Warning: The first person to use the term Jump the Shark gets drawn and quartered
What good shows have annoyingly changed to appeal to a bigger audience? I don’t mean JTS moments. Those I think of as shows that are tired and have run out of ideas. JTS moments are usually unintentional. I’m thinking more of critically acclaimed shows with lousy ratings that made attempts to make themselves more palatable for the masses. I’ll give some examples:
Homicide: Life on the Streets This show was based on a non-fiction book about Baltimore homicide detectives. The show was supposed to take a more realistic view of detectives. A case may take all season to slove. Some never get sloved. Some get solved in 5 minutes. When ratings were bad they went to a more NYPD Blue style of writing. Most of the cases were solved in 50 minutes. The show retained some of its uniqueness but they did change it to try and get more people to watch.
Boomtown I loved this show when it first came out. The non-linear format was well done but it meant the audience had to pay attention. They were fighting for their lives due to poor ratings so they changed to a more linear format. Still better than most of what was on TV but it was better the original way. Not that it mattered it was cancelled anyway.
Due South Funny, quirky, sad and serious at times. One of my all-time favorite shows. They purposely changed to make it more accessible. It went from quirky to goofy. This was long before they changed Rays.