If you haven't heard of the Twitter account that started this show, you're living under a rock. Justin Halpern's account of his dad's dry remarks has over 1,700,000 followers as of today, and is an example of a hilarious old man whose uncensored comments could bring a blush and smile to anyone's face. However, Twitter posts are 140 characters maximum, and I don't know of a good episode plot that could be written in such terse conditions. As a result, the hilarity is lost in translation, not to mention the censors of CBS, who runs this comedy in its Thursday lineup.
One of the main characters was recast when the show was picked up, showing this show's already-precarious position with the network.Sitting on a 27 out of 100 Metascore, this show might end up being nothing but one of the first strides against censorship by a major network.
Lone Star, is a show centered in Texas about a con-man leading two full-time lives, and the complications that arise from balancing the two. This is the worst kind of doomed show- one that viewers like but network heads don't. Despite a grassroots Internet campaign to save this show, it's very unlikely that Lone Star can change the minds of everyone at FOX, who has basically already decided that the show's days are numbered.The problem is that, while this is a solid cable-quality show with a solid, cable-quality following, it's on FOX, and managed only 4.1 million viewers, due to other high-popularity shows like Dancing With the Stars, which air simultaneously. It's very unlikely that Lone Star will make TV history and turn around a death sentence like that.
This ABC mockumentary-style show explores the before-and-after of a group of high-school students from Austin in the year 2000 by providing a storyline based in the current 2010, but flashing back to 2000. This show makes an attempt to show the students' hopes and dreams and paints the present-day with a "things don't turn out as planned" feel.
It fails because it does the same thing The Breakfast Club argued against- it blatantly lumps the characters into the typical stereotypes prevalent in today's high school experience (for example, the main character is "The Overachiever.") Honestly, it just gets old, and it's the same recycled high school drama that's been done over and over, just this time the kids get to look back on it. The series opened to 5.2 million viewers at a mere 1.6 rating.
Based off of an identically-named 2006 film, this NBC series is doomed because of its racial undertones. It seems like an attempt to connect with a growing immigration demographic in America, but you can't connect with these people if they're constantly the butt of your jokes!Also, it's essentially The Office ported to India, and this novelty can only go on so long before it stops being entertaining. TV Addict has already deemed the show's comedy to be "predictable" and Zap2It just plain doesn't think it's that funny. This is especially discouraging because NBC aired this show right after The Office on Thursday, and, while it did bring in 7.4 million viewers, you have to wonder how many of them were thinking that it was just another "Office" clone (much like NBC's "Parks and Recreation," which was in a similar situation last fall).