Uploaded on July 13, 2012 by Sky Ainsworth Powered by YouTube
Kudos to G4/Attack of the Show for bringing on Dan Harmon and allowing him to discuss and explain what is going on behind the scenes of NBC's "Community" and of entertainment in general.
This is especially significant with the recent revelation over the merger of G4 and Tech TV and how that was done from a business perspective, not a creative one.
Dan ripped apart the Nielsen Rating system, how that is an arbitrary number used to figure out advertising rates to customers, and does not take into account viewers who record the show for later viewing, watch online, rent the DVDs, or the international market.
"Community" is critically acclaimed, and has die-hard fans. Clearly it is a good show and will be valuable in syndication. Dan explained how the effort was put in to make the characters realistic, with personal histories and motivations. This is layering to the show, that regularly viewers enjoy, and helps the program continue to be entertaining for years.
I feel that Dan Harmon described the problem that G4 has been having with it's programming, and how AOTS is put together for the audience.
When it comes to quality programming, it is not "hitting targets" or having "this or that ingredient," it is what the creative staff brings together for the show. How "the family" works together. That creativity the audience respects, and this develops the "fan" of the show.
This also means that the staff can achieve their own personal greatness, which is recognized at award shows, which adds to the esteem of the show, and the desire of advertisers to put their product there.
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