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Old 01-21-2019, 02:11 PM   #76
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There’s an APP called Tubi Tv that has UM for free (similar to amazon except it’s free) if anyone’s interested just FYI
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I think the one episode format can be successful. Like it or not the old format did not last the test of time in regards to gaining and keeping viewers. there were too many poor quality segments and in turn the show did not age well. Viewers like myself and many others obviously remained loyal, but even the loyal viewers have all complained about this on here. I think taking one good story and making it high quality is important. In some ways UM were already doing this with their final appeal format as Labonte18 mentioned. I also look back at some of the 20-30 minute segments like Audrey Moate, Rudolph Hess, Huey Long etc. those were high quality and went into more depth than the shorter ones. I enjoy those.
Huey Long and Amelia Earhart were two of the finest segments, I think, they ever did. You could do a 2 hour episode on Amelia Earhart. And Discovery/History seems to do just that every year or two

Unfortunately, those are also two cases that likely will never be truly "solved".. Regardless of what press releases TIGHAR puts out. I despise them for their sensationalism. Earhart has a better chance than Huey Long. The Long case is strongly suspected that Weiss didn't actually kill him, but again, that's something that can really never truly be known.
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I don't see how they would be able to stretch a lost love case to an hour, especially this day in age with technology helping reunite people more than ever before.
I don't know either, but it was mentioned in the original write up so I'm assuming it's a plan.

60 minutes about the magic rock ....
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I think the one episode format can be successful. Like it or not the old format did not last the test of time in regards to gaining and keeping viewers. there were too many poor quality segments and in turn the show did not age well. Viewers like myself and many others obviously remained loyal, but even the loyal viewers have all complained about this on here. I think taking one good story and making it high quality is important. In some ways UM were already doing this with their final appeal format as Labonte18 mentioned. I also look back at some of the 20-30 minute segments like Audrey Moate, Rudolph Hess, Huey Long etc. those were high quality and went into more depth than the shorter ones. I enjoy those.
True. The large volume of segments led to content fatigue and segments about gorillas and boy geniuses.

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I don't know either, but it was mentioned in the original write up so I'm assuming it's a plan.

60 minutes about the magic rock ....
Netflix's press release says nothing about the content of the segments, but if they are only going to do 12 episodes with one case per episode, I would think that would mean they are leaning towards missing people/murder/wanted, etc.
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"The 12-part show will use re-enactments in a documentary format to profile real-life mysteries and unsolved crimes, lost love, cases involving missing persons and unexplained paranormal events. "

Is the original Deadline announcement.

Whether that ends up happening remains to be seen, but that's what was said in a bunch of the articles floating around.
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Am I the only one who likes the concept of one case per episode? That way UM cannot afford to cut additional information out of cases to fit a 12 minute time frame. The more information presented, the better. Also excited that the guys behind Stranger Things are producing this. I definitely think this will be a cool throwback to the original version with Stack.
No, I like it too. I love the original series. Everything about it; production values, the 16mm film, score, format, host, and so on and so on. But it's not 1992 anymore. Streaming is the medium now. A reboot of UM which does not feed into the binge/share paradigm is guaranteed to fail, and would likely not have made it out of development. I am overjoyed that CMP appears to understand this, because it's a sign they're serious about doing this show right and collaborating with the Netflix people to bring the show into the new era.

I think a single segment (the mentioned 20-30 minute running length) format with the heart and soul of UM brought into a modern production and promotion pipeline could be a wonderful thing.
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My prediction is that Netflix will release this series in October, just in time for Halloween.
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Well, I'm sorry to burst your bubble, but if you really think that UM doesn't need to be on television, then you're in the minority. And if you think that broadcast networks are only watched by "old farts," then you have been brainwashed into believing it. That being said, I do feel that UM doesn't have a chance of coming back to primetime television. I feel that If it were to come back as a first-run series on television, it would have to be through either syndication or cable (the former of which would be a better option IMHO).
I agree with everything you've said, Kane.

People need to keep in mind that UM is not a sitcom or a work of fiction. It makes logical sense that it be aired on a broadcast network just like it was back in its glory days in order to gain more exposure to help solve cases. Especially if these cases are going to be new. Broadcast TV is free; Netflix isn't (unless it's included free as part of your cellular or cable subscription). Free means more viewers. It's just common sense.
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Broadcast TV is free; Netflix isn't (unless it's included free as part of your cellular or cable subscription). Free means more viewers. It's just common sense.
Where I live (Canada), standard cable costs us about $100 or so a month and Netflix is $11. I think there is a basic option for very basic Broadcast TV but it still costs about $30 a month. Not to mention I can watch Netflix at work! That's not even getting into how annoying modern commercials are.
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Where I live (Canada), standard cable costs us about $100 or so a month and Netflix is $11. I think there is a basic option for very basic Broadcast TV but it still costs about $30 a month. Not to mention I can watch Netflix at work! That's not even getting into how annoying modern commercials are.
Right?

The networks have cancelled their similar shows. They didn't pick this up when it was being shopped around. Isn't something better than nothing?

A number of cases were also solved from Lifetime airings ... Lifetime was not free.
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I agree with everything you've said, Kane.

People need to keep in mind that UM is not a sitcom or a work of fiction. It makes logical sense that it be aired on a broadcast network just like it was back in its glory days in order to gain more exposure to help solve cases. Especially if these cases are going to be new. Broadcast TV is free; Netflix isn't (unless it's included free as part of your cellular or cable subscription). Free means more viewers. It's just common sense.
Thank you, Mtaylor72. If it were a scripted series (action, sitcom, or drama) being produced exclusively for a streamlining service, that would be another story. If a canceled network TV series were producing new episodes for a streamlining service (a la NBC's Community), especially for the purpose of producing enough episodes to make the show eligible for daily second-run syndication, then I could live with that. But as you clearly understand, UM isn't just any TV series. It's a TV series that profiles cases for viewers to help solve. By limiting the show to first-run streamlining, it limits the amount of viewership to people with streamlining subscriptions and risk limiting the amount of success they could potentially get in solving cases. Even in the age of streamlining services, there will always be a need for broadcast (or "over the air") television. Like you said, it's common sense. So much so that rejecting it would be foolish.
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Stranger Things is one of the most watched TV shows of all time. Same with the Bird Box movie. Both exclusively to Netflix. Streaming is the future. You don't need to be on network TV to reach millions of people.
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Stranger Things is one of the most watched TV shows of all time. Same with the Bird Box movie. Both exclusively to Netflix. Streaming is the future. You don't need to be on network TV to reach millions of people.
Thank you. Netflix has over 148 million subscribers worldwide, 60 million of whom are in the United States. Their reach is quite substantial.
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