Time for Phantom Zone TV?

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Time for Phantom Zone TV?

Postby Agent Alonzo on Tue Oct 18, 2005 6:13 pm

NEW YORK (AP) -- The state of network television on Saturday nights has become so dire that ABC has essentially put a prime-time slot up for auction to anyone who has a compelling idea -- as long as it's done very cheaply.

ABC has put the word out to Hollywood producers that a Saturday night home is available to a program that can be made for no more than $500,000 an episode, which is about a quarter of what the traditional comedy or drama costs.

"Because it's Saturday night, they're willing to try things that they wouldn't try at midweek," said Jeff Bader, ABC's head of scheduling.


http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/TV/10/1 ... index.html
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Postby TonyWilson on Tue Oct 18, 2005 6:17 pm

$500,000, thats £300,000. Blimey most britich TV is made for half that. I say we come up with a sitcom and shoot in the UK.
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Postby Agent Alonzo on Tue Oct 18, 2005 6:18 pm

I am guessing by episode they mean hour long, not half-hour, but I could be wrong...
I say we go old school variety show...
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Postby Adam Balm on Tue Oct 18, 2005 6:25 pm

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Postby Agent Alonzo on Tue Oct 18, 2005 6:25 pm

Is that an offer or a question?
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Postby Adam Balm on Tue Oct 18, 2005 6:26 pm

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Postby TonyWilson on Tue Oct 18, 2005 6:28 pm

Hourlong with unsigned bands a little chat and some sketches. Hmm I smell fame fortune and money, then bevvies of hat beauties and endless hollywood soirees followed by seedy New York loft parties and the inenvitable exorable cocaine and crack addiction. A few publicised scuffles with the law and a long stay in rehab, then writing a book all about it and kicking back on the proceeds and after dinner speeches.
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Re: Time for Phantom Zone TV?

Postby athenabodicea on Tue Oct 18, 2005 8:59 pm

Agent Alonzo wrote:
NEW YORK (AP) -- The state of network television on Saturday nights has become so dire that ABC has essentially put a prime-time slot up for auction to anyone who has a compelling idea -- as long as it's done very cheaply.

ABC has put the word out to Hollywood producers that a Saturday night home is available to a program that can be made for no more than $500,000 an episode, which is about a quarter of what the traditional comedy or drama costs.

"Because it's Saturday night, they're willing to try things that they wouldn't try at midweek," said Jeff Bader, ABC's head of scheduling.


http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/TV/10/1 ... index.html



Oh we're cheap all right... We already do this for free... lol
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Postby DennisMM on Tue Oct 18, 2005 10:00 pm

I imagine a multiple-host format, rotating with a couple of presenters up front and perhaps a couple of other members having a quick chat with a band after the song. So, which of us, except me, must be kept off the air? For decency's sake, I mean? After all, shot in the UK but aired in the much more tight-assed USA. Does Alozo get to say "ho-bag"?
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