Capt. Hilts

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  1. [Spoilers] Season 11 Discussion Thread

    In one episode there is a comment by Raj that Howard's friends with him so that he has someone to pick on. But I agree, it's generally not meant to harm.
  2. [Spoilers] Season 11 Discussion Thread

    Do you trust everything people say to the press? Do you think they're being perfectly frank and honest with the press? Folks here parse the words of the actors to find a world of motives but believe everything the writers/producers say. Tensor's evidence is statements by Lorre to the press. I say that information might be accurate but not complete. Or that it might have a motive. Do you understand there is usually a motive behind what is said? People's statements to the press usually have a purpose or motive. Lorre, etc. are talented and write every word, but you can bet the network and Warner's do market studies that might steer use of characters or introduction of characters. Discussion boards are not an accurate reflection of a show's fandom. They are too self-selecting. Where's the empirical evidence that folks wanted Penny to be paired with Sheldon? Comments on boards?
  3. [Spoilers] Season 11 Discussion Thread

    They have no motive to admit they look at market studies. Just as most politicians say they don't look at polls.
  4. [Spoilers] Season 11 Discussion Thread

    I have no clue about the pregnancy, its duration or sequencing. My point is the writers and producers are not going to say "focus groups showed that female viewers loathed Howard, so we decided to pair him off to make him less creepy." Writers and producers - and the network - have no motive or reward in saying or suggesting anything other than they write what they want when they want to. It's in the best interest of all-of-the-above to say they have total autonomy in what they do in addition to making working for their network more attractive to talented writers. And I'm not saying every decision is a result of market studies. But they do them. The Simpson's Episdoe about Poochie was a fantastic satire of the practice.
  5. [Spoilers] Season 11 Discussion Thread

    Where do you get this information? Online discussion boards? Pew Research? Online discussion boards do not accurately reflect the demographics and opinions of total fandom for any show or activity. They are generally too self-selecting and there are a whole world of folks too intimidated to express or defend their opinions on discussion boards.
  6. [Spoilers] Season 11 Discussion Thread

    They do focus groups about characters, etc. It's pretty basic stuff.
  7. [Spoilers] Season 11 Discussion Thread

    Test audiences are market research. Dial tests.
  8. [Spoilers] Season 11 Discussion Thread

    Two words: Market studies. Warner's/CBS don't just follow their whims.
  9. [Spoilers] Season 11 Discussion Thread

    FOUR if you count Stewart and Bert and FIVE if you count Raj's various girlfriends.
  10. 1108 - The Tesla Recoil (November 16)

    It seems out of character for him. ETA: I just read the Vulture review and I'm glad I missed this episode!!
  11. [Spoilers] Season 11 Discussion Thread

    Love his mother, too. Agreed!!!
  12. [Spoilers] Shamy: Season 11

    Well, he's got a world of social anxiety issues....
  13. [Spoilers] Shamy: Season 11

    I would normally agree, but they have to overcome what has - and has not [her dad] - been written before, in which her mother comes across as abusive. As the person who screwed her up emotionally. Is no one going to talk about the reference to 'elopement' in the summary of last night's taping?
  14. [Spoilers] Season 11 Discussion Thread

    Part of me - ideally my brain - thinks that's a response to all the "Sheldon's changed SO MUCH" griping. But I agree with you.
  15. [Spoilers] Season 11 Shipping Lanes

    They are consistently running three plots in each show to cover most of the characters. So, watching the show has become more like watching film clips of a longer show that you never see. And there's Bert and Bernadette's new co-worker....I agree that Amy's story needs to be fleshed out. Agree. But I have no clue where they're going to find room.