wraithfodder (wraithfodder) wrote,
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Ah sigh, Starcrossed is toast :(

I am so far behind I'm reading blogs backwards... from David Hewlett's www.dgeek.com site - a section on the show STARCROSSED....

I have spent a lot of time and energy trying to make Starcrossed my follow-up to A Dog's Breakfast and Stargate Atlantis . Unfortunately, all I find myself with is a number of scripts (a feature, a 1/2 hour pilot and a number of for-the-web episodes) and 2 and a half years of development hell! After developing Starcrossed as a 1/2 hour comedy it was then decided that a 1/2 hour comedy isn't what the cable channel was looking for. They then became very excited about developing Starcrossed as a web series, only to discover (after a year of humming and hawing about it) they didn't think it would work as an advertising model.

That said, ScyFy have kindly agreed to let us have Starcrossed back, and for that I am very grateful. However, the legal side of this arrangement will still probably take many months to finalize...and even if it does finally get resolved, there are bound to be strings attached. This experience has made me seriously question the way Hollywood develops shows. It just seems like a colossal waste of time and energy (not to mention money) and that's just the projects that DON'T get made! I don’t remember who said it, or for that matter what exactly they said ;-) but it was something along the lines of: “if you can't work in the system then get out and create your own”. I want a future where television is created like independent film. As it stands right now, the cost of making a television show is prohibitively expensive using the usual (pardon the pun) channels. In order to be feasible in an indie filmmaking way it would have to be much cheaper to produce. Something that's very difficult to do within the current union guidelines. Sanctuary tried to go it alone, but eventually had to resort to the tried and true method of cable show (and good for them for making THAT happen!) Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog and The Guild have succeeded where many others have failed...mainly because they're smart, entertaining and created and promoted by savvy souls with marketing smarts! I imagine that they were also cheap to make (to be fair I have no idea how much they cost or how they do from a financial perspective, but they certainly don't work on the usual TV budgets) Web based entertainment also needs to be as easy to access on my television as it is on my computer, in order to com

So, SyFy dumped it, to be blunt. However, instead of having this on their schedule, I'm sure they'll find a new wrestling show (insert sarcasm). Sigh.
Tags: david hewlett, starcrossed
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