I spend waaaa-aaay to much time watching the TV. I admit it. But I’m an obsessive creature by nature, and I tend to latch on to shows. Fortunately, I also suffer form what is known as a short attention span, so I obsess over multiple shows at multiple times. But once as show has hooked me, i am generally hooked for the run. That being said, most of the time I can see a natural stopping point and don’t throw a gigantic fit when shows end or- shudder- are cancelled.
For instance, I admire a lot about Friday Night Lights, but I am not a regular viewer and would honestly not miss it if it were to go off the air. Friendshonestly ran about two seasons too long, but even a half assed season was pretty good. I’m still disappointed about how Gilmore Girlsended, but that had a lot to do with the Palladinos leaving and less about the show itself ( the last season was wildly uneven, but still seemed oddly appropriate). I pray for a How I Met Your Motherrenewal every spring ( it’s a safe bet this year- syndie money looks pretty lucrative for the show), but a lot of that is the show’s internal mythology is still being played out, and if it was ever truly in danger, I’d be out on it too.
Four of my five favorite TV shows all air at the exact same time on Monday nights. HIMYM and The Big Bang Theoryare on CBS, and both are safe ( TBBT picked up a two year gift from CBS earlier this year). Houseis on Fox, where it’s in season five, in no danger whatsoever ( it’s still a top rated drama), and after last weeks episode, still has the ability to stun regular viewers ( yes, I had my money on Taub offing himself). The other show is NBC’s hilarious spy dramedy, Chuck. This show is the only show I watch on TV right now that is seriously in trouble of cancellation.
So I have joined in the World Wide Web’s Save Chuck! manifesto. I have written a couple of pieces on Chuck in the last week, I have dedicated my television to Chuck, watched Chuck on Hulu and NBC.com, written to Ben Silverman, and I will be taking part in April 27th’s Finale Blowout ( go to Subway, buy the $5 foot long sub, take a comment card, write that you are doing this only because of Chuck, drop it into the comments box. They really do pay attention to that at corporate level, guys). And this is me writing to cyberworld out there asking for you to do the same. Watch it live if possible, let NBC know you are doing so, comment on every Chuck story you can find on major sites ( and even some minor ones- My own hits have been going up in the last week, thanks to some comments on more popular sites), but the sandwich. I never get involved in Save the show campaigns usually because I accept the cyclical nature of TV. But I admit that NBC’s programming strategy is currently enraging me, and letting the best show on TV go because of Jay Leno- that’s just idiotic.
P.S.- Chcuk fans, celebrate in the fact this week has Jordana Brewster’s Jill back, Scott Bakula is still here playing Stephen Bartowski (I think I’ve mentioned the genius of that casting, right?), and next week Sarah and Chuck go rogue and Casey is on their tail.
Who would WANT to cancel such perfection?