Fall TV is here! Fall TV is here! I’m a tad excited season premiers have gotten under way if you couldn’t tell. Thank goodness for DVR and online watching because I have a long list of shows I want to see and they all seem to fall on the same nights and times – my nights being Monday and Thursday. But I have to ask, who are these corporate people who decide which shows to cancel, which ones they’re keeping, and which ones they’re going to add? I don’t know where I’ve been all summer but it was only last week that I read My Name Is Earl had been canned. WHAT??? WHY??? Why, why, why would they do that?? This show was HILARIOUS, completely different, and most importantly it was working. Geez, what the hell NBC? As far as I know it was still pretty high in the ratings, still bringing in the viewers.
Right now in it’s place, they’re showing Saturday Night Live Weekend Updates. Does something seem a little off to anyone other than me? Like the words Saturday and Weekend on a show that’s being aired on a Thursday? And has it escaped the minds of these corporate people that this show already exists…on Saturday night? I know in a couple of weeks 30 Rock will be back and SNL will return to Saturday night. So I guess the real show that replaced Earl is a new comedy called Community staring Joel McHale. I watched this pilot the other day and it doesn’t totally suck right off the bat. It does have the potential of being kind of funny but since I’m basing this off of only the pilot it very well could tip the other direction and totally blow. I like Joel McHale, I really do. But if it comes between Joel or Earl…sorry Joel, Earl wins every time. Besides, don’t you already have your own TV show on E!?
Maybe NBC could put you in a time slot on another day of the week. I for one would not be opposed of this show replacing one of the trillion new medical dramas the networks have added this year. Or better yet, why is Gary Unmarried still on the air?? Seriously folks, I thought this crap of a show was a fill in while the writers went on strike. Who’s the genius keeping it on the air? Oh yeah, those corporate people. I’ll bet they don’t even watch TV. They’re like the celebrities that pay for court side seats and then show up wearing sunglasses and watch the game in complete silence. Bunch of pretentious pricks. Why not let the guy in the nosebleed section whose yelling and high fiving everyone on his row down in the front? At least you know he’ll appreciate the seats…and that he’s awake.
There’s another new show that premiered this week called Accidentally on Purpose. I will admit that I did not watch this so for all I know it could be hysterically funny and the break out hit of the season but I doubt it. Basic premise is “older” woman (Jenna Elfman) hooks up with younger guy and gets pregnant. Didn’t Fran Drescher have a show vaguely similar to this? Minus the baby? And didn’t it do crappy and get canceled? That’s what I thought. And ABC is doing their version of these two shows combined called Cougar Town (Courtney Cox). This hasn’t started yet so again, this could also be the breakout smash hit of the season but again, I doubt it.
I’m not trying to hate on these new shows and I actually kind of like Jenna Elfman and Courtney Cox but I really want My Name Is Earl to come back. And it makes no difference to me that they aren’t even on the same network. Is that really so much to ask? First they took away Prison Break and now this. The networks are conspiring against me I know it. Next thing I know The Office and Heroes will be a fling of the past. Maybe I should start a campaign promoting shows I actually detest. In the spirit of that I say, “All hail to Gary Unmarried!” I don’t think I’d fool anyone though, least of all karma. And if there’s one thing I learned from Earl, it’s don’t mess with karma.