Despite my open letter to Jason Segel begging him not to allow “How I Met Your Mother” to move ahead for a ninth season, he did as I ultimately expected he would: He had a last minute change of mind, and became the last piece to fall in line to make another season happen. That means one more season of filler episodes as we work aimlessly toward finding Ted Mosby’s wife. For every additional episode of “HIMYM,” a Christmas Angel loses a slap bet.
Meanwile, those few of you who are still — or ever — watching TNT’s “Leverage” should know that the series will end tomorrow, on Christmas Day, as the fifth season finale will also serve as the series finale.
The other big news over the weekend was AMC’s decision not to bring back “The Walking Dead” showrunner, Glen Mazzara, after he finally reached the potential the series always had, but that Frank Darabont could never achieve. The official reason was “difference of opinion,” but considering the issues that AMC has had with showrunners in the past (Matthew Weiner over on “Mad Men,” changing showrunners on “Hell on Wheels” between the second and third season, the difficulties between AMC and Vince Gilligan over a fifth season renewal), it seems more likely that AMC is just a cheap and terribly run network that doesn’t value the creatives (or what Dan Harmon predicted would happen).
Other television showrunners are calling AMC out, including The Shield’s Shawn Ryan (“MC, WTF? Common knowledge that AMC cut Breaking Bad shorter than it should have been. Now you have creative differences w/ biggest hit’s savior? With FX, Showtime, HBO, Starz, Cinemax, A&E, TNT and others to sell to, it’s a real question now why good show runners should sell to AMC?”) and “Sons of Anarchy” showrunner, Kurt Sutter, who had the harshest words for AMC.
AMC is run by small-minded, bottom-line thinkers who have no appreciation or gratitude for the effort of its creative personnel. Time and time again we see events like what happened today with Glen Mazzara. They continue to disrespect writers, shit on their audience and bury their network. Mazzara took the work-in-progress that was “Walking Dead” and turned it into a viable TV show with a future. Without him, that future is dim. Showrunners are not development executives, we’re not cookiecutter douchebags that you plug into a preexisting model. TWD will suffer. Even Zombies need consistency. “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” will be gone soon. So will AMC. I hope their f*cking stock takes a dive and the shareholders line up (Josh) Sapan, (Charles) Dolan and (Charlie) Collier and shit in their open hands. C*nts.
In other news that doesn’t bode well for great television, “Happy Endings” and “Don’t Trust the B—— in Apt. 23” will begin airing on Sunday nights at 10 starting in January, filling the hole vacated by “666 Park Avenue,” which will be pulled from its slot before the promised 13 episode run is completed (it’ll be burned off in the summer). “Happy Endings” and “Don’t Trust” will air on Sunday nights IN ADDITION to their regular Tuesday night slots, and both will end their runs before the Oscars, which is not exactly something you do with a show you have a lot of faith in. Bastards. Don’t bet on another season for either show.
Props to The CW, who delivered this tweet on the 21st.
It seems like most people have at least one guilty CW pleasure. Mine is “Arrow,” I know “Vampire Diaries” is popular with many of you, and our own Seth Freilich is a “Nikita” addict, so the CW isn’t completely unnecessary. It’s great for making us feel shame.
At least The CW has a leg up on “Jersey Shore,” a show that America loved then quickly grew tired of. The reality show, which was once the highest rated show on cable, commanding 10 million viewers, ended its run last week with a paltry 3.1 million series finale. Nelson HA HA.
Fans of “Archer” and Timothy Olyphant can rejoice, as the “Justified” star will provide voice work to the animated spy comedy this season (as will Ron Leibman, Jessica Walter’s husband). This is why F/X is better than AMC: It treats its people well, and they return the favor by appearing on the network’s other series. Olyphant also appeared on “The League” earlier this year.
MTV has hired Rebel Wilson — who was spectacular in Pitch Perfect and the only reason to watch What to Expect When You’re Expecting and The Bachelorette — to host the MTV Movie Awards. The awards will air in April.
Disney’s Cars spin-off, Planes, will be arriving in theaters next summer in August 9th, which is only strange considering that the it was meant to go straight to DVD. I’m not sure what this represents, but I’m thinking it has something to do with the continued dilution of Pixar under the Disney brand. Even if it’s of Direct-to-DVD quality, Disney knows they can squeeze $200 million out of it by releasing it into theaters.