My TV schedule is about to get a lot more cluttered. It’s nearing the beginning of the traditional fall TV season. You know, the time of year that Americans huddle around their TV’s and begin to pack on the winter insulation. As my summer favorites – “Suits,” “Burn Notice,” “Breaking Bad,” “Wilfred” and “Falling Skies,” (all of which are NOT on network TV, by the way) for example – finish up their summer seasons, and Labor Day comes and goes, it’s time to reset the DVR. Some of my favorite shows were renewed (“Community” and “30 Rock” among them) for short seasons this year. A few of my old favorites are unfortunately clinging to life (“The Office”). And, there are some new shows that I am looking forward to checking out. Continue reading
(I’m off to see how “dumb” I can lower myself today. Ac-ting!!!)
Yesterday were the “upfronts,” at which the big networks show off what TV shows they’ve decided to keep and what pilots they’ve picked up for the next “season” of TV to their advertisers. A lot of this decision making, especially at NBC, often appears to be done by 15 year-old juvenile horny monkey accountants. How else can you explain the greenlighting of such riveting, award-winning shows such as “The Playboy Club,” “Whitney,” “Prime Suspect,” and “The Firm?” Yet, “Chuck” continually fought for survival year in and year out. AND, somehow “Smash” received a second season…
But, a glimmer of hope peeked through the clouds yesterday when it was announced that NBC realized what it had by renewing “30 Rock” and “Community” BUT at only 13 episodes. Mother-f*ckers. Grow a pair of balls and give them full seasons. We all know that this will be the last season of “30 Rock,” and after a little bit of a false start this season, they have demonstrated that Tina Fey and crew have no shortage of story lines for the TGS gang. Surely, a 22 episode season is a great way to send off a show that has won NBC multiple Emmy’s. Isn’t it?
But, more perplexing to me is the Caesar-eque sideways thumb that was giving to “Community.” NBC has their version of “Arrested Development” on its hands. This is a show that doesn’t set you up with joke-joke-joke, physical pratfall, joke-pay off joke. (If it does, it is smart enough to call attention to it right in the story.) It’s odd, which scares people who need the above formula. It’s characters are rich, diverse, and everyday. It’s hardly crass, which seems to be what sells in today’s society. “Community” is what it says it is: a community of individuals that makes for a great, fun half hour at 8 P.M. on Thursday nights. It’s a riot. Watch it.
And NBC, as I fold my arms and tap my feet here I am still waiting on a pick up for “Parks & Rec” and “Up All Night.”
P.S. The uber-nerd in me was geeked out and glad to know my Friday nights are now booked as the CW and Fox renewed “Supernatural” and “Fringe” respectively.