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HBO Getting Desperate with Tell Me You Love Me

You can really smell the desperation sometimes and these days HBO practically stinks of it. HBO has been riding the Sopranos hearse for so long that they have gotten lazy. With the Sopranos gone, Chris Albrecht gone and Deadwood, canceled; HBO now faces a slate of hopeless shows.

With Big Love, HBO discovered that Americans were not interested in a series normalizing polygamy, aka rape. With Lucky Louie, HBO discovered that Americans were not interested in paying for HBO in order to see the same family sitcoms they could see on ABC or CBS but with more cursing. With John from Cincinnati, HBO discovered that viewers actually want their shows to have some kind of point. John from Cincinnati doesn’t. David Milch admitted that even he doesn’t know what the point of the show is. And if he doesn’t, how is anyone else supposed to?

Now in utter desperation, HBO is going the well worn indie route by angling for publicity with Tell Me You Love Me complete with explicit sex scenes and all the body parts involved on display. HBO is certainly getting plenty of coverage for Tell Me You Love Me but the coverage all focuses on the sex scenes and people are not paying for HBO in order to see the stuff they could get online for free. Sex on cable might have been a golden route to profits in the 80’s but in 2007, it’s a pathetic joke.

If HBO wants to keep its business model alive, it needs a lot more than that.

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