Add that to the natural rise and fall of all shows like this, and its demise is inevitable, but it won't necessarily be speedy.
- PTTR has limited characters so there is only so much you can do to them and have the script remain credible.
- When faced with tired characters the writers usually lose their mojo.
- Hideous characters, such as the John Howard character, are inevitably introduced and end upsetting the feel that made the show successful in the first place.
- Introduction of babies is usually a desperate step (although the intro of baby Rafter wasn't as bad as it could have been).
- Ludicrus script scenario's such as Carbo's secret marriage begin to creep in.
- Popular cast members leave to try and make their new-found fame work for them in other arenas.
Yes, it's still watchable, but it is no longer a must see ........ if there's something fresher or more interesting on, viewers will begin to gravitate to alternatives.
It also highlights the common mistake made by most TV producers. That is when a show is initially successful.......flog it to death .... stretch it out, series after series until it dies a slow and miserable death.
PTTR would have made a great program if it was limited to 2 series - that's about what the concept merited. We never let anything die with dignity in Australia. We never leave the audience in raptures, asking for more.
Edited by feralflea, 15 February 2012 - 05:09 PM.