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Your Jamie Bamber Related Mid Week Pick My Up Post

Well, hello Dr. Wilson.


TNT released additional promotional photos for Monday's episode, "Communion". And in keeping with the now ridiculous - and either comedic or rage inducing, depending on one's mood - errors in promoting the show (more on that below), the link to the photo of above is broken on the TNT website. Luckily, zegeekgirl has a talent for digging out code.





Back to TNT's promotion (or lack thereof) of the Monday Mornings. As I think everyone here knows, Jamie joined Twitter (@ImJamieBamber) last Tuesday. He and Jennifer Finnigan live tweeted Monday's episode. And @MondayMornTNT announced Jamie had joined Twitter....yesterday. A week late. r. After gaining over 4,000 followers.

Following Monday's episode, it was clear all of the promotional photos posted in advance of and labeled for the episode, were actually for next weeks episode. TNT also posted a 'preview' clip for "tonight's episode" ("Communion") on Tuesday. So, in addition to no print promotion and little television promotion, the online promotion is being botched at every conceivable turn. Please forgive me for using a GIF from one of Monday Mornings main competitors, but this is how I feel in regards to TNT most days:



But in spite of TNT's lack of effort in promoting their product (and, for the record, this seems to apply to all their original programming not entitled Dallas), there was some positive ratings news this week. Woo! After rising in the ratings 17% last week, this weeks episode rose in the ratings 28%! Total viewership increased from 1.45 million to 1.86 million and the 18-49 demo from .3 to .4.

I'm hoping Jamie's reaction (as mine was) was along these lines:



And to everyone tuning in each week, as well as those still discovering the show (because, yes, that is still happening), you deserve this:



Finally, Deadline reported Alfred Molina is in talks to star in NBC's comedy pilot, ‘Assistance’. Now, Deadline mentions MM has done poorly in the ratings and is not likely to be picked up for a second season. This is entirely possible, but I'd like to put Alfred's casting news in context. Unless a series is a clear hit and a lock for renewal, actors, particularly those on low rated or 'bubble' shows, with a studio and networks permission, may do a pilot. That pilot will, typically, be in second position to their current series. This is an ideal situation for an actor because, if their series is ultimately cancelled, they have a Plan B to fall back on. A great example of a show that many considered over so three of the actors were allowed to shoot pilots only to have TBS (TNT's sister station) save it was Cougar Town. So, Alfred's news really doesn't mean anything at this point. And if MM's ratings continue to rise as other TNT shows struggle and their pilot development turns out poor...well, not all hope is lost.

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zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: March 14th, 2013 03:43 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Honestly, I feel like I need all the GIFs to deal with this post. It's time for a GIF purge.

RATINGS.(I know JR's funeral helped, but still...)





That's an impressive jump, regardless, and there's a good chance they can keep some of it if some of those were new viewers.

ON THE OTHER HAND... @&#!&^$%!, TNT. (There are no words.)





Also in "things I saw today": A tweet from someone asking the MM Twitter account why the hell they aren't showing previews of next week's episode as a teaser ('cause, you know, THAT HELPS); and a Tumblr post from a girl saying if she knew Jamie had a new show she would have been watching it weeks ago. (Repeat Loki facepalm GIF here.)

(EDIT: I feel like I should add this in an attempt to play devil's advocate, and because based on my own experiences at my job getting things approved from big corporate entities it may be true: There's a possibility that TNT keeps such a tight leash on social media that the text of every tweet or post needs to be approved by three or four people before it goes up, which could have contributed to the delay in announcing Jamie. It's a maddeningly counterproductive way to manage social media, but so many big companies work that way. Still, they could have offset a situation like that by at least following him to indicate they aren't asleep at the wheel. :P )

Agree 100% on the analysis of Fred's pilot, etc. Frankly it would be foolish for the cast not to look at all their options; I'm sure whatever the outlook is for this UK show Jamie may be doing (fingers crossed we get news on that soon!), he's probably looking elsewhere too. But it's definitely not over until the proverbial voluptous ladyperson, you know. ;) (TNT is stockpiling an arsenal of new content - the Darabont pilot still doesn't have a date, does it?! - but truly, who knows about the rest. I'd like to see Amy Berg's pilot make it, mostly because she's awesome. Otherwise...)

Edited at 2013-03-14 04:50 am (UTC)
rootsgrrl69 From: rootsgrrl69 Date: March 16th, 2013 02:35 am (UTC) (Link Me)

Nice JB article I found

Hi all! Just "happened" to google Jamie (as one does on a frosty Friday night) and found this article in the Toronto Star. Maybe you've already seen it but it was new to me, so I thought I'd share:
http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/television/2013/02/11/battlestar_galacticas_jamie_bamber_stars_in_monday_mornings.html
It's from Feb 11 and I somehow missed it. The writer obviously has never seen Battlestar as she refers to his forsaking his "space-age tights for scrubs", but otherwise it's a good one.
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