If there is one thing that I know about television now a days, it’s that you shouldn’t get invested.
Granted there are shows like Law & Order, and ya, that shit is going to live on forever. But if you have a show about strong women, mental illness, controversial topics, time travel, or it’s geared towards a younger crowd – don’t bother.
Someone will cancel it.
I want to rage. I want to tell Netflix off because they took away something that is so important to people like me. They took away Spinning Out.
Now, I have admitted time and time again that I have a diagnosed mental illness, and that I don’t see a lot of representation of it accurately on television. I have admitted that Spinning Out made me feel less like I was crazy and more like someone understood.
And sure – that is a reason why I am pissed off. Sure. I feel like someone took a knife to my heart and told me that my mental illness wasn’t important enough to be shown.
But I also get that I have it better with representation than a lot of people and that I shouldn’t complain about that.
But what I can rage about is the fact that over and over again networks and streaming services take for granted marketing properties and set them up to fail.
First strike against Spinning Out was that it premiered in January. January 1st for that matter.
People have lives. Me, I was lucky enough to have screeners so I was able to watch the entire series prior to its release. But in January – we’re dealing with people who aren’t into watching television and they are trying to be better people by going to the gym or hanging out with friends or traveling.
There is a whole host of things that contribute, but if we’re being honest – January is like saying, “Here, I spent a shit ton of money on this and I have to air it, but I don’t care about it.”
And that’s just fucked up.
I get it – there are a lot of things that go into making a TV show. I’ve worked in the entertainment industry for over 10 years, and I have seen a lot of shit that I never wanted to see. I know a lot of shit goes into the making of a television show and a lot of it we will never see.
And I appreciate that everyone is not as jaded as me. That’s a great thing. BUT – more and more people are becoming jaded to television because no network or streaming service wants to invest time into nurturing something into growth.
Actually – I take that back, The CW does.
But everyone is in this state of lets just cancel – all the damn time. And I don’t know about you – but cancelling it is a fucking cop out in my opinion. Everyone is out there looking to reboot things, and so if something isn’t an immediate hit, then it’s fucked.
Well you know what’s fucked? I don’t have all the time in the world to sit and watch everything on your damn schedule. Sometimes it’s going to take me a few months or sometimes I need to save it for when the million other things that I have to do in my life aren’t present.
But you know what – I should apologize for that. Who am I to think that having a life and not sitting my ass in front of the TV 24/7 is what I should be doing.
Netflix has a practice of evaluating a month worth of viewership data before making a renewal decision on bubble shows. And yes, we knew that Spinning Out was on the bubble. Because well, what isn’t? In today’s world anything can be cancelled in a hot second.
But Netflix also lagged here. They didn’t market Spinning Out as well as they do and are capable of doing. They took for granted that if you want to appeal to a bunch of young people you need to be on social media and have an always on approach.
Sometimes I feel like the only people that truly knows how to do a social media approach that reaches the young is well – Younger.
But I digress.
The truth of the matter is that Spinning Out is a story that deserves to be told. And honestly I am pissed that they squandered this opportunity to tell this story. You had a chance Netflix – to show people that they can overcome the hands that they are dealt. You had a chance Netflix – to show people that they are not their circumstance. You had a chance to finish out a story that would inspire.
You had a chance to do good.
I’m so sick and tired of people needing immediate gratification. I am so tired of people who sit behind a desk who are so damn detached that they only think of numbers, and don’t think that people that can be changed, affected, settled in, and grow to find a bigger attachment to the show.
I’m so sick and tired of people being in a rush culture versus a nurturing one.
I can’t forgive this one.