The New TV Season Leaks Onto The ‘Net

bw_4_800x600.jpgAh, leaks! What would a journalist be without them? Well, each year it seems that more and more of the new season TV pilots get leaked on to the ‘net and while I deplore piracy, I do believe that leaking TV shows on to the ‘Net may only serve to drive viewers to a show. What do I mean by that? Well, if enough intrepid bloggers watch a show a month or two in advance of its airing and then write about how cool it is, it starts buzz and thereby drives eyeballs to the airing of the premiere. Whatever you may believe, the number of people who can actually navigate Bittorrent and download a show is still relatively small, so most people are not downloading the pilots. Many people are still without DVRs, even. And before you cry “Snakes on a plane!” let me point out to you that the studio behind that bomb misread all the buzz flying around the web. They bought into the “any publicity is good publicity” canard and thought that all of the blogs “dedicated” to the film meant that B.O. would be high. Guess again. We were laughing at the film, not with it and word is, you had to actually be high to like the film.
I have managed to get copies of a few of the upcoming season’s pilots and will endeavor to let you know how cool or, well, not cool they are. As I’ve said, I suspect that these particular pilots have been officially unofficially released in order to create buzz, but if that’s the case, I am more than happy to indulge. I mean, what might have happened to Threshold, Invasion, Surface, Eyes and dozens of other quality shows, if they’d only been “leaked” to the blogosphere? Maybe nothing different, but maybe, just maybe they’d have earned a few extra tenths of a rating point on their debut and carried some more viewers over and survived. The truth is, most of these particular shows are getting very high positives in advance of their airings.
At any rate, watch this space for some (always spoiler-free) thoughts on NBC’s Bionic Woman and Chuck (anyone remember Jake 2.0?), ABC’s Pushing Daisies, FOX’s The Sarah Connor Chronicles (which apparently doesn’t start until Spring ’08), the CW’s Reaper and Showtime’s Californication and the new season of Weeds.

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