What took them so long?

November 25, 2013 · 0 comments

ABC cancels Back in the Game

Back in the Game, starring James Caan and Maggie Lawson, has effectively been cancelled, though all 13 episodes will air. However, no more will be produced, which presumably will make way for Suburgatory to return to the schedule.

I might actually go back and watch the rest (after passing based on the pilot), just so I can feel justified in my glee over the network’s decision. After seeing a number of other shows that are pretty bad, maybe I was a bit harsh. Call me a snob, but I weep for a society that embraces shows such as Two and a Half Men or Two Broke Girls.

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By the way the above poster received a B- from Entertainment Weekly magazine’s regular reporter card: “Seeing James Caan holding that baseball bat next to that cherub-faced Norman Rockwell refugee makes me think he’s going to beat the kid to death with it. That said, the ad sells the show. B-”

I guess the poster didn’t sell the show well enough.

And “to death?” That’s a bit harsh. I look at it as more of a “whackamole” arcade game situation, with all the show’s “twitching little freaks” (as Tony Kornheiser describes the young contestants at the big annual spelling bee competition) as targets.

 

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