Monday, November 06, 2006

punch line

I am currently in an airport somewhere in Illinois that is so flat that I can almost see my house out of the terminal window. Regardless, I just had lunch with a group of preteen ministers in the area about SuperStart. After a successful meeting, I am dead tired and can't wait to take Exit 6 into Joplin. To add to my physical state, I was surfing the world wide web moments ago when I noticed that Studio 60, the best new show on TV this fall is nearing cancellation. Obviously, this hurts my heart to think about this great show being sent off to TV Purgatory with Arrested Develpment and Northern Exposure. Both of these were funny shows that were cut too soon. Of course, this should not surprise anyone. Who needs smart, socially aware comedy when you can cheer on a housewife and her Iraq-veteran husband on Deal or No Deal? And why watch a show that challenges right-wing "Crazy Christians" to re-think the way the public views them, when we can watch a sitcom about a blue collar fat guy slowly screwing up his marriage? It is a shame that we do not recognize the value of Studio 60 and realize that no other show on TV has captured the idea that comedy can be used for social change. Comedy should be used to open dialogs, stimulate ideas, and promote change. Comedy can do things that politics can not and can go places that music can't go. But we don't seem to get it. I am being completely honest when I say that the first 5 minutes of the pilot episode of Studio 60 inspired me more than any 5 minutes on a certain deserted island. And soon, Studio 60 will be gone, and we'll be too busy watching X-Men... I mean Heroes.

America has lost the ability to laugh at anything other than fart jokes and crotch shots, and no one is taking that seriously.


superstar said...

life just good

Anonymous said...

While I understand your frustration, too many good shows not getting attention, you've got to take a deep breath and realize everything is going to be OK.
If you're lucky maybe they'll at least tie loose ends together before they cancel it.
I was a huge "American Dreams" fan, a show that used the music and events of the BandStand days to reflect our society today. Particularly how national/global events played out in the lives of the family. They canceled this show after a couple of season and left the fans gasping at a cliff-hanger.
But the good news is I'm ok. I've managed to put the pieces of my life back together and reassemble my life.
It was hard, but you can do it.
I have a couple of tips on how to do this:
#1. Be Thankful. While the pilot was good, honestly "Studio 60" left nothing to be desired. There is no hook to grab a person and make them want to watch the next week. And honestly what was the show going to do to create this effect...have the studio hijacked by armed escaped prisoners?...Was the studio going to burn down?...Was the audience to be made up of a grandma knitters convention, causing havoc? Nothing to save this.
#2 Be Thankful again. No longer does your Monday have to revolve around Matthew Perry's every growing double chin.
#3 Be a man and watch some Monday Night Football. Yeah yeah yeah, it's moved to ESPN, and John Madden ain't with the show, and there are never any good shows on Monday night, but you're a dude and watching MNF is what we do...
#4 and finally, you could just give in and watch some of the incredibleness that is "Heroes", "Lost" and "24"

Finch said...

I couldn't agree more, since I said the same thing on my blog a few days ago. That's called plagarism. But seriously, I was bummed when I heard it because it does show the lack of taste and thick skin of the American public.