Things I Hate About TV: TV!
Yeah, I love TV and I write about it...but boy, sometimes I just hate it.
Case in point: last week sucked for television. You can have your Olympics, but it's also the week that we saw the last episode of Arrested Development, the cancellation of Love Monkey, and the (probable) cancellation of Surface. Ugh.
What do TV executives want? Do they want American Idol-level ratings from the get-go? Whatever happened to giving a show a chance? Or moving something to a different night/time and seeing how that works out instead of just cancelling something after only a few episodes? Why don't the networks get out that damn board, the giant one with little cards that have the schedule on it, and actually place a good, promising show in a better time slot to help it get viewers?
Right now, CBS is replacing Love Monkey with reruns of NCIS. Yeah, because that's what we need. Love Monkey wasn't perfect, but can anyone say it didn't have potential or deserve to stay on the air? If NBC does indeed cancel Surface, I'm sure a reality show will go in there. And I'm sure FOX has too many awful sitcoms waiting in the wings to keep the critically-acclaimed, award-winning, cult favorite AD around (yeah, TV is a business and it didn't get ratings, but if a network has a show on their schedule that even they admit is great, place it after American Idol or 24 or something). Imagine the good will FOX would have generated from fans and the industry. They wouldn't hear all the "FOX sucks" and "FOX execs are morons" talk. They would have been the network that kept one of the best sitcoms in television history on the air.