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  • RobertPius
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    #356719

    I was reading the other thread about the 70s categories and started thinking about how much good stuff there was back then. This year they seemed to struggle to find 5 really good nominees. Why’d this form get eliminated in the new golden age of TV as people like to call it.

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    They tend to attract an older audience. CBS dumped hallmark movies because of the age of the audience. In the 90’s when so many cbs shows were huge flops the movies kept them on the map. I also think they tend to shy away from controversy so issue movies or biopics- movies are for cable. No network could run a game change. NBC had to cancel hillary movie and cbs moved Reagan’s to showtime. Roe Vs Wade lost so much advertising. Too much headache!!

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    Boidiva02
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    Easy, viewers stopped watching them.    

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    BTN
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    It had Betty White at or a little after her recent popularity boom but The lost Valentine got 14 million viewers while also having a low 18-49 rating. That was an anomaly but showed how high viewership could be.

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    KyleBailey
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    I think it depends on the year. This year didn’t have alot but the past few years have had masterpieces like The Normal Heart and Behind the Candelabra. I wish Showtime delved into original movies too. Even networks should try doing them again 

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    Cobalt Blue
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    I too wish Showtime would make another run at original movies, as it’s really HBO’s personal category now.

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