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Friday, March 24, 2023

Meg Detrie

Callie Kollenbroich

Pilot season offers viewers chance to decide which shows make it big

The future of television is upon us. Well, at least for those of us with Wi-Fi. The relative ubiquity of the Internet and the increasing popularity of streaming technologies have prompted some of our favorite Internet startups to begin dabbling in the production of their own original series. Netflix, previously an exclusive online distribution service, proved itself as a competitive force in the arena of original programming this past year after the release of a few critically acclaimed series—namely “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black.” Their success has not gone unnoticed and we now find ourselves in the midst of a digital arms race, with companies like YouTube, Hulu, Yahoo, Amazon and a handful of others all vying for a piece of the viewership pie.



I am a simple man with simple tastes, and one of those tastes happens to be buffet-style pizza for an affordable price. During one of our numerous five-hour TV sessi ons, my roommates and I witnessed approximately 34 CiCi's Pizza commercials in one 30-minute segment. Enraged by CiCi's taunting us with their mountains of pizza goodness, unbeatable prices and ZERO LOCATIONS IN THE MADISON AREA, we resolved to do something about it. I quickly pulled up the CiCi's website on my laptop, located their customer service contact e-mail and sent off this message to Mr. CiCi himself:

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