The fall television season of 2009 saw the debut of a new television show that I immediately became hooked on. FlashForward had all of the qualities that I like to see in a story--apocalyptic visions, time travel, action adventure, cerebral crimes, and mysterious conspiracies. I faithfully watched every episode until the season conclusion in May. I was anxious for the show to resume this fall.
As fall approached I was seeing no promos on television for the show. I checked it out online and discovered that FlashForward would not be returning. That's one of the reasons I don't usually watch too much television anymore. It seems like when I get caught up in a show, the network will unceremoniously dump it without ending it or with an unsatisfactory conclusion.
It's probably mainly an issue of money and ratings. From a business standpoint it makes sense for a network to toss out a show that lacks the potential of paying for itself. Business will typically do this. If a product is not selling, the line will get dumped. If an author or another artist is no longer popular, they might lose their contract. It's disappointing to the fans who have remained loyal, but most companies don't stay in business catering to the few.
I ran into this situation yesterday at the supermarket. My favorite Colgate toothpaste flavor, Cinnamint, was nowhere to be seen--not even an empty space. I hope Colgate hasn't discontinued the line and it was only a decision by this particular supermarket. I guess I could complain to the store manager, but I buy maybe three tubes per year. I'm not really a consumer with clout. This is probably the wrong attitude. I should be the squeaky wheel more often.
The point that I guess I'm trying to make in this post is that if my daily blog were rated according to viewers and marketability, then the days that I've "tossed out" are the posts that would be less appealing to advertisers and be the least revenue producing.
I know that's a heck of a way to look at my blogging activity, especially considering that there is actually no advertising invloved, but as they say "Time is money" and I have to think about what the best investment of my time is. Today's post is merely a variation on a theme. This explanation, complete with examples, gets to the gist of why I am tossing out blogging days.
Are there any favorite television shows that you have followed that were canned, much to your disappointment? Have you had a favorite artist (author, musician, actor, etc) who was tossed by the wayside due to lack of sales or commercial appeal? Has there ever been a product that you liked that a company stopped producing? What have you tossed out of your life because it was taking too much of your time, costing too much money, or not being worth your effort to keep doing it?