Today I'm glad (despite the flood warnings all across Connecticut!) because the Red Sox took 2 out of 3 in their series with the Yankees in the Bronx and are now in sole possession of First Place in the American League East Division! Go Red Sox!
But I'm also sad (or ticked, more like it) of ABC's treatment of the great "Commander in Chief." First, they yank the creator off the show as producer. Bring in Steven Bochko, who lives up to his name, and 'botches" a hit show. Take it off the air for months, and oh yes, in that unexplainable hiatus, leading lady Geena Davis wins a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Drama. Finally bring it back, but move it from Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. to Thursdays at 10:00 p.m., show one episode, and then yank it back off again during May sweeps.
If this is not idiotic behavior by a network, I don't know what is! Can you be any more obvious about not wanting a show to succeed? You're doing everything you can to kill a show THAT WAS SUCCEEDING.
But then ABC is not alone:
CBS cancelled critical success and award-winning show "Joan of Arcadia" without so much as a whimper, and that after the Season 2 finale set up a great premise for Season 3. Double-huh?
WB threw creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino off next year's probable final season of critical success and fan favorite "Gilmore Girls." Say what?
Would I be too cynical if I said out loud that "CiC's" shoddy treatment could be all about politics? As in the show wasn't liberal enough with its independent President. 'Course, I don't see the problem 'cause Hollywood still gets its crooked, evil Republican in Speaker of the House Templeton (wonderfully played and given suprising depth by Donald Sutherland).
But then again, there was that episode in which the Dems set up an intern to frame the First Gentleman, and the leader of the DNC actually made a public apology about the incident. Perhaps that didn't set too well. 'Cause wasn't it the very next episode that got bumped?
ABC, if you're listening, please put this show back on the air! It's not about the politics. It's about the spotlight of living in the White House and how that affects a family. It's a story that needs to be told 'cause the way the system is now, I don't know why any family would ever want to live in the White House.
Friday, May 12, 2006