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Yesterday was ABC day as Steve McPherson took the stage over at the TCA Press Tour.
It’s funny (but not really) to see how Steve seems to blame every failure and cancellation on Nielsen.
After heavily criticizing Nielsen, McPherson said about Dirty Sexy Money and Pushing Daisies being cancelled:

I really loved the shows. The producers delivered what they promised. For us it was a frustration that we couldn’t get a larger audience — or that Nielsen says we couldn’t get a larger audience.

You’re saying that you had to cancel those shows based on a prediction taken from a system you don’t even believe in and publicly criticize?

Isn’t that the definition of hypocrisy?

In other news, Matthew Weiner finally signed that deal for Mad Men. The 10+ millions that were asked was kinda ridiculous given what we’re talking about here: a small cable channel and an indie studio on the brink of bankruptcy with a TV show having between 1 and 2 million viewers. Ultimately Weiner got a 2-year 7-digit contract with Lionsgate TV.
Not too shabby.

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