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NBC Foolishly Passes on Sixth Gun

Seriously, guys?

In a world where Walking Dead and Game of Thrones are doing crazy well, NBC doesn’t think that a Sixth Gun series would work?

Not a good move, NBC!

Of course, as commenter Peter notes below, it is fair to note that the comic might not have been adapted well. So my apologies for jumping the sixth gun to “foolishly,” NBC! Perhaps you were totally correct! It is just a shame to not see a great comic series get adapted.

11 Comments

Peter Whitney

May 8, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Nothing against the comic… But the pilot might have been horrible. Just because the source material is good doesn’t mean the finished product is, as a lot of comic book adaptations in movies and TV has proven.

If they had gotten a TV Series Showrunner/Developer like Ron Moore, Bryan Fuller or the guy who gave us Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles, it would have worked beautifully

Brian Cronin

May 8, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Nothing against the comic… But the pilot might have been horrible. Just because the source material is good doesn’t mean the finished product is, as a lot of comic book adaptations in movies and TV has proven.

Fair point, Peter!

Game of Thrones gets roughly the same number of viewers as Community, which is one of NBC’s lowest rated shows. The show does well because it’s on HBO. It would have been canceled after a single season on a network.

And I think horror is a much easier sell these days than western, even though we all know the 6th Gun is more than that.

Brian Cronin

May 8, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Total viewers are meaningless. Game of Thrones nearly doubles Community’s rating in the demo, which is what matters.

Brian Cronin

May 8, 2013 at 4:51 pm

That being said, this week’s Game of Thrones had 5.5 million viewers (just the first airing, not counting the reruns) while Community’s most recent episode had 2.8 million viewers.

I’m currently in law school and had a big-wig from the gaming and television industry give a lecture and he was basically saying that creatively, working in network/broadcast TV is excruciating. We’re in what he called the “platinum age of television,” but that’s really only on cable. The big broadcast channels are still generally all about playing it safe and the product you get at the end of the line is generally really watered down from what was originally envisioned….assuming it even gets through at all.

Broadcast TV just isn’t a place for anything remotely daring or creative. That’s not to say that everything on broadcast tv sucks, just that it’s the exception rather than the norm.

I thought it was a lock. Listening to the recent Nerdist Writer’s Panel with Ryan Condal, it sounded like it was in good hands.

I have never read Sixth Gun, but if it really is a good comic you should feel happy that it was turned down by NBC. Hopefully a better network now has a shot at it.

C’Mon AMC or Audience …. PICK THIS UP!

…but the rational side of me does agree with Peter. Good point man!

Sold both of my #1s this week and just in time.

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