You cannot be serious (ABC’s Back in the Game)

September 17, 2013

With apologies to that noted philosopher John McEnroe.

In addition to splurging on annual baseball publications, I have collected the Fall preview issue of TV Guide since the late 1970s (I also get the Entertainment Weekly TV issue, which hits the newsstands at the same time). It’s a real hoot to go back to them all these years later and see what the themes and styles were back in the day.

Like most other things, the Guide has changed over the years. The biggest difference is the size: not longer a “digest,” it’s now a regular-trim glossy.

The Scoop: Back in the GameI have no idea of the editorial politics/decision-making that goes on there. Is there some push by the networks, cable-stations, or producers? Dunno. But I was shocked, shocked that Back in the Game was picked as one of the Guide‘s top 10 shows. According to the article on, Mark Cullen, one of the show’s creators, said, “Game also isn’t primarily about kids’ sports. “The backdrop is baseball, but it’s not a baseball show.” That much is true. I still maintain it’s also not very good, but I seem to be in the minority.

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