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You can see a bunch of clips from NBC’s fall line up at www.defamer.com. I can’t bear to transfer the clips over here.

Here’s the bottom line: they look just beyond awful. The network cancelled “Law & Order,” and put thousands of New Yorkers out of work, for this tripe.

For one thing, the shows feature almost exclusively young, attractive white people. Multi-cultural is obviously not a term that’s come into play in Burbank.

Second, “Outsourced,” about a white guy who goes to India, looks pretty damned racist. “Northern Exposure” it’s not. And India is really Burbank. I felt so sorry for the Indian American actors in the clip. It’s all jokes at their expense.

“Friends with Benefits” and “Perfect Couples” should be cancelled now. Why wait? Just more thirtysomething white people, whining, playing Charades, drinking white wine in the suburbs. Why didn’t they just call it “White Whine”? Black people should just not watch NBC. I guess they don’t anyway, unelss it’s to see Tracey Morgan.

Only “Harry’s Law,” with Kathy Bates, has potential. Of course, it’s from David E. Kelly. Ben Chaplin is in the trailer, which is a good sign. And Bates gets to use the word “asshole.” Ooh. Very cutting edge. I think she’s playing Denny Crane from “Boston Legal.” But ok, why not?

Why do viewers prefer HBO and Showtime, F/X, TNT, etc? Because some actual thought goes into the creation of their shows. NBC has totally jettisoned the 10pm Thursday slot that once belonged to “ER,” “Hill Street Blues” and “LA Law” to some crappy “Sex and the City” meets “Love, American Style.”

And then there’s the whole deal with Jerry Seinfeld. “The Marriage Ref,” which I liked and I know that actually viewers liked, may not return if at all until sometime in 2011. I know that Seinfeld and co. expected to come back in the fall, like a real show, since they saved NBC after “The Jay Leno Show” got pulled.

The network needed 10pm programming, and Jerry came through with A list guests like Madonna, Larry David, and Gwyneth Paltrow. If I were Jerry, I’d be pissed. And you know what? Those “Marriage Ref” shows are going to wind up being video classics one day. I hope Jerry owns them and not NBC. Those clips of the stars are going to be valuable.

Here in Cannes it’s funny to read all these “breaking news” alerts from the network schedule announcements like they mean something. They mean nothing. Almost all the shows look just pathetic; most of them will be cancelled soon after their second or third episode. Real creativity is dead at the networks. Why would anyone watch this crap when Edie Falco is so sublime in “Nurse Jackie,” Jason Schwarzman and Ted Danson make “Bored to Death” a treat, and Debra Winger is coming to “In Treatment”?

The answer is: they won’t.

5 replies to this post
  1. The show “Outsourced” seems like it will be one big minstrel show at the expense of Indian actors, YET AGAIN being stereotyped in the media.

    Dear Hollywood,
    please stop making movies and shows that play on the age old racist Asian stereotypes and try to pass it off as “funny” because being racist and having every movie/show whitewashed has never made me laugh. America is NOT just a bunch of attractive, funny, educated Caucasians with the rest of us a token minority silent in the background, or speaking in broken English. How about some equal opportunity that doesn’t completely degrade or stereotype an ENTIRE RACE.

    Thanks,

    Ms.V

  2. I quite watching network TV almost entirely a year ago and I don’t miss it. I sometimes watch the shows I like over the internet, but I’ve actually rediscovered reading books. Try it sometime.

  3. It’s the Leno-ization of NBC. He, and all the other tired, bored, boring old white men, rule the roost. Without L&O, I will NEVER watch NBC.

  4. umm, i would think that Ben Silverman leaving NBC and their return to more actual scripted programming… and who knows maybe their making The Apprentice just 1 hr long, 2 hours is painful.

    I just don’t agree in the slightest that this is racist programming… Sorry Roger.

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