Television News and Ratings Round-Up: Why Does Ryan Murphy Hate Straight People?
In ratings news, are y’all watching “Go On” and “The New Normal”? I still think that “Go On” is amiable, likable, and ultimately dull, but I’m sticking with it because it’s suitable the background noise. “The New Normal,” on the other hand, is bugging me. I thought last night’s episode was a nasty, mean-spirited afterschool special on bigotry. Everything is too stark on “The New Normal.” It’s too black and white. There are sweet characters, and awful characters, and there’s no in between, and sometimes I feel like this show — and when I used to watch it, “Glee” — kind of hates straight people. We’re not all bigoted assholes, Ryan Murphy. I do appreciate the anti-homophobic sentiments, but you don’t need a sledgehammer to drive it home. Unfortunately, I’m not sure that Ryan Murphy carries with him a ball-peen hammer (EXCEPT IN HIS PANTS *BANG ZOOM*)
Anyway, in its second week in its regular time slot, “Go On” is experiencing very good ratings, ahead of next week, when the competition on Fox and ABC arrives (“New Girl”!). It’s fetching around 9.3 million viewers (a nice hold from “The Voice’s” 13 million). However, “The New Normal” is falling steeply, all the way down to 6.2 million viewers, which is a very troubling drop for NBC. It doesn’t help, either, that “The New Normal” is the lead-in for “Parenthood” (a modest 5 million viewers last night), which deserves better, as it’s still one of the two best dramas on the networks (along with “The Good Wife”). Also, last night’s episode of “Parenthood” was crushing. With nearly every plot turn, I mumble at the TV: “No. Please don’t go there,” but hell if Jason Katims doesn’t pull it off every single time. Here’s hoping he keeps the streak alive with a cancer subplot.
Meanwhile, here’s the new poster for Lindsay Lohan’s Lifetime movie, “Liz and Dick.”
Over on Comedy Central, the rape-joke controversy has subsided enough, I suppose, that they’re now comfortable enough to announce that they’ve renewed Tosh.0 for 30 more episodes. Idontcaremorethanyoucanpossiblyimagine.
Ahead of the Rumble in the Air Conditioning Auditorium, Jon Stewart was on Bill O’Reilly last night to discuss their upcoming debate, the Republican Convention, and argue about women’s health care. Stewart got a huge kick out of Eastwood’s RNC speech, too, and expounded upon it.
Jimmy Kimmel had a great time at the expense of CUMBERBATCH last night by asking people on the street if they knew what a Cumberbatch was. Anyone that doesn’t know what a Cumberbatch is? It’s their fucking loss.
The goddamn fairly-tale re-imaginings keep on coming, as McG — working with Chad Hodges, the creator of “The Playboy Club” — is developing “Wunderland,” a modern retelling of Alice in Wonderland for The CW. It’ll be about “a young female detective in present-day Los Angeles who discovers another world that exists under the surface of this ultra-modern city.”
Elsewhere, PETA doesn’t have enough to do these days, so it’s going after NBC’s Justin Kirk sitcom, “Animal Practice,” a show that is only offensive for how middle-of-the-road it is. They’re claiming that any animal used on a television show is de factor mistreated. It’s not that I don’t respect PETA’s cause, it’s just that, well, they’re just so annoying.
Finally, a badly mustachioed Jon Hamm stars in Aimee Mann’s new music video, “Labrado,” a spoof of a video of “Voices Carry,” an 80’s video from Aimee Mann’s band Til Tuesday. I don’t remember “Voices Carry,” so I don’t really get the joke, but I do get that Jon Hamm is awesome and the song is great.