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2012-02-01 04:02:14 PM
Whitney Cummings sucks. She's not a good actress and her stand-up is only funny for the first 10 minutes.

She is not likeable or affable, and they try to use her sexuality in an obvious and insulting way. I can see hotter chicks getting quadruple teamed by midgets and linebackers and not have to sit through 22 minutes of bad TV filled with bad actors doing bad jokes from bad writers.

But someone has decided this show must succeed, so they are throwing everything behind it in the hopes it will help generate some inertia for her abortion of a show.
 
2012-02-01 04:11:14 PM

Cubansaltyballs: Whitney Cummings sucks. She's not a good actress and her stand-up is only funny for the first 10 minutes.

She is not likeable or affable, and they try to use her sexuality in an obvious and insulting way. I can see hotter chicks getting quadruple teamed by midgets and linebackers and not have to sit through 22 minutes of bad TV filled with bad actors doing bad jokes from bad writers.

But someone has decided this show must succeed, so they are throwing everything behind it in the hopes it will help generate some inertia for her abortion of a show.


However, if Whitney Cummings' show was about her getting quadruple teamed by midget linebackers who were making bad jokes from bad writers, that would be worth watching.

/it's all Leno's fault.
 
2012-02-01 04:17:55 PM

FirstNationalBastard: However, if Whitney Cummings' show was about her getting quadruple teamed by midget linebackers who were making bad jokes from bad writers, that would be worth watching.

/it's all Leno's fault.


As long as someone stuffs a cock in her mouth to keep her from laughing like a psychotic at her own jokes. Oh wait, that isn't something she does involuntarily... she does it because she's a horrible actress and doesn't realize the characters on tv aren't supposed to laugh at their own jokes and stay in character. Seinfeld, Chapelle, etc... were able to stay in character because they didn't suck and took their work seriously.

I also suspect she knows she's a horrible actress so she laughs and acts like she doesn't give a sh*t because later when she's doing a comic tour to keep the lights on she can tell people she never took it seriously.
 
2012-02-01 04:28:25 PM
Networks are obsolete.
We should be able to go to a website and get the shows that we want to see, commercial free and forget about all of the other drippage that is out there.
Oh, wait....
 
2012-02-01 04:49:23 PM

Spoon over Marin: Networks are obsolete.
We should be able to go to a website and get the shows that we want to see, commercial free and forget about all of the other drippage that is out there.
Oh, wait....


Honestly, if I wasn't such a sports fan, I'd probably ditch cable and be fine with Digital Antenna TV, and Netflix and Hulu Plus streaming plans. Rights to live events (especially the ones that are cable-only) is about the only thing I think keeping the network and "TV/cable box channel" format alive and relevant to many people.
 
2012-02-01 04:49:52 PM
The mid-1980s-1990s weren't going to last forever.

And for the networks in general, next to farking reality and game shows, why isn't everyone farking sick of cop/lawyer/doctor shows? Those are three professions of people no one wants to have to see in real life. Why is it they're almost the only scripted shows out there?

/watches maybe 3 network shows
//not a hipster, it's just that everything you watch sucks
///why'd they put a picture of that homely skank up when they talk about Community?
*RUNS*
 
2012-02-01 04:52:03 PM

dletter: Spoon over Marin: Networks are obsolete.
We should be able to go to a website and get the shows that we want to see, commercial free and forget about all of the other drippage that is out there.
Oh, wait....

Honestly, if I wasn't such a sports fan, I'd probably ditch cable and be fine with Digital Antenna TV, and Netflix and Hulu Plus streaming plans. Rights to live events (especially the ones that are cable-only) is about the only thing I think keeping the network and "TV/cable box channel" format alive and relevant to many people.


Oh, I forgot about sports. I'm a girl :)
You have a point.
 
2012-02-01 05:02:02 PM

Spoon over Marin: dletter: Spoon over Marin: Networks are obsolete.
We should be able to go to a website and get the shows that we want to see, commercial free and forget about all of the other drippage that is out there.
Oh, wait....

Honestly, if I wasn't such a sports fan, I'd probably ditch cable and be fine with Digital Antenna TV, and Netflix and Hulu Plus streaming plans. Rights to live events (especially the ones that are cable-only) is about the only thing I think keeping the network and "TV/cable box channel" format alive and relevant to many people.

Oh, I forgot about sports. I'm a girl :)
You have a point.


But, the leagues could sell online distribution packages of games as well if they really wanted to. The problem is the networks (broadcast & cable) pay through the nose for rights to be the exclusive broadcaster of the leagues games and events, to the point that the leagues don't believe (maybe rightly so) that they could make as much money just selling the rights to watch games online.

I mean, the NFL will be getting almost $5 BILLION a year from all of their TV rights combined starting next year, and that isn't even counting $700 million/yr they get from Direct TV for exclusive rights to the Sunday Ticket package.

/side note... I just noticed that NBC is getting the 3rd Thanksgiving evening game instead of NFL Network as part of NFL Network expanding their Thursday night package. Good idea, making all the Thanksgiving games free TV.
 
2012-02-01 05:15:37 PM
Pulling "Community"

List is dumb right there. Community is a great show, but it did not get good ratings. Saying *pulling* this show caused NBC's failures is ridiculous.
 
2012-02-01 05:30:05 PM

DamnYankees: Pulling "Community"

List is dumb right there. Community is a great show, but it did not get good ratings. Saying *pulling* this show caused NBC's failures is ridiculous.


Honestly, if NBC were a network getting decent ratings across the board, a show like Community wouldn't have survived as long as it did.

Remember how CBS Canceled Shat(ner) My Dad Says for having horrible ratings? If that show had been getting those same ratings on NBC, It would have beaten every one of their Thursday night sitcoms and been a huge success for the network.

So, if a show like Community is getting ratings that are so horrible that NBC is considering canceling it, it really isn't being watched by anyone.
 
2012-02-01 05:31:30 PM

FirstNationalBastard: So, if a show like Community is getting ratings that are so horrible that NBC is considering canceling it, it really isn't being watched by anyone.


Exactly. To be honest, NBC's horrible ratings have actually been a good thing for its artistry, as it allows shows which are critically loved but not watched at all (Community, Chuck, Parks and Rec, etc.) stay on the air when they otherwise would have benn immediately canceled.
 
2012-02-01 05:31:48 PM
Leno not #1.

List is a failure.
 
2012-02-01 05:35:19 PM

DamnYankees: FirstNationalBastard: So, if a show like Community is getting ratings that are so horrible that NBC is considering canceling it, it really isn't being watched by anyone.

Exactly. To be honest, NBC's horrible ratings have actually been a good thing for its artistry, as it allows shows which are critically loved but not watched at all (Community, Chuck, Parks and Rec, etc.) stay on the air when they otherwise would have benn immediately canceled.


Exactly.

Hell, that's the reason Cheers survived past its first season when NBC was in the dumpster in the early 80s... they had nothing else to put on the air. So, Cheers got a second season, and its ratings improved, along with the rest of NBC.

This time, though, NBC just isn't improving.
 
2012-02-01 05:37:48 PM
I don't understand why Grimm is even on NBC... but it is.. and they are annoying the crap out of me with the delays.
 
2012-02-01 05:38:36 PM

DamnYankees: as it allows shows which are critically loved but not watched at all (Community, Chuck, Parks and Rec, etc.)


Yep. Thank Christ those and "Friday Night Lights" were NBC shows.
 
2012-02-01 05:39:28 PM
Warming Glow has such a gigantic boner for Community. I used to complain about Fox canceling Arrested Development, but the reality is that while both shows are great, they didn't generate the kind of ratings that keep them on the air.

Blame society for being too dumb to appreciate quality programs, but don't blame businesses for making business decisions. If you can't sell ads, you can't keep a show on the air, and that's that.
 
2012-02-01 05:41:59 PM
Of course, nowadays, if a show starts off badly, it's gone in a couple of weeks.

Compare to 1982. One show kicked off by coming in 77th out of 77 prime time shows. It crept up slowly through the season, and NBC barely renewed it. It ran 11 years, was a top-ten show for eight of those years, and one year it was the #1 ranked show. It won 28 Emmys.

There won't be another "Cheers." At least, if NBC has anything to say about it.
 
2012-02-01 05:43:44 PM
Maybe it's because the market they are trying to capture doesn't actually watch the show on the medium they try to display it on.
 
2012-02-01 05:44:04 PM
Well, I have a DVR so I watch Grimm AND the Selleckstasche.

Grimm is ok, the episodes are all the same though and the graphics for the creatures can be almost as bad as Anaconda. But I like the show.

images.wikia.com

He looks like the perfect guy to play Superman, just a few inches too short.
 
2012-02-01 05:44:07 PM
The only reason you need: Seinfeld went off the air over a decade ago.
 
2012-02-01 05:45:01 PM
And this is why I don't watch tee-vee. In fact, I don't even own a tee-vee. I spent my time reading classical writings while basking in the sunshine near the wickiup I built from my own ear hair.

You people disgust me.
 
2012-02-01 05:45:24 PM
four of the greatest shows of the past 20 years - "Seinfeld," "Friday Night Lights," "Community," and "Freaks and Geeks"

Three of his 4 choices in that sentence automatically invalidates the rest of the article.

Good? sure, but best in the last 20 yrs? The Sopranos, Deadwood, hell even Cosby might have somethin to say about that.
 
2012-02-01 05:46:50 PM
TFA: "it's only become particularly noticeable in the network's awkward post-"Seinfeld"/"Friends"/"E.R"-era"

Fark, its slide has been even more recent than that. As recently as 2007, they had:


-Scrubs
-The first (and only good) season of Heroes
-The aforementioned E.R.
-The Office in its prime
-My Name is Earl
-Late Night with Conan
 
2012-02-01 05:47:19 PM
The TV show isn't there to entertain you, It's there to sell you soap powder and toothpaste,
 
2012-02-01 05:47:31 PM
An ex-gf of mine looked and acted a lot like Whitney Cummings. The show sucks, but sometimes I watch it out of nostalgia. I'm sorry, America.
 
2012-02-01 05:49:11 PM

Cubansaltyballs: she does it because she's a horrible actress and doesn't realize the characters on tv aren't supposed to laugh at their own jokes and stay in character. Seinfeld, Chapelle, etc... were able to stay in character because they didn't suck and took their work seriously.


Wrong. I can tell you how many times I wanted to smack that farking smirk off Seinfelds face.
 
2012-02-01 05:49:40 PM
I also like Grimm, the uneven airings do point to NBC foot shooting, but they are also running out of fables pretty quickly
 
2012-02-01 05:53:12 PM
FTFA: The network should just cancel all of their Thursday night series, and replace them a three-hour block of the hot girl from the T-Mobile ad telling us about 4G speeds.

media.tumblr.com
 
2012-02-01 05:55:45 PM

Cubansaltyballs: Whitney Cummings sucks. She's not a good actress and her stand-up is only funny for the first 10 minutes.

She is not likeable or affable, and they try to use her sexuality in an obvious and insulting way. I can see hotter chicks getting quadruple teamed by midgets and linebackers and not have to sit through 22 minutes of bad TV filled with bad actors doing bad jokes from bad writers.

But someone has decided this show must succeed, so they are throwing everything behind it in the hopes it will help generate some inertia for her abortion of a show.


I don't particularly like her, though i think her acting is pretty decent considering its not her forte.
 
2012-02-01 05:58:48 PM
FTFA: NBC would also like me to remind you to WATCH "SMASH," THE MONDAY AFTER THE SUPER BOWL, in case you haven't seen the ads for the show every three seconds for the last two months.


holy fark, everything about this! I hope it bombs solely so I don't see this commercial every 3 minutes.
 
2012-02-01 05:59:37 PM

insertsnarkyusername: Maybe it's because the market they are trying to capture doesn't actually watch the show on the medium they try to display it on.


Who is more at fault - the viewer for not conforming, or the network for not adapting?
 
2012-02-01 06:01:52 PM
The irony for me is that most of the network TV watched in the Toxin home is on NBC. Community, Parks and Rec, Biggest Loser and Grimm are watched every week by my wife and/or me. Jimmy Fallon isn't even that bad. If I'm up that late I'll watch him.

/The Office really needed to end two seasons ago.
 
2012-02-01 06:08:18 PM
1.bp.blogspot.com

Hot like a smoking rod.
Hot like a confused dame in Philip Marlowe's office.
Hot like Marilyn Monroe's G-spot.
 
2012-02-01 06:08:47 PM

myinternetname: Well, I have a DVR so I watch Grimm AND the Selleckstasche.

Grimm is ok, the episodes are all the same though and the graphics for the creatures can be almost as bad as Anaconda. But I like the show.

[images.wikia.com image 382x566]

He looks like the perfect guy to play Superman, just a few inches too short.


Didn't he already? Oh, wait, that was his doppleganger Brandon Routh.
 
2012-02-01 06:10:35 PM
NBC has "Fear Factor," a show that people only talk about when they're discussing "donkey semen"

funny 'cause it's true
 
2012-02-01 06:11:10 PM

whooter: FTFA: The network should just cancel all of their Thursday night series, and replace them a three-hour block of the hot girl from the T-Mobile ad telling us about 4G speedsOrgy Wonderlands.

[media.tumblr.com image 379x214]


FTFY.
 
2012-02-01 06:14:56 PM
Meh, network. Netflix and/or Amazon will soon pick up most of the material that's worth watching.
 
2012-02-01 06:15:54 PM

dletter: Spoon over Marin: Networks are obsolete.
We should be able to go to a website and get the shows that we want to see, commercial free and forget about all of the other drippage that is out there.
Oh, wait....

Honestly, if I wasn't such a sports fan, I'd probably ditch cable and be fine with Digital Antenna TV, and Netflix and Hulu Plus streaming plans. Rights to live events (especially the ones that are cable-only) is about the only thing I think keeping the network and "TV/cable box channel" format alive and relevant to many people.


Cable was costing me too much for too little ($100/ month with no premium channels) so I dumped it. Yes, I miss sports, but to have $1,200/year back in my pocket, I'll make some concessions. I get all my entertainment thru streaming at the moment.


I think MLB does streaming, but not your local team or some other stupid catch. I can't wait for the day when at least two of the big sports leagues offer a serious streaming package, because cable needs competition.

 
2012-02-01 06:21:41 PM
I thought Community was terrible, just not my humor I suppose.
 
2012-02-01 06:28:54 PM
I pay way too much money for cable 'net access and sports, poker and Jeopardy! Gave up network TV for dead years ago.
 
2012-02-01 06:29:09 PM
About #1:

I prefer product placements to commercials. They are less annoying and easier to ignore.
 
2012-02-01 06:30:02 PM

Madbassist1: four of the greatest shows of the past 20 years - "Seinfeld," "Friday Night Lights," "Community," and "Freaks and Geeks"

Three of his 4 choices in that sentence automatically invalidates the rest of the article.

Good? sure, but best in the last 20 yrs? The Sopranos, Deadwood, hell even Cosby might have somethin to say about that.


4 OF THE greatest shows, not THE 4 greatest shows
 
2012-02-01 06:31:17 PM
as someone who loves tv, i also had to walk away from cable, hulu and netflix are still going strong... but seriously what is there worth watching on tv? i flip through the rotissary of shows that are offered, and by and large they are awful, just awful.
 
2012-02-01 06:32:35 PM

Kanemano: I also like Grimm, the uneven airings do point to NBC foot shooting, but they are also running out of fables pretty quickly


I'm hoping that the show eventually centers around the wolf guy, since he's essentially doing everything already.
 
2012-02-01 06:35:16 PM
I kinda liked "Grimm", but when it disappeared off the lineup I assumed it got the mighty axe. Fortunately, "Justified" is back and I've got some other shows to catch up on.

And the only farking thing I remember about XFL is He Hate Me. So so lame.

Fiancé's ex-wife looks like Whitney, if Whitney was sporting the "in-bred" look, lacking in basic intellect and with interesting dentition. (did I say that out loud?)
 
2012-02-01 06:35:56 PM
Half right.

Yes, NBC has been relying way too much on crappy ideas (My Own Worst Enemy, The Cape) and retreads (Knight Rider, Bionic Woman). It seems to think that it's one hit away from having the glory years of Friends and Seinfeld back, the kind of sad thinking hair metal bands had circa 1994. Even if traditional sitcoms come back, those guys aren't.

But as opposed to what bloggers like to write: ratings still do matter, and people still watch TV. Their Thursday comedy shows are flagging at best and in the toilet at worst. I love Community, but it's very obtuse and was ranked at #115 last year. It's going to have at least three seasons, which is a miracle for a show with such low ratings. The idea that pulling a show that they gave multiple chances to is killing them is silly. Online popularity can prop up a show, but it can't carry the thing.

Their other problem is that they keep choosing stinkers with such gusto that you'd think they want to implode. Who needs good TV when you can get a lead from "My Two Dads" 20 years later? Superheroes are still cool, right? Order me The Cape, and Get that one pretty girl who dooms every show she's on! We can get Christian Slater? Order me a show were he plays two characters! Hey, has anyone plugged a Manimal reboot yet?
 
2012-02-01 06:39:48 PM
FeedTheCollapse: FTFA: NBC would also like me to remind you to WATCH "SMASH," THE MONDAY AFTER THE SUPER BOWL, in case you haven't seen the ads for the show every three seconds for the last two months.

No wonder Fox passed on making a Glee spin-off...NBC beat them to it.

That's another problem with TV - once a show becomes a success, then the other networks start making weak-knock offs. After Friends became a hit, half of the new fall shows were sitcoms about hip, attractive Gen Xers living and/or sleeping together.
 
2012-02-01 06:40:26 PM

sovietski: Fiancé's ex-wife looks like Whitney, if Whitney was sporting the "in-bred" look, lacking in basic intellect and with interesting dentition. (did I say that out loud?)


And just think, you're his second choice.

/I said that out loud.
 
2012-02-01 06:41:38 PM
Wait a minute! Dane Cook is getting a TV show? Who do I have to murder to prevent this travesty from occurring? (Aside from Dumb Cock himself)
 
2012-02-01 06:44:49 PM

dletter: Honestly, if I wasn't such a sports fan, I'd probably ditch cable and be fine with Digital Antenna TV, and Netflix and Hulu Plus streaming plans. Rights to live events (especially the ones that are cable-only) is about the only thing I think keeping the network and "TV/cable box channel" format alive and relevant to many people.


i guess it depends... i'm still living close enough to my original home state that they put most of my favorite teams games on the broadcast networks. if my team happens to be playing on monday night or thursday, i pop into the local bar. a think of nachos and a few beers is still a lot cheaper than paying for a months cable that i don't really watch
 
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