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Media Companies Doing Stupid Things? Must be Thursday.

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | September 13, 2012 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | September 13, 2012 |

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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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.