Monday, April 18, 2005

This Sounds Familiar

If you're not a fan of the original Battlestar Galactica you can wander off to check out another blog, but I was interested to read about John Aravosis of AMERICAblog's accidental encounter with Star Trek: Enteprise actor Dominic Keating on a New York street, because what Dominic said about the cancellation of STE sounded awfully familiar:

The show was canceled because of politics. The people on high kept telling the shows producers to do inane things to make it more interesting, like "add a tamborine to the theme music" (they did), and, my favorite, "add a boy band to one of the mess hall scenes, entertaining the crew" (I'm not kidding). They didn't take that last advice. Suffice it to say, I'm told, that all this meddling caused some bad will between the show's producers and the upper brass and that killed the show, even though Dominic says it's the #2 rated show at UPN.

In my other other life as a Battlestar Galactica fan and webmaster, I've interviewed several people who worked on the original and they all agree, network interference killed the show. As Stu Phillips, the series composer told me, "If you took the percentage of shows that they put on every year and say, 'How much success do they have, what right do they have to tell anyone anything?', they are without a doubt the worst people at guessing or predicting what's good or bad."

The beat goes on. Sheesh. (via the multi-interested Avedon Carol)


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