The Broken Record Spins Again: Save Better Off Ted! (Which Was Really Good Last Night)

ABC must be loving LateNightGate. While the TV world's attention is diverted to Jay and Conan and NBC, ABC is getting away with the quiet murder Better Off Ted. E!'s Watch with Kristen reported yesterday that neither Better Off Ted nor Scrubs have been canned for the time being. But ABC President Stephen McPherson was quoted as saying, "We didn't feel those shows were compatible with Wednesday night. That night is very strong, and we can find a replacement for the Hank time slot."

McPherson knows that Better Off Ted is a quality comedy, right? Not to mention that it's just as funny as ABC's other Wednesday-night shows—whereas BOT's pathetic Tuesday-evening partner, Scrubs, is on its last legs. Even Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence knows his once-popular sitcom is not aging gracefully, and he's got other things to worry about.

Scrubs (as well as Jay Leno) has overstayed its TV welcome, and shouldn't be allowed to drag Better Off Ted (or Conan O'Brien) down with it. (Seriously, the resemblance between the Jay/Conan and Scrubs/Better Off Ted situation is uncanny: A worn-out franchise screwing over fresh talent.) I've been crusading for Better Off Ted for quite some time, and I'm not about to step off my soapbox. Does ABC really have a show in the bullpen that's better than Better Off Ted? Here's a thought: What if Better Off Ted moved to NBC and singlehandedly saved the network from total failure? It's far-fetched, but plausible, no?

Oh, and by the way, Tuesday's episodes of Better Off Ted were true to form. The PG-rated insults in "The Impertence of Communicationizing" were fantastic (their unaired R-rated counterparts are even better), and the boob jokes in "The Long and Winding High Road" never seemed to get old. Both Ted Crisp (Jay Harrington) and Veronica Palmer (Portia de Rossi) are loosening up, with delightful results. And the show is slowly introducing quirky new characters—including Dr. Bhamba (Maz Jobrani), Sheila (Merrin Dungey), and Debbie (Vivian Bang)—who enhance the scenes without overpowering them.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. We're all better off with Better Off Ted. And, what the hell, we're better off with Conan, too.


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Feb 05, 2012
ABC is a terrible Network, it always cancels the best shows!
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Feb 01, 2010
Don't kill this show!!!
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Jan 16, 2010
I love Better Off Ted and think it would be terrible if they can it... face it, some people don't know talent even if it came up a punched them in the face! This is one of the best tv shows out there at the moment and ABC would be idiots to lose..
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Jan 15, 2010
Ted will be cancelled coz its a good show. They always do this!
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Jan 14, 2010
fantastic show, which means it most likely will be canceled. And how could people not get it or "not find the appeal" ?? Oh wait, yeah because it's not a reality show, most of America hates it.
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Jan 14, 2010
Genius comedy. I'm not from the states, but I beg anyone who is to go to this and sign http://www.savebetteroffted.com/
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Jan 14, 2010
Save Better Off Ted, the funniest show on TV. Plus keep Jay Leno on the Tonight Show & fire Conan O'Brien. Thanks...
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Jan 14, 2010
I love Better Off Ted. ABC needs to step up and just test the show on Wednesday night and see how it does without the Scrubs lead in.
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Jan 14, 2010
Still not finding the appeal.
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Jan 14, 2010
I will be devastated if they cancel Better Off Ted - far too many quality shows are being cancelled far too soon these days. See: Dollhouse, Pushing Daisies, Bionic Woman.
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Jan 14, 2010
totally agree - its a fabulous show. But as I have said before - its quirky, and apparently doesnt get a fair break!!
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Jan 14, 2010
I agree. It should be on Wednesday nights.
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Jan 14, 2010
Modern Family + Better Off Ted = awesome.
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