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.
Happy St. Patrick's Day! NBC just got drunk on green beer and did something awesome!
After only two episodes, Fox has cancelled Lone Star, making it the official first casualty of the fall 2010 season. It's a sad, but unsurprising move on Fox's part, considering the obvious fact that Lone Star -- a slow, more-intelligent-than-Glee (not that there's anything wrong with Glee) adult drama -- belonged anywhere but on network television. But let's buck up and move on to the important question: who should be next? What else is just so terrible, or so poorly scheduled, or just plain misplaced that it should be put out of its misery next? In ascending order, here are the new shows that most need to be cancelled, and the alternate networks where they could have lived long, happy, minimum-ratings-pressure lives.
It's that time of year when networks are finalizing their fall line-ups and deciding which current shows to keep or cancel. And while we'd like to see underrated procedural Detroit 1-8-7 get another chance, as well as the ridiculous, nonsensical guilty pleasure Off the Map continue, there are a plenty of other "bubble" shows that truly deserve to get their bubbles burst, freeing their casts and producers to seek better luck elsewhere. Here are the ones that most need to be axed, for everyone's sake:
The time has finally come to fully address the NBC folly that is Outsourced, the show about an American moving to India and experiencing a culture shock that is... pretty racist most of the time. Maybe the movie it's based on isn't -- Netflix keeps recommending it to me based on my interests, and since my interests are not generally too racist (Friday and Next Friday aside), I'm inclined to believe this show's source material is very different. But this pilot? Woof. It was rough.
NBC is doing something awesome. I'm serious!
We must confess/That your suckiness/Is bringing us down/So give us a sign/Please get good again one more time.
With another regular television season coming to a close just in time for the Memorial Day weekend, we'd like to hold a memorial of our own for all of the characters and other elements that we'll miss the most from this year's ridiculously robust round of cancelled and concluded shows. Important note, however: This list is just about shows from the 2010-2011 season, so no putting, like, Firefly people or whatever in the comments, please. We know you'll want to, but just try to resist.
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...