Monday, April 07, 2008

ABC's New Strategy

It's been no secret that ABC hasn't developed a truly great sitcom in recent memory.

While it's had a couple of decent ones this year - the just-finished "Miss Guided" and "Samantha Who?" (ABC, 9:30 p.m.), which returns tonight - this is the same network that also brought us "Cavemen" and "Carpoolers."

So somebody had the bright idea of poaching some good sitcoms off other networks. ABC has already made it all-but-official that it will be picking up the final season of "Scrubs" now that NBC has dropped the show.

Now, according to the trades, the network is looking at CBS' "New Adventures of Old Christine," a wickedly funny bubble show that may or may not be renewed by The Eye.

If ABC picks up both shows, it would give the network two solidly, critically praised sitcoms, something it hasn't had, I think, in my lifetime.

It's a wonder that ABC can create some of the most innovative, clever dramas ("Lost," "Pushing Daisies," "Eli Stone" et. al.) but can't do the same with its 30-minute shows. Here's hoping they've picked up on a new idea and let the other networks do the heavy lifting before grabbing some good sitcoms up.

MONDAY'S BEST BETS: Meanwhile, ABC will have to be content with the boffo ratings it gets from its reality offerings, "Dancing With The Stars" at 8 p.m. and "The Bachelor" at 10 p.m.

CBS is picking its best-rated but worst comedies to precede tonight's NCAA Basketball Championship (CBS, 9 p.m.) with "Big Bang Theory" and "Two and a Half Men," beginning at 8 p.m.

Fox has what I believe is the penultimate "New Amsterdam" for this season at 9 p.m., while NBC airs a new "Medium" at 10 p.m.


Ryler32 said...

That's your opinion, The Big Bang Theory is the best and funniest new sitcom in years, and that is why it gets good ratings. Good thing you are not writing it, because no one would watch.

Phillip Ramati said...

Well, Ryler, I'm glad you and the many other folks who watch it are enjoying it.

If I were the one writing it, I'd hope I would make it, I don't know, funny and clever as opposed to what it is now.

zodin2008 said...


I also would prefer Phillip's writing to the drivel that is currently "The Big Bang Theory". No need to be insulting to him. Most critics agree with Phillip that it's a silly mess, and that the best sitcoms on CBS are "Mother" and "Christine".

Not a surprise, Phillip, that CBS would choose the slightly higher rated but far worse "Bang" over "Christine" plus also keep one of the worst shows on Television, "Rules of Engagement".

This only further proves the American public is not reliable when it comes to quality Television. They give 'ratings' to schlock like "Rules" or "Bang" or reality drivel like "Dancing with the Stars", "American Idol" and "Survivor", three of the worst shows on Television, but "Friday Night Lights", one of the best Dramas ever, can't get any traction.

This is why TV critics should decide the Emmys, so shows like "Lights" and "Lost" can get their due recognition while complete trash like "Boston Legal" and "Grey's Anatomy" can get their cheap ratings, but stop stealing awards from far better and better written and acted series.