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Media Companies Doing Stupid Things? Must be Thursday.

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trade News | September 13, 2012 | Comments ()


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In the wake of "Terra Nova" receiving both abysmal ratings and terrible critical reviews, Fox is still desperately trying to make its money back. And even though there is a whole passive-aggressive under current going on where Fox is like "You wanted science fiction with a budget, and given a chance to actually get good instead of getting the plug pulled. And this is the thanks we get?" And fans (not of "Terra Nova", one cannot speak of people who do not exist) snipe back with "yes, but we meant it should be good".

So Fox has decided to try to gin up DVD sales by letting fans (with a DVD code only, natch), create their own motion comic through a whiz bang interface on the web and tell the ending they would have made for the show! The best will be displayed for all seven people who care on the official website! I wonder if the interface will allow you to write an ending where atomic weapons kill everyone in both times on the show.

I can't wait to see what 9Gag does with that.

(source: Blastr)

Second up, we've got Warner Brothers getting into the act by telling Guillermo del Toro that Pacific Rim will undergo 3D conversion. The fact that he explicitly did not shoot the film in 3D because he felt it wouldn't have worked well does not actually play into the decision at all. So now everyone will get the option of paying extra money to wear glasses while seeing a blurry and dark version of the film that gives you headaches. Everybody wins!

Warner Brothers could not be reached for comment on account of me not even trying.

(source: Blastr)

Finally, a fan decided to make a homemade version of "Inspector Spacetime." The interesting catch to this is that the fan in question was actually Travis Richey who played the Inspector on "Community." NBC was less than thrilled; in fact they deployed the lawyers post haste. Rather than taking down the episodes, Richey simply changed the name to "Untitled Web Series About a Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time."

So to summarize, NBC sued to take down a fake series based on a fake series within their series, though the same actor is in both. Said fake series is a satire of a real series ("Doctor Who") that NBC has no rights to at all. Said fake series (within the series) is referenced most often as two fans making up their own stories while play acting as the characters. Apparently, peacocks are immune to the forces of irony.

The only way this story could get stranger is if we find out that Dan Harmon is behind the web series and that he gets the BBC to threaten to sue NBC over violating their copyright of "Doctor Who."

(source: SlashFilm)


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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not


  • Patrick Bateman

    I hate community.

  • TheOtherGreg

    No, it's because Dan Harmon's next gig is to helm the U.S. reboot of Doctor Who, tentatively titled 'SpaceTime Man'

  • hapl0

    So it really is just me then.

  • WestCoastPat

    I'm completely fine with NBC's actions. If someone wants to go create a satire of Doctor Who, they are more than welcome to go ahead with it. However, this guy doesn't have the right to go produce something already created and owned by NBC just because he was an actor in that production.

  • dizzylucy

    Have to agree. As jerky a move as it seems by NBC, creative content should be protected.

  • dAvid

    "Warner Brothers could not be reached for comment on account of me not even trying."

    Brillz.

  • Ley

    "I can’t wait to see what 9Gag does with that"
    Oh, that's easy: steal a post from Reddit and put a watermark on it!

  • celery

    9gag will do with that what 9gag does with everything:
    -Pretend it invented everything funny on the internet
    -Somehow relate every situation to "friendzoning".

  • Jezzer

    I just threw up a little bit picturing the 9Gag response: "Le me writing a motion comic..."

  • celery

    Gag indeed.

  • Wembley

    Network Execs & Meteorologists. I need to get one of these jobs-I'm incompetent too.

  • ,

    Economists. Don't forget economists.

    "The (X) rate (jumped/plunged) (Y) percent Thursday, surprising economists who had predicted ..."

  • Bert_McGurt

    I'll never forget one of the times I saw David Suzuki speak when I was in university - about fifteen minutes into his talk he asked the audience of 300 or so "How many of you are taking economics?"

    About 20 hands went up. To which he responded "Congratulations on wasting your life."

  • My good friend's husband is an economist, no clue what he actually does. All I know is he has to be up early and monitor the markets and is usually cranky most days.

  • Wembley

    And we just picked my new major.

  • BWeaves

    You'll regret it. I recommend taking up dart throwing instead.

    In the Wall St. Journal, the dart throwers usually beat the economists when they have a contest to pick the best stocks.

    Besides, with dart throwing, everyone expects you to drink lots of beer while you're working. With economics, you have to hide your drinking.

  • Wembley

    The current thinking involves a monkey, its poo and flinging. Chimpanzees are also acceptable.

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