Two New Shows Get Canceled…..

It seems that the new shows are starting to drop like flies, with MY GENERATION canceled by ABC after just two episodes. FOX canceled “Lone Star” last week. Next on the new show death watch list is that latest stinker from Conan O’Brien’s production company, OUTLAW, the low rated absurd tale of Jimmy Smits playing a very conservative Supreme Court justice who gives up his job to become a flaming liberal rebel lawyer. A truly bizarre tale of the most incredible ever documented case of an overnight political conversion.

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Don’t look for DVD box sets of any of this trash, ever. It’s gone forever unless you bothered to record it the first and only time.

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  • JLawson

    Cancelling after just two episodes? How the hell is a program supposed to pick up any sort of following if you don’t leave it on long enough for people to develop an interest?
    As it is, if you cancel new programs fast enough, you start training the viewer to ignore new programs because they’re just going to disappear quickly anyway.
    Man, look back at the 60s and 70s – you had 25-30 episodes of a show per year. Now IF you’re not cancelled out the gate, as a viewer you’re lucky if you get 6 shows, then a three month hiatus, then another 6-8 shows to round out your year. You do that to the viewer enough, and can you be surprised that they start tuning you out and revenues start dropping?
    It’s a feedback loop – and one that won’t end well.

  • Paul Hooson

    Amen, JLawson. You hit the nail on the head with new shows needing development time to find an audience. However, what’s aired is too much driven by business concerns such as companies turning a profit with healthy ad sells, so unless a new show pulls it’s own weight and flies well enough right out the gate, then cancelation is the writing on the wall.
    Unfortunately, networks are far less in the entertainment business than they are in the ad selling business. Entertainment merely provides that product by which to sell ads.

  • Not Tony

    Get a load of the description for this show on Google (when you search for the word “Outlaw”, and it’s the first entry):
    “”Outlaw” has a Conservative Supreme Justice who is obviously a very bad person just for his judicial philosophy, and he is an uncaring selfish womanizer, …”
    Here’s the complete sentence, from the page source:
    “”Outlaw” has a Conservative Supreme Justice who is obviously a very bad person just for his judicial philosophy, and he is an uncaring selfish womanizer, an addicted gambler and a pawn of devious powerful special interests. Then he “gets religion” and becomes a progressive who helps people instead of hurting them.”
    This is from the NBC.com page itself. What media bias?

  • Paul Hooson

    Hello, Not Tony. OUTLAW is a terrible show. I can’t say anything good about it.