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29 August 2010 @ 02:13 pm
So far, today is making me grumpy  
~ I went to drive to Canterbury this morning so I could get the last few bits I need to finish plushie!Morgana. Car wouldn't start. Not only that but it was completely dead. Dad has looked at it and we found that something was draining the battery by 0.5A. We think that when he moved it the other day, he accidentally knocked the switch for my internal light and didn't realise. So now it's slowly recharging but I won't be able to use it until tomorrow.

~ Read the news about DW being split next year. For a start, I don't particularly want it split - there's precious little to watch during those months as it is. Also, I hate it when US shows do that but at least they have the excuse of having many more episodes. I don't know if the thinking is that it will help DWs ratings but I don't think that is necessarily so. Assuming SCD isn't going anywhere, DW will either have to be on relatively early to accommodate it or up against XF. And what the hell is happening to Merlin? Presuming it gets a fourth series, DW will be in its slot. So will that be going back to January time? I don't want to wait that long for series 4!
 
 
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M: Merlin - OT4mfirefly10 on August 29th, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
I know abosolutely nothing about any of this but it sounds very upsetting! I don't want split-seasons of anything!
doylefan22: Merlin - Gwendoylefan22 on August 29th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
Moffatt has said that next year's DW series will be split into two halves. One at Easter, one in the Autumn. Of course that essentially means it's nicking Merlin's spot.
M: Merlin - I want to be on team evilmfirefly10 on August 30th, 2010 08:06 am (UTC)
*grumbles*

Here's hoping they find a way to move Merlin so we don't have to wait until Who finishes for series 4. *fingers crossed*
The Hebridean Queen: Morgana_bitchgnimaerd on August 29th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah I am VERY skeptical of this plan by Moffat to split the series. Two finales and two openers sound like 'more explosions, less character development' to me; and beyond that, what the hell is this going to do with Merlin's scheduling? I will be BEYOND pissed off if Merlin is pushed back for DW. They will either have to air them at the same time or air Merlin seven weeks later (so we'd have to wait until November instead of September) or they will air Merlin in the summer. Which would be awful - viewing figures in the summer are CRAP. Which is probably another reason why they are splitting dw - good weather as the show headed into June affected viewing figures with the last series. They're probably hoping to mitigate that by hogging two prime viewing spots instead of just one. But in the process they're nicking Merlin's. Sodding AWESOME. >_<
doylefan22: Merlin - Arthur whoadoylefan22 on August 29th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
That's what it sounds a bit like to me - it's like they think the slightly lower ratings this year were down to it not being as RTD like so they're almost going back to the popcorn movie ethos he had.

I REALLY hope they don't air Merlin in the summer. That would be beyond ridiculous; they must remember what happened to RH! I'm hoping they're either splitting the series up (two week break for xmas and new year) or starting it in January. At least it won't have much competition on the other side then. Possibly Primeval against it but I can see it easily beating that.

But they so shouldn't be sacrificing Merlin, which is a good commercial property for them for the sake of DW!

My other thought is the break has been put in to allow Moffat to do Sherlock...
The Hebridean Queen: Angel writinggnimaerd on August 29th, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
It's probably a mixture of both - Moffat demanding a bigger slice of the pie for his show and also wanting time off to work on Sherlock as well.

Thinking about ti more, I don't think Merlin airing in summer is likely - they wouldn't be finished filming the series yet, unless the actors got basically NO break between filming S3 and S4, which I don't think their unions would allow.

No, most likely they will push Merlin back to mid-January 2012. Which will SUCK; or yeah, push it back seven weeks and split it in two to allow for the holiday period in the middle, which I fear would do nasty things to the ratings. =/

I'm just pissed off in general that Moffat has clearly just used his clout to barge into Merlin's time slot without any apparent consideration. I wonder if Johnny Capps knew what was going to happen in advance? If not then he will almost certainly be having very angry phone calls with the BBC about this as we speak. Working in the festival has taught me nothing if not that show writers have big, delicate egos - he will NOT be happy.
doylefan22: Merlin - Morgause/Arthurdoylefan22 on August 29th, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
They can't go straight back into filming - there simply won't be time for the pre-production since they've not even finished on this series yet.

I suspect it will be Jan 2012 and I do think that that will be the best alternative slot for it (as I said on your journal - just to confuse ourselves with two convos about the same thing :D). If the only real competition it has is Primeval then I don't see that as a problem - that show has been so screwed with Merlin would likely batter it in the ratings.

Is it wrong that I would feel highly smug if Merlin, in its new slot, got higher ratings than DW? Or if DW got lower ratings in its new slot than Merlin did?
keeping it vaguely imaginary...: Binary Solo \\ contraire_icons__kali__ on September 3rd, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
I don't like change. Although I would like Merlin on over Christmas. Telly is rubbish over Christmas.

And to solve the whole poor summer ratings thing why don't they air DW earlier in the year. It's not rocket science. Start in Feb and run through to May, then everyone's happy. Really I should run telly.