Sep. 26th, 2010

Premiere week went pretty well, I think. Every year's going to have some hits and misses -- when I find out who gave the greenlight to that Shit My Dad Says show, they'll consider themselves lucky if they can find work as a caterer in this business again. Who the fuck thinks modeling a show off a Twitter is a good idea? And I would lament Shatner's involvement with it, but I gave up on that man a long time ago. Most of the new network fodder will be canned by midseason, some might get a full season, but in the end it's the old favorites everyone's returning to. And even those aren't pulling the numbers they used to.

It's the death of the Big Four's network superiority as we knew it, really. All the best shows, the ones that win Emmys, are on cable networks. AMC, Showtime, HBO -- that's where you find shows worth watching. Quality writing, directing, acting, everything. The major four are trying to mass-produce shows they think Middle America's Average Joe will watch and enjoy, and in their rush to do so all they're coming up with is drivel.

Which is really depressing, given that I've been working for one or another of those networks since their creation. But if quality television is moving elsewhere, then I suppose it makes sense for me to follow. Maybe I'll take a job more involved with production this time; being an executive is boring as fuck. I want to get my hands on the camera again!

May. 14th, 2010

That's it, I am disowning NBC. Sure, they renewed Chuck and have already ordered six new series for fall and it's not even upfronts week yet, but do you know what else they did? They canceled Law and Order, while simultaneously greenlighting another L&O spinoff! L&O is going to tie with Gunsmoke for longest-running series, not beat it. Oh, and they also canceled Heroes, but let's face it -- the first season was amazing, but everything else turned to shit.

Upfronts next week don't look quite as terrifyingly overwhelming as they did last year. Lot of stuff already got canceled/ended/renewed so I can avoid fan fervor and "save our show" campaigns. Though this year's list of series ordered so far, quite frankly, is disappointing. Some of them just sound stupid. I'll be canceling half of them before next season is half over, you watch and see if I don't. 

Apr. 29th, 2010

May sweeps started today! I love the sweeps, always so informative. Let's see if American Idol can keep up as reigning champ of the ratings, as it has every season since 2004! And when this is done, I have upfronts. Technically they started in March, but I don't have the time to go to every single upfront (nor do I particularly feel like wasting my time at, say, the Cartoon Network meeting. Cartoon Network makes cartoons, end of meeting). I'll go to the meetings for ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox. Maybe TNT/TBS if I can find the time. I like what they've been doing lately.

And no, I'm still not taking sides on the O'Brien/Leno debate. Conan got to do his interview finally and will be back on the air soon, Leno's got his show again, and the continuing drama makes for damn fine television. I see no reason to intervene, do you? It's so entertaining! The masses want entertainment, and if a catfight between a ginger and a giant chin is what entertains them, then by all means let the circus continue.