I'm not referring to the ratings but I'll get to those. I'm talking about it's 5:00 p.m. or so EST and they still don't have last night's Chuck episode at NBC. I even checked Hulu.
If they can't get their crap together, why should I?
And now for the ratings. And we're going to bring in Fringe on this too.
Fringe has lousy ratings and Chuck's ratings are even worse. Why are Chuck's even worse? 20% of the people who watched the season premiere last week on broadcast TV didn't bother to show up to watch it last night.
Golly gee, why could Fringe and Chuck be struggling so?
Here's a thought: STOP PISSING ON THE VIEWERS.
We'll take twists and turns as long as we have hope.
Chuck without powers is not hope. It could string us along a few episodes if Morgan didn't have powers. But to see Chuck lose his powers and Morgan gain them? No one wants to see that.
And no one wants to see Peter go missing and Olivia not even know who he is.
Writers need to stop thinking they're going to punish the viewers and need to start thinking how to involve them.
There's a reason both of these shows have only been minor hits. Time and again, when they could have pleased the audiences, they've done something stupid. Gone off on Captian Awesome on Chuck or Jeff and Lester and thought they were being wonderful. And a few people loved it online. And they don't get that we don't all have the same taste and that a few people can't make a show a hit.
It's like the attacks on NBC's Whitney where a bunch of little frou-frous who can't make a show a hit -- all their listed favorites struggle for ratings -- attack Whitney and say it's not funny and that the laugh track is annoying and blah blah blah. The highest rated sitcom for years and still is Two And A Half Men. The small number of people attacking Whitney attack that show too. So networks should learn not to listen to the posers. The posers can't make a show a hit and listening to them has resulted in some very crappy, non-watchable TV.
NBC should have told the producers of Chuck to fire Jeff & Lester a long time ago. That would have stopped the tangents where the show gets lost on their sorry asses. NBC should have said, "No way are we putting on a season that starts with Chuck having no powers."
This jerk off with your most perverse fantasies and then air it as entertainment to punish the viewers need to stop.
Entertainment: To entertain.
No one's entertained by Olivia and Peter being apart because he's missing. Fox should have hit the roof. "We see Joshua Jackson for 15 seconds in each of the first 4 episodes and that's it? And Olivia doesn't even know he's missing because she has no memory of him? We're not putting that s**t on the air!!"
And the networks are to blame too.
(A) Neither show should be on Fridays. (B) They should be streamable immediately upon airing because they need the talk-up, they need the buzz. They're doing awful in the ratings. And that's because of the networks and because of the storylines.
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