Ma and Pa America: They canceled what?!?
I came home this weekend to see my folks for Memorial Day (which coincidentally means that I've eaten an unhealthy amount of food and it's only Sunday afternoon) and we got into a pretty interesting conversation about TV. For starters, neither of them knew what "the upfronts" were and I suppose it makes sense. If I didn't follow television as much as I do, I probably wouldn't know what the upfronts were either. Moreover, I would most likely have had the same question my mother had: "Why do they call it the upfronts?" I'm not 100% sure, but I think it has something to do with the fact that ad-space is being presented to advertisers "up front" and if they sit on it, they may not be able to get the spots they want at a later date.
Apparently that went right over my Mother's head because she chose to move right on and asked what got canceled. I listed off a few that came to mind including Invasion, Surface, Conviction, and Commander in Chief. At this point, I almost got a spoon shoved into my eye. "What do you mean they got rid of Invasion?" That was my Dad. Apparently he'd like to know what happened after Larkin got thrown in the water. Well... I would too, but I didn't bother to try and get into a ratings discussion with them.
My Mother then chimed in:
Mom: So what about Commander in Chief? I thought that was excellent.
Me: ABC dropped it, but I think there was some talk of wrapping it up with a two-hour movie.
Mom: A two-hour movie? Oh that's dumb. I won't watch that.
No wonder shows don't make it.