Wednesday, November 12, 2008

THE NETWORK EXECUTIVES ARE GOING MAD CANCELLING SHOWS

Well, it took a while but we are now seeing lots of shows get the boot from American TV. CBS yanked The Ex List this week, and NBC has just booted My Own Worst Enemy starring Christian Slater. Also, word is they also are giving Lipstick Jungle the boot.

Lately, FOX has been swinging the axe like crazy. They got things rolling in September by booting new show Do Not Disturb. Not too long ago, they cancelled King of the Hill completely (they are now rumored to be looking to move to another network such as ABC; fat chance) and have now shifted the new Joss Whedon effort Dollhouse to the Siberia timeslot of Friday nights, where it is expected to languish and die a sad death.

Just today comes the latest axe-swinging, again over at FOX, as MAD TV has gotten the boot after 14 years of getting beat in the ratings every week by Saturday Night Live.

I expected some people might be upset to see it go. From all the comments I've read, though, everyone is glad to see this show finally get the boot and feel this series should have been put out of its misery a long time ago.

My own beef with MAD TV is that it never seemed to be a show that had any similarity at all to its namesake magazine, MAD. Instead, it just seemed like a cut-rate ripoff of Saturday Night Live. My reaction to the show's cancellation is summed up by the famous last words "what, me worry?".

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