Friday, October 1, 2010
Rant time. Why do they always have to cancel the shows that I watch? "Damn cheeks," as the Honorable Teddy (and just about anybody else) on "You Rang M'Lord?" (my beloved sitcom) would say.
Earlier this week FOX confirmed it was ditching its freshman Texas-based drama "Lone Star" after only two episodes.
No surprise there. The show performed catastrophically in the Nielsen ratings last week and failed to improve this week.
Allegedly, Americans don't want to watch a man scamming people out of money or living a double life with two women.
That is of course one of the theories, since noone will ever know for sure why the show failed so miserably (ultra-comptetitive timeslot and misdirected marketing being cited as additional culprits).
I myself would prefer the latter explanation along with the fact that trigger-happy TV executives these days simply don't have the patience that serialized dramas normally require to establish their audience.
Anything but the idea that we have become too self-righteous of a society to be able to relax and enjoy watching a critically-acclaimed drama about a morally-bankrupt man, albeit one trying to change.
That however leaves very little prospect for someone like myself who despises crime procedurals and reality shows and prefers a little more escapist fantasy on their daily TV menu.
Sure, "Desperate Housewives" is still on the air, in fact it's entered its 7th season as the second highest rated scripted drama (or dramedy if you will) on its network ABC.
But most prime time soaps (such as the creepy "Pasadena" or the wicked "Dirty Sexy Money") seem to fizzle out quickly these days, so I guess I'll be giving future projects along those sudsy lines a pass. I'll be safer with my "Dynasty" reruns.
Or maybe, just maybe, I'll dare to hope that the next time I see a new soapfest (that TNT "Dallas" redux comes to mind), it develops into at least a marginal hit, so I can actually get to enjoy more than a couple of episodes.
I can hardly help myself. I'm a sucker for soaps.