Buyers Don’t Wanna Play Doll-‘House’ Just Yet

by admin on September 19, 2008 · 4 comments

Difficult economic times and other uncertainties have meant that international buyers remain cool over the purchase of Dollhouse (and many other US shows on offer), despite the recent screening in London:

LONDON — The difficult economy, the hangover from the WGA strike and the uncertainty surrounding the next SAG contract has made things weird for studios hosting London mini-screenings to make up for the dearth of TV product available to view at the Los Angeles Screenings in May.

“What we have now are screenings that are so close to when the shows are going to air that people are saying, ‘There’s no point in bidding now, let’s wait and see how it goes before we decide,’ ” one major U.K. buyer said.

“There isn’t a scramble to put money on the table in the way there is in Los Angeles,” another major terrestrial player said. “I haven’t offered for anything yet. I’m not ready to make offers, and there is nothing so compelling that I think I have to.”

So far, ShineReveille, Disney and Fox have held screenings for London-based buyers. (All the American heavyweight sellers as well as program buyers will have another chance to make deals during the Oct. 13-17 MIPCOM market in Cannes.)

NBC Universal’s planned event was canceled, sparking some concerns among the buying community about its upcoming shows.

Warner Bros., which was able to show most of its fall season shows in Los Angeles, sent out screeners, as did CBS/Paramount, which is fielding the buzzed-about youth-skewed remake of “Beverly Hills, 90210.”

Although some shows, notably “90210,” ABC Studios’ romantic drama “Cupid” and the 20th TV-produced threesome “Dollhouse” (from Joss Whedon), “Life on Mars” (the remake of a British drama series) and comedy “Better Off Ted” are among shows that buyers praise, the appetite for U.S. fare seems cooler than at any time in the past few years.

Although some shows, notably “90210”; Joss Whedon’s “Dollhouse” from Fox; ABC Studio’s romantic drama “Cupid”; the Fox-distributed remake of British drama series “Life on Mars”; and the Fox comedy “Better Off Ted” are among shows that buyers praise, the appetite for U.S. fare seems cooler than at any time in the past few years.

Instead of giving over as many slots to U.S. fare, key buyers such as Sky One and Channel 4 are seeking success with their own commissioned shows

Its to be expected really, it just so happens that Dollhouse came along during an economic slump and on the heels of a writers strike. Every show has it’s own unique challenges that it must deal with. Although I’m sure the doom-merchants will use this as another reason to be negative, despite the positives.

In a funny way, all of the recent doom and gloom surrounding the show might actually be a good thing. People were getting way ahead of themselves with this show (myself included – I mean watchingdollhouse.com? Surely I should have gone for goingtobewatchingdollhousesoonmaybe.com?). Maybe we can lower the expectantcy a wee bit and be pleasantly surprised by whatever Joss cooks up? HEH.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Nevermore September 20, 2008 at 2:46 am

“There isn’t a scramble to put money on the table in the way there is in Los Angeles,” another major terrestrial player said.

Err… Terrestrial? Was that adjective necessary? Are there extraterrestrial players that we need to be differentiating these people from? If so, are they interested in buying Dollhouse?

wiesengrund September 20, 2008 at 9:49 am

i think they meant “a network not being on cable, and not being on satellite”, an network only reacheable by an old conventional analog antenna on your roof. 🙂

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Nevermore September 20, 2008 at 3:55 pm

That is way less interesting than the alternative.

Roco September 21, 2008 at 1:47 am

Hehe!:-D

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