Fixing G4

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posted 3/20/2007 by Charles Husemann
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6- User created content show - User created content is the big buzzword in the industry and what better way to take advantage of that than to let your viewers have 30-60 minutes of air time each week to show their creations.  You'll need a few people to screen the entires and a host to introduce the segments but it should be a fairly easy show to put on.  You know all that Star Trek 2.0 crap?  This would be the perfect place to re-use it as your own viewers could comment on the stuff put on by each other.

7- Hire Wil Wheaton to do Star Trek Commentary - This will be tough because Wil had a bit of a falling out with the G4 people a few years over how Arena was handled but you need to do it.  Why?  Have you read the awesome stuff he's been writing for TV Squad?  This is what you need to do with Star Trek: The Next Generation, hire Wil to do a MST3K like piece with the show with this kind of material.  Hell you could even invite some of the cast of the show or some of the extras from some of the episodes to provide more information on what went on behind the scenes. You will probably need somebody to play off him but an hour of this stuff a week would be comedy gold. 

8- Buy the rights to Babylon 5, Farscape, and Space: Above and Beyond - These are great sci-fi shows that aren't on TV anywhere else any more and I'm guessing you could probably get them for cheap.  I'm guessing Babylon5 is going to be hard to get but pairing that with with the two Star Treks would be a murderers row of great sci-fi programming. Farscape and Space:Above and beyond would make for great late night/weekend filler programming.

9- Follow a game cradle to grave - This show would probably have to be monthly as development cycles aren't exactly fodder for a weekly show but find a small game and follow that bad from until it hits shelves or is available for download.  Give gamers some incite into what goes into making a game.  Show the good and the bad and explain a little bit about what it takes to get a game to consumers.  If you need a weekly show then send two crews out and track two or more games based on how much you have to spend.

10- Change the stereotype - While the content on the network appeals to geeks I get the feeling sometimes that the show feels the need to poke fun at their audience.  We get it, geeks are usually fat, nerdy, and don't have a lot of social skills.  Instead of poking fun at it why not have a show that takes somebody from their parents basement and into the real world.  Tips on fashion, healthy eating, and exercise would be fantastic but don't force them to change hobbies or feel bad about their interests.

I know these suggestions cost money to create but G4 but I think a few of these are doable.  G4 is currently our best hope for a dedicated technology/gaming channel and I would hate to see it turn into another SpikeTV.  Of course that may be what the folks over at G4 want which makes this list irrelevant but I would hope that people would realize that such a channel has a huge market.  You only have to look at the inroads that geek culture has made into mainstream culture for why such a channel is important.




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