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Thursday, February 05, 2004

Posted by Tanstaafl
Self-righteous Producer:

NBC's decision was criticized by John Wells, the executive producer of the popular and long-running medical drama, who said such 'affiliate overreactions' have a 'chilling effect' on dramatic integrity.

Statements like this always show me that these guys don't understand their place in the machine. NBC is a business. It's employees and management have a fiduciary responsibility to the shareholders of GE stock. Their job is to make as much money as they can, within the rules of the game, for the company. Viewers express disgust, the affiliates decide that they will lose those viewers if they show the scene, which translates in to less money for the affiliates (which are like franchises that buy exclusively NBC packaged content). So they put pressure on NBC, which in turn puts pressure on the producers of ER, who in the end feel the true desires of their customers. John, you can film, edit, and produce any piece of work you want... that doesn't mean that NBC has to show it or that people have to watch it.


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