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#301 Post by mfunk9786 » Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:21 am

domino harvey wrote:
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Huh? The show's never been more popular, and there's no reason to expect a spinoff to bomb or fizzle out. Sure, it could, but be careful ascribing your own burnout to the public's
Just because something is popular now (coming off a season I haven't heard many people say nice things about), doesn't mean that it'll be popular 3-4 years after the main series ends. There's sure to be a decline in people's interest coming eventually that might make the cost of making an A-list spin-off prohibitive if the ratings aren't there the way they were for the main series. Perhaps I'll be wrong (Harry Potter spinoffs are doing okay, I think?) but my hunch remains that this won't have legs unless it's limited in size and scope and cost.

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#302 Post by tenia » Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:24 am

I actually thought like mfunk that the popularity of the show had slighlty faded over the couple of past years, or at least plateaued. But looking back at the viewer numbers, it seems it hasn't at all and indeed never been so high. So maybe the fatigue hasn't kicked in yet, so it's feasible if the main show ends this year and a next one takes over straight after.

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#303 Post by mfunk9786 » Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:26 am

People (myself included even though last season was mostly not very good) would like to see this story through, but taking on a new one without any of these characters? Just don't think it's as much of a slam dunk as you do, dom.

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#304 Post by domino harvey » Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:26 am

HBO is eager to have something to offer all the subscribers they anticipate leaving the service after the show ends. I would bet money it'll be ready by 2020 so HBO can capitalize on the original series ending to tell folks "Tune in next year for new adventures in Westeros!"

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#305 Post by mfunk9786 » Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:30 am

"What's Westeros?," 2020 viewers ask, as they drift on a raft in their coastal city center looking for floating cans of shelf stable food

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#306 Post by domino harvey » Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:32 am

My favorite part of the Day After Tomorrow was the white-walkers

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#307 Post by knives » Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:12 pm

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It's sort of like buying a stock when it's at its highest point - very strange move on Watts' part and any other high profile member(s) of the cast that join up - if Game of Thrones fatigue hasn't already begun to sink in for people, surely after the finale they'll feel as though they've had enough for a while. I predict this new series lasts a couple of years, tops, since it'll surely cost HBO a fortune
Don't you like Better Call Saul?

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#308 Post by mfunk9786 » Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:06 pm

I sure do, but since when is Better Call Saul loaded with A-list actors, international on-location sets, and expensive special effects?

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#309 Post by knives » Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:17 pm

When was Breaking Bad? The originals were on different scales as well.

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#310 Post by mfunk9786 » Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:53 pm

Right, but Game of Thrones draws massive ratings with a cast that was mostly unknown or bordering on it, and it wasn't operating with the same blank check philosophy toward spectacle in the first season as it is now. HBO just needs to hope a spin-off will make a big enough splash to justify the fact that it will cost them [probably significantly] more than the original series did to get on the air. Much of this is my speculation, I'll admit, but actors like Watts are going to be making more than their counterparts did when the original series began, and fans have come to expect a certain level of production quality that isn't free. I don't see the comparison between those two examples from the perspective of the risk level for the network, is all.

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#313 Post by tenia » Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:06 pm

I never quite understood how running times can be that important for a TV show with so many different storylines (and a very variable pacing effectiveness) and a relatively small number of episodes per season. I'm not voicing a complaint here but I'm just curious because these running times became some kind of almost marketing angle whose appeal I really don't understand.
The total runtime for these 6 episodes is 432 minutes, which would equal 8 x 54 minutes, runtimes totally in line with many cable shows. Or, if one really wants a longer series finale, 7 x 50 minutes + 1 x 82 minutes. Nothing spectacular, really.

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