Notices

Utopia The 365 social experiment is underway! TV premiere Sept 7, 2014!




Reply
 
Bookmark and Share Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-02-2014, 02:07 PM   #1
Sheldon
YakTV Executive Producer
 
Sheldon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Oakley, CA
Posts: 6,613
Thanks: 3,408
Thanked 4,541 Times in 2,464 Posts
Groans: 134
Groaned at 139 Times in 124 Posts
Default Fox Cancels 'Utopia,' a Social Experiment That Failed as TV

Fox has pulled the plug on its ambitious reality series “Utopia,” two months into what was supposed to a 12-month, 24/7 chronicle of the efforts of a group of strangers to create a new society while living in isolation on a ranch in Santa Clarita, Calif.

Fox said it would pull the plug on its live stream of the activities on the compound later today. The show had been airing in the Friday 8 p.m. slot, although it was off the air two weeks ago while Fox carried post-season baseball games. As of this Friday the show will be replaced by “Masterchef Junior” reruns.

The cancellation is not surprising. The show launched on Sept. 7 with a plan to air twice a week, in addition to the live feeds available via UtopiaTV.com. But the Tuesday edition of “Utopia” was quickly yanked due to low ratings. The most recent Friday airings delivered a 0.7 rating in the adults 18-49 demo.

“Utopia” was based on a hit Dutch format by reality mastermind John de Mol of Talpa Media. But the U.S. version was clearly out of step with contemporary tastes and required a big commitment from viewers at a time when there are more choices than ever. Part of the plan was for Fox to charge $5 a month for access to multiple live streaming feeds from the “Utopia” compound.

“Utopia” underwent hasty revisions to add more urgency to the show, including the twist of having one of the 15 participants eliminated periodically. But viewers never responded.

SOURCE: Variety.com
Sheldon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2014, 07:58 PM   #2
19wingz
Carrie's Cowboy Casanova
 
19wingz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Michigan
Posts: 56,615
Thanks: 6,678
Thanked 8,656 Times in 6,627 Posts
Groans: 627
Groaned at 1,039 Times in 954 Posts
Default

Interesting. I kinda thought this would happen. It was only a matter of time. The cast was actually somewhat interesting to watch and the concept was cool, but I wonder if this would do better as a summer show and that's that. But ... we'll never know.
__________________
"Well titted, stand by for my upcoming tat." ~ Sheldon

Proud Supporter of the Michigan Wolverines & Detroit Red Wings!! (and anyone who plays those damn Buckeyes)

God put us here on this carnival ride
We close our eyes
Never knowing where it will take us next
19wingz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2014, 12:01 AM   #3
PinkFreak
Wonder Woman
 
PinkFreak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow
Posts: 8,613
Thanks: 5,055
Thanked 2,901 Times in 1,785 Posts
Groans: 58
Groaned at 84 Times in 75 Posts
Default

I quit watching weeks ago... lol
__________________

I love The Yak
It's my kind of place
Just walkin' through the front door

Puts a big smile on my face
It ain't too far, come as you are

Hmm, hmm, hmm I love The Yak


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 5 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
PinkFreak is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 11-03-2014, 10:11 AM   #4
Sheldon
YakTV Executive Producer
 
Sheldon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Oakley, CA
Posts: 6,613
Thanks: 3,408
Thanked 4,541 Times in 2,464 Posts
Groans: 134
Groaned at 139 Times in 124 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by PinkFreak View Post
I quit watching weeks ago... lol
That was echoed several million times over, which is why it's in the situation it's in today...
Sheldon is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


no new posts