NBC executives have to be asking themselves if they made a mistake renewing the decrepit ER
for three more seasons.
Sure, it still has a sizable audience, but the show doesn't even win its timeslot in NBC's coveted key demo anymore
. And the show's constant infusion of new blood isn't helping, nor (we guess) did the departure of seemingly 61-year old Noah Wyle.
Sure, it's easy to pile on now. NBC is down, big-time. But this show has been manipulative crap for years- maybe even since day one, and it was shortsighted for the network to dump three years worth of money into a show in such precipitous decline.
Now, NBC may finally be looking to get the paddles out and give a jolt to its flatlining patient: today's N.Y. Times suggests NBC may finally be ready to blow up the night
, maybe moving the successful My Name Is Earl
to establish a new comedy beach head. But that could be risky too- if the ratings fall, NBC may be killing its only new comedy hit. Earl helped lead NBC to another Tuesday win
What happens to the unwatchable Joey
, Trump's delapidated Apprentice
and even ER
is anyone's guess. And this is the last season for the overrared Will & Grace
, which still performs respectably. Meaning there are no quick fixes for the 'cockers this time.