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September 24th, 2013, 13:35
Originally Posted by JDR13 View Post
It's a shame when a series starts out great and then the people behind it can't maintain the original level of quality
There is a reason for the origin of the phrase 'jump the shark' after all.

No one wants to jump off the gravy train - the first year of a show requires the hardest work and makes everyone the least money .. but is quite often the best. Then everyone gets comfortable, ratings = more money, and so on. The desire to keep the ratings high means testing everything out and altering plots, characters even even underlying tenets of the show to push ratings.

I think of Heroes as a show where we loved the first season but almost immediately the second season was so bad it was unwatchable. Smallville got way silly, and we even watched the guilty pleasure Revenge until it was clear the writers had no clue what they were doing anymore. This summer Rookie Blue had a few characters and plotlines that felt like they were being tinkered with in real-time to adapt to feedback. Not good.

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