comedy

No, moving from NBC to Netflix is NOT good news for all of us

Splitsider, my go-to comedy blog, indirectly shows how fragmented our viewing habits are.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a show I’ve been anticipating for a while. It’s from Tina Fey (good), it’s about a women who leaves a cult and tries to make it in the real world (unique, promising) and stars Ellie Kemper (OK, I’m in).

But the show won’t debut on NBC as planned. It’s going to be on Netflix.

Splitsider casts this as good news.

For people who’ve cut the cord from cable and do all their viewing online, I suppose it is. But what about those of us who like comedy and sports? We can’t cut that cord. And we’re getting a little annoyed that we have to subscribe to something ELSE to watch comedy.

In my day, it was all on something called “TV.” And we LIKED it!

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NBC: Thanks for renewing Community and all that, but yeesh!

What happens when a foulmouthed satellite radio DJ – played by the multi-platinum selling artist and outrageously charming Dane Cook (“My Best Friend’s Girl”) – is forced to share the mic with a chipper NPR feminist?

Um … I change the channel?

Seriously — the new comedies look horrible. It’s almost as if they’re specially designed to make people appreciate how good the Thursday night lineup (plus Community, now on Fridays) really is.

via NBC.com – Inventive New Comedies, Compelling New Dramas And A Quality Lineup Of Returning Series Highlight The 2012-13 NBC Primetime Schedule.

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Come on, Lisa de Moraes — get off NBC’s back!

I’ll grant that The Office has been erratic this season. But the ratings for the other three shows — 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation and Community — aren’t so much a signal of NBC’s decline as they are a signal of the USA’s sheer bad taste.

(And the fact that, as many commenters note, the folks who watch quality show are increasingly likely to watch on Hulu or elsewhere online.)

NBC Thursday comedy block: how bad are things? – The TV Column – The Washington Post.