Remember when FOX used to give shows a chance?
I will never forget being in high school and hearing the news that a new network would soon be premiering. It was only going to be on a couple nights a week, but instead of airing reruns and crappy local shows, it would air all new programs; it was unprecedented.
That network was called FOX, and while many of the programs were of no interest to me, I was really impressed at how they followed through with their promises. Specifically, cutting edge programming and big budgets. I watched Al & Peg Bundy say things that my parents didn't want me to hear. I watched George C. Scott in the only sitcom he ever starred in. Most importantly, I was witness to the phenomenon that became The Simpsons.
As the years went on, shows came and went, but one thing always stayed the same. Even when a show wasn't doing well, FOX kept airing it if they knew people were watching. The folks at FOX liked to spend money on their shows and we, the viewers, got to see all that money on our TV screens.
Well, times have changed. It seems that along with the other three networks, FOX has decided that unless a show gets big ratings right away, it's not worth their time or money. I suppose I should have seen the signs when they canceled Action, one of the few funny sitcoms of that season, but I always justified every cancellation. "Maybe Action was too edgy. Maybe Firefly was too good for TV. Maybe I was the only one who liked Vanished." Sadly, I can no longer make excuses for FOX
Drive was the most exciting, interesting and well acted show I have seen on TV in a long time. Amid the sea of forensic and courtroom dramas and reality shows, I was actually looking forward to Drive in a way I haven't since the first season of The X-Files.
I only hope that true TV lovers like myself will one day take their YouTube-ified web presence and transfer it over to the broadcast networks and bring greatness back to the small screen. It's up to you, guys.