Instead of leading off with Jimmy Kimmel to get us warmed up and excited about these new shows, ABC's upfront presentation jumped right in, so Jimmy didn't come out to make the obligatory gay/British jokes about his new boss Paul Lee until halfway through the event. Actually, thirty minutes in was perfect timing for him because that was about when I become fairly horrified with the new crop of shows. But even Kimmel seemed off his game, making easy jokes about CBS ("More people die watching CBS than any other network") and NBC ("they'll be selling their ads on Groupon this year") and Fox's X-Factor ("It's like American Idol meets a mirror"). He did get in some decent cracks about the upfronts in general: "Remember those shows that we were so excited about last fall? We cancelled all of them... and yet here you are again. We think you might have a gambling problem." Not unfunny, but he was better in previous years. As for the network's gobs and gobs of new shows? They've been better in years past, too. There wasn't a single one that blew me away or cracked me up the way that Lost or Modern Family had done at first glance.
We're still shocked that Whitney got renewed, but most of the cancellations this season made sense. While we would have gladly watched another season of A Gifted Man and our moms would have loved more of The Finder, we're having a hard time getting really upset about any of the axings this year (except for maybe Best Friends Forever, which had more potential than Whitney). In fact, there are certain shows we're downright excited to see disappear from the TV schedule. Here's the ones we'll miss the least:
I was about six years old when I was introduced to Buffy and Hildegard on Bosom Buddies and thought that the show was wildly funny. So it should really be no surprise that during the series premiere of Work It last night (same basic premise), my six-year-old daughter thought that the five minutes I let her watch were very entertaining. But, given the not-at-all-coyly-disguised sexual comments and tampon jokes during those few minutes, I turned it off. She'll thank me later. Because while old Bosom Buddies reruns today are still entertaining, even for an adult audience (thanks largely to the comic timing of a young Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari), this new show cannot possibly stand the test of time.