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(io9)   In an effort to gauge how badly they've screwed up, NBC is screening the pilot for Revolution online   (io9.com) divider line 152
    More: Spiffy, J. J. Abrams, NBC, revolutions, original, Eric Kripke  
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2012-09-05 11:41:35 AM  
Didn't CBS try something along these lines with "Jericho" a few years ago, with the people trying to live in a post-apocalyptic world without electronics?

I thought that show had promise, then it got all mysterious and geopolitical and everyone stopped watching it.
 
2012-09-05 12:10:26 PM  
I remember seeing a commercial for thinking: "Oh shiat, it's Gus, I'm totally down...." and then when it was over: "NBC, well, I shouldn't have gotten my hopes up."

For the record, Lost never interested me, so maybe I just don't get it, but most network "dramas" have laughably bad writing, production value, and acting. I guess AMC and HBO have spoiled me.
 
2012-09-05 12:10:50 PM  
So it's like Fallout, without the cool weapons, gadgets, mutants, ghouls, radiation, mad scientists, locations, jokes, nukes, bottlecaps, vaults, deathclaws, Enclave, Brotherhood, etc.
 
2012-09-05 12:14:41 PM  
So far, it's kind of a Hunger Games meets Jericho.
 
2012-09-05 12:16:09 PM  

scottydoesntknow: So it's like Fallout, without the cool weapons, gadgets, mutants, ghouls, radiation, mad scientists, locations, jokes, nukes, bottlecaps, vaults, deathclaws, Enclave, Brotherhood, etc.


That's not true. Fallout also has lots of sex, violence, naughty language, and good acting.
 
2012-09-05 12:19:37 PM  
jericho, jerimiah, falling skies, the road, every other post apocalyptic series ever made
ooo lens flare guy? flash forward, fringe

meh, unless it is great, what's the point?

wait wasnt there a show where they went back in time and had the same story??
 
2012-09-05 12:27:46 PM  
After Flash Forward got farked, I'm totally done with network serialized dramas.
 
2012-09-05 12:28:33 PM  

Vodka Zombie: So far, it's kind of a Hunger Games meets Jericho.



So,halfway decent?

/Huge Jericho fan back in the day.
 
2012-09-05 12:32:34 PM  

Fark It: For the record, Lost never interested me, so maybe I just don't get it, but most network "dramas" have laughably bad writing, production value, and acting. I guess AMC and HBO have spoiled me.


the real nightmare is the problem which amc, hbo and bbc trivially get around.
STOP HAVING 20+ episode series!!!
you have to have 10 filler episodes which really suck
oh yes and your staff writers? kill them all

"ooooo let's have a coming of age story"
"oooooooooooo even better, this person's dad turns out to be this other person's mother"
"oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo that would be great, but let's have them fight about religion"
"and then thank god for everything they have"
"and an election. let's have an election and debates and an abortion story, because they cant have abaortion"


bah
 
2012-09-05 12:34:04 PM  
I really liked Jericho. I will not be watching Revolution. Meh.
 
2012-09-05 12:35:38 PM  
Seems like a pretty blatant tipoff of the emberverse series.
 
2012-09-05 12:37:02 PM  
To: The Networks
From: mjohnson71
Re: Serialized Shows

If you're going to cancel shows, at least have the common courtesy to draw the shows down or do a conclusion movie. Leaving shows like Jericho and Flash Forward hanging just means you've lost my interest in investing time in any further shows you do.
 
2012-09-05 12:42:56 PM  

mjohnson71: To: The Networks
From: mjohnson71
Re: Serialized Shows

If you're going to cancel shows, at least have the common courtesy to draw the shows down or do a conclusion movie. Leaving shows like Jericho and Flash Forward hanging just means you've lost my interest in investing time in any further shows you do.


I would have loved some Defying Gravity closure.
 
2012-09-05 12:43:15 PM  
So is this canceled yet?
 
2012-09-05 12:45:13 PM  
This show won't be nearly as awesome as Terra Nova, but I'll probably give it a shot.
 
2012-09-05 12:52:43 PM  

FireNexus: Seems like a pretty blatant tipoff of the emberverse series.


That's what I thought. I really enjoyed the first three books in that. I don't hate the ones after, but the transitioning books from one way of the world to another was enjoyable. The biggest problem I have with Stirling is he writes neat stories that finally solves all difficulties through one mighty sword arm, or Deus ex Machina type things. Like Conan the Barbarian meets a Stephen King ending.

This TV series looked good in 15 second teaser trailers. Once I saw a long trailer during some show or another it became very much no thanks.
 
2012-09-05 12:54:30 PM  

KingKauff: This show won't be nearly as awesome as Terra Nova, but I'll probably give it a shot.


what was terra nova?
HAHAHAH HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

mjohnson71: If you're going to cancel shows, at least have the common courtesy to draw the shows down or do a conclusion movie. Leaving shows like Jericho and Flash Forward hanging just means you've lost my interest in investing time in any further shows you do.


THIS THIS and MORE THIS
My new rule is to wait until a series is over before I start watching it.
There is no reason to get invested in a show, only to have it get canceled.

Oh look! The show is looking up and almost getting better. CANCELED.
 
2012-09-05 12:56:47 PM  

Vodka Zombie: So far, it's kind of a Hunger Games meets Jericho.


If this show was remotely inspired by the success of the Hunger Games, we can pat ourselves on the back for that because we sure loved the Hunger Games.
 
2012-09-05 12:57:04 PM  
Didn't the original ads for this have '2012 World Champions' on the Wrigley marquee?
 
2012-09-05 12:57:37 PM  

Saiga410: So is this canceled yet?


nice!!
 
2012-09-05 12:57:54 PM  
Well that wasn't too great.
 
2012-09-05 12:59:44 PM  

Mr. Cat Poop: I would have loved some Defying Gravity closure.


This might help.
 
2012-09-05 01:00:45 PM  
I want to watch just to see why they can't generate new electricity after the initial disaster. Even if we lost everything all over the world at once, there are engineers everywhere who would know how to build simple electrical devices, even starting from scratch, from available parts within days. It would take years, and hundreds of millions would die of starvation while you rebuilt, but this show is set 15 years later. There should be some recovery.

Though I guess from the ads, it looks like someone is actively preventing things from restarting.
 
2012-09-05 01:02:19 PM  

Uncorrect: Mr. Cat Poop: I would have loved some Defying Gravity closure.

This might help.


Thanks. I caught the first interview but missed this follow up.
 
2012-09-05 01:06:16 PM  

Eirik: I want to watch just to see why they can't generate new electricity after the initial disaster. Even if we lost everything all over the world at once, there are engineers everywhere who would know how to build simple electrical devices, even starting from scratch, from available parts within days. It would take years, and hundreds of millions would die of starvation while you rebuilt, but this show is set 15 years later. There should be some recovery.

Though I guess from the ads, it looks like someone is actively preventing things from restarting.


MAGIC!!!!
all the smart people where saved and went to live with satan in heaven
and all the religious, non-science people were LEFT BEHIND(tm)
 
2012-09-05 01:08:32 PM  

mjohnson71: To: The Networks
From: mjohnson71
Re: Serialized Shows

If you're going to cancel shows, at least have the common courtesy to draw the shows down or do a conclusion movie. Leaving shows like Jericho and Flash Forward hanging just means you've lost my interest in investing time in any further shows you do.


So much this.
 
2012-09-05 01:08:50 PM  
I'm actually willing to give this a shot.

/but then again, I like Grimm too
 
2012-09-05 01:09:55 PM  

Eirik: I want to watch just to see why they can't generate new electricity after the initial disaster. Even if we lost everything all over the world at once, there are engineers everywhere who would know how to build simple electrical devices, even starting from scratch, from available parts within days. It would take years, and hundreds of millions would die of starvation while you rebuilt, but this show is set 15 years later. There should be some recovery.

Though I guess from the ads, it looks like someone is actively preventing things from restarting.


You don't even need electricity. If it's energy you're looking for, a water wheel is rather useful. And windmills. And animals.
 
2012-09-05 01:14:38 PM  

Eirik: I want to watch just to see why they can't generate new electricity after the initial disaster.


Martians.
 
2012-09-05 01:15:55 PM  

namatad: KingKauff: This show won't be nearly as awesome as Terra Nova, but I'll probably give it a shot.

what was terra nova?
HAHAHAH HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

mjohnson71: If you're going to cancel shows, at least have the common courtesy to draw the shows down or do a conclusion movie. Leaving shows like Jericho and Flash Forward hanging just means you've lost my interest in investing time in any further shows you do.

THIS THIS and MORE THIS
My new rule is to wait until a series is over before I start watching it.
There is no reason to get invested in a show, only to have it get canceled.

Oh look! The show is looking up and almost getting better. CANCELED.


Sounds like me and my relationship with 'No Ordinary Family'.
 
2012-09-05 01:19:11 PM  

Crewmannumber6: I'm actually willing to give this a shot.

/but then again, I like Grimm too

Grimm

is-shockingly-an awesome NBC series. This one *might* be another winner,but I'm not holding my breath.
 
2012-09-05 01:20:44 PM  
Please, let there be no religion in this show.

Oh great God in heaven above, please no arcs or episodes about faith or losing and then getting back that faith that I just mentioned.

Oh who am I kidding. Let's start the countdown to the episode where they meet a crazy cult leader who dubs himself the messiah.
 
2012-09-05 01:21:42 PM  
I watched it last night. It's alright. Definitely has a bit of a Jericho feel to it, but they do jump ahead a good ten or fifteen years into the future, after the 'blackout.' So, it's like Jericho in the future. It has some potential, and I'll give it a try to see how it develops, but I'm hesitant to really invest in it.
 
2012-09-05 01:21:50 PM  

Apos: Crewmannumber6: I'm actually willing to give this a shot.

/but then again, I like Grimm too

Grimm is-shockingly-an awesome NBC series. This one *might* be another winner,but I'm not holding my breath.


Really? I've only seen commercials and it piqued my interest, but I just figured it was NBC's attempt at copying the success of Supernatural
 
2012-09-05 01:23:12 PM  

Decillion: Please, let there be no religion in this show.

Oh great God in heaven above, please no arcs or episodes about faith or losing and then getting back that faith that I just mentioned.

Oh who am I kidding. Let's start the countdown to the episode where they meet a crazy cult leader who dubs himself the messiah.


If they're ripping of the emberverse series, it's gonna go there.
 
2012-09-05 01:24:53 PM  

namatad: KingKauff: This show won't be nearly as awesome as Terra Nova, but I'll probably give it a shot.

what was terra nova?
HAHAHAH HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

mjohnson71: If you're going to cancel shows, at least have the common courtesy to draw the shows down or do a conclusion movie. Leaving shows like Jericho and Flash Forward hanging just means you've lost my interest in investing time in any further shows you do.

THIS THIS and MORE THIS
My new rule is to wait until a series is over before I start watching it.
There is no reason to get invested in a show, only to have it get canceled.

Oh look! The show is looking up and almost getting better. CANCELED.


The networks have streamlined the process!
 
2012-09-05 01:25:42 PM  

FireNexus: Seems like a pretty blatant tipoff of the emberverse series.


From the previews it looked like there was a way to reverse it, I didn;t thinkthat was the case for the emberverse, but I only made it through one book.
 
2012-09-05 01:32:10 PM  
I'll be watching it. Sounds pretty damn intriguing.

And although I'm not surprised by all the sandy axe-wound sized gashes in here, some of you sound more jaded than a black female Fox News contributor.
 
2012-09-05 01:33:59 PM  

Handsome B. Wonderful: Decillion: Please, let there be no religion in this show.

Oh great God in heaven above, please no arcs or episodes about faith or losing and then getting back that faith that I just mentioned.

Oh who am I kidding. Let's start the countdown to the episode where they meet a crazy cult leader who dubs himself the messiah.

If they're ripping of the emberverse series, it's gonna go there.


More than that, I think we all have enough genre sense to write the series ourselves.

Give it a try:

Episode 12: Niece of main character dude is kidnapped by roving band of pirate-types. After a chase and a battle, surprise,they find the pirate leader guy is not-so-bad-after-all. They team up with him in future episodes.
 
2012-09-05 01:34:51 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Apos: Crewmannumber6: I'm actually willing to give this a shot.

/but then again, I like Grimm too

Grimm is-shockingly-an awesome NBC series. This one *might* be another winner,but I'm not holding my breath.

Really? I've only seen commercials and it piqued my interest, but I just figured it was NBC's attempt at copying the success of Supernatural


I've never seen Supernatural, so I can't comment on that. I started watching Grimm thinking it would be a train wreck and cancelled in a couple weeks. The show was a bit goofy to start (and is still a little goofy) but it got pretty good pretty fast. Go back and start watching, and I'd give it half a dozen episodes to judge it. If it's not growing on you by then, it probably won't.

/Not my favorite show, but do enjoy it.
//Would love to see Monroe have his own show
 
2012-09-05 01:39:02 PM  

Decillion: Episode 12: Niece of main character dude is kidnapped by roving band of pirate-types. After a chase and a battle, surprise,they find the pirate leader guy is not-so-bad-after-all. They team up with him in future episodes.


Episode 19: Despite the pirate leader being a scummy sociopath to his men, the niece discovers that he's privately a nice man, and they instantly fall in love. But the final scene in the show will leave the lingering question: Is he in love with her, or setting her up?
 
2012-09-05 01:42:19 PM  

Decillion: Handsome B. Wonderful: Decillion: Please, let there be no religion in this show.

Oh great God in heaven above, please no arcs or episodes about faith or losing and then getting back that faith that I just mentioned.

Oh who am I kidding. Let's start the countdown to the episode where they meet a crazy cult leader who dubs himself the messiah.

If they're ripping of the emberverse series, it's gonna go there.

More than that, I think we all have enough genre sense to write the series ourselves.

Give it a try:

Episode 12: Niece of main character dude is kidnapped by roving band of pirate-types. After a chase and a battle, surprise,they find the pirate leader guy is not-so-bad-after-all. They team up with him in future episodes.


Would this be before or after the parent/child angst episode?
 
2012-09-05 01:43:13 PM  
Ah, the internet - where everything sucks.
 
2012-09-05 01:43:31 PM  

mjohnson71: To: The Networks
From: mjohnson71
Re: Serialized Shows

If you're going to cancel shows, at least have the common courtesy to draw the shows down or do a conclusion movie. Leaving shows like Jericho and Flash Forward hanging just means you've lost my interest in investing time in any further shows you do.


I've stopped watching the first season of any serialized dramas. Been burned too many times by early cancellations to invest any more time in them.

If they hang around, I can always catch up later. I just finished season one of Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, and The Killing.
 
2012-09-05 01:43:36 PM  

Crewmannumber6: I'm actually willing to give this a shot.

/but then again, I like Grimm too


ME TOO! High five!
/Yes, I am serious. I am glad Hank is in on the whole thing now.
 
2012-09-05 01:43:58 PM  

mjohnson71: After Flash Forward got farked, I'm totally done with network serialized dramas.


I agree man.
 
2012-09-05 01:46:23 PM  

whosits_112: Crewmannumber6: I'm actually willing to give this a shot.

/but then again, I like Grimm too

ME TOO! High five!
/Yes, I am serious. I am glad Hank is in on the whole thing now.


Took him long enough... though I guess if you see strange things you don't instantly jump to "Oh, werewolves are real."

Anyone else wonder why Portland, Oregon is apparently so filled to the brim with mythical creatures?
 
2012-09-05 01:47:35 PM  

Fark It: I remember seeing a commercial for thinking: "Oh shiat, it's Gus, I'm totally down...." and then when it was over: "NBC, well, I shouldn't have gotten my hopes up."

For the record, Lost never interested me, so maybe I just don't get it, but most network "dramas" have laughably bad writing, production value, and acting. I guess AMC and HBO have spoiled me.


There's an entire stable of writers that came up with JJ Abrams that write stories that belong in a tween novella or a choose your own adventure novel. Abrams, Orci, Kurtzman, Lindelof all consider smart plots that make sense a luxury. They write to tickle the lizard brain and nothing more. Hate, lust, fear, love are the all they care about. They craft the plot around triggering those simple emotions, treating their audience like Pavlov's dogs. They don't write for people with an IQ over 100.
 
2012-09-05 01:48:55 PM  

Eirik: whosits_112: Crewmannumber6: I'm actually willing to give this a shot.

/but then again, I like Grimm too

ME TOO! High five!
/Yes, I am serious. I am glad Hank is in on the whole thing now.

Took him long enough... though I guess if you see strange things you don't instantly jump to "Oh, werewolves are real."

Anyone else wonder why Portland, Oregon is apparently so filled to the brim with mythical creatures?


I have a feeling that it is a world-wide thing, or at least large pockets across the globe. Probably more of them in The Old Country, since that is where the royal families seem to reside.
 
2012-09-05 01:50:16 PM  

mjohnson71: To: The Networks
From: mjohnson71
Re: Serialized Shows

If you're going to cancel shows, at least have the common courtesy to draw the shows down or do a conclusion movie. Leaving shows like Jericho and Flash Forward hanging just means you've lost my interest in investing time in any further shows you do.


To be fair, the writing is often on the wall for a lot of canceled shows and the producers decide to leave the finale hanging anyway. FlashForward is a perfect example of that. That show was losing to The Vampire Diaries and was in last place through pretty much the entire spring. Only the hardest of die hards thought it was going to be renewed. That the show ended on a cliffhanger is entirely the fault of the producers, not ABC.
 
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