Sunday, May 10, 2015

TV Mis-steps (Stan, Ava and C.I.)


Last week saw  a great deal of ignorance when it came to TV.

Here are a few of the more notable highlights.

ABC renewed the chronically low rated American Crime -- a show that attempts to deal with race by casting White leads and making African-Americans killers -- and we thought Fox News already had that market covered.

The bet two of us (Ava and C.I.) have with an ABC exec keeps getting better.  When Scandal returned from its winter finale with a January 29th episode that reached 10.48 million viewers, ABC saw the show's ratings growing but Ava and C.I. begged to differ.  Turning Olivia into a victim, they argued, would turn viewers off and lead to lower ratings.

The exec scoffed.

But, funny thing, the next week saw the ratings fall, as did the next week and they've continued to slip.  Last Thursday, with the second to the last episode of the season, only 7.44 million viewers tuned in.

And here's the kicker we've all been silent on: Next season, it will be even worse.

Scandal easily gets a million viewers who watch just because the show is considered 'hot.'  Now that it's not, now that it's struggling in the ratings, they can probably kiss more viewers goodbye next fall.

As all three of Shonda Rhimes' shows struggle in the ratings (Scandal, Grey's Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder), ABC made the idiotic move to give her a fourth show.

The Associated Press gets a mention on the list for this 'report' on Shonda's new show:

The network says it has agreed to make "The Catch," a new series by Rhimes about a fraud investigator who is about to be defrauded herself by her fiance. The drama will star Mirelle Enos, who played Sarah Linden in the ABC series "The Killing."

Mirelle Enos did star in The Killing, however, the show aired on AMC, not ABC (and, in its final season, the series aired/streamed exclusively on Netflix).

NBC earns a mention for cancelling nearly every show they debuted in fall 2014 and spring 2015.

This fall, they think the answer to their prayers is a new version of Heroes -- you know, the show they cancelled in 2010 pissing off millions of viewers?

Maybe five years from now, they can reboot the just-cancelled State of Affairs so viewers will finally know what happened to Charlie and Nick when the missiles hit?

And maybe someone can explain to the weather boys and girls that they're not: doctors, paramedics, fire fighters, police officers or crossing guards.

So when you interrupt programming with reports of thunder storms or hail or whatever and insist "we're trying to keep you safe," no, you aren't.

If the local news was trying to keep its viewers safe, it would be covering all the municipal corruption -- instead of covering that up.

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