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5 Shows After Dark: Not Sure if Internet Has Show's Best Interest in Mind

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | July 18, 2012 | Comments ()

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"Dallas" on TNT at 9:00pm ET.

"Royal Pains" on USA at 9:00pm ET.

"Futurama" on Comedy Central at 10:00pm ET. The new commercials for this and the Comic Con panel featuring Billy West performing the "uncertain Fry" meme live prove that the writers have completely and totally bought into the internet culture of the show. I'm not 100% certain that's a good thing. Have you seen fan fiction? If they really wanted to cater to those people, basically every TV show would have to be on Cinemax and would have no plot outside increasingly improbably couplings with little regard to sexual or species preferences because, you know, why not Zoidburg?

"The Soup" on E at 10:00pm ET.

"Final Witness" on ABC at 10:00pm ET. This episode is about a woman who poisons her husbands. Super fun!

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Gen, I fucking love your headlines. Been meaning to say that for a while.

  • Genevieve Burgess

    Aw, thank you! That makes all the minutes I spend typing and deleting until I like them worth it.

  • Popeye

    What you say of Futurama is true. So many writers let a show's most visible fans (who are often lacking perspective) dictate the show's course, usually to its ruin.
    Community is another example. Compare an episode like "Football, Feminism, and You" from season one to "Pillows and Blankets" from season three. The wit, the energy, the humour is all diminished in favor of gif-able moments and TV blog pandering.

  • PerpetualIntern

    Are you kidding? "Pillows and Blankets" is one of my favorite Community episodes. For any fan of the Ken Burns documentary, it was brilliant.

  • Popeye

    Oh, no doubt it gets all the Ken Burns particulars down. It's a well-executed parody except for not being funny. The writers tried too hard to impress the easily visible fans with something conceptual and gif-able and, sure, original, but forgot to try just as hard with the actual jokes. Did you really laugh? Or just kind of smile and giggle a little in appreciation?
    I laughed so much at nearly every first season episode and barely at all at any third season episode.

  • Steph

    The reveal of Pierce's secret weapon is one of the funniest things the show has done.
    Leonard disliked this post.

  • Popeye

    That Leonard moment is exactly the kind of thing I'm talking about. Did you laugh? The writers' meetings must have been 75% Ken Burns particulars.
    Everything else in that episode is so broad, so witless, so disrespectful of its characters (the Pierce pillowsuit you found hilarious; is Alison Brie talking in a silly English accent like any bad high school drama student hilarious too?) that you just know the writers have whored out.
    It's the inversion of that scene in Extras where Andy Millman goes back to that bar to hang out with his idiot fans after being humiliated by David Bowie. Commercial success eludes Community, so the writers suck up to the people who say nice things to them.

  • Steph

    I actually think Pillows and Blankets is one of the weakest season 3 episodes. The concept episodes work better when they're not direct parodies of a single thing because it's creatively limiting and forces the characters into fixed roles ('whoring them out' is going too far). There were still a bunch of times I laughed though, and I prefer Community's ambitious failures to pretty much any other sitcom.

  • ed newman

    This describes perfectly why I think Community is over hyped in these parts. It's inventive, has some great characters and once or twice a season has a truly great episode. But it doesn't consistently bring the funny. I still enjoy it but it is not an all-time great comedy like it's made out to be on Pajiba.

  • Jenne Frisby

    Really? I may be an infrequent Community watcher, but I really liked both of those episodes. Also, I have no idea how to make gifs.

  • Alex0001

    Also as someone who enjoys the memes and whatnot it just kind of sucks the fun right out of them.

  • Lauren_Lauren

    Wow, I didn't even know Futurama was doing another season. The last one was really weak.

  • csb

    Six episodes of Futurama's latest season have aired, so we're pretty much halfway through the run, and in my own opinion these have been the strongest and most consistently funny episodes since the show returned.

  • LEonaRd

    How dare you Madam?! Futurama has been back for a while, and yes the new episodes are hit or miss. But each episode is still wonderful in its own way.

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