Last week saw the premiere of several underachieving sitcoms (and proud of it) while one of them (Work It, which premiered Jan. 3) was canceled. Meanwhile, It wasn’t all love and kisses at the TCA Winter Press Tour as the critics wanted to drop the gloves with a few people on stage – literally. The best and the worst of the week:
Rob! Critics said “shame on America” for tuning in to this trype – 14 million viewers did for the premiere of this alleged sitcom featuring alleged comedian Rob Schneider, a 1990’s Fox sitcom throwback. Rob also drew a 4.1 rating among adults 18-49. Power to the people, man.
Downton Abbey. The second-season premiere of the ITV series and British import drew 4.2 million viewers for PBS and saw an 18 percent increase in the adult demo audience from the previous season. In other words, it’s yet another network that beat The CW in the ratings.
Archer. The bumper clips that airs during Fox’s Animation Domination Sunday night was funnier than Family Guy or the stupid new show that premiered. The season premiere of Archer takes place on January 19 at 9pm Central, and yours truly is checking it out. Thank you Fox for giving yours truly another excuse not to watch your Chicago station’s crappy 9pm newscast!
Work It. After two low-rated episodes, ABC’s critically panned sitcom Work It is out of work.
Univision. Saturday’s TCA session involving the Spanish-language network was about as disastrous as a Lovie Smith press conference. Message to Univision staff: You are working at a major press event, not behind the counter at Sears – or is this where Big Media is hiring their PR personnel from these days?
Michael Patrick King. If this person is such “a terrible writer”, as he said during his raucous session at TCA, then the 2 Broke Girls producer should step aside and let more talented individuals get a shot. But that won’t happen since all he cares about is money and Hollywood is about as corrupt as Chicago politics.