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Ric Gillespie

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Re: Next Discovery Channel rebroadcast?
« Reply #15 on: February 07, 2011, 07:46:35 AM »

The head of Discovery Specials replies:

"Hey Ric,
Really sorry.  I didn't actually realize they had changed the airdate again.  It must have been last minute.  Sincere apologies to you and the fans."

To which I have replied:

"I'll pass along your apology and urge the mob to put down the pitchforks and put out the torches."
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Monty Fowler

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Re: Next Discovery Channel rebroadcast?
« Reply #16 on: February 07, 2011, 10:51:26 AM »

Talk about a "non-responsive response" :

Dear Viewer,

Thank you for contacting Discovery Communications.

Program schedules are made available on www.discovery.com at the beginning
of each month. These schedules are subject to change and updates are posted
as soon as possible.  Your TV Guides or other on-screen guides may not
reflect the most recent schedule changes, because the schedules were sent
to your cable or satellite provider prior to the schedule change.

Please use the "Newsletters" feature on our website at www.discovery.com to
receive e-mail reminders letting you know when your favorite program is
going to air by selecting the network of your choice.

Thank you again for expressing your interest in our programming.

Sincerely,

Viewer Relations
Discovery Communications

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Nancy Marilyn Gould

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Re: Next Discovery Channel rebroadcast?
« Reply #17 on: February 07, 2011, 11:07:51 AM »

Nice try, Ric.  Love the non-committal response!

It was bad enough that they changed it at the last minute, but they don't even seem to care.

Makes me want to boycott the Discovery Channel--with the exception of when your show airs, of course!
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Martin X. Moleski, SJ

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Re: Next Discovery Channel rebroadcast?
« Reply #18 on: February 07, 2011, 12:44:43 PM »

... It was bad enough that they changed it at the last minute, but they don't even seem to care. ...

I don't think we have to imagine any kind of malice on the part of Discovery.

They may have made a market decision.

They are in business to make money.  If they don't make money, they don't stay in business.

It may well be that the folks who buy commercial time asked for a show that would attract a different demographic from "Finding Amelia."  It may look strange to us (perhaps even offensive) because we don't have the data on which the decision was based.
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Martin X. Moleski, SJ

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Re: Next Discovery Channel rebroadcast?
« Reply #19 on: February 07, 2011, 04:55:12 PM »

... some wise wag once said something like "never attribute to malice what can be explained by stupidity" ...

That saying is now generally known as Hanlon's Razor.
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Re: Next Discovery Channel rebroadcast?
« Reply #20 on: February 07, 2011, 06:28:48 PM »

I think if I was at Discovery and knowing there is DNA material in the lab I would be inclined to hold off a re broadcast until the lab results are known - positive DNA results, what a suppliment - a negitive DNA result, end of NIKU trip.
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Re: Next Discovery Channel rebroadcast?
« Reply #21 on: February 07, 2011, 06:39:30 PM »

Talk about a "non-responsive response" :

Dear Viewer,

Thank you for contacting Discovery Communications.

Program schedules are made available on www.discovery.com at the beginning
of each month. These schedules are subject to change and updates are posted
as soon as possible.  Your TV Guides or other on-screen guides may not
reflect the most recent schedule changes, because the schedules were sent
to your cable or satellite provider prior to the schedule change.

Please use the "Newsletters" feature on our website at www.discovery.com to
receive e-mail reminders letting you know when your favorite program is
going to air by selecting the network of your choice.

Thank you again for expressing your interest in our programming.

Sincerely,

Viewer Relations
Discovery Communications

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Received the exact same form letter with a link back to Viewer Relations below their sig:
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A reply to this message will not be answered.  If you have additional
questions or comments, please go to our webform at
http://extweb.discovery.com/viewerrelations

I shall patiently await the next airing of Finding Amelia.

The delay is puzzling considering all the News Releases from shortly after the first airing that generated all that interest. 
Would have thought that they were going to create a series on the subject.

I expect they would have had an idea of what a long shot that DNA would be.

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Ric Gillespie

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Re: Next Discovery Channel rebroadcast?
« Reply #22 on: February 08, 2011, 06:11:03 AM »

I do have some further news from Discovery:

- I've been pressing them for information about how well, or poorly, the initial airing of the show did ratings-wise. I've interpreted their reluctance to tell me as either - "We're embarrassed to say that the show really bombed." or "Knowing that we'll soon be negotiating with you again, we don't want you to know that the show was a huge success."  Although they still haven't released actual ratings, they have now said (admitted?) that the show did "a bit better than our Saturday nights usually do."  'Nuff said.

- I've also been bugging them about whether they'll be offering the show on DVD. We very much want to make DVDs of the show available via the TIGHAR Store.  The word now is that their Commerce Dept. will make that decision in April.

- Discovery is still VERY interested in the progress of our research and planning for the next expedition.

- No word yet on a re-broadcast date. 
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Re: Next Discovery Channel rebroadcast?
« Reply #23 on: February 08, 2011, 08:04:48 PM »



Now if Discovery had something proving that Kennedy is alive and well on Niku, that could explain the schedule swap.


Maybe the next Niku expedition should keep an eye out for Elvis as well.   ;)

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Re: Next Discovery Channel rebroadcast?
« Reply #24 on: February 08, 2011, 09:07:54 PM »

Malice ... stupidity ... marketing decision ... whatever ... I think the best thing that us TIGHARs can do is keep cluttering up their Viewer Feedback In box, PITA though it is to do so, just to let them know that there is interest, a lot of interest, and it is ongoing interest. There is much to be said for the old "squeaky wheel gets the grease" saying.

And now I'm wondering ... if there are grassy knolls on NIku ... and Ric can't account for his whereabouts on Nov. 22, 1963 ... maybe the Discovery Channel's programming switch to Kennedy's Secret Service detail was just a teaser for even greater revelations to come?
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Re: Next Discovery Channel rebroadcast?
« Reply #25 on: February 09, 2011, 12:31:57 AM »


Maybe the next Niku expedition should keep an eye out for Elvis as well.   ;)



Not to mention Jimmy Hoffa and Judge Crater!   ;D





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Ric Gillespie

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Re: Next Discovery Channel rebroadcast?
« Reply #26 on: February 09, 2011, 05:25:21 PM »

- they did do a good job with this and I believe allowed TIGHAR to be well represented - much more than you can expect from typical Hollywood stuff.

Amen.  The production people were attentive and easy to work with.  We occasionally had to hold their feet to the fire about historical accuracy and we insisted on using our own cameraman Mark Smith who knows us and knows the island, having shot two previous expeditions to Niku.  They, in turn, insisted on sending a cameraman of their choosing out with the second boat.  Nice guy, but the island ate his lunch the first day out and after that he decided that his talents were best spent covering the ROV team.
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Re: Next Discovery Channel rebroadcast?
« Reply #27 on: February 09, 2011, 07:19:02 PM »

Speaking of the re-broadcast---any updates on the DNA findings? I'm kinda with Ted on this---postive results will give them a re-broadcast with enormous ratings--and a big grant-in-aid for TIGHAR for another NIKU trip. A negative result, makes a re-broadcast a moot point. But--even with a negative result, they might want to help fund a trip to survery off the reef ----to settle the Electra theory.
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Ric Gillespie

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Re: Next Discovery Channel rebroadcast?
« Reply #28 on: February 09, 2011, 07:40:17 PM »


I posted the following on our Facebook page earlier today:

DNA Update Coming Soon
We're working with the lab to put together an update on how it's going. It's a challenge to present a very complicated scientific situation in terms the rest of us can accurately grasp but the process is part of the story and we refuse to "dumb it down."

Once the press release is ready we'll put it on the TIGHAR website and put a link to it here.
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Re: Next Discovery Channel rebroadcast?
« Reply #29 on: February 09, 2011, 10:54:00 PM »

They, in turn, insisted on sending a cameraman of their choosing out with the second boat.  Nice guy, but the island ate his lunch the first day out and after that he decided that his talents were best spent covering the ROV team.


Idle curiosity here.  What was it that got to him?  Heat?  Seasick? Bugs?  Crabs? Sharks?






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