I was invited to attend a focus group in Waltham last night. My first ever, actually. I’m sure the Internet is aware of what a focus group is. You sit in a room, and view advertisements and then discuss them with the group, what you liked, what you didn’t. What works, what makes no sense, etc.
And what type of focus group did I attend? TV. Seriously, could that have been a more perfect way to start? I don’t think so.
ANYway. I had no idea what to expect, and they don’t tell you beforehand what you’ll be viewing. Although, I should have known from the qualifying phone interview from a few weeks ago. They were awfully focused on Sci-fi stuff. Lo and behold, we were viewing and discussing and judging a potential Sci-fi channel show.
So, I sat around for about 20 minutes before being called into the tiny room with the many chairs. I actually had a pretty diverse group. Well, maybe not REALLY diverse. Apparently, we all watch reality TV. But about half of the group was interested in cop dramas and forensic stories. CSI and other similar shows. While the other half was pretty buried in Sci-fi. Think shows like Eureka and Heroes. And there were some overlaps with reality tv with networks like the Discovery Channel and A&E.
Once all 10 of us were settled in, the moderator (his name might have been Jeff…or Jim. Crap! I’m bad with names) passed around print ads, and had us rate them from 1 to 10 which ones we liked best, which caught our attention, and which ones just made no sense.
From the ads we saw, it looked very dramedy (part drama, part comedy). In my personal opinion, it was very X-files meets the Office, but with supernatural objects.
I can’t say that I’m not interested in seeing the show. And now that I’ve done some searches on Google, I’m quite surprised that I haven’t heard of this show before.
And also, Sci-fi is planning on changing their name to SYFY.
In a word? Lame.
All in all, it wasn’t a bad evening. I sat around and got to watch previews for a new show that I will probably check out. After all, what kind of TV-obsessed girl would I be if I didn’t give it the 3-episode rule?
What I found a little annoying was that there were a few people in the room that seemed a little pretentious. But then again, they probably thought the same about me.
My opinions weren’t based solely on the ads, but also on the basic way that television works from a writing standpoint. How many episodes, where plots will end up, etc. I think that might have been a turnoff for them.
I got my $75 for being there and giving my opinions, and got to go home.
Oh, and I had to pee the entire time.
I know, I know. TMI.
But it was fun.