CBS has a business model that works. Produce mindless, run of the mill, cookie cutter TV shows and dominate the ratings. The scripts are like those Mad-Lib books where you just fill in the nouns and what not.
The other sure-fire way to the heart of the American viewer is to take Has-Been, semi-celebs and make them do physical challenges, like dancing.
Continue reading The American Television Viewer Makes Me Sick; CBS
I fear for the worst. Despite my repeated e-mails to FX, it seems as though they may have already given up on Terriers.
During last night’s 90-minute season finale of Sons of Anarchy, which is sure to be FX’s highest rated show of the winter, they found time for only one Terriers ad. I saw no less than 7 commercials for the return of Archer, which is still more than a month away, but only one for Terriers which is on tonight.
I’ve suffered the cancellation of many of my favorite shows over the years. Terminator: Sarah Conner Chronicles, Freaks and Geek, Arrested Development, Firefly; to name a few. All canceled before their time, but none pained me as much as I expect this one to.
The only hope I hold onto now is the fact that FX hasn’t officially canned the show yet. At least not publicly. So anyhow, please watch tonight in hopes that high enough ratings for the finale convince them it’s worth another run…
We live in a world where the TV landscape is dominated by crap like (insert CBS Show here), but there are a couple of basic cable channels fighting against the storm of mediocrity, and attempting to produce quality programming.
The first of the 2 is AMC. With award winners like Mad Men and Breaking Bad they’ve earned a reputation for excellence, and they have the Emmys that go along with it. Now that they’ve added The Walking Dead to the mix, they’ve cemented their batting average with Hall of Fame like numbers in quality and production value. The second channel I refer to above is FX. While their constant onslaught of movies like Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Little Nicky never seem to stop polluting the cable stream, they do get credit for being chance takers. That makes me want to give them some slack for their regrettable decision to put Two and a Half Men on about a 1000 times a day. The fact of the matter though is, their original programming is unsurpassed.
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