Maybe if he had one – just one – likeable character on the series and one – just one – moment of joy he wouldn’t have to worry because the ratings would take care of themselves.
Boss Creator “Heartbroken” Over Low Ratings: “I Hope We Get to Tell the Entire Story” – by Kate Stanhope
It’s no secret that Boss, despite its famous leading man and Golden Globe win, has been struggling in the ratings.
“I am completely aware of what the numbers are and I’m heartbroken,” creator and executive producer Farhad Safinia told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s fall preview sessions Thursday. “There are so many great things about the show that I feel it deserves a larger audience.
Boss was renewed for a second season even before the show debuted. The series premiered to 1.05 million viewers last October on Starz.
Safinia also believes it was the show’s low ratings that caused [series star Kelsey] Grammer’s Emmy snub. After winning a Golden Globe award in January for his performance, many awards show pundits predicted he would also snag an Emmy nomination. “Kelsey not getting nominated is a travesty. I just don’t understand it,” Safinia said. “The only explanation I can come up with is perhaps that people didn’t get to see it.”
Aw, Farhad, don’t sweat it. Stick to your icky vision of politics and life. Be true to yourself, dood. If you live in a world without happiness, why betray it just to make your audience feel, you know, good?
The 6 Most Important Sci-Fi Ideas (Were Invented by a Hack) – by Cezary Jan Strusiewicz
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells is credited as one of the most influential science fiction books ever written, having introduced ideas like super-advanced aliens coming to Earth and said aliens hating the shit out of us and trying to wipe us out. Even though it was published as a novel all the way back in 1898, it’s seen as the blueprint for every alien invasion blockbuster released more than a century later. This article isn’t about that book.
In the same year, a writer named Garrett P. Serviss crapped out an unauthorized sequel to Wells’ book called Edison’s Conquest of Mars, in which famed inventor Thomas Edison turns the tables on the aliens from The War of the Worlds by flying to Mars and killing all of them with his revenge boner — it’s the Victorian-era equivalent of shameless straight-to-DVD crapfests like Transmorphers and Titanic II.
Also, it was one of the most revolutionary sci-fi novels ever written.
That’s right — many fundamental elements of science fiction as we know it can be tracked back to this cheap knockoff, not the classic it was ripping off. Like …
It’s all there in one book nobody ever heard of, by a writer whose name is…huh? If we didn’t know better we’d swear Cracked.Com was spoofing us. But we clicked on the article’s Edison’s Conquest of Mars link and guess what? An entire ebook is there, at the Project Gutenberg site.
I’m back! I had a busy week of traveling around New York, including a visit to the Eastern tip of Long Island. I explored the beach and met some of the local wildlife. Crabs are lovely creatures, though they do get cross when you pick them up. I may have been pinched a few times.
The closest thing we’ve ever heard to a television exec telling the truth was when a certain ABC V.P. sighed and told the showrunner of a very popular ABC show, “Okay, go ahead and do it your way. But if anyone asks I’ll say I told you not to.”
And, yes, the executive did just that, with the showrunner standing beside him.
Still, though, we want to believe what execs like the guy below say. Especially when they say things like this:
“Storytelling itself has changed becuse [sic] our viewers have changed,” ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee said this morning at his opening presentation for the Banff World Media Festival in Canada. ”Smart is the new mainstream….If the message of 20 years ago was famously never over-estimate the intelligence of the public, I think the message of today should be never under-estimate the intelligence of the public.”