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AND it’s being written by the woman who wrote Shame (for real). I can’t wait to see the big boners on those covered wagons!!
I can be such a Cunterbatch sometimes.
Hi guys! Sorry for everything, except for everything. Love you!
“Somebody bring me back some artisanal cheeses pleeeeeaaase.”
“I am going to fuck the shit out of this guy.” — Bill Clinton
Sorry for the long boring comment, but Warden’s the worst, so here goes:
Wow, Warden, you seem like an angry young man. Let’s take a look at your argument:
You say: But NBC is not out to create quality, they are a subsidiary of a publicly traded company and as such must serve the desires of their shareholders: namely, making money.
Correct! But…actually, the decline in NBC’s profitability since the end of Friends is closely tied to NBC’s failure to create “quality” programming. In the year following the end of Friends, every single fall pilot was canceled, save one: JOEY. It had a serious penalty attached and was basically given a walk to go two years. The other pilots — such gems as LAX, Hawaii, Medical Investigation — were canceled so quickly you probably barely remember them. In the intervening years, it’s been more of the same: Four Kings? Celebrity Cooking Showdown? The remake of Coupling. Knight Rider. Inconceivable. those were all real shows. Shoot me in the face please! Those shows represent millions worth of investment and they failed because of, well, a lack of quality.
The flaw in your argument is that network profitability and quality shows don’t go hand in hand. Sure, there are some shit-shows that pull in massive ratings, because we don’t all have the same definition of “quality.” Life is a beautiful mystery which contains both 30 Rock and CSI:Miami. But for every low-rated but best ever The Wire out there, there’s a Lost. Or Cheers. Or Seinfeld. Good and profitable. Well, I never! And as Gabe pointed out, Seinfeld needed time to work. As did, actually Cheers, which had abysmal ratings out of the gate. so could Conan grow his audience? Sure.
For years, Jeff Zucker has been relying on parlor tricks to increase profitability. Super-sizing shows, having an in-front instead of an upfront, moving Leno to 10 so you don’t have to develop. He’s tried to keep costs down instead of raising profits. And this has distracted from the fact that for years NBC has been like a soda company that stopped making soda and expected to keep making money. Or rather, they started making terrible soda and kept insisting we buy it based on the packaging. It might work for a while, but eventually we all realize we’re drinking a tall glass of Celebrity Cooking Showdown.
This whole late show debacle is directly descended from this terrible business philosophy. I actually think that now that Comcast has taken over and Gaspin is in charge things will start to swing back towards NBC actually making TV — quality TV — the most profitable kind! This late show stuff is just a hangover from the previous administration.
But in this whole mess one thing’s certain: don’t blame Conan.
And also one other thing: You know, shut up.
Thanks Bird. I just got out of jail and this is my first time on the internet.
Hey, I’m smart. How do I post a picture?
Sorry, I meant Contemporary Accidentally Shooting With BB Guns
I would like to watch a whole show of Ty Burrell accidentally shooting people with a BB Gun. It would be called Modern Accidentally Shooting With BB Guns starring Ty Burrell, and it would be ninety minutes long, and it would be great.
May I invite you on my District 9 Shantytown Vacation? You stay for three years and you get to throw up a lot.
I really liked the movie. I think in the wake of the Funny People FAIL this summer, it’s just nice to see a movie made on the cheap by someone who isn’t parading his own life in front of the cameras for approval, and isn’t relying on stars to dupe us into liking a poorly thought out film.
I know these two films are totally unrelated, but they are the two movies I was most looking forward to this summer, and I was glad that one paid off.
Plus, you know, cool aliens.
I think this discussion kind of produces a meta-review of the movie that adds up to this:
It was okay.