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NBC Passes on '17th Precinct': A Fandom Mourns
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From: (Anonymous) Date: May 17th, 2011 09:27 am (UTC) (Link Me)

New and confused

Sorry I'm new and this is my first post. I, too, am sorry to hear about 17th Precinct being nixed but am confused by the comments about "media buzz". I was tracking this new show with interest, but in recent weeks all the sites, posts and "insider takes" have been discouraging and negative. The one exception is the blog/website you mention. I guess my question is: has the pilot been shown? This would seem to be the case if people knew it to be good. And if so, I MISSED IT and would like to watch it.

I also am a bit bummed that Ron Moore took this show to the networks. They are notoriously risk adverse and extremely focused on high ratings, and they also love to go with very well established actors with strong drawing power. Ron hasn't had much luck with the networks in the past so wonder why he took this gamble. SyFy and Showtime seems a better bet.
asta77 From: asta77 Date: May 17th, 2011 11:42 am (UTC) (Link Me)

Re: New and confused

The pilot was reported to have tested poorly and that is true. However, test audiences are just random groups of people and, in all likelihood, not the target audience for the show. My theory is Grimm tested better because the material is more familiar to the general public. And there have been shows that have tested extremely well and bombed and those that haven't, made it on the air, and were successful.

The only way we'll get to see the pilot is if it's leaked and available for download. The pilots for the shows picked up by the networks - as well as the pilots for those that were not - go out to the critics soon. We will, at least, be able to read reviews of the finished product. (Yes, I will post links. ;)

I can't blame Ron for his decision because if NBC picked it up and if it was a hit it would mean a lot more money to all involved. I've read some comments that have me thinking SyFy may have or will be taking a look at the pilot, but given their own production slate and that costs would need to be cut the chances of a a pickup by them is very slim.
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