|Re: Should MST3K Have Continued Forever? [message #42371 is a reply to message #42370]
||Tue, 12 March 2013 05:50
Registered: November 2012
In article <msampo-CC0F52.email@example.com>, Cornell|
> In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, "Dano" <email@example.com>
>> Forever is a very long time.
> It's a ridiculous question. All TV shows end. But its final cancellation
> had nothing to do with a decline in quality (some individual opinions to
> the contrary). MST3K never jumped the shark. Joel's brilliant concept
> simply became too expensive for network TV.
I have to point out here that your own contrarian opinion to the
contrary is an opinion, not a fact. The show jumped the shark when the
work got sloppy; I picked Invasion U.S.A. as the jump point because
that's when the problems became too large for me to ignore. I know
that many stuck it out to the end without much if any problem.
MST3K was never on network TV. I remember they tried a syndicated
version of their library on broadcast stations, but it didn't do well.
Maybe cutting it to an hour (and running the films in two parts) hurt
it. Maybe the larger audience just wasn't interested. I don't know.
They went to the effort of making new wraparounds, which was
> That's why it will never return to TV. (For more info on why MST3K
> will never return to network TV, visit
> As for it never becoming a "thing" -- I beg to differ.
Who said it hadn't? I think you're conflating the comments on MST3K
with the ones about Cinematic Titanic and Rifftrax.
> For proof, I only need to point out that the show was cancelled 14
> YEARS AGO and here we are talking about it. Go to Twitter and search
> for "MST3K." You'll find HUNDREDS of conversations about it daily.
> How many other TV shows that have been off the air for 14 YEARS can
> you say THAT about?
Many, and some of them have been off the air for much longer, but no
one was saying that MST3K didn't belong in the pantheon of "past shows
people still talk about a lot."
> The right people still get it.
> Sampo (who never crossposts...doh!)