TV Fan Excuse Bingo: Time To Remake The Card!

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September 12th, 2012

As the start of the 2012-13 broadcast television season approaches, so too does the beginning of the 2012-13 Fan Excuse Bingo season where our readers can peruse our comments section and play along!

Sadly, our current Fan Excuse Bingo card above is several years old and is getting s bit long in the tooth. When it was created, DirecTV was still in the business of saving failed shows. Now Netflix and other streaming companies have picked up the mantle of being pelted with desperate fan pleas. Broadcast primetime ratings have fallen even further, and DVR use continues to edge upwards.

It's a new season, and it requires some new bingo squares!

We'll remake the Fan Excuse Bingo card in a two step process.

Step 1: (this post) Leave your suggestions for *new* squares in the comments section. Feel free to second others' suggestions. Don't bother re-suggesting any of the old squares above.

Step 2: (next week) I will create a poll including the most popular new suggestions from this post *plus* all the old favorites in the card above and we'll vote to determine which squares will be included in the new card to debut on September 24, the first day of the new season.

For the nostalgic, historically minded excuse fanatics, do not fear, if you'd like to regale your friends with the many past fan excuse bingo cards they're still here.

Start the suggestions!

  • Bill Gorman

    @Oliver, we’re not above cheap and dismissive, but it’s primarily for fun (for me, and I hope others). And it’s not that the reasons/excuses/laments/whatever aren’t often true, it’s that they’re almost always irrelevant to the future of the show, all that matters is the ratings.

    Community’s a good guess for a potential traffic driver. And while our first big crazy fan show was Moonlight, we were much, much, much smaller then, I’m not sure a CBS show could really move the needle for us today.

    Drudge traffic cannot be anticipated. We get the same news as everybody else, and whether they link to us or not is mostly out of our hands.

  • Ben

    -“All the program needs is some minor changes to turn it into a hit show, such as:_______________(fill in the blanks)”.

  • Betty Francis

    They changed too many of the main characters (ie: killed people off, people left show)

  • Jeff R.

    Arrow will probably also be a big driver, as will Smash. And Community may not be; there’s still a cahnce that it’s own fans will turn on it, in which case Parks & Rec will be the NBC comedy the fans most earnestly want to save…

  • Charmed

    It still makes money from merchandise.

  • Charmed

    No one watches TV on a Friday!
    It stood no chance against_____(Moderately rated show)

  • Julie

    “It’s still better than CW numbers”

  • ann

    “They put it on a Friday! No one watches tv on Fridays, it’s where shows go to die!” LOL

  • greengreengreenred

    “DirecTV doesn’t air the station.” They are currently not airing FOX in four cities, only one of which is reasonably sized, so this is possible and outrageous.

    (If I accidentally commented twice, sorry. Computer troubles.)

  • Richard Steven Hack

    “Josh Friedman is the showrunner.”

    Yes, I still hate him… :-)

    Or substitute “Joss Whedon” if you hate him…

    As Firefly Producer Tim Minnear said at the Comic-Con Firefly 10 Year Re-Union Panel, when asked if he thought Firefly was going to be a hit when he first heard about it, “I never think any of Joss’ shows are going to be a hit…”

    Here’s another one:

    “It’s the Summer Glau curse!” (Even if she isn’t in the designated show…)

    As Summer has frequently related, just as Summer was officially blamed for everything that went wrong on the Firefly set – and then on Angel and Buffy, shows she didn’t even appear on – we can blame the cancellation of ANY show on the Summer Glau curse. Idiots do it here all the time! :-)

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Oliver: The problem with Last Resort and Revolution is that both shows premises are ridiculous.

    However, I saw the Revolution pilot a week or so ago, and it wasn’t totally grim. Wait for the ending scene… And the sword fight wasn’t bad…

    However, as Maureen Ryan noted in her review today, frankly the young stars on the show have, as Christopher Lee once put it, “all the presence of looking at air.” Billy Burke and Giancarlo Esposito sort of stand out, but frankly they aren’t “A-List” either in my opinion (although Burke did well as the psycho cult leader in “Drive Angry.”) David Lyons gets another shot after the disaster that was “The Cape”, so we’ll see how he does. And then there’s Elizabeth Mitchell, who Ryan claims was “under-utilized” in “V” – I’m not so sure about that.

    Last Resort has a fairly decent cast – except for Scott Speedman, one of the most boring actors in Hollywood at the moment. He was lame in the Underworld movies and lame in the “Triple X” second movie. Seriously bad casting move.

  • Ricky

    @Richard Hack: Does your hate of Friedman stem from the lack of a proper ending for TSCC? In which case, I have to agree. Did Friedman not have advance notice of the cancellation or something? Then again, the showrunners almost never do (chief exception: Life on Mars.)

    Also, Summer Glau was actually on Angel. In fact, that’s where she debuted. Here’s the proof:

    I agree about Scott Speedman being a bit of a weak link on LR (have you seen the pilot for that one yet?) But the worst thing about the show, I have to say, is the fact that Dichen Lachman (the local girl who gets $1000 to store a dead guy in her freezer; she also was Sierra from Dollhouse) got so little screen time. I would love to see what they do with her character, especially given Lachman’s well-proven abilities as a DOH star.

  • jadzia

    It was up against football

    It’s start time was delayed due to football

  • Potato

    “They’d rather watch something with a laugh track, so they know when to laugh”

  • Chuck Finley (AJ)

    I have heard this one about a couple of new shows like The New Normal

    If it doesn’t succeed:
    1. The writing is too sophisticated for dumb redneck Americans
    2. You are a bigot if you don’t watch PC shows (this was hands down my favorite)

  • Justin121

    @The End,

    As TVBTN readers don’t have access to any sort of financial reports, those excuses will always be dismissed as “bingo”.

  • Rob D.

    Not sure if this has been said but daylight savings time is a big excuse in the spring. Definitely need a new bingo card in March.

  • Monkey

    Networks want more cheap reality shows. They ignore their scripted programming.

  • Mike E

    Is the center “TV by the” square a free square, like in Bingo, or do we have to actually blame TVBTN for the show’s failure like Harry’s Law did? :)

  • Sarah

    “‘It didn’t air in Utah!'”

    This cracked me up. :)

    “‘They keep changing the day and time – how is anybody supposed to know when it’s on!'”

    Yes. :)

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