4 thoughts on “You Don’t Need to ‘Doomcast’ Worse News About HBO Than We Already Have

  1. Brian, I’ve heard about shows being written off for tax purposes before, but I’m not entirely sure how it works. From what I’ve gathered, it means that somebody declares a show to be non-profitable and gets a tax deduction, and they’re no longer allowed to make any money off of said show, so naturally it never gets an official release again, is that right? How often does this actually happen?

  2. It is very rare, Tom, and it only is happening here because of the unique structure that they are in as a post-merger entity. They have a time limit as to when they can write off pre-merger projects, and that time limit is some time this month.

  3. Also rare is a much anticipated film/TV movie/TV pilot which was canceled after a lot of buzz which STAYS buried and is never leaked somewhere. Twenty-plus years ago, comic book conventions were common places to find bootleg copies of geek related movies/TV shows/specials which got buried for one reason or another. Like “The Spirit” pilot or the Japanese animated “Tomb of Dracula” TV movie or the GEN 13 animated movie (which, like Batgirl, was fully completed before it was yanked for various legal reasons), or the Roger Corman “Fantastic Four” (also completed, then buried, for absurd financial technicalities). If this happened 20 years ago, you’d almost be assured to see someone peddling Batgirl bootlegs on DVD or VHS at the next biggest comic convention after something like this. Someone somewhere in WB would somehow get a copy.

    I mean, NBC’s Wonder Woman TV pilot starring Adrienne Palicki isn’t ancient history; that was 2011. And what happened? It didn’t matter that NBC produced a whole TV movie and then buried it. Someone got a copy and shared it online (especially on YouTube). And nearly every professional online website got to review it anyway. Just because it was bootleg, NBC got zero dollars out of it. And that is always the shame of it; usually had these networks or studios just gutted it out and released the thing, in most circumstances they’d have at least broke even. And I am sure at some conventions, you can buy a copy from a bootlegger (every con has one who still sells physical media) on DVD somewhere.

    I mean, not even the Supreme Court can stop a leak. Or the Pentagon. So while it is a shame to lose these shows, I am curious how long it will be before “someone” posts it online. It’s almost as inevitable as the seasons. It still is terrible news in the long and short term for HBO/HBO Max. Then again, only in America can a company acquire $55 billion in debt and still be viable and producing wealth for its executives. There are entire countries that don’t have a GDP of $55 billion.

    I admit, even while the context is evident, I did get an unintended chuckle out of the line, “the FUTURE Hacks of this world.” My sarcastic reply is that so long as TV, film and comic books exist, the future hacks of this world will be fine.

  4. I mean, not even the Supreme Court can stop a leak. Or the Pentagon. So while it is a shame to lose these shows, I am curious how long it will be before “someone” posts it online.

    It’s a fascinating question, since neither of these projects were necessarily finished, so I wonder who even has access to them? I agree, though, that it is likely that they’ll eventually get leaked.

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