The number of television shows that I actually watch continues to dwindle. A few weeks ago it was decided by ABC that they would be canceling Pushing Daisies and Eli Stone. The absence of Pushing Daisies and Eli Stone means there is now only one show on ABC I still watch (Lost) and only a handful of other shows on other networks. But more importantly than that the cancellation of Pushing Daisies and Eli Stone says a lot about the television viewers.
A lot of people will blame ABC for the cancellation of these television programs and they may think it says a lot about ABC. But all it says about ABC is what we’ve known for a long time. ABC is in the business of making money and if a television show doesn’t draw ratings then it doesn’t draw money. It’s unfortunate that is the way it works, but that’s how it works.
The cancellation of Pushing Daisies and Eli Stone says a lot more about the viewing audience. Let’s face reality. Pushing Daisies and Eli Stone were canceled because nobody nobody watched it. That’s it.
Why didn’t people watch it? Was it poorly written? Was it poorly acted? We all have our different opinions about who is a good writer and who isn’t. We all have our opinions of what actors are good and which ones aren’t. Most people would agree that even if they don’t like the premise of Eli Stone and Pushing Daisies or the message that both shows are well made.
So what’s the real reason nobody watches Pushing Daisies and Eli Stone? There are two reasons. The first is that Pushing Daisies and Eli Stone are too creative. Somewhere along the way, people decided that imagination was a bad thing. People want to see television shows about relationships or crime because those are things that actually happen in life. But a little make believe? That’s crazy!
Who would want to watch a show about a pie maker that doubles as a detective because he can bring murdered victims back to life and ask them what happened. Nobody wants to watch a lawyer that has visions and struggles with whether it is the work of a brain aneurysm or a higher power when they can watch that reality show. You know the one that’s a ripoff of that ripoff or the American Idol ripoff. Pushing Daisies and Eli Stone should be popular because they are the two most unique shows on television, instead that is the reason they aren’t watched. I guess it shouldn’t surprise anybody that the same television shows over and over again are popular since that is what fills the movie theaters too.
That’s sad enough but what’s even worse is that the viewing audience doesn’t watch Pushing Daisies and Eli Stone because they are uplifting television shows. For years people have been complaining about the state of our world and our country. They talk about how they turn on the news and something awful has always happened and they don’t like to see it. But then when they watch television they watch more of the same. They want to see Jack Bauer torture somebody. They want to see Teri Hatcher make a fool of herself because she wants her some sex. They like whatever HBO program is hot at the time because they show violence, sex and swearing. But Pushing Daisies and Eli Stone? Bah! Why would we want to watch uplifting programs about hope and love? That stuff is stupid.
I’ve heard a lot of people in the past few weeks say that they’ve given up on ABC or they’ve given up on television because of the all the shows that have been canceled. Personally I give up on the viewing audience. It’s their fault. It’s the people that love crappy television that is killing shows like Eli Stone and Pushing Daisies. I hope you’re happy!
At least somebody was smart enough to release television programs on DVD. Now I can watch Eli Stone, Pushing Daisies, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr., Firefly and Arrested Development all I want. Enjoy CSI: Papua New Guinea.