When I was in Las Vegas last year, I stayed at the MGM Grand. Visitors to the casino can rate and comment on the bare bones of an (unidentified when you sign up for it) upcoming television show. Usually, a new season opener. The background music might not have been added, nor the credits, nor some scenes. For instance when I attended one session in 2012, a notice came up on the screen at the start of a scene saying something about blood and spatter to be added later. - no prizes for guessing the name of that show: "Criminal Minds".
I was happy as a sandboy to discover when I got into the screening room last year that we were all (about a dozen of us) to review 'Elementary', which would be shown on American tv screens, I think, the following month.
As the episode progressed, I was required to twirl a numbered dial expressing my level of interest. If I felt like turning the show off completely - horrors for tv executives - I would press a button.
After watching 'Elementary', we had to mark off on a personal computer what we thought of each star, the supporting actors, the music , individual scenes, the production, etc. Then ... it was a long session ticking off our likes and dislikes of dozens of other tv shows and their stars.
It's hard to take in that collectively we viewers in that room could be responsible for the careers of so many people.
The episode that I rated last year was the new season-starter where Holmes goes back to England with his assistant, and sees his brother.
Look out for it on NZ television screens this coming week. Of course, that's if NZ tv play the episodes in the proper order.
Oh, here's a pic I took of The Strip, night-time, in Las vegas:
FYI: The Cottage in Eketahuna. where I stayed a couple of weeks ago, survived the eartquake, but a house belonging to the owners' relatives, not so well. They've had to move out and wait for the structure to be assessed.