We Are Now Taking Your Midseason Questions for the TV.com Mailbag

By Cory Barker

Jan 28, 2014

Hey there, how's it going? As a collective TV-viewing society, we survived the end-of-the-year madness, only to be welcomed by so many new shows here in early 2014. With the new year and the new glut of television upon us, we wanted to put out the call for questions, theories, comments, and more for the next edition of the TV.com mailbag. (Here's the previous one, from last fall, if you need a refresher). There are a number of ways to get your queries to us: You can send 'em via email (tvdotcom.mailbag@gmail.com), you can leave them here in the comments, you can tweet at me (@corybarker), or you can tweet the official TV.com account (@tvdotcom). 

Basically, if you have something burning (TV-related, of course; if you have something burning elsewhere, call your physician) that you'd like to discuss, hit me. Or, if you followed our coverage of the Television Critics Association Press Tour and have follow-up thoughts, that's fair game as well. Pretty much any topic having to do with the boob tube is on the table, from pilot development to the industry in general to ratings to— well, you get the idea. Ask away!


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  • noelrk Feb 05, 2014

    QUICK, CORY: I NEED OPINIONS ABOUT CBS GETTING 8 WEEKS OF THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL.

  • JT_Kirk Jan 31, 2014

    Does NBC truly get anything valuable out of airing the Winter Olympics that isn't offset by the losses from losing audience momentum while not airing their regular series?

  • noelrk Jan 31, 2014

    They should merge the two together. I would watch a curling match between the casts of Community and Parks & Rec.

  • CoryBarker1 Jan 31, 2014

    Thanks for all the questions folks! Keep them coming. If you could, I'd love more questions about TV and the industry, not just about TV.com internal protocols. Those are great too, but those answers won't be that interesting!

  • smorbie Jan 28, 2014

    Why did you decide to quit reviewing Being Human, Big Bang Theory, and Psych when you are still reviewing dying shows (How I met your Mother) and shows like Revolution?

  • IndianaMom Jan 28, 2014

    Wow. I totally missed Mailbag #1. I don't know how that happened, since I check tv.com about 100 times a day. I'll try to think of another good question. Although I'm pretty sure I submitted 2 or 3 last time. Will you be going through the leftovers?

  • CoryBarker1 Jan 31, 2014

    Most likely yeah! I've kept them all.

  • YiWernYoong Jan 28, 2014

    Also, why is Hannibal not getting any love from the critics and during awards season? Its amazing!!!

  • YiWernYoong Jan 28, 2014

    Why do network television series follow the format of 20-24 episodes? I ask because I find that while the premise of some network series are really great (i.e. Revenge, White Collar, POI), by the 10-11th episode it starts to lose its momentum and direction (re-revenge, particularly season 2). Is there some kind of regulation that its following? Then you have programs like Drop Dead Diva on Lifetime and Hannibal that only last 13 episodes, so just curious what governs the number of episodes for any given TV show.

  • Whedonrules Jan 28, 2014

    Mike Kelley, you remember the creator of 'Revenge' ? He kept asking ABC the same question, why not just let me do 12 episode seasons? He asked once too many and ABC fired him. These imbeciles that are only good at shi!!y reality shows and selling Disney/Marvel (they can't even do that on the network) thought they were smarter. The first season numbers made them very greedy because they had been getting their ass completely handed to them on Sundays for a long time by CBS. Look at the 10pm Sunday slot of death. Lesson to be learned: Canning your creator and not listening to what he was saying and why he was saying it because of some stupid self imposed rule isn't very smart and nobody at ABC is looking very smart now a days anyway. All of their new shows bombed this year and they spent a lot of money, just like last year. Everyone else got at least 1 hit. If they cancel 'S.H.I.E.L.D.', which if it was any other show on this or any other network would already have been, heads are gonna be rolling. Its numbers are completely laughable.

    Networks have just started breaking the 22-24 episode model for most dramas. Its because cable shows are starting to catch them and hurt their ratings and people are starting to see the storytelling improves.

  • YiWernYoong Jan 29, 2014

    yeahh the rate audiences are veering towards cable shows should really make the networks sit up and take notice that some things have to change. Can't imagine how much better 'Revenge' would have been on a 12-ep format, a lot less superfluous arcs and characters that's for sure. A real shame.

  • Whedonrules Jan 29, 2014

    We'll never know. 'Revenge' just died after he left. Ratings have as well. How could 'somebody else' do a better job with his show in its infancy? . (He should do a show with Frank Darabont.) Kelley got screwed over by two networks with the two shows he created - both which had stellar first seasons in terms of leaving the viewer with the desire to return - "Swingtown" (12 episode summer show when CBS started kicking the idea around, leading to the pile of excrement that is 'Under the Dome' ) and "Revenge" - one got canceled, cause it didn't have enough murders in it for a CBS drama I assume (still bitter) , the other has just canceled itself since they fired Kelley.

  • YiWernYoong Jan 31, 2014

    hahahaha!!! in the end television will just be dictated by the cable networks!

  • Nerdnot Jan 28, 2014

    How do you guys decide on a show that will get a weekly review? What happens if the said person to write the review stops liking the show all together?

  • MarlboroMagpi Jan 28, 2014

    This is the question that has been on my mind for the longest time. It seems the popularity of the show has something to do with it and they judged that by looking at the comments section.

    However some shows like Scandal had lots of comments and it is obviously popular but no review. Some then speculated because it was on ABC and yet True Detective which is on HBO gets reviews.

    Its quite confusing and I suspect it is a question that the editors probably would not like to answer. If you do get an answer, please let me know.

    I also would like to know how they chose who to review. Just like many readers here, I would very much prefer someone who actually enjoyed the show to review it. I am lucky The Good Wife gets review this season and Noel is doing it !

  • dude19 Jan 28, 2014

    They make them write it anyway. (see: Revenge)

  • tivoless Jan 28, 2014

    The Bones writers just made the really odd (in my opinion) decision to give the intern Wendell a rare form of cancer. Did I miss something? Is the actor leaving the show? That plotline just seemed to come out of nowhere; I thought maybe it was based on outside situations.

  • ShintiaSilvia Jan 29, 2014

    I like wendell, i don't like the story

  • layle1 Jan 29, 2014

    Unless he's got another gig, I'm betting on them pulling a Grey's Anatomy and him making a miraculous recovery a la Katherine Heigl.

  • safibwana Jan 28, 2014

    Well, it is called "bones", so they weren't likely to give him brain cancer.

  • flintslady Jan 28, 2014

    How are the "trending shows" decided on the homepage of tv.com? I see Macguyver has been trending for weeks now, but when I go the page, I see no new, reviews or comments of forum posts since 2012. What gives?

    Are Nielsen ratings still considered the Gold standard for determining a shows popularity? And therefore chances of survival? What's the explanation for the extreme drop in numbers of viewers from 10-15 years ago? Are we really to believe that less people are watching tv? Or is something off?

  • sluu3p18 Jan 28, 2014

    As far as I can tell the Nielsens ratings are still the industry standard for determining advertising rates for shows and in effect the chances of survival for network shows.

    I don't think the drop in numbers from 10-15 years ago is due to less people watching TV. Its with the arrival of the internet (online viewing/streaming) and the DVR (delayed viewing up to weeks or even months) and the abundance of cable channels (HBO, FX, USA, Sundance, AMC, Cinemax, NatGeo, ESPN). All of which bite into the number of total people who watch stuff live on the networks (which the Nielsens ratings measure).

  • Vicky8675309 Jan 28, 2014

    I've wondered the same thing!

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