TV programs The Top 10 Worst TV Network Decisions  

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Conan O'Brien's Tonight Show was one of the funniest, most original shows on TV yet NBC publicly fired Conan just months into his run. Taking the Tonight Show away from Conan O'Brien, and therefore the world, was one of NBC's biggest mistakes ever... but as we all know, TV is FULL of dumb moves. Sometimes network execs think they know it all, but as these decisions prove, that may not be the case. In the some of these cases, the network looked really bad after making one of these moves. Whether the networks ever acknowledged the mistakes or not, these are the worst decisions by TV execs.

So what are the worst network TV decisions? Here's a list of the biggest blunders in the history of network television of all time, at least those to date.

Note: items 5-7 have one thing in common.
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The following is a transcript from a CBS executive meeting:

Executive #1: "Boy we're not doing so well with our programming, are we?"

Executive #2: "No we're certainly not. We need to do something quick."

Executive #1: "Hey, did you ever see those commercials with that talking baby? What was his name?"

Executive #2: "You mean Baby Bob?"

Executive #1: "Yeah, that's it! Boy, wouldn't it be great to have a show like that? I mean, it's a f**king baby that talks!"

And so it was that CBS decided to air a show that centered around a talking baby. It didn't last long.
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Not to be outdone, the following is a transcript from an ABC executive meeting:

Executive #1: "Boy we're not doing so well with our programming, are we?"

Executive #2: "No we're certainly not. We need to do something quick."

Executive #1: "Hey, have you seen those Geico commercials with the weird looking men getting offended? What are they called?"

Executive #2: "You mean Cavemen?"

Executive #1: "Yeah, that's it! Boy wouldn't it be great to have a show with those guys? I mean they're f**king cavemen that can talk!"

And so it was that ABC decided to air a show that centered around talking cavemen. It didn't last long.
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Not to be outdone, the following is a transcript from an NBC executive meeting:

Executive #1: "Boy we're not doing so well with our programming, are we?"

Executive #2: "No, we're certainly not. We need to do something quick."

Executive #1: "Hey, remember how we used to have a popular show about a talking car?"

Executive #2: "You mean Knight Rider?"

Executive #1: "Yeah, that's it! Boy, wouldn't it be great to have a show like that again? I mean it was a f**king car that talks!"

And so it was that ALL THREE OF THE MAJOR NETWORKS made idiotic shows about s**t that shouldn't talk but does. NBC did it last.

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ABC Says No to CSI - CBS Wins


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Anthony Zuicker pitched CSI, currently one of the most regularly watched and loved shows on television, to ABC. Due to budgetary reasons, they weren't willing to take the chance, so they passed on it. CSI has made CBS networks over $5.8 billion and has made Anthony Zuicker, creator, so rich that he's even named his production company "Dare to Pass" Productions.

"If you pass on a project it may end up somewhere else. I'm daring them to pass."

- Anthony Zuicker