I have something to say about this paragraph: “We’re in a transition with our comedy programming and trying to broaden the audience and broaden what network does,” NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt told critics at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills on Tuesday. “Those Thursday comedies, which the critics love and we love, tend to be a bit more narrow than we’d ultimately like as we go forward.”
I love it when network executives say “broaden the audience”. What they really mean is that they want certain comedies to “dumb down” the writing so that those loyal Two and A Half Men fans can watch and actually get what’s going on. I mean, at this point NBC has to go in that direction because having all these great, well-written comedies for some reason isn’t getting them ratings. They’re getting Emmys but not good enough ratings. Also, no matter how they try to spin it, I still don’t like Community on Friday nights, especially paired with Whitney of all shows. It’s like, MAYBE I could live with it on Fridays if it were paired with another good show but I’m not even sure NBC knows what kind of fanbase watches Community. They don’t watch Whitney.