, logging, and pawn shopping off History.


Since you're cleaning house, you can toss the clown cars & wedding shows off TLC.
 
2009-11-12 01:42:10 PM
UNC_Samurai: /Give me back my G4

You can have it. I'd much rather have TechTV back.
 
2009-11-12 02:00:10 PM
Goddammit. Goddammit all. Why doesn't anyone in broadcasting understand? There are so many networks out there that started out as awesome. They were niche, but they did that niche very well.

The only problem with niche networks is that they're niche. The audience is, by definition, limited. If served well, they can also be intensely loyal, but their numbers are limited. But in today's business world, you have to show quarter-over-quarter growth, or you're failing. It's not enough to make a tidy profit while serving a stable audience, you have to grow, Grow, GROW!!!! Or you're fired.

And so, in the pursuit of new viewers, they lose what makes them unique and become like every other network. They lose their loyal audience who might view everyday and try to score a much more fickle and temporary audience who will leave them in an instant to go look at something even more shiny.

And so something else that might have been awesome because a huge steaming pile of fail. I'm looking at you SyFy, TLC, Bravo, and others.

Why can't anyone in TV see this?
 
2009-11-12 03:18:08 PM
Wacky astronauts?

www.bobdenver.com

Unavailable for comment?

/Hot, like Bob Denver's spliff.
 
2009-11-12 04:48:23 PM
Does that coont from the Lifetime Network still run this shiat stain of a channel?
 
2009-11-12 04:51:10 PM
DjangoStonereaver: At least EUREKA is coming back next summer.

It's the only reason to watch SciFi.


/won't justify the new name.
 
2009-11-12 04:52:40 PM
ursomniac: If only there was a channel that was devoted to GOOD science fiction.

[scoff]

If only there was a channel that was devoted to science fiction at all, instead of "Ghost Hunters Academy" and endless reruns of "Star Trek redux, reboot, repeat and rinse."

They used to have all these good shows...wha'happen?
 
2009-11-12 04:55:50 PM
Gyrfalcon: ursomniac: If only there was a channel that was devoted to GOOD science fiction.

[scoff]

If only there was a channel that was devoted to science fiction at all, instead of "Ghost Hunters Academy" and endless reruns of "Star Trek redux, reboot, repeat and rinse."

They used to have all these good shows...wha'happen?


An unwillingness to spend any money, but also an unwillingness to air
anything that they don't have ownership of.

And Bonnie Hammer is a complete hag. She had an active disdain for SF fans
when she ran the network into the ground, and her hand-picked replacement
has only continued her policies.
 
2009-11-12 04:57:12 PM
They want viewers? Reimagine old cult series the way they did Battlestar Galactica.
 
2009-11-12 04:59:40 PM
The lost me at the title.
 
2009-11-12 05:03:55 PM
Soooooooooooo... re-runs again, I take it?

i219.photobucket.com
 
Esu
2009-11-12 05:05:24 PM
brigid_fitch:
Since you're cleaning house, you can toss the clown cars & wedding shows off TLC.


Is TLC even worth saving anymore? I haven't seen anything worth watching there in years.
 
2009-11-12 05:08:48 PM
IrateShadow: UNC_Samurai: /Give me back my G4

You can have it. I'd much rather have TechTV back.


He can have G4 and you can have TechTV if I can have my ZDTV.
 
2009-11-12 05:09:36 PM
I give it three weeks until one of them hits the other over the back with a chair. This is, after all, "Syfy."

*gag*
 
2009-11-12 05:10:35 PM
My God, it's full of Fail.
 
2009-11-12 05:11:02 PM
I was in the review meeting for Outer Space Astronauts a few months ago when I was employed by the Syfy channel. The show is really unique, and equally hilarious. It took some getting used to, since that blend of live action and 2D computer animation (Yes, its 2D Animation, not 3D subby) was never really done before.

The usual flaws though: predictable and repetitive in some parts, but overall I saw it being a new and refreshing piece of programming. After the review, my boss sent our notes to the creator, and he tweaked them just in time for broadcast.
We were having trouble trying to promote the show to the network, since it is cartoon blended with live action, we did not have a show to relate it to. It looks like they are putting it after Scare Tactics. I personally voted for it to be shown after SGU, but oh well.

And to answer Gyrfalcon's question: What Happened?
New management. Most of the Execs and Directors I worked with at SyFy were fairly new. They played it safe for a while, developing new shows that were spinoffs of successful ones (Ghost Hunters) but I know for a fact that they are now becoming bolder in terms of project development.
 
2009-11-12 05:12:19 PM
Make The Lost Room an ongoing series.. or at least complete the initial story!
 
2009-11-12 05:14:39 PM
From TFA:

Outer Space Astronauts is a futuristic comedy series about eight vaguely courageous, highly distractable military personnel who journey to the far reaches of the galaxy,

Regardless of being a comedy of errors, this team will surprise even themselves as they navigate their way around the solar system.


Um? Which is it?

See, this is from the stupid press release, so I know it's going to be full of FAIL.
 
2009-11-12 05:17:25 PM
The reason they switched is because you kept watching. If you want them to show something good, you have to stop watching when they show something bad.
 
2009-11-12 05:21:20 PM
"Outer Space Astronauts" um, isn't that a bit redundant?
 
2009-11-12 05:26:33 PM
This sounds WAY better than running Babylon 5, Quark, Twilight Zones, Buck Rogers, etc.
 
2009-11-12 05:28:52 PM
OMG, you mean SyFy is picking up Defying Gravity?!
 
2009-11-12 05:30:25 PM
waiting4godot: Make The Lost Room an ongoing series.. or at least complete the initial story!

THIS and Warehouse 13 ain't so bad either.
 
2009-11-12 05:32:12 PM
Just show re-runs of MST3K on endless repeat, 24-hours a day. It would blow every other TV channel out of the water.
 
2009-11-12 05:33:48 PM
Arrgh. Just remake "UFO", already.

ufoseries.com

But perhaps without the silly wigs.

ufoseries.com

//hot like Lt. Ellis
 
2009-11-12 05:33:50 PM
'Sanctuary' is pretty damned good.

I'd like to Tapping Amanda
 
2009-11-12 05:38:57 PM
They'd make me a lot happier if they dropped the new High School Musical spelling of the channel name. It's about as effective a rebrand as those pathetic Miracle Whip hipster ads.
 
2009-11-12 05:43:16 PM
VictoryCabal: Goddammit. Goddammit all. Why doesn't anyone in broadcasting understand? There are so many networks out there that started out as awesome. They were niche, but they did that niche very well.

The only problem with niche networks is that they're niche. The audience is, by definition, limited. If served well, they can also be intensely loyal, but their numbers are limited. But in today's business world, you have to show quarter-over-quarter growth, or you're failing. It's not enough to make a tidy profit while serving a stable audience, you have to grow, Grow, GROW!!!! Or you're fired.

And so, in the pursuit of new viewers, they lose what makes them unique and become like every other network. They lose their loyal audience who might view everyday and try to score a much more fickle and temporary audience who will leave them in an instant to go look at something even more shiny.

And so something else that might have been awesome because a huge steaming pile of fail. I'm looking at you SyFy, TLC, Bravo, and others.

Why can't anyone in TV see this?


Don't forget:

MTV - The first network to do this (and MTV2 followed the same progression except in a span of 2 years)
Cartoon Network - Now showing non-cartoons
Discovery Channel - Now showing shows about loggers/fisherman/truckers/etc... ALL THE TIME
Animal Planet - Has become a channel about being a pet owner, and scorning bad pet owners (Animal Cops, Me or the Dog, etc).
ESPN: How many opinion shows can we squeeze in to a 24 hour day? Because showing Lacrosse, soccer, hockey, etc... just not profitable enough
History Channel: Conspiracy theories, documentaries on how things are made... and rarely any actual history.
 
2009-11-12 05:50:53 PM
Bring back Atlantis, get rid of Mallozzi and Wright, then we'll talk
 
2009-11-12 05:58:49 PM
IrateShadow: UNC_Samurai: /Give me back my G4

You can have it. I'd much rather have TechTV back.


A BRAZILLIAN TIMES THIS!

TechTV rocked my world. i would watch Screen Savers one night and apply what i learned in the field (i was doing IT house calls at the time) the next day.
 
2009-11-12 06:00:29 PM
Bermuda59: "Outer Space Astronauts" um, isn't that a bit redundant?

Police Cops!
 
2009-11-12 06:05:33 PM
brigid_fitch: Since you're cleaning house, you can toss the clown cars & wedding shows off TLC.

You forgot "Throwing Your Money Away In A Bubble Housing Market", "All Your Friends and Family Think You're Ugly" and "Midget Circus Freakshow".

I look at their show listings and I get all punchy. The Learning Channel my farking ass.
 
2009-11-12 06:09:52 PM
Uakronkid: Just show re-runs of MST3K on endless repeat, 24-hours a day. It would blow every other TV channel out of the water.

THIS
 
2009-11-12 06:18:33 PM
Electriclectic: OMG, you mean SyFy is picking up Defying Gravity?!

That would have been sweet.
 
2009-11-12 06:50:43 PM
Uakronkid: Just show re-runs of MST3K on endless repeat, 24-hours a day. It would blow every other TV channel out of the water.

How about alternating 12 hours a day... alternating with Red Dwarf, of course.
 
2009-11-12 06:56:59 PM
estevan6669: Electriclectic: OMG, you mean SyFy is picking up Defying Gravity?!

That would have been sweet.


That would have been too close to the definition of Sci-Fi, and therefore not "Siffy" enough. They had the option and rejected it. Dumb farks. Got episodes 9 - 13 from bittorrent; damned lucky Canadians got to see the whole first run; so much wasted potential on that show. God I hate network television!!

/Stabby stab stab
 
2009-11-12 07:05:02 PM
Read the comments section for a minute...

Whats up with the litany of people biatching about the horror of being exposed to hot chicks (and a few guys)? One person alluded to this being borderline porn. Lul Whut? I can't imagine what that person would say if they saw 2 girls 1 cup or a gorgor link. My guess is that a lot of the people biatching watch the shows and movies for the hot chicks and probably spank it to manga...but god forbid don't contaminate the site with some magazine covers.

/for that matter where are all the hot sci fi women pics in this thread? What has become of Fark?
//one of the commenters did say this though...Jesus H. Christ on a warp-powered pogo stick! I laughed.
 
2009-11-12 07:10:33 PM
This is what the hell they did with the technology pioneered by the "Sanctuary" series? Really? The channel that pissed all over Philip Jose Farmer, shook it off on Frank Herbert's corpse, and then took a dump on Ursula K. LeGuin thought this would be a great application.

What happened to interesting, complex speculative fiction? I mean, I know FOX is determined to stomp anything of interest into the dirt, but SyFy? It's almost as if they're trying to kill SF television. What's next - ECW wrestlers competing in CGI arenas?
 
2009-11-12 07:11:10 PM
vartian: Good Sci Fi doesn't pull in the ratings, and actually requires writing and actors and such (Battlestar) as opposed to cliches, C level actors and recycled scripts that cost next to nothing (Stargate Whatever).

The funny thing is that Stargate SG-1 was a decent sci-fi show, until sci-fi started to dip their fingers into it more.

There was an episode of SG-1 where they made fun of that very fact (Wormhole X-Treme!).

/but yeah, the SighFi channel is where good sci-fi shows go to die.
 
2009-11-12 07:16:13 PM
Shostie: I guess they didn't learn their lesson from "Tripping the Rift" or whatever.

yup...

www.studioghibli.net
 
2009-11-12 07:33:06 PM
A comedy set in space...

cdn1.ioffer.com

quark.name

It's been done...
 
2009-11-12 07:34:29 PM
Coelacanth: They want viewers? Reimagine old cult series the way they did Battlestar Galactica.

Yes, let's do a cool version of Space 1999.


Um. change the title, natch.

/Also, keep the pics of girls in hooker wigs coming.
 
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