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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Official Babylon 5 Magazine canceled?
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 3/6/2000 7:42:00 AM  

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>>If this is true, I'm going to be angrier at TNT than I all ready am!
>>It's amazing that a series--B5--could have such a great following, and
>>yet, because of one network's meddling, the whole thing has just about
>>collapsed! I've just about had it with TV entirely! If this is how
>>viewers are treated, forget it!
>
>It is true and it's NOT TNT's fault.
>
>Sales are down since the show ended. B5, not Crusade. This is not TNT's
>fault.
>
>B5 is over. TNT gave it a fifth season and thus got to the end of the story
>JMS wanted to tell. That was a good thing.
>
>I find it weird (can't think of another word) that people who were so excited
>that TNT gave B5 another chance are suddenly so upset at them that they blame
>them for EVERYTHING that goes wrong.
>

Actually...it is.

We've heard from licensors and publishers, including Titan and Del Rey, and the
#1 reason they cite the problems they're having is that TNT is airing the show
at 7 a.m. Saturday mornings here in the US, which is the biggest market, and
where it *cannot* add new viewers. (Kung Fu is aired middle afternoon
weekdays.) Putting it at 7 a.m. Saturdays was a testosterone decision by some
folks at TNT.

So without question or hesitation, from the source: the continued placement of
B5 where it is is hurting the publishing licensees. This is but the most
current and visible example.


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