It's network upfronts week, and what a wonderful time to be alive! All the promise of new shows with great casts and expertly cut trailers, plus all the fun of prematurely mocking shows with dumb plots and even worse CGI (seriously, Once Upon a Time? What is even happening there, ABC?). But what's even better is that we can thank the TV gods for the rare moments when networks get it right and decide to pass on awful-sounding pilots. As with every year, many possible disasters were rejected this season, but these are the ones we're happiest about. (Assuming they don't get "saved" by another network or come back to haunt us next summer, of course.)
Look who's back maybe!
I hated the Outsourced pilot and felt similarly about its second episode, but since by that point the ratings had settled down into numbers low enough to be considered pretty irrelevant (even though the show has been renewed for an entire season), I decided to stop watching for a while. But last night, while I was waiting for Grey's and Nikita to finish recording in the other room, and the World Series game was beginning to look like the shut-out (go Giants!) it ultimately became, I decided to revisit the show to see why a few of you have defended it so passionately. And I guess I'm glad that I did, because even though it definitely wasted twenty minutes of my time, it did reinforce my confidence that I have not been unfair to this show. Here are the two biggest ongoing issues with Outsourced then and now.
OMG more Hellcats!
Because I know you were really stressing out about missing the first episode of Outsourced, don't worry -- it's starting on a specific date and everything.
There is life after Lost (on other dead-end series) for Henry Ian Cusick, a comeback for deranged duo Beavis and Butthead (do we really want them back, Mike Judge??), and an Oscar winner takes a hit at Showtime's Weeds. Not a bong hit as far as we know yet...
NBC has revealed the fall and midseason slate of new shows that are meant to save the network, and some of them look good! But some of them... do not, we'll say. I woke up bright and early this morning to attend the red-carpet portion of the network's upfront presentation to get season finale spoilers from current NBC talent, and to ask the new stars what the hell their shows are about and, in one case, why their show is so racist. (Also, while I couldn't get an interview with Tina Fey, I did eavesdrop the hell out of all her conversations, which were all about shrimp. Just a little tidbit.) Read on for all the information I could get out of strangers in two or three questions while their publicists desperately tried to tear them away from me.
Embroiled in yet another disappointing fall season, with both new and old shows performing abysmally in the ratings, NBC has taken a unique approach to repairing its situation, and is really knocking it out of the park with terrible new show ideas right now. There's that Munsters remake. And that Survivor/Bachelor hybrid. And that show about Kristin Davis Eat, Pray, Love-ing through NYC. All bad ideas that no one will watch, sure, but today they topped themselves and announced the king of bad ideas -- Tommy's Little Girl, a show Jamie Foxx came up with about Selma Blair playing a lawyer by day, deadly assassin by night, co-starring Paulie Walnuts, described as La Femme Nikita meets The Sopranos. I mean, honestly. I couldn't come up with a more risible idea for a show if I tried, which is why I'm imploring NBC to make this trainwreck happen.
The amazing Stan Lee is everywhere these days.
We're almost at Friday. Here's some news to keep you busy 'til then...