Our First Cancellation! Our First Cancellation!

Spent the morning out at the new tree top adventure course at Skytop. Don’t believe me?

and that's with a cold, by the way

and that's with a cold, by the way

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There. Now you have to believe me. The story about the new course will be in the paper tomorrow.

On to the links, which might be a little shorter than usual, but good nonetheless:

nope, not this one ...

nope, not this one ...

The line in Let It Ride during the final horserace — “You can’t shine a flashlight between ’em” — is one of my favorite throwaway lines of all time. I use it a lot. Here’s a good time to use it again between The Playboy Club and Free Agents to see which one becomes the first cancellation of the new TV season. NBC last week said it would be giving these two shows time to grow, but sheesh. The Playboy Club is a tank, officially, and it’s not coming back. It loses viewers every week, which means NBC is losing money each week it airs. Only 3.4 million viewers showed up last night, which is less than the season premiere of South Park, a decidedly niche show, will get on Wednesday. Free Agents is just as dead it might get less than 3 million viewers this week. NBC probably doesn’t want to give either of its shows that distinction of being the first canceled show, so it will probably kill them off together. That’ll be fun. I already wrote this and don’t feel like deleting it sooooo …

... this one!

... this one!

Wait! Wait! We have a winner! This was just announced around 1 p.m., NBC has canceled The Playboy Club. It certainly wasn’t a terrible show, but it just had all the makings of something people didn’t want to get involved in. It just felt so ordinary and copy-cat. And here’s a tip. If you’re going to copy a show (Playboy Club was obviously copying Mad Men), copy a show that gets more than 2 million viewers a week. I know, right? Sounds pretty simple! There was no chance NBC could come up with a better version of Mad Men, so it threw in a bunch of hot chicks in Playboy bunny outfits and closed its eyes. Bad formula. So let’s all pour a 40 for Playboy Club, the first casualty of the season.

Maybe that’s why NBC earlier in the day picked up full seasons of Up All Night and Whitney. Up All Night was a no-brainer. It’s the only new show on NBC that’s even moved the meter a little (a very little). Whitney is kinda weird though. It bled viewers in its second week, and would have been an easy cancel once 30 Rock came back over the winter. Plus, it’s not very funny. So there’s that too. 

at least he admitted it

at least he admitted it

Question of the day: Is it better to see Simon Cowell either A. get his comeupance, of B. admit he was an idiot in saying that 20 million people would tune in. Wait, there’s more! You can also pick C. the TV executives and media have to acknoweldge they were idiots for buying into the whole thing. And I’m in that last group, by the way. I didn’t think it would do American Idol numbers (30 million viewers), but I thought 20 million would be pretty easy to get. I’m just gonna settle on D, all of the above. This isn’t the end of reality TV just because X Factor isn’t doing as well as it was predicted, but it’s total awesomeness to see Modern Family beating it on Wednesdays. Score one for creativity.

Know what a good role for Angelina Jolie would be? Mom. Try it some time.

Uh oh. The Delaware River fracking fight is about to heat up again, but Mark Ruffalo has his attention elsewhere. This is a delicate balance Ruffalo is walking. We want our movie stars to seem human, and what better way to show that than to join us in protesting something everyone knows is complete BS? There’s no reason he shouldn’t be commended for that. But if you start protesting too much, you end up looking like Sean Penn, who sometimes comes off as a media whore looking for attention. You almost have to feel sorry for Hollywood stars because of that kind of weird balance. Wait, no you don’t. Just get Avengers into the theaters.

don't guess this one

don't guess this one

Wanna play a game? Before I clicked on the link (don’t click on it yet) “Netflix’s 10 most rented movies of all time,” I came up with five guesses for what movies would be on there. I came up with Dark Knight, Toy Story 2, Night at the Museum, Shrek 3 and Transformers. OK, come up with your own. Go ahead, take a minute or two … got ’em? OK, now click. Noner of my movies were on there. Oops. Makes sense though, now that I’m thinking of it. The movies I thought of are all movies people would want in their collections, so instead of renting them, they’d buy them. You have to go one rung lower, to movies people aren’t sure they want in their collections or not. Good to see Hurt Locker, Departed and No Country on there. That’s obviously a “Wait, this one best picture, we should rent it,” kind of rental. I should have figured out Inception, my bad.

You know, I shouldn’t even bother using this next one just in case it gets anyone riled up unnecessarily. But apparanently Arrested Development could go to Showtime, Netflix or IFC is Fox decides it doesn’t want it. Which it will not. Not on Fox, at least, but maybe on FX. Folks, this was an anonymous source that said there were talks, nothing else. We’re just all going to have to sit back and wait to see if it ever happens.

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