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Last night I watched Revolution. I really wanted to like it, I just found myself questioning things weren’t necessarily out of place. I think cynicism is ruining my enjoyment of high concept pilots.


I’ve just finished the series finale of Awake. Never have I seen such a promising premise wasted. Reading an interview with creator Kyle Killen, he says that the final scene would have played out the same had they been renewed for a second season.

I don’t want to spoil it for anyone unfortunate enough to sit through the whole episode, bur I am not sure I believe Mr Killen.

Revolution - NBC. This years Lost/Flashforward/Terra Nova.

Dan Harmon > Sony.

I am still reeling from todays news that Sony have removed Dan Harmon as Executive Producer of Community.

Sony’s desperation to get the show over the syndication finish line has forced them into a change which I’m sure even they had second thoughts about.

More than any other show on network TV, Dan Harmon is the auteur and his fingerprints are all over the production. Not only that, you can see that the cast and crew (Chevy aside) are fully on board with his vision.

So how will Season 4 of Community look now? Will any of it’s stars walk? Will Sony get the “back 9” episode order they so badly want? Find out all this and more, next season on NBC.




A few hours ago, I landed in Los Angeles, turned on my phone, and confirmed what you already know. Sony Pictures Television is replacing me as showrunner on Community, with two seasoned fellows that I’m sure are quite nice - actually, I have it on good authority they’re quite nice, because…

Game of Thrones on SNL

AllthingsD explain why this SNL sketch about Game of Thrones isn’t available on

Periodically, NBC ends up in a position where it can’t use the Internet to distribute its TV show, because someone complained about a copyright issue after the show aired.

… So who griped? Not us, say HBO’s reps, and that makes sense, since the clip is first and foremost a great ad for the pay channel.

“Rights issue,” says NBC, without elaborating. So the best guess here is that someone who owns the rights to the “Game of Thrones” soundtrack complained.

It’s a real shame copyright issues continue to hamper the distribution of good content, I would advise anyone to watch the sketch at the link provided before it disappears.

Jeff & Troy

  • Jeff: I'm saying, you're a football player. It's in your blood!
  • Troy: That's racist.
  • Jeff: Your soul.
  • Troy: That's racist.
  • Jeff: Your eyes?
  • Troy: That's gay?
  • Jeff: That's homophobic.
  • Troy: That's black.
  • Jeff: That's racist.
  • Troy: Damn.
You don’t have a TV? What’s all your furniture pointed at?
Joey Tribbiani.

Community and “Teh Internets”

Wonderful article on Gawker about why community is the most popular comedy on the internet. One thing I agree with is the first comment below the story: 

I think it misses out an opportunity to discuss why the ratings for the two shows are so disparate: that is, those that drive the subculture of the internet are by enlarge time-shifters and multiple-platform watchers (i.e. Community watchers), whereas Big Bang Theory watchers are more traditional viewers. It is of note too, that traditional viewers are not always older, but they are often far less tech-savvy. Unfortunately, the rating’s system today continues to value old-school non-time-shifted viewership more.

Maybe younger people need a “Watch Live” call to action to save their favourite shows? Just until ratings systems are overhauled…

TV Ratings

Since I have been writing, traditional TV ratings have been in a serious slump. Sure, talent shows can still wheel out the tens of millions (even those numbers are dropping though), but traditional dramas and comedies are happy with far less than they used to be.

I just saw Thursday night’s US TV overnights, and they are quite shocking. My favourite show Community garnered a 1.3 (3.1 million viewers), a low figure by anyones standards. In fact that could be a series low for the show.

The insane part is that that is as good as NBC’s ratings got last night. There was a steady drop all the way to 11pm, when Awake managed to score 0.9 (2.54 mill).

Compare this to premiere week 2001, when NBC launched Thursday night’s schedule with an episode of Friends watched by over 30 million viewers.

Granted, many more people will have recorded this weeks shows, and some will catch up later in the week on iTunes or Hulu, but those viewers aren’t enough to pay the immediate, renewal bills. Not unless the measurement of viewership, of loyalty to a show is fundamentally changed.

you cannot tell me that the 22 million who watched Inside Schwarz on NBC Thursdays in September 2001 cared 8 times as much as the 3 million who watched Community this week. Go look at the Wiki for Inside Schwarz for the proof, there is barely anything written there! Now go and look at the Tumblr tag for Community… I know. Don’t those people count for something?

I know, I’m perplexed too. People are doing other things with their time, but are more loyal to the TV they love than ever… how do we measure them accurately???