It turns out that writing about the shows I watch takes up a lot of time. Time that could be spent doing other things. Like, watching those shows. Because I do have a large backlog. A backlog made worse by getting sidetracked by other shows (or movies) that I a) Just found out about b) forgot about or c) was something I was supposed to watch but forgot about until just now.
I figure it’d be easier just to make a huge list and you let you folks figure it out.
There is, however, one last show I’d like to mention. After that, I will complain because at least three of the shows I watched were cancelled. Finally, I’ll end this post with thoughts about cancelling shows in the modern era.
I remember when Stacked originally aired. I remember because I saw the ad, saw Pamela Anderson, and decided that it was probably no good. This is something I regret.
Years later, I was looking around Hulu for something to watch and came across Stacked again. I figured I’d at least watch the first episode, just to see how bad it was.
I watched the entire series in one sitting. It’s not too hard, because it’s not a lot of episodes (a very short first season followed by a prematurely ended second season). I laughed so hard at times that it surprised me. The cast is, I think, perfect. Well, let me at least mention what it’s about so you can get the gist.
Skyler (Pamela Anderson), is a party girl who is having trouble with her boyfriend and decides to get a job at the book store (because it’s ‘normal’) and give up the partying life.
The bookstore is own and run by two brothers. Gavin (Elon Gold), is the uptight one. A failed author and newly divorced father of two. Stuart (Brian Scolero) is more laid back, portly, and unlucky in love.
Katrina (Marissa Jaret Winokur) is the sassy barista who runs the in-store coffee shop.
Harold (Christopher Lloyd) is a kind of anti-Jim (Taxi reference). He’s a retired scientist who spends his time drinking coffee and reading newspapers.
If you have a Hulu account, I would encourage you to at least try and watch it. It may not be your cup of tea, and that’s okay. But if it is, you’re in for a good (if short) time.
One of my favorite shows was cancelled: Whiskey Cavalier. I’ve seen it referred to as a drama and a ‘dramady.’ To me, it’s pure comedy. The other two shows are The Tick and The Cool Kids.
It gets me to thinking, though, about cancelling shows in the modern era. Like, just what should you go by when deciding to give a show the axe?
We’ve seen movies tank at the box office, but then take off on home video. In this era of TV, where you’re not necessarily forced to watch a show when it airs, makes this prospect iffy.
What if, for example, oodles of people finally finish their back log of Game of Thrones, Supernatural, or whatever and decide to stream Whiskey Cavalier and it turns into a huge hit? Then what do you do? I mean, sure, if ratings are low now, it’s not going to help you now.
But I have no idea how streaming advertising works. I mean, aside from showing you the same Enterprise commercial four times in a row (Hulu, you’ve been doing this a long time and you still can’t figure out advertising? Can’t you try to hire someone that might know what they’re doing?).
I suppose there’s no room for future thinking, though, when your paycheck relies on what’s happening right now.