Friday, November 11, 2005

Bring in Gene Parmesan for Sweeps

Seemingly awful news for my fellow Arrested Development bretheren from today's TV Guide entertainment news report:

"DEPRESSING DEVELOPMENT: [The lickbags at] Fox all but confirmed late Thursday that Arrested Development has been canceled. Not only is the show being pulled off the air until Dec. 5, but Arrested's third-season order has been slashed from 22 episodes to just 13. (Arrested's Monday-night companion Kitchen Confidential is also cooked.) And how's this for stomach-churning irony: the Bluth's got the hook the same day that ABC extended a full-season order to Freddie."

What's incredibly sad about this grim news is that the show just aired a one-hour masterpiece this past week, one that should have sealed a Best Supporting Actor Emmy for the kid who plays George Michael. Fucking sweeps, you be the devil that made The West Wing air a crappy live debate and forced the hand of Fox execs to remove the greatest non-Seinfeld comedic series of all-time from its otherwise awful lineup of shows. As the suicidal running back in The Last Boy Scout says, "Aint' life a bitch?"

But the fault, Dear Brutus, lies not in our stars but in ourselves. How can a television show be considered "too smart" for people? This just might be the saddest indictment of American idiocy I've seen yet.

Slack Link of the Day: Let's give it up for this Lady of Multitasking -- "a young woman has robbed four Wachovia bank branches in Northern Virginia in recent weeks, all while seemingly immersed in cell phone chats, police say."

Slack Video of the Day: Here's a funny five-second video for the 12 hockey fans left on this celestial orb.

Slack Song of the Day: I'm feeling the need for a little virtuoso performance today, so I think it's time to post some Derek Trucks Band. Here's Key to the Highway (a song I can only picture Levon Helm singing), Spirit in the Dark and Everything is Everything from September 8, 2005 in Ferndale, Michigan.


At 10:52 AM, Blogger jp said...

I would think that another network will pick this show up. It's too great not to.

But, then again, I thought the same thing about Sports Night.

At 11:33 AM, Blogger MDS said...

"This just might be the saddest indictment of American idiocy I've seen yet."

You mean, other than the 2004 election?

At 11:53 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Sports Night was a great show, but it is was easy to predict nobody would watch it. I can't wait for Sorkin's new one.

MDS, good point. But you could argue the cancellation of AD is the worst thing ever to happen...ever. Terrible times.

At 12:17 PM, Blogger PaulNoonan said...

This stupid country.

Monday's episodes were classic. You can never go wrong with Japanese businessmen.

At 2:35 PM, Blogger Russell Kahn said...

Crap. I was *just* getting into this show. It still lasted longer than Freaks & Geeks or Sportsnight... but yeah, maybe it will get picked up.

Have the rating increased at all since its first season?


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