movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Mon Apr 25 2016, 10:05pm | 9 comments
Following on from the post a couple of days ago about women being pushed out of their own franchises:
Still no real information beyond “budgetary reasons”, and there probably never will be – talent who make a fuss don’t get a new job. I’m frankly surprised that the producers thought they could keep this ageing (and therefore expensive) series profitable by any means, never mind cutting one of the leads and thus annoying fans in a big way. One never knows how much “behind-the-scenes clashes” may be real and how much it’s talked up to cover something else.
(And Sleepy Hollow isn’t as established, but similarly for me it lives or dies by its lead partnership.)
It is very common for networks to offer long running but faltering shows a choice – cancellation *or* renewal… but renewal with like 2/3 the budget.
Star Trek 3rd season is a famous example.
If I’d wanted to keep the show going on a reduced budget, I’d have been looking at trimming secondary characters rather than the core of the show.
There’s stuff the show does, which can change easily, like how much they go off to exotic locations, and there’s stuff the show is about, which can’t change without making it a whole new show; and what this show is about is the relationship between the principals.
Reminds me of a few years back, when TPTB over at Criminal Minds got rid of two of their three female cast members; all four of the males stayed, of course. The blow-back from the fans got them to re-hire both of the women, but one (Paget Brewster) had had it with their BS and quit on her own terms a season later. The other, AJ Cook, has had her role vastly expanded (to the detriment of the show, IMO, because it threw the balance of the show way off).
For what it’s worth, I was watching Castle last night, and the episode would have been improved tremendously if they’d removed Castle from it entirely.
i actually have to agree with you. i love NF, but his character was made out to be an *idiot* and there is definitely a cooling between the two main characters. my bet is they’ll kill beckett off. it will cease to be the light, fun, but smart show it has been and just go down the drain. and seeing lainie on the show just pissed me off all over again about her character being let go.
According to my relatives who still watch Castle, apparently the showrunners changed their mind about killing off Katic’s character and settled for a more ambiguous Raising Arizona-style ending. For what little that’s worth.
They went for the PDQ Bach ending: Everybody dies, and then they all get better right before the final curtain, so the audience doesn’t go away mad.
It makes me ridiculously happy that you just referenced PDQ Bach
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