Get With the Program #5 - Coco Beware, Lost Causes, Sadness

Another Friday which means that Get with the Program is all new!

Conan, Be Very Very Careful, Because I Don't Want to Love You Any Less

I love Conan O'Brien. I think I made this abundantly clear when I revealed my tale of stalking him in last Friday's column (Sorry to keep fixating on Conan; feel free to skip this section if you just don't care).

So, when I read that his first televised interview since the entire NBC fiasco would be airing on this Sunday's 60 Minutes, I immediately set my DVR. Actually that's a lie. My DVR records 60 Minutes automatically because I watch it every week (I'm like a 60 year old woman, but without the cats, though I wish I had those too)!

Here's why I'm concerned. Conan wasn't allowed to speak about the whole ordeal until now - so in that sense this delay is not his fault - but I'm concerned that he already seems to have come out of this disaster "on top". NBC paid him millions to LEAVE, he has embarked upon a successful comedy tour AND he'll be headed to TBS in the Fall to make millions more, where he will likely have the freedom to do whatever the hell he wants on his show - something he lacked on NBC. Plus, on Twitter - the only place where opinions really matter these days - he may have lost the NBC battle, but he clearly won the war. Everyone loves Conan.

Complaining about how he was mistreated by NBC at this point - might start to border on petty - since again, as far as I'm concerned, he's already won. Of course Conan's right, but if everyone already knows it and already supports him, I'm just afraid that I'll come out of this interview liking him less as opposed to respecting him more. As Conan pointed out during many of his final monologues - we shouldn't feel bad for him - because his life is still pretty damn good. I'm just afraid that he's going to forget that sentiment in this interview and much as we all love Conan, no one likes a sore loser.

What do you think?

Lost Causes

So, a new show called Happy Town premiered on ABC this Wednesday and guess what - I did not watch it.

Why? The show looked bad. Like, really bad. But, this is not to say that I don't sometimes sample shows that look bad, just for funsies. Eastwick - which aired in the same ABC timeslot this Fall - looked pretty bad too, but guess what, I watched that...and I kind of liked it (shhhhh)! Not to be a pessimist, but I just felt in my gut that Happy Town has/had absolutely no chance of success (did I mention that less than 6 million people watched the premiere). Perhaps my old age is getting to me, but I didn't even want to waste an hour sampling the pilot. Happy Town, my friends, is the type of TV show we call the lost cause - never should have made it onto TV; destined for failure.

Other examples from this season: Past Life, The Deep End. I didn't watch those either (lies - I watched the pilot of Deep End; then I stopped).

Any other shows that you have recently not even bothered to sample because you just knew were lost causes?

Yeah...Party Down is a Goner

Remember when I demanded you all to watch Party Down last Friday?

Out in the real world, nobody watched. Like literally, nobody. Ratings were abysmal - 126K people watched the premiere.

Sooooo, between NBC stealing all of the show's cast members and uh, that nobody watching problem, I'd say it's pretty safe to say that this one is a goner after this season finishes airing.

This is sad.

Know what else is sad? The number of Twitter followers I have...

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And that's it for this week!




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Apr 30, 2010 9:35PM EDT

I watched Happy Town and like 'The Back-Up Plan' it "wasn't terrible". I don't have much else to watch right now so I'll probably keep watching it but if it gets bad, I'll definitely ditch it.
As for Party Down, that's really sad. I watched it online last week but I'm planning on watching it tonight, especially with how pathetic those numbers are. Everybody else needs to watch it too!

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May 1, 2010 1:34AM EDT

I didn't think Happy Town was bad. It might not be the greatest but you shouldn't knock until you try it. It has a little mystery to it which I thought made it more interesting.

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