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#1 Chris B

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 02:53 AM

I'm surprised I haven't seen a thread about this, although I may have missed it! The show will be syndicated and also air on the web. The episodes will be 30 minutes each, but no word on if it'll have a daily or weekly format.

 

New original episodes of the Emmy nominated webseries “Gotham” are coming to television and all digital media. Gotham is a serial drama based on characters originally created by two- time Emmy winner Martha Byrne and DGA/Emmy Award winner Alexandra Verner Roalsvig. Gotham is written by Byrne and Emmy nominated actress/director Lisa Brown. Brown and Byrne have worked in the world of daytime television for over two decades and created Gotham for the web in 2009 to celebrate the classic story telling of the serial drama and as a “thank you” to the fans for their continued support. Byrne, “Lisa and I are thrilled to be working with simplyMe to create new episodes of Gotham. We believe in the value of good story telling and simplyMe is giving us the opportunity to share our new journey with our fans.” The new episodes of Gotham will be distributed by simplyMe and produced by Gotham Productions LLC. SimplyMe CEO Krystol Cameron, "It brings us great pleasure to provide Gotham distribution over our cable and digital TV channels nationally. Gotham, once enjoyed by consumers on the web, will now go mainstream on and offline with new original episodes. It is a thrill for me and my staff to work with producer David Wenzel and seasoned veterans Martha Byrne and Lisa Brown.”

 

LINK: http://www.prurgent....lease290280.htm

 

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For me, I'm more shocked than anything. It's been four years since Gotham aired. I've always said Gotham is one of the few web soaps I'd LIKE to see move to tv because it had a good premise that would led itself to that. The production values weren't the best, but I could see what they were trying to achive and it felt like good soap. I hope with a bigger budget that these kinks are worked out. I hope it's a success! They certainly picked a good year to do this.


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#2 DRW50

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 03:11 AM

Are we going to continue to have episodes where the credits take up half the show?

 

I will watch this if they bring back Melanie Smith and Lisa Peluso and Margaret Reed, etc. Not interested in Martha herself, never really have been.


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Posted 25 March 2013 - 03:26 AM

She said to expect some big names in the cast. It'll be nice to see a project that hopefully features a good amount of unemployed P&G actors. I'd love Maura West to have a role in this.


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#4 DRW50

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 03:47 AM

That would be nice, depending on the P&G actors. I would be so happy to get people like Melanie Smith back on TV again. Liz Hubbard, Finn Carter, Kathleen Widdoes, Susan Marie Snyder, Marie Masters, Don Hastings, Kathryn Hays, on and on and on, from the ATWT cast alone.


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Posted 25 March 2013 - 11:31 AM

I think it's a good idea, although, unlike a lot of soap fans, it didn't bother me whether I watch online or not (or course, having a giant gaming laptop screen doesn't hurt).

 

Yeah, I agree about the credits and/or the intro taking way too much time.  That seemed excessive to me.  I think I know why they did it (as a sort of recap but I watched a bunch of episodes in one sitting, so those intros seemed especially tedious and a waste of precious storytelling time.

 

Hopefully, they will be able to expand the set of character so that the storytelling is a tiny bit broader.

 

CarlD2, I'd love to see some of those ATWT characters appear in some capacity.  I'd especially love a mini reunion with Finn (whom I haven't seen in so long) and Elizabeth.  All the rest sound good too.  Now, if they could get Brian Bloom, I'd really get excited!wub.png

 

Regardless of what people think of Martha, it is unlikely this show would have a chance of returning without her ability to network.  She strikes me of someone who knows how to connect those links she's made throughout the years.


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Posted 25 March 2013 - 02:47 PM

"Are we going to continue to have episodes where the credits take up half the show?"

 

I feel mean, but this is my main memory of the show, as well... 


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Posted 25 March 2013 - 02:56 PM

I would have to see what "nationally syndicated over our stations" really means.

 

As much as I love MP, I watched about TWO minutes of "the show" (which seemed to be mostly credits) before I gave up.

 

Although I will admit, I was HUGELY turned off by the casting choices and the fact it started airing (I believe) slightly before ATWT ended. It hurt too much to watch.


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Posted 25 March 2013 - 02:57 PM

I'm just not a fan of Martha Byrne (acting or personality)...


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Posted 25 March 2013 - 03:07 PM

Let's just say this [!@#$%^&*] leaves me a good deal more skeptical about it somehow making it to a television screen than PP did in December.

 

That show was not exactly cable-ready.


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#10 Y&RWorldTurner

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 03:10 PM

Hell, it wasn't even cable-access ready. 


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#11 Vee

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 03:10 PM

Hell, it wasn't even cable-access ready. 

 

That too.


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Posted 25 March 2013 - 03:37 PM

I think the show needs to make some major structural changes.  Many web series have increased their production values and started to improve the writing since Gotham streamed its last episode.  So even if it would have returned as a web only series, it would've needed to make some improvements.  On TV (even if it ends up one MeTV or Cozi) the expectations will be that much higher.

 

It will be interesting to see how this pans out.


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#13 Vee

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 03:37 PM

I think the show needs to make some major structural changes.

 

Like adding walls.


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Posted 25 March 2013 - 04:08 PM

Like adding walls.

 

LOL.  True.  Things were looking kinda flimsy on some of those locations.


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Posted 25 March 2013 - 04:28 PM

I think the show needs to make some major structural changes.  Many web series have increased their production values and started to improve the writing since Gotham streamed its last episode.  So even if it would have returned as a web only series, it would've needed to make some improvements.  On TV (even if it ends up one MeTV or Cozi) the expectations will be that much higher.

 

It will be interesting to see how this pans out.

Well said.  When Gotham was running--or at least the first few episodes I saw, while webseries were obviously starting to become a viable thing, I still allowed a lot of leeway in terms of quality--and Gotham frankly still didn't live up to that IMHO.  By current standards when you have a lot of webseries that honestly do look as good as (cheaper) cable programming, it seems odd to me that this would even still be viable.  Is there a huge fanbase I am completely clueless about?  Are people writing fanfic about what could have happened after the last made episode?  Otherwise why not just start again from scratch?


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Posted 25 March 2013 - 11:18 PM

I think DramatistDreamer has a good point about connections. Martha seems to be relatively well-connected. I was a little harsh yesterday but I did want to point out that I'm happy she's pushing for this, and also happy that Lisa Brown is so involved. Now I just wish someone would give Lisa a makeover and get her back in front of a camera.


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Posted 26 March 2013 - 12:52 AM

I'll be harsh for the both of us. I just don't see how that thing was viable as it was. Maybe I'll rewatch it.


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Posted 26 March 2013 - 01:11 AM

In the age of digital over-the-air channels, with the new obscure national networks, I guess this isn't as shocking.  Also though, I think AMC/OLTL will get more viewership being Web-only than Gotham will despite having a "TV deal."  I was only able to get through one episode of Gotham on the Web.  Production values weren't a big deal for me.  Instead, the characters just seemed too upper-class and rich for me.  I doubt I'll be watching.

 

Still this is good news for Martha Byrne and good news for soaps!  2013 continues to be the year of soap revival.


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Posted 26 March 2013 - 12:12 PM

Also though, I think AMC/OLTL will get more viewership being Web-only than Gotham will despite having a "TV deal."

 

Yeah, I see this being the case as well.

 

And AMC/OLTL with their relatively diverse casts...if PP can get these shows on some international platforms...provided the stories are compelling, there is potential for viewing in other countries.

 

EricMontreal22 mentioned Gotham starting 'again from scratch'.  I think this could probably be accomplished, given the amount of time the show has been away.  It wouldn't be a bad thing to broaden and diversify Gotham so it actually resembles what Gotham looks like in this day an age.  And adding some former ATWT alums (the ones we want, of course-LOL) couldn't hurt.

 

Speaking of ATWT alums,

 

Does anyone know why the Steamboat clips got pulled from You Tube?  There doesn't seem to be a presence for this series anywhere on the Web?  Just curious.


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Posted 26 March 2013 - 12:22 PM

The Steamboat people pulled the clips. They were trying to sell it so they took them all offline.


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