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Originally posted by Byrd
It's preparing us for pedestrian plots, dim dialogue, and decreasing story time in order to get us to watch the commercials and buy whatever it is that the comercial sponsors are selling.
I've had friends who worked in and around the television industry. The government doesn't come in and throw money at people to do material -- if that happened, it would be headlines in VARIETY and other trade papers because everyone and their performing dog would be trying to get a slice of the show as a writer/actor/gaffer/electrician/etc. And there'd be thousands of stories on the government involvement.
Hollyweird can't keep ANY secrets!