What the hell is wrong with American TV viewers? First, I see that the majority of commentors on this USA Today blog actually enjoyed Wednesday’s episode of Lost. Then this morning I read that Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? was the most-watched series debut in 9 years, getting 26 million viewers. Are you kidding me? You think this is entertaining? We’re talking about a show which throws money at a woman who didn’t know that the border between the US and Canada is longer than the border between the US and Mexico. And it’s hosted by Jeff Foxworthy! Three times as many people watched that than the premiere of The Black Donnellys. It sickens me that shows like 5th Grader, which require no thought to create or produce, are smashes that run for years, while quality shows such as Arrested Development and Freaks and Geeks languish in low-rating hell before early cancellations. I recently watched Idiocracy, which wasn’t a very good movie, but I have to believe that we’re heading towards the future it foretells, in which the world is inhabited solely by morons… at least if our TV trends are any indication.
Friday, March 02, 2007