Part of the problem is our expectations of television in the US- on the part of the audience and of the networks both. We think in terms of the ongoing, open ended series. Anything finite is labeled a ‘miniseries,’ yet some shows might be better off if they were created with a specific end in sight. A prime example is TWIN PEAKS. They started strong, and really lost their support. Had they worked toward the resolution of their primary storyline and wrapped, I think they could have gone out on top. The UK model seems better. Make a set number of episodes, and then, if the show does really well, consider renewing it for another set number, and so on.
John Zakour and Scott Roberts