I wish certain groups - and sorry to generalize, but it always seems to be the religious right - would stop deciding what's appropriate for me to watch. If you don't like it, don't watch it. That's what I do with lots of shows, but you don't see me flipping out and trying to get them canceled.
It's not like GCB was on right after Saturday morning cartoons. If you're worried about your child seeing it, then don't let him or her watch. If your kid is up that late watching TV unattended, then you have bigger problems. If you're offended by a little gentle satire, then get a thicker skin or a sense or humor OR find your remote control!
I'm reminded of a mother who complained about something she thought was too racy for her 7 year old on the MTV Music or Movie Awards. Mother of the Year material right there!
IIRC, The Book of Daniel got killed just a few episodes in because of pressure from the religious right as well. NBC thankfully put the rest of the run on the web, but I still thought it was a weak move. Like Crit says, if you don't like it, change the channel. Personally I was offended by the over the top racial stereotypes on 2 Broke Girls, so guess what? I just don't watch it. I didn't watch GCB (I'm all cable Sunday nights, and the DVR can only hold so much), but I seriously don't think that Kristin Chenowith would be involved with something that was truly offensive to Christianity.
I'm so happy that Parks & Rec got picked up for a full season and Community gets at least 13 more (with the possibility of more). I'm not too disappointed that 30 Rock only got 13 more for it's final season; it's been kind of sliding down in quality and it will get to go out with a plan and dignity.
I'm not surprised Harry's Law got the axe. I watched it (mostly--I missed a couple of episodes due to the Sunday move and the whole not being on demand or streaming) and loved to make fun of it's ridiculous cases with my aunt in weekly emails. It wasn't great, but it was typical Kelley, and the actors were largely top-notch. However, it felt a bit antiquated and was not promoted very well. Really, that's a systemic problem with NBC; ever since they gave the 9c/10a timeslot to Leno, things just went in the crapper on evening programming. If I had a dream job, it'd be one year as the programming exec there to get back Must See TV.
Critical, you JJ and Grrl are completely correct, and I just wondered if that might have had something to do with the cancellation. Me ? I thought it was entertaining, fresh and funny.
I get more offended by JLo's inappropriate displays on American Idol. I tune in to watch a talent show and I get stuck watching her slither around on the stage and flirt with young boys. I am not entertained by that.
I agree the networks need to give shows more of a chance that they did back in the old days. I already hear belly aching over losing money and viewers and the sought after demo not tuning in anymore, but what do they expect? Why waste your time getting invested in a show only to have it cancelled after a few episodes or one season. At least 2 Broke Girls and Body of Proof are returning. And Community! That's become the little show that could for me.
I also agree with your post, Crit, if people don't like what's on TV and consider it offensive, don't watch. I wouldn't exactly call GCB and The Playboy Club family friendly TV to begin with. But if people want to tune in and watch, why ruin it for them? I look back at shows I enjoyed on FOX, which seemed like it was the network that took risks back then, and think that the likes of In Living Color or Married...with Children would ever make it in today's overly PC uptight world. I'm fine with TV being decent, but I just roll my eyes at complaints launched and boycotts threatened over a steamy new sitcom that's airing at 10 p.m. when your kids should be in bed anyway. And if you let them watch, that's your problem.
I am not sure if it has anything to do with the religious aspect...these fools that are in charge of the networks have lost touch with the viewing pubic and IMO they don't bother to take the ratings into account...I know they say they do but Alcatraz and Terra Nova both did better than Touch but they got cut and they golden boy Keifer is on the show for the star pull only
I agree that Kiefer is one of the reasons Fox kept Touch. He's proven himself for them with a hit show before and I'm sure Touch is A LOT cheaper to produce at least than Terra Nova.
The religious aspect we were discussing had to do with shows being protested by groups because of their content and networks seemingly bowing to that pressure. It's happened with a number of series in the past that were religion-focused.
and I think given some time Alcatraz could have really picked up..not saying TN would have...except among us serious sci fi junkies...lol