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Battle Creek in the Media: Because Vince Gilligan = Buzz

From the LA Times:

...what's definitive about "Battle Creek," executive producer David Shore said, is its sharp, Gilligan-influenced tone, flashes of black comedy and non-network sensibilities. The series is slated to premiere March 1.

"There will be big crimes and real stakes but with small-town personal angles and a sense of humor," said Shore, Emmy-winning creator of "House." "We've said that if a story could appear on 'CSI' or 'Law & Order,' then we won't tell it."...

Mild spoilers (future plot points) included in the article.
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I will check out the pilot, but I don't know if I can really it seriously as a crime/cop show since I already associate Battle Creek with Kelloggs and Adventism.

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I know they picked the name because of the location, but it's so forgettable to me and I wonder if that might end up being a ratings issue.  I'm generally pretty good at remembering the names of upcoming shows, but 30 minutes after I see a commercial for this one, I can't remember anything except that it's "that new CBS cop show".

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I know they picked the name because of the location, but it's so forgettable to me and I wonder if that might end up being a ratings issue.  I'm generally pretty good at remembering the names of upcoming shows, but 30 minutes after I see a commercial for this one, I can't remember anything except that it's "that new CBS cop show".

 

I actually totally forgot the name of the show and I clicked on this link thinking, "what's Battle Creek"? It's supposed to be in Detroit, I think? They filmed in my neighborhood in Los Angeles and the only reason I know that is because a lot of people were pissed off that their shoots were super loud (full of gunshots and helicopters in an area where there are often actual gunshots and helicopters) and went long into the night after their filming permits had expired.

Edited to add thatI'll definitely be watching the show, if I can remember it's name!

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I'm intrigued enough to watch the pilot as I'm a huge Breaking Bad fan and happened to grow up in Battle Creek. I certainly would have never thought a tv show would be based off my hometown, but I'd like to see what they plan on doing with it!

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Damn!  Only 7.81 million viewers and a mere 1.0 in the 18-49 demo.  Granted, this is a tough timeslot and everything, but that's as close as to dead show walking, as you can get.

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Yeah, isn't Sunday at 10pm one of CBS' "death slots"?

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Dean Winters was on Aisha Tyler's Girl on Guy podcast recently. He talks a bit about Battle Creek and how being one of the stars is a change for him. He only alludes to his health issues; Tyler says he asked not to talk about it directly. He repeats some stories that are in the AV Club interview posted above.

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Bummer! But it's not like networks give shows a damned chance these days.

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Per TVBytheNumbers, Battle Creek is done for.

 

Aww, no. Even when you expect it, it still hurts. Echoing lordonia, I miss the days when TV networks actually had a little bit of patience. 

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Well, dammit, the time slot did it in.  In the prime demographic you can't compete with a show like this airing opposite HBO's Sunday night offerings.

 

I would love to see "Battle Creek" picked up by AMC (home of "Better Call Saul") or TNT (home of "Rizzoli and Isles").  Either network would be a better fit for this show, I think.  Given the quality of the writing and acting, it needs another chance. 

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I loved this show.  Smart & funny & the right amount of violence.  Too bad!!

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Well, dammit, the time slot did it in.  In the prime demographic you can't compete with a show like this airing opposite HBO's Sunday night offerings.

It wasn't HBO.  The Good Wife goes against the big ratings grabber on HBO.  The HBO comedies that air opposite Battle Creek get about a million viewers.  Mad Men also gets only a couple of million.

The problem is that The Good Wife is an awful lead-in.  I would think this show would have done better on any other night on CBS. Or even if it wasn't a mid-season show.

I am so bummed it was cancelled.

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I hate Sunday night shows on the network that has football.  They are *always* delayed.  The stupid networks don't know how to allot time for the games.  Seems to me it would be easier to schedule 3.5 hours for football, and then fill in if needed rather than the other way around.  And then, when football season is over I'd find these shows would still be delayed for unknown (to me) reasons.  So, in a nut shell, it's really hard to watch Sunday evening shows because the stupid network refuses to air them on time or even consistently.  There's nothing like turning in to see Battle Creek, for example, and finding yourself on the Good Wife.  I switch off and hope to switch back in time.  And yes, I've used those stupid eye-alerts, but a lot of people won't do that.  You can't even set your DVRs around it, they don't auto-adjust to the actual airing,you have to add time to it, and you could get that wrong too.  Putting a new show on in a time slot that it never adheres to is just stupid or the kiss of death, it seems.  Hard to build a following if people get annoyed when they try to watch and can't find it.

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A renewal was probably a long shot from the start, anyway. Sunday at 10pm is one of CBS' "death slots" (for all the reasons stated above), so the fact that they dumped Battle Creek there and premiered it late in the season means they didn't have that much confidence in it.

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Not unexpected, but still sad about the news.

And quite frustrated that new shows are expected to be insta-hits ratings wise despite poor timeslot placement, no network promotion and no regard for quality vs. quantity (ratings).

Battle Creek will join my other cancelled favorites The Crazy Ones and Enlisted.

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Typical - I put this on my "Follow" list and a week later: this news.

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I looked at that list of cancelled shows and the only one I watch is Battle Creek.  There's tons of stuff on the renewed list that I would dump for this.

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Add in the fact that there's supposed to be another Criminal Minds spin-off scheduled for next season and I'm considering just not watching any CBS shows.  Except Person of Interest and Elementary.  But once those are off the air. :-)

 

I really wish TNT would pick up the show or someone somewhere.  I really need to know more about these characters.

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I looked at that list of cancelled shows and the only one I watch is Battle Creek.  There's tons of stuff on the renewed list that I would dump for this.

Me too!!

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Add in the fact that there's supposed to be another Criminal Minds spin-off scheduled for next season and I'm considering just not watching any CBS shows.  Except Person of Interest and Elementary.  But once those are off the air. :-)

 

I really wish TNT would pick up the show or someone somewhere.  I really need to know more about these characters.

I'm with you on CBS (POI & Elementary).  (Confession: when I have a down-hour and need something to do/watch - or background noise - I might On-Demand watch an NCIS:LA)

 

Also - AMC would maybe be a good fit - isn't that where Breaking Bad aired?

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Mine would be NCIS: New Orleans. CCH Pounder, Scott Bakula and Lucas Black are almost irresistible. 

 

I would definitely take AMC.  The characters on BC are layered and the relationships are complex.  Yeah, Russ can be the stereotypical "break the rules to get the job done" cop, but after meeting his mom, it has context and yet you just know it's not the whole explanation.  I hate missing Russ and Milt and the rest and they aren't even gone yet.

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I watch PoI and Elementary too.  I used to enjoy NCIS: Los Angeles because I liked the cast and the pure silliness of it (they don't even pretend something has to be Navy related), but this season I just haven't been able to raise enough interest to turn it on or catch it on On Demand.

 

I'd love to see  this show on another network - any network really.

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I enjoyed it when PoI & Elementary were on back-to-back: all that great NYC location-porn.  In fact I'd wished they could do a cross-over, but I guess that'd be tough to do.

 

ETA: I was also about to start character threads: one would've been: "Russ Agnew: He's Mayhem!"

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ETA: I was also about to start character threads: one would've been: "Russ Agnew: He's Mayhem!"

*sigh* I would've posted on that thread. *sigh*

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CBS is notorious for giving new shows only a few episodes to catch-on. That is tragic. Had this show piloted in the fall, it would be a winner. I wish CBS will re-think, and give it the summer to gain an audience. 

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The show had ten episodes to find an audience. I doubt this show is super cheap to produce, so I can't really blame CBS from a business standpoint for canceling it.

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The show had ten episodes to find an audience. I doubt this show is super cheap to produce, so I can't really blame CBS from a business standpoint for canceling it.

 

I don't really disagree, but the thing is, I doubt they are going to find a suitable replacement, and we will have to sit through another season of a cancelled TV show.  I don't know a lot of people who watched this, but of the people I did know who did, everyone seemed to like it.  Pity! 

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CBS is a strange place. They have a stable of guaranteed moneymakers that aren't going away anytime soon and every year or so they manage to find yet another one, although they end up discarding quite a few in the process of discovering that one. They always have more shows people would watch than slots for those shows so they end up tossing some perfectly good shows fairly quickly. It's upsetting when they dump something I wish they'd keep but I can see how it happens.

 

You know what would be good? If CBS could work like HBO & Cinemax, where CBS could keep the golden-goose shows going while having a secondary channel for slightly less profitable but good little gems that people would also reliably watch. Maybe it would get less advertising dollars but tied to a big moneymaker like CBS there would be less pressure and shows like Battle Creek or CHAOS (sob!) would have breathing room to grow.

 

There's probably some broadcast network regulatory barrier to this but if it ever happens, I'd be glad to watch shows on both channels. Hear that, CBS?

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I wonder if this show would have worked better as a summer series? It wouldn't have had the fierce competition from GoT, MM, etc. The tone of Battle Creek is light enough that I think it could have worked. 

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I like this show so much and will really miss it.  I love the characters and the plots can be quite surprising.

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