Random Musings: LONE STAR, THE EVENT, and the SHEER STUPIDITY that is launching all of ones new fall shows up against one another!

While we’re the first to admit that we never would have predicted just how poorly LONE STAR performed in its initial outing on Monday, more shocking still is the perverse amount pleasure certain members of the media seem to be getting from reporting on Fox’s failure. Now — putting aside for the moment how Fox should be applauded for thinking different over simply offering up another generic legal procedural along the lines of NBC’s OUTLAW and ABC’s THE WHOLE TRUTH — one can’t help but wonder why certain members of the media who shall not be named are calling for the network to take the show off the air after one poor performance that didn’t even include the DVR/PVR numbers. Need we remind them that this isn’t the network that cancelled FIREFLY and PROFIT anymore. Rather, this is the network that gave the likes of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, DOLLHOUSE and even PRISON BREAK more seasons than their ratings indicated they deserved. We’re just sayin’

Chief among the complaints surrounding this week’s premiere of THE EVENT has been the apparent backlash with regards to the episode’s thrilling final scene. And while we certainly don’t begrudge anyone their opinion, we can’t help but scratch our head over those who insist on comparing the show to LOST. Suffice to say, if THE EVENT were anything like LOST, the writers would have waited a good three or four seasons before introducing any sort of supernatural element. Which is why, rather than take them to task like noted technology blogger David Zatz, who tweeted, “Anyone else see The Event? I found it suspenseful and interesting until like the last 60 seconds. Sorry, I don’t need another Lost.” We’re going to go ahead and applaud them. At least now fans know what they’re signing up for!

Why did CBS rush AS THE WORLD TURNS off the airwaves only to have to fill their time with reruns of THE PRICE IS RIGHT and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS until whatever that stupid Chenbot show is ready to launch? 

And finally, Fall TV Premiere week. What’s the deal? No really, we simply don’t get it. What exactly is the point of launching an entire season’s worth of new shows within the span of five incredibly crowded days so that it’s virtually impossible for the average viewer to sample new shows? Are Studios no longer interested in making money? There’s a reason Hollywood doesn’t open the Harry Potter and Twilight sagas on the same weekend. It’s called common sense.

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  • Ali

    I totally agree about the fall premiere week. It’s ridiculous how crowded the tv schedule is, they should have aired some show last week like The CW did.

  • Shilo

    I think a lot of shows that fail early on are the result of this absolute madhouse of a premiere week. I know, a lot of stuff will fail regardless of when it premieres, but spacing it out just a bit would give every network more of a chance to succeed, y’know?

    I’m thankful Fox actually thought of the box some and gave an original thought on network television. Shocker, I know. It can afford to be a little more experimental because it’s the #1 network out there, but still, I don’t see any other network offering anything other than what we’ve already seen before this (very disappointing) season.

    I think Lone Star’s failure is due to incompatibility with the network audience (network TV = mindless escapism; cable = thinking television) and poor marketing. I hope it improves enough to keep airing.

  • Jen

    I also don’t understand why anyone would applaud certain show’s failures. If you applaud the failure of “Lone Star,” you have no one but yourself to blame when you get another cop/doctor/lawyer procedural. And actually, I do need another “Lost.” Not that it has to be a carbon copy, but an unusual, thoughtful show with amazing actors and writing. It is frustrating how many shows I want to watch are on at the same time since my DVR can only record one show at a time.

  • Nick

    This is the most insightful, dead-on column I've read in a long, long time. I echo every point!! Why should the media take pleasure in ANY show's failure (other than bad reality crap)?

    Why MUST we compare any new genre show to Lost?? Is that the new requirement? Insane.

    And yeah, what exactly do the networks think is gonna happen when four nets are all rolling out their brand new fare at the same time? Something isn't gonna get watched. Not that we don't WANT to watch. It's just a physical impossibility.

    It's just a shame that it takes a website author to tell TV execs what should be Basic Programming: 101.

  • Could not agree more about Premier Week, it is just chaos. I wish they would re-think the method in which they roll everything out. If they could find something better, then I think ALL the networks would benefit.

  • joshemerson

    They aren't worried about including the DVR numbers because they really do not matter. Networks might throw out press releases mentioning them if they prop up the numbers of a low rated show, but the DVR numbers don't exactly help them sell ads, so they aren't a big deal.

    I think TV and entertainment sites were just looking for any sort of failure during premiere week. The surprising thing is that the first show to fail was critically praised.

    I totally agree about The Event. I can't tell you how sick I am of the comparisons to Lost. The Event revealed more in one episode than Lost did in an entire season.

  • Haven't seen Lone Star, didn't care for the trailer, so I'll wait to see if it gets a full season.

    The Event reminded me of 24, they even have the same credits font. I'm trying not to get into serialized drama's right now in case of cancellation. I think it would have worked better as a mini-series with a clear ending.

    I watch more cable shows now because you're pretty much guaranteed at least a full season.

  • Nick

    Networks better learn quickly how to capitalize on DVR and online viewings. In this age of 200 channels and two or more shows in every timeslot worth watching, there's a good chance *your* show is being viewed via time-shift. Product placement, lower-third commercial inserts, ads that look like programming, complete hour sponsorships…whatever networks must do to survive and keep a show on the air, they'd better be exploring all avenues.

  • CW had the right idea launching most of their shows before this week. People then who had nothing else to watch might've switched to CW, and found their new favorite show for the fall.

    I expected bad ratings for Lone Star, because on an otherwise action packed Monday night, Lone Star was a slower paced show which didn't go with the feel of the night, if it makes any sense. People were very excited about the start of the new fall tv season, and words like 'The Event' and Chase and spies and dancing with the stars were all filled up in everyone's heads. They wouldn't want to watch something slower paced on a night like this.

    For some reason, I think Lone Star would have worked marginally better on a Tuesday with Glee as lead-in.

  • “CW had the right idea launching most of their shows before this week. People then who had nothing else to watch might've switched to CW, and found their new favorite show for the fall.”

    Actually the majority of The CW's shows were down from last season even though they premiered their shows earlier.

    OTH, The Vampire Diaries, 90210, Life Unexpected, and Gossip Girl were all down in total viewers. But The Vampire Diaries went up this week when competition returned. So a lot of people didn't return until the official new season had started.