Host Derek Coward explains what seems to be an inconsistency in his pop culture personality.
Host Derek Coward returns with a look at Legion Lost 16, Frankenstein Agent of SHADE 16, and Batwing 16. For some reason there is a lot of Star Trek talk on this episode.
In the comments section of the Journeyman canceled post that I did a while ago, a commenter named Jeannie asked “why isn’t the customer, the public considered in these decisions?” I think that is a question worth exploring a little further.
I cannot remember where I read it, but someone rightly pointed out that the advertisers are the customers and we (the viewing public) are the product. The networks sell time on their airwaves (and don’t fool yourself into thinking that the airwaves are public, they are controlled by a select few, but that’s a topic for another day) to the advertisers. The networks tell the advertisers that they will promise an estimated number of people will look at their ads at a given time. In exchange the advertisers give the networks a lot of cash.
In order to entice the viewing public to watch the ads, the networks give what they consider to be entertaining programming to place around those ads. The networks really don’t care what the quality of the shows actually are as long as they get more eyeballs to watch the ads. The ads are what really matter, think about it, when was the last time a breaking news story happened during a commercial? I have never seen one.
Journeyman was an excellent show, one that was well worth watching. Like most people I thought it was just a Quantum Leap knockoff, but it seems unlike a lot of those same people, I liked Quantum Leap enough to give it a chance. I am happy that I did. The only real similarity Journeyman had to Quantum Leap was the fact that both shows featured a time traveling white guy with fair hair.
However, no matter how much I liked the show and no matter how much a bunch of others liked the show, the fact remains that not enough of us were watching who were also Nielsen families.
According to that bastion of journalistic integrity EOnline, Journeyman is being canceled.
I’m just being snarky, because EOnline breaks a lot of TV news and I shouldn’t denigrate their contributions. I’m more than a little pissed about this cancellation though. A lot of people wrote Journeyman off as being a Quantum Leap ripoff, but that’s really not fair. The time travel element was the similar in both shows, but that was about it. The fact that there was a family involved, who were in on the secret was a bigger strength to the show than I would have thought.
I am really digging this new trend of the heroes of shows actually having a support system in place to help him deal with what he has to do. Reaper is another one that does this and it makes sense that this ongoing life changing event would be shared with those to you. I think that Chuck would be a whole lot better if they would just give the guy someone else he could confide in besides the two government agents. CBS’ vampire detective show Moonlight decided to not only give the main character a vampire confidant, they also let him reveal himself to the human (and gorgeous female) lead instead of dragging that plot point out indefinitely. Pushing Daisies is another good example of this trend.
Now if people would just realize that they are watching shows about superheroes and get over that whole ’superhero stuff is kid stuff’ nonsense, then I would be extremely happy.
Hopefully, the last episodes of Journeyman will be shown and fans of the show can get some kind of closure. Although the really big questions (Dan’s gambling addiction, how he exactly ended up with his wife and of course, why is he travelling through time) probably won’t be answered, but hopefully there will be some kind of ending. Also, since there won’t be enough episodes for syndication, hopefully there will be a DVD set, like there was for Kidnapped.
Welcome to Comic Book Noise No. 3 featuring a look at the term “Golden Age”, a Random Comic Review of Quantum Leap 13, a Creator Profile of Michael Avon Oeming and a change is made to the current trivia contest. 21 minutes.
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