These days, TV shows are auf’d after as little as one episode if it’s not winning right out the gate.
So far this season, We Are Men, a show about men, and Lucky 7, about a group of lottery winners, were cancelled after a single outing. Ironside, the ill-conceived remake starring Blair Underwood, was gone after three episodes. And something called Welcome to the Family is history.
On the flip side, Dads, the Seth McFarlane show that was panned, kicked, spit on, and elbowed in the face by the critics just got the thumbs up for more episodes. It deserves every negative review it got. This is what passes for a joke on this show: ”The Chinese are a lovely and honorable people, but you can’t trust them!” Side eye, blech, awful and gross.
You look at some of these shows and wonder how they even get on the air. Sarah Silverman was granted permission from Twentieth Century Fox to post what she calls the “failed pilot” of her sitcom Susan 313 on her website Jash. The show is about a songwriter (Silverman) who breaks up with her boyfriend of 10 years and now has to make it on her own. NBC said no to the show last year.
Is it possible that Twentieth Century Fox gave Silverman permission to post the show in the hopes of doing a little test to see if it gets any traction?