Halfway through May and in case you hadn’t noticed, it’s a big month in the television world. It’s a sweeps month which means the local news is in a quest for ratings, which translate into advertising rates.
Haul out those great expose stories about paranormal psychopaths and cold case murder mysteries.
Big season finales, a whole evening of Survivor, the latest Idol, Voice and Dance Star crowned. Unfortunately for some shows, the season finale turns out to be the series finale.
I didn’t realize I was watching the last show of the series last week for several of my shows. The big network axes fell last Friday as the cancellations and renewals of most of prime-time TV were announced.
I am not going to recap who made it and who didn’t. You can find that info all over the Internet as well as encouragement to save niche favorites from permanent cancellation.
That approach has worked a few times, although with the proliferation of cable channels, sometimes a borderline cancellation on a broadcast network finds new life on cable.
If you are into a regular series on TV and the network moves you to Friday night, tell your agent to start looking. Friday evening is not a destination TV night.
Put Survivor or Dancing With the Stars on Friday night and see how long they hold up. Are you going to forego Friday night at the local high school sporting event or Karaoke at the watering hole?
Although some crafty owner would come up with a watching party, followed by demolition derby on the dance floor, or see who could best survive a trip to the restroom.
I am no fan of the so-called reality shows. I could care less about the “bungle in the jungle” or how great the king of the wedding reception dance floor looks.
For my money, most of the idols or voices sound pretty much like anybody else, and without some sort of hook are destined to be the headliners at the Holiday Inn circuit for the rest of their “careers.”
An interesting tactic broadcast networks have adopted is to reuse regular programming to fill Saturday night time slots. I wonder if that isn’t the wave of the future for Friday evenings also.
Cable networks have been doing that with their original programming, showing the new episodes several times during the week in an effort to allow viewers to avoid the necessity to be home at a certain time on a certain evening. Of course, you always can TiVo or catch the show on demand, or via rental.
Perusing the list of last Friday’s cancellations, there are a few I was surprised at and yet realize the shows are flawed in some way; that the actors didn’t seem believable or they didn’t “resonate” with the viewing audience.
In a couple of cases, I feel sorry for some of the folks because they are really fine actors who maybe got saddled with less than the right vehicle to fully utilize their gifts.
Good luck in your next incarnation.
Speaking of long runs, this Saturday, turn and face downtown Harrison and proclaim “Happy 163rd birthday, you old . . .” May 18, 1850, was the date when Harrison was incorporated as a village in Crosby Township.
The village and surrounding territory wasn’t sliced off of Crosby to form Harrison Township until 1853.
As for me, I’ll be working at my church’s rummage sale on Friday and Saturday.
Because I am the designated chef at St. Jacob’s, I’ll be doing my short- order thing at the lunch counter both days.
Bill Baird is a Whitewater Township resident who writes a weekly column about old movies and Hollywood trivia.