Title: Press Coverage
Rider Jetfire - February 9, 2009 11:13 PM (GMT)
I was just thinking about this today so I decided to bring it up here. When Ace Lightning was first released, how much press coverage did the series get? It goes without saying that here, their wasn't ANY whatsoever, at least none I saw.
Staffhead - February 10, 2009 08:14 AM (GMT)
I'm not sure altogether about press coverage for the series although I have read a number of reports saying that the show had been sold to a great many countries and that it was popular.
I do remember lots of promotional clips being aired before and after the first series premiered but none for the second on the local ABC Channel (no.2) here in Australia.
Rotgut - February 10, 2009 05:57 PM (GMT)
I remember on CBBC's Newsround, they had a competition to win Ace Lightning games if they answered a question, something to do with Lord Fear.
Rider Jetfire - February 15, 2009 02:14 AM (GMT)
I find it interesting that they didn't put more marketing into the series, since it was such a large effort on all sides of production (and a costly one at that)
Staffhead - February 15, 2009 11:16 AM (GMT)
The second series had nothing at all from what I remember.
Only thing I actually remember about it was during the end credits of Episode 26 in 2004 they said a brand new series of Ace begins the next day.
Rotgut - February 15, 2009 11:50 AM (GMT)
They said at the end of Season 1 on BBC1 that Season 2 was on the way...I had to wait a year and half for it to come out. When Season 2 finished, they said the traditional quote "and that is the last in the series for a while" - in other words, no more Ace Lightning. :(
Staffhead - February 15, 2009 11:58 AM (GMT)
That's what they said here.
"Ace and his friends will be back next year" (2005).
Four years (more like five) on and I'm still waiting...
It's odd because it did seem a third series was given the go ahead. But I guess because it didn't do well in America they cancelled it.
Rider Jetfire - February 15, 2009 06:26 PM (GMT)
Yeah, although it didn't have much of a chance in America. Being in syndication/ not getting anything in the way of advertising certainly didn't help.
Rotgut - February 16, 2009 11:06 AM (GMT)
Yeah, since most American children cartoons are generally aimed at retards (no offence to any Americans since no one in America other than Jack Thompson is a retard).
I was told Rick Siggelkow that the show was cancelled due to lack of money gained from merchandise (hardly any was made anyway).
Staffhead - February 17, 2009 12:22 AM (GMT)
BBC does the best kids shows nowadays in my opinion.
Rotgut - February 17, 2009 11:10 AM (GMT)
Are you mad!? The shows on BBC nowadays are rubbish. They had such good things on in the 1990s and early 2000s now all we've got is shows aimed at kids with no brains. ITV is the best channel in my opinion.
Rider Jetfire - February 17, 2009 11:20 AM (GMT)
Rotgut, you are right that most American cartoons today are of very little quality. Even those that try don't end up being all that great. Some from the 90's and 80's had some top notch quality how ever.
Rotgut - February 17, 2009 12:32 PM (GMT)
Staffhead - February 17, 2009 12:37 PM (GMT)
Well, maybe not all BBC kids shows.
But a few. It's mostly miss and ocassionally hit latey.
Don't know about ITV as I don't know anything about British TV, lol.
Infact when I said BBC I meant British TV as a whole because I know next to nothing about British telly.
America does have some bad cartoons going on lately.
Rotgut - February 18, 2009 11:10 AM (GMT)
What bad shows do you yanks have? :P Gotta love the difference between American and British words and slang. B)
ITV1 has all the good shows (e.g. animes, shows aimed at teenagers, Spongebob Squarepants).
Staffhead - February 18, 2009 12:26 PM (GMT)
Thanks for the lowdown, Rotgut.
I'm Australian and there have been lots of hits and misses lately regarding our TV shows lately.
Rotgut - February 19, 2009 11:13 AM (GMT)
I used to watch Neighbours, before Channel 5 stole it. :(
Staffhead - February 20, 2009 12:03 AM (GMT)
I watch that with my sister.
Rotgut - February 20, 2009 11:00 AM (GMT)
I don't really know what has been going on but Harold has cancer! :blink:
Rider Jetfire - February 20, 2009 11:01 AM (GMT)
The real question is what bad shows DON'T we have? It seems very few shows are still on the air, since most of the best ones get canceled.
Staffhead - February 21, 2009 04:49 AM (GMT)
Harold actually had a big heart attack and died this week but Karl brought him back though he didn't want to.
Rotgut - February 21, 2009 11:38 AM (GMT)
Staffhead - February 22, 2009 07:46 AM (GMT)
Harold will also be leaving the show for good this week I believe.
Rotgut - February 22, 2009 12:21 PM (GMT)
:( I hope he doesn't die.
Rider Jetfire - February 23, 2009 10:58 AM (GMT)
Wow, I have no idea what you guys are talking about :P
Staffhead - March 3, 2009 01:09 AM (GMT)
Rider Jetfire - March 3, 2009 02:43 AM (GMT)
Oh I know that, I just have no idea about the plot :P
Staffhead - March 3, 2009 08:22 AM (GMT)
Well the general plot of 'Neighbours' is self explanatory really. It's about a group of Neighbours and then the general soap stuff.
Rotgut - March 3, 2009 04:23 PM (GMT)
"General soap stuff" - Every other soap I've seen is just misey, misery, misery! Neighbours celebrated its 20th anniversary in a positive lookback, Eastenders likely did it with someone getting pregnant, killed or someone trashing the pub. British soaps generally suck! ;)
Staffhead - March 3, 2009 11:26 PM (GMT)
The one's here are things like who is in love with who, generic teenager stuff, the big 'epic' plot ie.
On another soap we did have a nice send off for a character who was on the show for 20 years.
Don't really know much about British sitcoms. Alll I watch is British comedy (mainly Red Dwarf), occassionally British crime shows (My mum and dad love them) and British kids shows.
Sarah Frost - March 4, 2009 02:05 AM (GMT)
If Ace was a soap, where'd the plot have gotten to by now?
Staffhead - March 4, 2009 10:42 AM (GMT)
Fear and Ace having a secret relationship in the Love Dimension.
Rotgut - March 4, 2009 05:33 PM (GMT)
Staffhead - March 5, 2009 06:02 AM (GMT)
He left the show last Friday here.
Rotgut - March 5, 2009 09:42 AM (GMT)
:( *cries* At least he didn't die.
Staffhead - March 5, 2009 12:09 PM (GMT)
He went to Queensland (I think) to be with Skye and her baby.
Rider Jetfire - March 6, 2009 01:51 AM (GMT)
I think by now one of the characters in Ace would have been replaced by another actor, as in common in soaps
Staffhead - March 6, 2009 10:04 AM (GMT)
Zap Lightning and the Carnival of Lurve.
I'll stop now...
Rotgut - March 6, 2009 12:46 PM (GMT)
:blink: That sound's like something that might star hippies.
Staffhead - March 7, 2009 02:11 AM (GMT)
Hippy Lightning Kinghts.