Variety reported yesterday that Yahoo took a bath on Community, and two other series, Sin City Saints and Other Space, which combined for a loss of $42 million. Why? Because Yahoo says they couldn’t figure out how to monetize the series. I think part of the problem it’s hard to monetize something that few people watch.
How many people watched the sixth season of Community? (I did!) How many of those skipped Yahoo and torrented it to avoid the ads? How many people watched Sin City Saints (I watched the first episode. It wasn’t very good). How many watched Other Space (I kept meaning to get around to it because it’s a Paul Feig series, but it was on Yahoo and when am I going to remember to check Yahoo?)
This falls very much into the Peak TV problem: It’s enough to keep up with cable, HBO Go, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu. With all of those convenient options, Yahoo (and Crackle) fall way down among our priorities. In fact, wouldn’t it be cool if there were a service that bundled all of these options?
Oh wait. That’s what cable was supposed to do.
I still haven’t seen Ash vs. The Evil Dead, a series that I suspect many of us want to watch, but who is going to pony up an additional $10-$12 a month to subscribe to Starz for one show?
Eventually, some of these services will be run out of business, some will merge with others, and in a decade, conglomerates will absorb all these properties and it will all be more manageable, but for now: We are simply going to have to wait it out and watch all these services eat themselves and let Darwin sort it out.
In other news, I’m sure that many of you were privy to Dan Harmon’s Twitter “meltdown” last night. It was cathartic, wasn’t it? I’m not going to begin to recount it all, because it lasted for hours, and it ran the gamut from funny to cruel to heartbreaking. It all began when someone Tweeted something shitty to Dan Harmon, and Harmon spent the next few hours belittling and berating that person and anyone else who decided to tweet anything even remotely negative at him.
I think Rebecca’s Tweets on the matter are instructive:
Don't tweet negative shit at people you don't know.— Rebecca Pahle (@RebeccaPahle) October 21, 2015
I don't even want to go into the whole Harmon thing, which is all-around shitty on many different levels, but maaaaybe stop & think before— Rebecca Pahle (@RebeccaPahle) October 21, 2015
you tweet someone negative at someone you don't even know? "Should X person give a shit if I think X thing they said is dumb? No?" Move on.— Rebecca Pahle (@RebeccaPahle) October 21, 2015
I don't get the "Someone said something I don't 100% agree with on Twitter? I MUST LET THEM KNOW" thing. I DO NOT GET IT. NO ONE CARES.— Rebecca Pahle (@RebeccaPahle) October 21, 2015
Anyway, that's it from me. Y'all know I don't like to wade into Twitter drama. I'm going to go clean my room and listen to Hamilton.— Rebecca Pahle (@RebeccaPahle) October 21, 2015
After Harmon sobered up, I think he felt better.
Slightly sober now, re-reading my "meltdown." Not feeling remorse, which is..scary. I do think it's important I make an effort to be nice.— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) October 21, 2015
It was like a nice post-divorce Twitter therapy session for him, and the only casualties were anyone dumb enough to stick their noses in.
I neither support nor indict what Harmon did, nor am I going to suggest that he get help. He’s a grown man. He can decide if and when he needs help all by himself.
I think we all learned something valuable, though: Don’t fuck with people you don’t know on Twitter, because even though they’re not all going to berate you like Dan Harmon did, many of the celebrities on Twitter probably want to. Harmon just gave a creative but very cruel and ruthless voice to every other celebrity on the planet who can’t check the @mentions anymore for fear of being insulted by a rando.
And If you really do care about me, or about you, or peace, I think a safe guideline for a while is…I guess politeness. Silence works too.— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) October 21, 2015
As always, don’t be a shithead.