Is anyone else starting to get the feeling that maybe the executives over at Fox are acting under the assumption that no one watching their shows has ever seen television before? That they can put out whatever derivative half hour turds they want, and no one will notice that we’ve already seen them in infinitely superior forms?
The reboots and spin-offs aren’t what I’m talking about. I mean, they may not be the most original things Fox has going for them, but I’m not gonna complain about an American-accented Tennant hanging out with a pant suit-rocking Anna Gunn. I’ve established my excitement for the latest Batman vehicle (pun intended, obviously). And I don’t think anyone’s hoping no one will make the connection between MasterChef Junior and Junior MasterChef, the UK version of the same show.
But when they give us Twin Peaks and call it Pines? That’s just insulting. Not half as insulting, though, as the trailer for Mulaney. Given the presence of Nasim Pedrad, one could almost mistake it for a bad SNL parody. But no, they’re for serious. A comedian (hilarious and lovable as John Mulaney may be) alternating between stand-up segments and his life with two bitchy friends and a kooky neighbor. Now where have we seen that before? Oh, I don’t know, maybe on ONE OF THE GREATEST AND MOST POPULAR TELEVISION SHOWS OF ALL TIME?
But no one saw that, right? No one’s going to notice a thing.