Could ABC be doing a worse job with The Knights of Prosperity?
Anyone who's seen The Knights of Prosperity (and judging by the ratings, there's not many of us) knows that it's of the quirky single-camera style that would have fit perfectly on NBC's Thursday lineup. It's a comedy that is often very funny, but from time to time -- last night's episode being an example -- will throw in a complete clunker. But I'm already starting to care about the characters in the "gang," and some of the situations they get themselves in have been very funny. It's a show that has potential, and needs some time to find its creative stride.
So, what does ABC do with the show? It puts it at 8:30 on Wednesdays, sandwiched between two aging and by-the-numbers sitcoms, George Lopez and According to Jim.
I can almost understand the network's logic behind moving Knights into this spot; both shows are proven ratings draws (although we all know that According to Jim's continued success is one of the world's greatest mysteries, right up there with the extinction of the dodo), and maybe fans of Lopez and Jim will stay tuned for Knights. Problem is, the people who like Knights and not the other two shows -- like me -- find it hard to tune to the show when it's at the bottom of the hour.
All the shows on against Knights are hour-long shows. Am I supposed to turn off Friday Night Lights, for instance, halfway through to watch Knights? Of course not. So, I'd imagine most people who want to watch the show end up recording it, forgetting it, or skipping it, none of which is helping its ratings.
That's what makes the NBC Thursday comedy block all the more remarkable; four comedies (Earl, The Office, Scrubs, 30 Rock), all single-camera, that flow well into one another. They all seem to complement each other and draw similar fans. No other network really has a block like this. ABC's other single-camera comedies (Big Day, In Case of Emergency) have been unfunny disasters, leaving Knights alone without a compatible lead-in or lead-out. But this current solution isn't working, either; I just can't see Lopez and Jim fans liking Knights or vice-versa.
Right now, the show's prospects aren't looking good, and it's a shame; creators Rob Burnett and Jon Beckerman have already proven that the robbery of Mick Jagger isn't the key to the show, and that they could potentially write adventures for the Knights that get bigger and sillier as the years go on. Unfortunately, I don't think they'll ever get the chance.
Think this show is going to make it into May? Will it even finish its run? Let me know in the comments.