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The Problem with Network Executives…

The Problem with Network Executives…

The Problem with Network Executives…

It seems that Network executives have become spineless and clueless over the years.  I don’t think they always were but they certainly seem so today.  I recall a time back in the 80’s and 90’s when these executives would stand up for good shows, even when their rating weren’t that good and sometimes when the ratings were pretty bad.  They would even stand behind a show when the insane religious right would complain about a show.  Even when some sponsors pulled their advertising.  These executives still stood behind their shows.

I am reminded of a few examples.  Going back to the early eighties shows like Night Court and Cheers suffered from poor ratings but they were good shows and given a chance for a second season. These shows became part of the backbone behind NBC’s in the eighties and in part became part of NBC’s domination of Thursday night.  That domination later turned into it their “Must see TV!” campaign.  NBC ruled supreme for well over a decade and it owes a lot of that domination to these series that suffered from poor ratings in their first season.

There were campaigns by Christian groups to get Married with cancelled.

In the late 80’s and early 90’s on FOX, shows like The Simpson’s and Married with Children dominated!  Conservative religious groups hated these shows.  There were campaigns by these groups to get Married with Children cancelled.  Sponsors pulled advertising but the the executives at FOX had some backbone and didn’t kowtow to these idiot groups.  Today, these shows would be cancelled the moment anyone claimed to be offended.

Now, any show that offends the Christian right is cancelled the moment there’s a complaint.  Yet, if the show is followed and generally supported by the Christian right it can get away with promoting a life style that is anti-gay, bigoted and racist as long as it does so by hiding behind the Bible.  Hell, people in the show can be child molesters who admit to committing incest and the cast can support them and the network behind the show will adopt a let’s wait and see mentality.  This happening right now with the show 19 Kids and Counting.  Sure it has pulled the current run of the show but hasn’t cancelled it.  This is an obvious attempt to literally just wait and see how bad the media attention gets before it finally does the right thing and cancels the bigoted show.

19 Kids and Counting is a cast full of admitted bigots and anti-gay people.  The network doesn’t even flinch at the criticism.

Seriously, think about it.  Duck Dynasty‘s cast supports underage teen sex and bigotry with just a touch of racism thrown in for taste.  The show is still on the air.  19 Kids and Counting is a cast full of admitted bigots and anti-gay people.  The network doesn’t even flinch at the criticism.  It has taken the admission of multiple disgusting acts of sexual perversion of the worst kind to get episodes of the show pulled from the line up.  But, even that hasn’t been enough to get the show cancelled, yet.  However, in all fairness, I am pretty sure the show is going to get cancelled as the events surrounding Josh Duggars crimes are brought to light.  My point however, is that it hasn’t been cancelled yet.  The network has been aware of the admitted sex crimes for a full week.

So, here were are in May when the Networks normally start to announce the current seasons cancellations. Two cancellations really stand out to me this season.  The new show Backstrom on FOX and ABC’s show Forever have both been cancelled.  Both of these shows contain unique main characters, interesting stories and really good writing.  Why were they cancelled?  Lackluster ratings.  Doesn’t matter that they are good shows with loyal fan bases.  It seems these idiotic network executives simply have no back bone to stand behind them.  Think about it, insanely stupid, shallow and ridiculous shows like the Bachelor and the Bachelorette are still on the air and they cancel Forever?  Are you kidding me?

In this day and age when the average TV watching person has access to hundreds of channels and thousands of shows that can be watched online, as well as all the podcasts and internet programming, it’s insane that there isn’t more advertising for these shows.  It’s so easy for good shows to fall through the cracks.

Where are the days when networks stood behind shows like this.  They knew the shows were good and they gave them every chance to succeed.  Now, they get nothing.  Almost no promotion at all. They throw up a Facebook and Twitter account and do almost nothing with them magically expecting ratings miracles.  In this day and age when the average TV watching person has access to hundreds of channels and thousands of shows that can be watched online, as well as all the podcasts and internet programming, it’s insane that there isn’t more advertising for these shows.  It’s so easy for good shows to fall through the cracks.

I will admit that NBC put forth a valiant effort to save The Slap.  A show that from the first preview I saw as not only boring but about a decade or two too late.  It might have made for an interesting mini-series but as a TV series?  It reeked of of Epic Failure.  I don’t care if it had a star studded cast.  Who wants to sit down on a weekly basis and be forced to contemplate child abuse.  Yes it’s an important issue but it makes for horrible TV and it was bad idea from the get go.  I don’t know anyone that watched this show.  Yet, NBC promoted the hell out of this show.  Even after the ratings sucked.  They didn’t give up on it.  I respect that.  Someone believed in the show and they fought for it.  It wasn’t until after all that support and the ratings still sucked that they finally pulled the plug on it.  That’s how you do it!

On the other hand, taking good shows like Forever and Backstom off the air after only putting in a half-assed promotional campaign is ridiculous.  It shows that not only are these network executives clueless as to what is good TV but they seem to have absolutely no idea what good TV is.  It seems they wouldn’t know a good show if it “fell out of the sky, landed on their face and started to wiggle.”

The Best Of The Fall Season!

The Best Of The Fall Season!

I haven’t seen every show this fall.  But, I have broken my rule this fall TV season and started watching some TV shows before the season has ended.  I normally won’t watch a new show until it’s first season is over because too many times I get hooked on a show and then some dumbass executive cancels it.  Some good example of this are, Surface, Invasion, Firefly, and the one that killed me.  The one that bothered me the most was Miracles.

MiraclesMiracles (Available on DVD thankfully) was one of the best TV shows ever.  It got cancelled because the executives at ABC at the time were complete morons.  The was  preempted almost every week it was supposed to air.  ABC had breaking news all the time over the Iraq war so anytime someone farted in Iraq ABC went live.  These idiots even preempted the show for a special about Michael Jackson.  This was long before he had died, he was just crazy MJ back then and ABC decided yet again to air Miracles at a later date.  Show could gain an audience and they cancelled it.  The irony is that it’s final airing, over 5 million viewers.  ABC still cancels it.

So, I don’t watch TV shows in their first season.  I am not going to get hooked and left hanging because some idiots that believe if a show isn’t an immediate hit, it must be cancelled.  If that were true some of most beloved shows would have never maid it, little shows, like Cheers and Night Court to name a few.

However I have been a little lax this year and last.  This year I have decided to rant about the new shows I really like or that I think have some potential.  My hope is that the 2.5 people that actually read this article will give these shows a try and maybe tell their friends about them.  TV Shows don’t have long, some shows after their first airing are already on the bubble for not getting high enough ratings.

So here’s some new shows worth look.

Forever Season 1Forever

It airs Tuesday nights on ABC.  It’s about a guy that for some unknown reason has been alive for over 200 years.  He can die but he comes back immediately and always in water for some reason.  Now he is a medical examiner for the city of New York and helps a detective solve crimes.  It’s Castle if Castle was more serious, never died and wasn’t as goofy.  And, I mean goofy in a good way, Castle is one of my most favorite shows EVER!

I really love this show so far.  It’s got smart characters, good stories and good mysteries.  It would be shame is this show got cancelled.

How to get away with Murder
How to get away with Murder

It airs Thursdays on ABC.  It’s about a college professor who is also a high price defense attorney.  The acting is great, the stories are a little hard to follow at least the first episode was.  It goes from present time to future time or maybe the future flashes are current time and the present time is the past, I don’t know?  As I said, it’s a little confusing and you have to really pay attention or you won’t even get what’s going on.  I was glued to my TV watching it on my DVR and shit happened a couple of times and I had to think, “Wait, who was that again?”  But, still the show has some potential.  I love the main character, she’s flawed and some of those flaws aren’t really good flaws.  Another good show you should check out.

Bad Judge
Bad Judge

Just watched the show last night and I have to say I was at first disappointed when I realized it was only a half hour show.  That worries me and I will tell you why.  The idea is too good for a half hour show.  This happened to me last year when I saw the first episode of The Crazy Ones.  I knew it was going to get cancelled.  The shows concepts need a full hour, you can’t pack it all into 22 minutes and the heart of the show gets lost.  I even said so on their Facebook page after watching it the first time.  Sure enough, cancelled.  This show, same thing.  It’s a good show, worth watching, funny, witty but the themes need an hour.  If NBC doesn’t change it, it’s going to get cancelled.  But, we’re talking about NBC here, the once great network is run by complete morons so I am positive they will do everything possible to make sure all their good shows are cancelled.  It airs Thursday nights.


I watched the first two episodes and loved it.  It was action packed, entertaining and both episodes had me shaking my head wonder how they were over so soon?  The show just flies by.  It’s about a group of 20 somethings who are off the charts smart.  They are hired by Homeland Security to help solve problems.  The action can be over the top sometimes but you can’t help but suspend disbelief and just go along for the ride. Fun, show with heart.  Highly recommend.  It airs Tuesdays on CBS.

These are just the ones that I have seen so far.  I am looking forward to seeing The Mysteries of Laura, Houdini, Black-ish, Stalker, Madam Secretary, NCIS: New Orleans, and Z Nation.  However, I will probably just wait and download the whole seasons when they are over or wait for the DVD’s

If there’s a show you like, talk about it, tell people.  Specially if it’s a new show.  If you don’t talk about it or don’t hear others talking about it, it will be cancelled.  So even if you don’t like the shows I mentioned, there must be some new shows you do like, talk about them.  Set your DVR’s even if you don’t watch them.  How to get away with Murder was the most DVR’d show this fall season.  They actually track that stuff, creepy, I know.  But, what’s on your DVR matters.