As you may have noticed from watching your local TV channels, the rerun season is over and the new TV season is on with fresh new shows.
with Ashton Kutcher, which started out at his funeral packed with all of Charlie's jilted exes. Ratings for the premiere episode were through the roof -- apparently 28 million tuned in.
ABC ended up winning the night thanks to good ratings from Dancing With the Stars - in spite of the controversy surrounding the inclusion of Chaz Bono in the cast. Only in America would this be controversial -- though come to think of it, it might also be contoversial in Middle Eastern countries and parts of Asia and Africa, too. So maybe I shouldn't be so hard on the USA.
But really, these Americans who watch that show are so uptight these days. Their priorities seem to be misplaced -- they'd rather get upset over transgendered folks dancing on a television show than get around to solving their nation's problems.
Fans of the show were all threatening to boycott the season, just because someone with a sex change was on it. This seems common with viewers of that particular show -- I remember they also got mad when contestant Joanna Krupa posed for Playboy. Boy, are the viewers ever uptight.
I think the real issue is that folks at NBC tried too hard to copy Mad Men, completely forgetting that Mad Men has also been a washout in the ratings pretty much ever since it began. Mad Men may be the coolest show on TV and the Sixties the coolest decade ever, but a sure-fire ratings winner it is not.
Trying to copy the 1961 vibe elsewhere might just not be the answer to a network's ratings woes. If it were we'd be seeing a lot more reruns of The Dick Van Dyke Show on TV than we do now. (Whatever became of that show, anyway? It's nowhere to be seen these days.) That's all for now.