Wednesday, July 26, 2006

What's on TV?

This series is dedicated to new shows coming this fall. Unlike the series on my drinking stories (which didn't generate much interest), I'll cover a show a day for the next month. We've got 26 to new shows to cover, so I'll kick it off with what's coming on Sundays.

The Game

When: Sunday, 8:30 PM EST
Who: Aldis Hodge, Tia Mowry, Coby Bell, Hosea Chanchez
Where: The CW Television Network

I know what most of you are thinking. If you're like me, you thought, "What the hell is CW?" Honestly, I didn't know myself. It's a new network set to launch this year. According to wikipedia, it will feature a blend of shows from UPN and the WB. Think 'the Fresh Prince of Bel Air" meets "7th Heaven." I believe that is exactly what Dante described as the third ring of hell in Inferno.

The good news is it means both the WB and UPN will cease independent operations. We've eliminated two crappy stations and replaced them with one crappy station. Eh, you can't win them all. I'll chalk this one up as a minor battle won in an unwinnable war. Anyway, back to the show itself...

It's a spinoff of another UPN show I've never heard of called "Girlfriends." It features characters that are all married to professional football players. I've pulled this excerpt from AOL's review to give you an idea of just how bad this show is really going to be:

"While [her husband] worries about the plays on the field, Melanie learns about the power plays that NFL wives use to get their men the best agents, managers, endorsements, merchandising deals and even the in charity."

Who the HELL is the target audience here? Is anyone really interested in wives of NFL players? I think it implies she's got to do some slutty things to take care of her man. It worked in "Sex in the City" because there were balancing characters. I doubt lightning will strike twice. This is going to turn off 90% of the female audience. The male audience will be watching football on ESPN right now, so they aren't even a viable target.

The talent:

And I use the word 'talent' lightly. All of them were in "Girlfriends," and all of them have about 12 projects each going this fall, which shows you how much time they are putting into making this show a winner. Some of them are in multiple sitcoms. Throw enough shit on the wall, SOMETHING is bound to stick, right?

Projected Watchability Rating:

Women: 1 out of 10
Men: 0 out of 10

Projected Longevity of the Show:

Ordinarily, I'd say 'pulled mid-season,' but this is a UPN/WB lovechild. It'll make it through one for certain. Hell, they might squeeze three years out of the thing.


yellowdog granny said...

well that sucks...the only good thing about shitty tv shows is that means i get to watch more pbs...i love pbs..
also...i am sorry i missed the drinking stories..i have some that would make you laugh out loud and some that would make your balls shrivel..

Nicole said...

yellowdog granny makes me laugh!!

Sundays I usually study as I try to take classes on Monday evenings, so it doesn't much matter to me. I do sometimes watch Grey's Anatomy though...

I saw a clip for a new movie coming out, with Mark Wahlberg....a football movie called Invincible. It looks pretty good

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Big D said...

I know how to extend the life of this show. Scrape the whole football wives thing and make them sexy cheerleaders. The set is entirely filmed in the locker room and shower. This will save money on sets. The cheerleaders only walk around in g-strings or cheerleading outfits and talk about lespian sex. Just imagine the love triangles. Also you have to have a crazy character so we bring back Kramer and his life has gone to shit, he is know an alcholic Janitor! I smell Emmy!

Ben said...

Forget Kramer. I want Dave Chappelle for that role. Think of the "It's a wonderful life" skit from his show in season 1.

If they put that on the air, I'd probably give up Sunday Night Football, and that is a statement not to be taken lightly.

Anonymous said...

Man, everyone knows all the best shows are on FX these days...

But you're right. This new show sounds like absolute liquid dogshit.

SUE said...

The CW is an unknown commodity right now...I actually like the concept of this show. I could see it doing well. UPN knew it's audience, and if this is produced well I could see it being a hit. That being said it could also be terrible.