I love it when a post spawns comments that make me go 'Hmmm...", like the last one did.
"The promotion of "death" episodes as well as episodes where you're told somebody will break-up, get bad news, lose their job etc robs the viewer of the full experience of the moment."
"These days, with seasons of 13 episodes (or less), it's short term writing, more bang than substance, less quality, and ultimately, less satisfaction and viewer loyalty."
"If a surprise death happens on Canadian TV and no one is watching, does it even exist?"
"There comes a point in time you realize you are only writing for the crew..."
If you've been doing this for any length of time in Canada, you've been there for that last one...and it hurts.
I may have to go lie down.
EDIT: I feel the need to clarify after seeing 'Dolly's" comment about only writing for the crew getting discussed in comments today of a DMc post.
Of course you write for the crew. They're your first 'audience', so to speak...your biggest fans and harshest critics. And that in and of itself doesn't hurt or is sad. But when it's "only" for the crew....when you know that the network doesn't seem to care and show isn't being promoted or scheduled in a decent slot...therefore the viewers aren't tuning in and the few that are aren't really responding in the form of fan sites or forums because it isn't being presented as something worth watching, and thus you feel like you're 'only' writing for the crew... THAT's when it hurts.
Thx to Jimmy, Morjana, Your Girl Jimmy, and "Dolly"