Apparently Adult Swim was just stringing fans along about the possibility of a real season finale for Metalocalypse…and based on this interview with Brendon Small, it’s pretty much impossible for him to even create so much as a Dethklok album now.
I won’t begrudge their stoner programing – heck, I even got a chuckle out of a Tim and Eric show one time during channel surfing – but surely they could trim a few episodes of Family Guy to make room for a finale.
Yeah. I guess we’ll know the ending eventually. And I am looking forward to the new Galaktikon album.
There are things that are more important to a tv channel than just making money.
One is taking a stand on intellectual property. Adult Swim is reminding us that all the fanship and money in the world doesn’t mean shit up against their legal right to kill a franchise. You never know what the changing IP world will throw your way; best to assert one’s rights wherever, whenever, for any reason or none.
Another (as Small himself pointed out) is novelty. Tv requires new product more than it does good product. One reason is highly paid program development people, who need to keep on justifying being highly paid. Another reason is aging. Younger viewers may join a long-running series in progress, but it’s never going to attract huge swarms of them and be the hot new thing all over again. And younger viewers are undiscriminating and herd-motivated enough to be the backbone of all tv ad buying. They need to be encouraged to flit from this to that to the other, in programming as in consumer goods. Everyone’s numbers depend on it.
I think it still surprises me that they asserted their rights in such an asshattish manner. In any case, it’s a good lesson about intellectual property.
Speaking of programming, I flipped through the current Adult Swim schedule…most of which consists of Family Guy reruns. Is the show still that popular, or is it just an economical space filler? Based on chatter I see on this board and elsewhere online, I would think that Rick and Morty is their super-hot show at the moment, yet it’s only on the schedule one day per week. Do they figure (probably correctly) that the main audience of that show is more likely to stream it than to wait for it to pop up on a schedule?