What's The Next Show That Deadline Will Claim May Be Picked Up By Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, Cable Or...?

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May 23rd, 2012

As the parade of shows noted by Deadline.com as potentially being picked up by Hulu, Amazon, Netflix, cable networks and/or Joe the Plumber lengthens, it's become somewhat of a running joke between Robert and I as to which show will be next. Not sure which one of us had Pan Am, but we can add that to the parade today.

As a business model catering to the desperate fan it's got a lot to recommend it. They can go with "There's Hope," then "There's Still Hope," and finally "Alas, No More Hope" posts and harvest the pageviews all along the way. Even better if they can grab some crazy rant from a star or a producer.

So, in the spirit of expanding our business model (if just a tiny bit), I thought I'd open the floor to guessing for "What will be the next show that Deadline will claim may be saved by some non-broadcast TV source?"

Disqualified guesses: (since the posts have already been written): Pan Am, Terra Nova, The River, Unforgettable.

 
  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    Mine too Holly but an even smaller handful of people simply pretending to sleep/dream at various locations this Friday may usurp Flash Forward for the title of crazy futile stunts.

    Plus simply laying down strikes me as downright lazy!!!! At least the Flash Forward crazies took the effort to fall and held it for 2 minutes and 17 seconds of comedic gold ;-)

  • DJ

    Ok well, I’d put the chances of Amazon picking up a very-expensive-to-produce show to be very remote. Sure, they may want to go into original programming, but there’s dozens of shows they could resurrect, or create from scratch, that would be a cheaper way to start doing that. Much safer business model.

    That said, if PanAm does indeed sell well internationally (but winning international awards means absolutely ZERO! (and other than art direction, the show seriously isn’t award-worthy!)), it does seem odd to me that Sony would simply give up on it. Surely the percentage profit from ABC isn’t so large that the show has to go, if the show sells well in, say, 10 other markets. I know the US advertising market is the largest, but still the cumulative effect of a lot of other markets must compensate that to some degree.

    I’d be inclined to think that it would make good business sense to keep producing the show, with sales to the UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, etc — and top that up with an Amazon deal. It can then eventually be offered back to the US in syndication — PanAm seems like a show that would do well in syndication.

    There might be some deferred-payment and cash-flow issues that way, but Sony is big enough to handle that. It seems like a workable model to me.

  • fasted

    please add Secert Circle please for people who love it

  • Denise

    Dallas to TNT. Wait. That’s already happening.

  • Kurt

    Desperate Housewives: The Next Generation to OWN, WE or Lifetime.

  • Julie

    Awake. After the (I’m sure it will be) brilliant season…oops series finale (which we get tonight in Canada :) )

  • Beckstle

    Awake and/or Missing.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I’d be inclined to think that it would make good business sense to keep producing the show, with sales to the UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, etc — and top that up with an Amazon deal. It can then eventually be offered back to the US in syndication — PanAm seems like a show that would do well in syndication.”

    That sounds like wishful thinking to me.

    Who knows about any unique financial situation with Pan Am, but the fact that for US produced shows, BayWatch is the only show I know of (am however prepared to be enlightened) that started in the US, then was canceled in the US, but stayed alive airing new episodes outside the US indicates to me that it doesn’t make good business sense except in the most freakish of circumstances to do that.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    Or a Desperate Housewives prequel to start airing 8 years from now in 2020 on the CW (well not on the CW as that may well be past that network’s sell by date). It could be called The Bree Recipes. The story of a Bree Weston (later Van de Kamp, Hodge, and Mason) an 18 year old high school senior and her search for the ultimate crème brulée recipe.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    Pan Am, I watched Baywatch, I loved Baywatch, Baywatch was a friend of mine in my darkest hour. Pan Am, you’re no Baywatch. ;-)

  • Dan S

    Stranger things have happened like Arrested Development coming back from the dead. Why not TNT picking up Harry’s Law ? Rumors flying on them or Lifetime also picking up Unforgettable which didn’t click for me personally. I’d love to see more Missing which had a decent sized audience except where it counts for advertisers. Too bad Alcatraz didn’t get a 2nd season especially with the cliffhanger it left us with. So I nominate Harry’s Law, Alcatraz & Missing

  • AniMatsuri

    Breaking In. 3rd times the charm right?

  • Paul

    Terriers!!!

  • Nick

    I think Dateline will get greedy and start their own rumors, starting with one that would get millions of page views. Hello, Fringe, season 6!

    In all seriousness, I nominate Harry’s Law. Cable networks aim for viewers , not 18-49, so with an older target demo, HL might perform better. Shoutouts to Alcatraz and CSIMiami, which did OK, and Missing and Charlie’s Angels, which skewed old.

  • Nick

    ^The italic thing messed up. :-(

  • Ultima

    @AniMatsuri
    Breaking In. 3rd times the charm right?

    I’m confident that FOX will un-cancel Breaking In. Again. Their focus groups keep telling them that zombie shows are in! ;)

  • Ignatius

    The Firm, or Awake. both do very well in DVR, so that can make for a plausible “it might happen” story.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    @Ignatius, that “DVRs well, so it has a chance” is a nonsense meme perpetuated by Deadline that particularly irks Robert. ;)

  • iggy.

    Community, because it will end short of 100 episodes.

  • F.R.

    ^^ (but that was from the 2010-11 season and not the 2011-12 season, so I’m not sure if it counts)

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