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July 12, 2006

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Ron W.

Do they actually broadcast TV shows in the summer? I thought they were all on vacation. I've only watched Firefly on DVD this week so I hadn't looked. Someone should tell me these things.....

Ron W.

Do they actually broadcast TV shows in the summer? I thought they were all on vacation. I've only watched Firefly on DVD this week so I hadn't looked. Someone should tell me these things.....

Maxine

In years past, you could grab a summer audience, if you were good and had original programming.

Didn't 'Survivor' get it's highest ratings during summer?

The 1976, as well as 1984, Summer Olympics managed to corral a huge audience.

'General Hospital' in both the summers of 1980 and 1981 was top-notch entertainment and highly original.

But that was back when TV was actually good.

Originality.

Distinctive-ness.

Those things don't exist on anymore....not on TV, at least.

Everything TV is derivative and generic.

Jason

Many shows have gotten there start over the summer. Now it is basically a dump for network reality shows.

However, Enoutrage and Deadwood have me glued to my set on Sundays, but they do not command the numbers that would help the ratings. Cable is getting the beter of the big four during the summer. I think that is because cable shows are more like movies. Summer is about the movies.

Jack Coleman

Great observation by Maxine, but I think television in summer still has more of a license to cut loose. It's a fertile period, like the season itself.

Dr. Sam

Apparently TV viewership is inversely tracking global warming trends.

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The Long Tail by Chris Anderson

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