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Old 10-01-2013, 08:54 PM   #31
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NBC shouldn't have cancelled Mamma's Family, I enjoyed the NBC episodes much more than the later ones. Iola was a nice addition, but I missed Ellen, Fran and the two kids. The characters of the kids could have been fleshed out with another NBC season. With three exiting female characters they should have added another regular female in addition to Iola. Bubba was just a 'Woody Boyd' ripoff but without the charm. Would have preferred Betty and Rue on Mama's Family than the Golden Girls since I never cared for that show and found it vastly overrated.

NBC should have renewed the show for a third season to air on Saturdays. The network was in last place they should have had more patience, especially after the show had decent ratings during the first season.
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:12 PM   #32
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NBC should have gave Buffalo Bill more time to be nurtured, at least a full season starting in the fall. Night Court would do well post-Cheers the following season. Buffalo Bill, Cheers and Night Court seemed very compatible with each other, fitting tonally into the workplace style of shows that have traditionally thrived on NBC.
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Old 10-02-2013, 10:56 AM   #33
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Fresh Prince ended in the wrong right before Will smith graduates from college for one more year. Bad timing and bad estimation on that part.
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Old 10-02-2013, 11:07 AM   #34
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This may offend some of you, and I know he's an icon, but using Casey Kasem as the main promo voice. As great as he was doing Top 40 countdown shows I just thought he was the most grating, annoying promo voice ever, especially when he did dramatic show ads.
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Old 10-02-2013, 04:01 PM   #35
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Turning down Brothers (1984), which eventually went to Showtime where it got little to no publicity.

Setting It's Your Move to fail by putting it up against Dynasty.

Cancelling the original V.
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Old 10-03-2013, 01:50 AM   #36
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Messing with and canceling Buck Rogers In The 24th Century just like ABC did with BSG.
Not giving The Misadventures Of Sheriff Lobo there was no need to move them to the city change the theme song and shorten the to Lobo it was fine the way it was.
Allowing the Cosby Show, Seinfeld, Friends, Cheers, and Night court to go as long as they did.
Not allowing My Name is Earl to wrap up their cliffhanger.
Canceling Seaquest it was the 90s version of Voyage to The Bottom Of The Sea.
Not canceling Saturday Night Live come on people time to put old Clementine to pasture.
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Old 10-03-2013, 02:07 AM   #37
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When I started my thread about the biggest mess-ups/mistakes in ABC history, I mentioned in my initial post about how ABC meddled w/ Mork & Mindy following its first season. After posting this, I remembered that NBC did a similar thing w/ The John Larroquette Show. NBC (I suppose in hopes of making the show more accessible) forced John and company to get rid of all of the quirky, dark humor and it proceeded to become another bland "people w/ relationship problems" (in the Friends mold perhaps) program.
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Old 10-03-2013, 02:09 AM   #38
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Messing with and canceling Buck Rogers In The 24th Century just like ABC did with BSG.
Not giving The Misadventures Of Sheriff Lobo there was no need to move them to the city change the theme song and shorten the to Lobo it was fine the way it was.
Allowing the Cosby Show, Seinfeld, Friends, Cheers, and Night court to go as long as they did.
Not allowing My Name is Earl to wrap up their cliffhanger.
Canceling Seaquest it was the 90s version of Voyage to The Bottom Of The Sea.
Not canceling Saturday Night Live come on people time to put old Clementine to pasture.

I think a big screw up regarding SNL was installing Jean Doumanian as the executive producer after Lorne Michaels and his crew departed after the 1979-80 season.
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Old 10-03-2013, 02:55 AM   #39
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I think a big screw up regarding SNL was installing Jean Doumanian as the executive producer after Lorne Michaels and his crew departed after the 1979-80 season.
yes, that was it's one disastrous season.
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yes, that was it's one disastrous season.
they had a couple of worse seasons than that under lorne season 19 was just plain awful and season 20 was not much better
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Old 10-03-2013, 05:38 PM   #41
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NBC cancelling JAG after a first season of solid ratings. They let it grow and be a big hit on CBS. NBC also missed out on the entire NCIS franchise which was planted off of JAG.

Zucker was in charge way too long. They should have took up more soinoff opportunities: both real and planted. I never watched Will & Grace but they had strong, EMMY winning supporting characters that they might have been able to do something with. Personally I would have liked to have seen a Niles/Daphne spin-off of Frasier myself. Cheers and Frasier had such great writers/producers (continuing the MTM, Taxi creative lineage), many of them are on Modern Family now, NBC should have had more development deals with creatives such as them.
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Old 10-03-2013, 07:17 PM   #42
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NBC cancelling JAG after a first season of solid ratings. They let it grow and be a big hit on CBS. NBC also missed out on the entire NCIS franchise which was planted off of JAG.

Zucker was in charge way too long. They should have took up more soinoff opportunities: both real and planted. I never watched Will & Grace but they had strong, EMMY winning supporting characters that they might have been able to do something with.

There were talks briefly for a W&G spin-off centered around Karen (Megan Mullaly) but they were put to rest when NBC saw the poor reception for the Friends spin-off "Joey" and decided not to go down that route. Also, Megan signed a contract for a talk show and that made her unavailable for a proposed spin-off.
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There were talks briefly for a W&G spin-off centered around Karen (Megan Mullaly) but they were put to rest when NBC saw the poor reception for the Friends spin-off "Joey" and decided not to go down that route. Also, Megan signed a contract for a talk show and that made her unavailable for a proposed spin-off.
tank god they didn't do it! Karen & Jack were so ANNOYING!
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Old 10-05-2013, 02:38 AM   #44
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What most immediately comes to my mind:
*The entire Jeff Zucker era/regime, which saw NBC go from first to worst by the end of the 2000s. This includes giving five nights a week to Jay Leno in prime time.

*"The Heidi Game"

*Canceling shows like Star Trek, Baywatch and JAG, which went on to become even bigger hits elsewhere.

*Just about the entire 1979-80 season (the "Fred Silverman Years" to be more exact or direct).

*Letting NBC Sports deteriorate by the early part of the 2000s w/ the loss of the NFL in 1997 (which naturally, lead to the XFL debacle), MLB in 2000, and NBA in 2002.

*Cutting away from the closing ceremonies for the 2010 and 2012 Olympics in favor of The Marriage Ref and Animal Practice.

*Replacing Jane Pauley w/ Deborah Norville as the female host of Today. Plus, there was the more recent fiasco involving Ann Curry being forced out as female anchor for Today.


Agree that these were all pretty bad moves. NBC had some pretty decent shows in the mid-70s, none of which they gave a chance to beyond one season or less: Lucas Tanner, Doctors Hospital, Medical Story, James at 15, What Really Happened to the Class of 65. I'm sure more if I thought about it.

At one point, NBC had NFL, MLB and NBA and let them all leave because cheapskate GE didn't want to pay. They did get NFL back, although only one game a week but their weekend daytime sports are from hunger. All their money is in NFL and the Olympics. Which their coverage sucks by the way.
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Old 10-09-2013, 10:45 AM   #45
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When Lin Bolen headed daytime, she tried to attract a younger audience for the network's game show lineup by bringing in new hosts such as Geoff Edwards, Alex Trebek and Chuck Woolery and cancelling long running shows Jeopardy and Concentration. She also changed the look of daytime TV with shows that had more vibrant sets but one show that turned out to be a major failure was The Magnificent Marble Machine.

Running Saturday Night Live into the ground after the original cast and Lorne Michaels left. I also felt the show had run its course and should have been cancelled many years ago.
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