vainly trying to save another ABC programme, consider the following: Over
the years, ABC have been killing fine shows with a unique formula — one
shot in a bad slot, then cancel. You see sufficient episodes to crave more,
but never get to see them again. Not even in reruns.
You never learn if Trevor is
really Cupid, if Angela ever finds true love. You never see Mr Chapel exact revenge on
the programming weasel who murders great shows.
Don't get screwed again.
Do not invest your time and loyalty in any
new ABC shows. Wait until they are renewed. Then it may be safe to take
Or not. They've sabotaged "The Practice" by shifting it to Mondays from
its successful Sunday spot.
Producer David E Kelley says, "It's hard to believe that they could act in such bad faith.
But no matter how low you set the bar of intelligence for ABC, they manage to slither under it ...
It's folly to try to guess what's in their heads because that would start with the presumption
that there's something [in them.]"
Below is my list of
excellent and great shows aired once on ABC. Usually Thursdays or Saturdays, the so-called
suicide slots, where they face the stiffest competition.
When will it occur
to some network pinhead that they need to build an audience to compete
with established hits? When will they run out of Barbara Walters banal
filler to replace fine dramas and comedies they bump summarily?
Once in awhile, they
stick by a show like "The Practice," but fail to learn from their success.
Cupid (Jeremy Pivens, Paula Marshall)
Leaving L.A. (Lorraine Toussaint, Melina
As We Know It
the Boys (Steve Harvey, Madge Sinclair)
Law (George Segal, Maggie Han)
Naked Truth (Téa
Snoops (Paula Marshall, Gina Gershon, Paula Jai
||No doubt, I'm forgetting
some. Please send your choices and comments to me, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bernie Brillstein attributes the decline in network TV viewing to the practices
of network programmers. In an interview broadcast on CNN Thursday 27th
May, Brillstein said, "They're blaming cable, they're blaming the Internet
and they're blaming everyone but themselves. So they keep doing the same
thing and saying, 'Oh my god, what are we doing wrong?'" Brillstein said
that he shopped his current HBO hit, The Sopranos, to the networks
"All of the
networks turned it down," he said. "HBO bought it and it's become the most
talked-about show on television." Network programming executives, according
to Brillstein are running scared. "It's just that they don't know where
to go. [So] they keep copying themselves. ... They've single-handedly,
I think, in the last three years put the situation comedy business out