Since You Can’t Please Everyone All the Time

Do some googling to read how unhappy a portion of your audience has grown and be pleasantly surprised at the hyperlink trails you find.

No more Memphis Beat?

Disgruntled about canceled TV shows

People love talking about beloved canceled shows.

Norm MacDonald, things that make you go Hmmm.

More shows that didn’t make most adored list.

Sea-foam green discussion board on Other Shows that Suck!

I wonder if any of these shows would’ve been better as a mini-series, a web series, or even be available to buy on DVD in the future.

Or you can just call it a day and resign yourself to the opinion that American TV just sucks.

2 thoughts on “Since You Can’t Please Everyone All the Time

  1. Christopher

    Having thrown out my TV long ago because the bill of fare it offered was so brain-deadening, I read with interest the Village Voice piece about why its the writer can’t watch TV any more.

    While I largely agree with his sentiments, there is the paradox that the likes of HBO have recently produced TV dramas that are thought by those who think, to be about the best TV dramas ever.

    I never watched “The Sopranos” (too violent for me), but I did watch all of “Six Feet Under” (on DVD), that I thought superb.

    Having worked in corporate environments beginning in the mid 1960’s, I’m curious about “Mad Men”. From what I’ve heard of it, I think I’d find it authentic were I to watch it.

    I noted the following in the Village Voice piece: “……..Mad Men’s droll censure of that era’s sexism somehow led network execs to think it was time to bring the sexism back……”

    Well, I’ll have the writer know that corporate life in the 1960’s was nothing but sexism as we define it today. Men did all the jobs that were considered to matter. Women were confined to the typing pool, and were flirted with outrageously by the men, who routinely said things to them that today would cause them (the men) to be the subjects of harassment complaints, or simply be fired.

    I also remember the ubiquitous ashtrays on desks, and the pleasant reek of cigarette smoke as it curled through offices and down hallways.

    The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.

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    1. sittingpugs Post author

      The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.

      C’est dommage, though, when those that implement policies and make decisions of artistic, industrial, criminal, and financial natures do not understand that they are repeating mistakes from the past.

      I still watch TV and have my favorite shows but I’m also less likely to throw a tantrum if I have to miss an episode because I’ll be able to watch it eventually…if my desire to see it still exists when it’s accessible online or in a DVD box set.

      It’s kind of amazing how many canceled shows have ostensibly so many loyal viewer-fans. The reality is that networks do not make their TV programming decisions based how many people watch/love/blog poetic about the shows. Rather, networks bow down to the altar of advertisers. “Yank the show or we yank our ad.” I guess it would require too much time and energy to get relevant parties together to renegotiate contracts for a web-only viewing of such canceled shows.

      And then if your main cast members get new roles in films or other networks’ shows, well then, no harm no foul. N’est-ce pas?

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