What's the deal with network executives, anyway? Can they simply not handle awesome television? Why must they tease us with one or two seasons of quality programming, then cancel good shows in favor of idiotic reality replacements? Is that really the way the world works now?
Yesterday, Fox cut down its order for the Emmy-winning sitcom Arrested Development from 22 episodes to 13. It also yanked the show from the November sweep schedule. Arrested Development had just returned from a monthlong hiatus, with two back-to-back episodes guest-starring Academy Award winner Charlize Theron, but it only attracted 4 million viewers. The low ratings hurt Prison Break, which follows it, and slowing down a new hit is a big no-no.
Now, while Fox hasn't exactly said the word "canceled," we all know what is happening. It's a cosmic injustice and a pattern that occurs over and over on television: Every time an offbeat, usually somewhat cerebral comedy manages to endear itself to a small but dedicated audience, the show and its audience get the rug pulled out from under them. The Comeback. Andy Richter Controls the Universe. Freaks and Geeks. All gone. Yet somehow Yes, Dear ...Read more