- Posted by Johanna on April 21, 2006 at 7:58 am
- Category: LinkBlogging
Because it’s a light movies-on-cable week for me, I decided to give Celebrity Cooking Showdown a try on Tivo, even though I’d never heard of half the “celebrities”. Imagine my surprise last night when Will & Grace (a sitcom that should have been put out of our misery a couple of years ago) took its place with no notice. Now Mark Evanier explains what happened.
It seems that ratings were terrible, so NBC pulled the plug before the final competition and reveal of the winner, instead putting the episodes on their website (where I couldn’t get any video to work). I’m surprised that they didn’t continue airing them on Bravo, which was doing repeats of the show anyway. Evanier points out why they made a bad choice:
Okay, so the ratings may have been dreadful…but it was promised, it oughta be delivered. Not that long ago, NBC did the same thing with the third competition of Last Comic Standing, suddenly deciding to not run the final episode. That caused some ill feelings and this new termination will, as well. Somewhere, there are going to be viewers who will not bother with the next NBC special event series because it’s frustrating to get wrapped up in a game and not get to see the ending.
He even connects it to comics. I can’t imagine why airing something different without telling people of the change is a better idea, because people who want to see the sitcoms won’t know they’re there. Most of the people tuning in will instead not see what they wanted to or planned.
Update: Evanier has an update: the last two episodes are showing tomorrow night at 8 and 9 PM ET.