The Breaking Bad Economy

As the wonderful show Breaking Bad winds down this evening, the folks most sad about it’s departure won’t be the millions watching it on AMC and Netflix. It will be the fine people of Alberquerque, NM, where the epic series is set.

“Breaking Bad became such a phenomenon that it helped in other areas such as tourism,” says Nick Maniatis, director of the New Mexico State Film Office. “You wouldn’t think that would be the case for a show about meth. But it was shot so beautifully. They did such a great job showing different areas of our state.”

The show’s cinematography has been so exceptionally well done over these six years, it has impacted the local Alberquerque tourism. There are now at least three city tours of Albequerque that takes tourists around specific spots featured in the show. On top of that, it has spurned a cottage industry around all things “Heisenberg Blues (Yo!)”. A local candy shop has created Breaking Bad Candy – crunchy candy styled like blue meth – while a local donut shop – Rebel Donut – has created Blue Sky donuts styled with blue icing and the aforementioned Breaking Bad Candy.

As the wise Dr. Seuss once said: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

Source: NYTimes.com

Advancing Market Research

I can’t believe someone actually pays for studies like this. “A recent study in England has found…wait for it….almost 90% of users of DVR/TV time shifting devices skip the ads in the shows they have recorded. “It really took a market research study by Deloitte to figure this out? “Stunning!! A revelation of market research!!” In the same story, the respondents did say that if the “ad pods” were shorter, they would consider paying more attention to the advertising. As noted earlier this week, some advertisers are grappling with this situation by trying to fake out viewers by having their ads look so much like the show that they are watching that they will stop Fast Forwarding through the ads.

Max Headroom

The iconic 1980’s show Max Headroom is being released on DVD by Shout! Factory.

Max was really an actor wearing prosthetics, and that illusion epitomizes the television-mad future in the show. The series, to be released on DVD by Shout! Factory, follows Network 23’s star reporter, Edison Carter (Matt Frewer, who also played Max), through a corporate-ruled wasteland where new technology beget new forms of abuse. The show, datelined “20 minutes into the future” stirs together future-shock speculation with contemporary influences: roving live broadcasts, cyberpunk, MTV, camera-ready Reagan-like artifice, television evangelism, video art and the thousand-channel universe.

Big Brother Gets Sabotaged

Every summer I say I won’t watch it, but every summer, I end up getting sucked into CBS’s Big Brother. For those who do not get sucked in, the show’s motto is “Expect the Unexpected”, and this year was no different. This year though,  ‘Big Brother 12’ got sabotaged because their twist, having one of the “Houseguests” be a Saboteur working to cause chaos in the house, completely backfired. Their “Saboteur” got evicted in week one

in a perfect storm of bad luck for CBS, that’s just what happened when Annie was evicted about 10 minutes after she was first revealed to be the Saboteur.

So now the show’s producers need to figure out another twist or catchy scenario to keep things fresh.  I say they put Julie Chen in the house for a few weeks. That would be an interesting twist!