“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

Dear TV producers and writers: We regret to inform you that your show has been canceled because we can't remember who you are or what you do.
Friday, March 22, 2013

Back in the day, weekly TV shows debuted for the season around Labor Day and ran straight through until Memorial Day, taking off a week or two during the holidays. You could count on your show appearing every single week, as predictable as a moon phase.

So ... what the hell happened?

Here's my partial Walk of Shame list of shows that appear with the regularity of Halley's Comet: Nashville, The Office, Parks and Recreation ... And Downton Abbey? WTF, guys? You run for seven weeks in January and February then take the rest of the year off?

Are the producers and writers observing holidays the rest of us ignore?  Presidents' Day? And Canada Day? And Armadillo Day? 

As authors we are expected to produce a book at least every eighteen months (Okay, so I'm very behind schedule, I know this). This is done to promote brand loyalty.....and to keep people from forgetting who we are. That's also one reason I blog ... to hack away at potential obscurity in between release of my books.

Only one show that I know of follows the old, disciplined model, delivering something every single week -- and I thank you, Matt Parker and Trey Stone; I can count on a South Park episode just about every week.

So, all you other slackers: Get off your ass and start writing and producing. And I know you'll consider this complaint ... after you return from your extended observance of National Secretary Appreciation Week.


Blogger erinesosweet said...

UGH! I hear you! It drives me nuts when I sit down to catch up on my shows on Hulu... seriously, people! How do you expect to keep your fan?

March 22, 2013 at 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mad Men. They don't just miss a few months, try a year +

July 1, 2013 at 12:26 PM  

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