Alternatively, it could be a game-changer for TV fanatics and cult TV lovers, who want to fight for their favourite shows to get a proper big-screen send-off.
The old Community "six seasons and a movie" gag could become a reality if a show has enough passionate supporters willing to shell out their own cash for a film. Digital Spy looks at five potential TV-to-movie projects that could get the Kickstarter treatment in the future.
Friday Night Lights
"We're not done with Friday Night Lights," said show creator Peter Berg last year, sending fans of the emotional high school American football drama into a frenzy. How much would they be willing to stump up to see what happened to Eric and Tami Taylor and to hear one more "clear eyes, full hearts" chant? Quite a lot, we imagine.
Bryan Fuller's eye-popping and quirky TV series has been touted for a movie ever since it was sadly cut short in 2009. Due to writers' strikes and a demand for huge ratings, the show failed to capitalise on its early promise, but with its unusual visual stylings, the show is ideally placed to be transformed into a movie. Let's get The Pie Hole in cinemas!
This sort of list isn't any sort of list if it doesn't mention Firefly. So here it is.
Freaks and Geeks/Undeclared
Judd Apatow's early TV comedy series have come to achieve near-mythical status after they were harshly dropped after only one season. The big stumbling block to a revival would be finding a time when the likes of Seth Rogen, Charlie Hunnam, James Franco and Jason Segel are free, but if it could be co-ordinated the star power of the project could guarantee bums on seats.
It's still clinging on for dear life on NBC in America and some fans will still be keeping everything crossed for a fifth season. However, if it does all come to an abrupt end for the Greendale Community College clan, then surely there is no more appropriate show for a fan-inspired Kickstarter campaign. And if Dan Harmon was involved, we're sure plenty of people would dig deep.
What TV shows would you give your own money towards to see on the big screen?