It's a sitcom bloodbath over at the Fox network. THR reports that Fox has canceled Dads, Enlisted, and Surviving Jack, three out of four new sitcoms the network launched this season (the fourth, Brooklyn Nine-Nine was given a season two renewal months ago).
Dads' cancelation isn't really a surprise considering that Fox cut its episode order midway through the season and the show hasn't been very popular with critics or viewers. Enlisted was well-liked with critics but didn't receive enough viewers to overcome the terrible Friday night slot the network gave it while Surviving Jack received mixed reviews and also got low ratings.
The network also passed on [...]
Fox's new sitcom Dads has come under a lot of fire for its crude racial stereotypes, but a lot of critics are more upset by just how unfunny the Seth MacFarlane-produced show is. The consensus seems to be that, while the cast are all talented actors, their characters would be better suited to the animated world that MacFarlane's creations generally inhabit. The A.V. Club suggests this is partly due to the studio audience, since "the protective remove of animation is absent in a multi-camera sitcom, where the audience becomes an additional character. Worse, in the second episode, it sounds like that audience consists of about 35 drunks who’ve been coached [...]
Seth MacFarlane's new sitcom, Dads, hasn't hit the airwaves yet, but it's already experiencing trouble. Guy Aoki, founding president of watchdog group MANAA, the Media Action Network for Asian Americans, wrote a public letter to Fox yesterday asking for scenes he deemed racist in the pilot for the live action Seth Green/Giovanni Ribisi sitcom to be reshot.
"Our community can't continue to be the target of racially insensitive jokes," writes Aoki. He also mentions the poor early reviews the pilot has received from critics, adding, "We are asking you to reshoot the inappropriate scenes of the pilot. Considering the consistent feedback from our community and television critics in general – and [...]
Eesh. Here's a letter that Lenny Bruce wrote to his father upon facing jail time for a drug conviction in 1964. It's…dark. Dear Father,
This is the story of a boy and his father who spoiled him. He would want a bike, and his father would bring him one home: and if it wasn't to the boy's liking, he would throw it down on the ground and say, "I don't want that cheap old bike." And he would kick its spokes and jump on it: and the poor father would say, "Alright, my son, I'll work 24 hours a day and get you a nicer one." The [...]
It's 9/02/10, or 90210 day. The internet is littered with crap about the show today, but this story by comedian Dave Holmes about a very serious 90210 fan is truly great: "Three weeks later, I brought a dish and had dinner with Nicki, her roommate and a couple of the roommate’s friends from work. We watched 9-0, and then Nicki retreated to her room and we listened outside. 'Dad, I have to disagree with you. I think that Kelly was absolutely justified in reacting that way. You know how she was raised.'"