Still "Trauma"-tized

posted by Jeff | Monday, November 2, 2009, 10:29 PM | comments: 0

Another great episode tonight. What a waste. From what I've read, they're going to finish out the 13 episodes, and it has actually seen a boost in ratings against repeats on the other networks, but the odds of NBC changing their minds doesn't look good.

One of the things that the various news stories say is that it's crazy expensive to produce, and I believe it. It looks expensive. They've got more helicopters than 24. Every episode is like a mini-action movie. It's a shame though, because even though most of the people in the movie are a bunch of nobody actors, the writing is so good that you really care about all of them.

TV networks fail to develop any long term success because their view of everything is too short-term. In a somewhat ironic twist, the Internet has demonstrated how word of mouth can actually buoy a show over time, and led to huge DVD releases (see: Wonderfalls or Sports Night). And yet, they'll hang on to shows for much longer than they should, like ER, which had miserable ratings in its last few years, or Jay Leno, the biggest WTF in TV history. If you can't give a show that kind of time, then its entire success is based on the lure of the marketing and what established shows it might be up against.

I took a chance on Trauma, because I thought the TV spots and movie theater pieces were kind of cheesy. Since it was shot on Red cameras, I figured I'd at least check it out for that reason. Who knew I'd get so attached to it. I guess that's what happens when you have to wait until January for 24.


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