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Potatoes with French Fries
October 2nd, Kansas City: About the limited mental capabilities of program directors
Imagine, you sit in a restaurant and next to you, just a table away sits a group of men in expensive suits eating their meals consisting of boiled potatoes, french fires, mashed potates and nothing else. Each of them has exactly those three potato products on his plate. And none of them talks to each other. What would you think about those men? Words like "weird" to "idiots" come to mind. And of course, everybody is now thinking, I am ramping up to some kind of bad joke here. No, I am not. People like that exist ... we call them program directors.
Lets forget about cable for a moment, just look at regular TV via antenna. Monday at 7 p.m.: Gotham on channel 4 against Dancing with the Stars on channel 9 and the Originals on channel 29. The drama continues at 8 p.m. when Gotham runs against Scorpion, DWTS and Supernatural and it goes on at 9 when NCIS Los Angeles is supposed to steal quota from Castle and The Blacklist. Of course, on Monday runs also The Voice, forgot about that. One could guess, we have there really some choices. But on Tuesday, the pressure decreases already. NCIS New Orleans agaist Agents of Shield and Forever against Person of Interest seem to be the tension points. Wednesday, the pressure is quite gone. Criminal Minds has a big fan following and Red Band Society can only live from those who are not into this. Stalker against Nashville, that is depsite the fact, they are both shows, just two entirely different target groups. But on Thursday, the potato and french fries people had to run Bones against Grey's Anatomy. Friday, two entertainment shows with some background, Amazing Race against Utopia and then Gotham's repeat against Scandal. Saturday ... well, Saturday if you are not in Nascar or the MLB play offs, there is no alternative to sports and Sunday has all the shows, nobody dared yet to categorize in a wild mix ... all at once. And I wonder, is there a pattern to this? No, actually, I don't wonder.
The secret behind the nasty attitude to run similiar things at the same time as others run them is called "binary decuision process". You all know what that is, if you forget for a moment about the $60 word. Two men on the Main Street, low hanging .45s and despite the fact, that both most likely will get hurt in that nonsense, both feel as the big invincible badass. The model adapted to TV stations means, everyone is more using a strategy to hurt the other one's quotas than in getting a bigger quota for the own shows.
Gotham and Sleepy Hollow are both shows not only with some element of mysticism

New series, new seasons, braindead program planning

but also more interesting for the people who grew up with the old stories about Ichabod Crane and the Batman comics when they were still printed on that really cheap paper. They will get their auditorium, but not in the teenage target group. Neither will Dancing with the Stars and this has a tendency, the more the so-called stars are C- or even D-range. The attraction point of DWTS is since a long time the dancing and the celebrities are all too often something that is just takes as by-product. Which means, DWTS on one side and Gotham and Sleepy Hollow on the other, aim basically for the same auditorium. One that missed the Vampire hype and the whole Zombie invasion panic ... so, obviously, since DWTS is since years on the Monday spot, something like Originals or this upcoming show about brain deads "Walking Dead"Walking Dead" would make a lot more sense and give all stations better quotas. Which would raise the attractivity of advertisement spots and raise their income. But that would be too hard to understand for people eating potatoes with french fries, wouldn't it? Tuesday on public antenna TV: NCIS New Orleans against Marvel's Agents of Shield ... well, yeah, not only has NCIS NO Bakula and the whole successful NCIS concept in the back, Shield also made it barely of the chopping block last season and the desperate attempt to rescue the whole project with more FX and an even weaker plot will not make things easier. Whoever had the idea to run it against an NCIS spot, he is not interested in making quotas or money, obviously. One can only assume a very suicidal or at least seriously limited mindset behind such decisions. Especially since there is no comedy on Tuesday while Wednesday is obviously comedy day ... three stations bring together six expisodes
of that stuff from 7 p.m. till 8 p.m. So one station swapping Tuesday and Wednesday would make a lot of sense. You could grab those who are not the avid comedy fans on Wednesday because you would be the only alternative and actually, the same can happen on Tuesday because you would be the only one with comedy there. That would help to raise your quotas and make advertisement spots more interesting for your customers. It would increase your station's income. Alas, it would also increase the income of other stations ... I guess, to prevent that from happening is worth the losses you take from your potato and french fries strategy.
I can go on and on. The week is full of such examples. Which leaves stations fighting with the same kind of show for the same target groups while leaving other target groups the whole evening without anything. Any reasonable business is in the first interested to sell its products and services to as many people as possible. Unless of course, it's a TV station. Why?
Actually, looking a little closer, things become clearer. Stations belong to big chains. ABC for example is since years involved in a fight with Fox ... not about quotas, no, in an ideology war because both chains have committed themselves to different political camps. And suddenly, from a factor, that has nothing to do with TV shows, the urge to cripple the enemy is much bigger than the urge to make a good business. We are back to those two gunslingers on the Main Street. Both will most likely get hurt. In the TV example of the very same model, we know, both will get hurt. Still, the potato and french fry people take that as a given and accept it. Because their limited mental capacities take this suicidal behavior as natural as breathing. One can only wonder, what the stock holders will say, when they realize, the company they invested in, is willingly passing chances to increase the value of thier advertisement time to play Main Street gunslinger?

- PB -
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