So, as you may have noticed, Cultural Learnings basically went black over the weekend. This was thanks to a camping trip to Kejimkujik National Park in Southwestern Nova Scotia, which was beautiful and wonderful. If you are interested (Testing my level of consistent readers here), there should be some Flickr photos on the right sidebar below. However, for those more inclined to learn what went on in TV Land over the Weekend, let’s take a gander at what CBS was up to over the three day period.
CBS’ Weekend To-Do List
Preempt “Jericho” without Informing Rabid Fanbase
So, CBS, let’s have a chat here. Because, really, I know that you’re trying your best to deal with this whole Jericho situation, but you need to learn a serious lesson in communication. Because preseason football preempting Jericho? It’s normal. In fact, it happens to every show every year. But you need to make that fact clear to the people who you clearly promised that you would air the show’s first season [almost] in its entirety this summer.
Because you’re really not doing it: you’re just pretending that a large portion of the country didn’t see last week’s episode, and you’re just going to mosey on to the next one. First off, people are clearly going to notice: you already learned that these people are smart and savvy and more than capable of realizing that their show is being messed with. And second, you’re trying to convince people to watch a serial drama: unless you’re packing that preseason football game with commercials for your online viewing service, you’re getting in the way of that goal.
So I’m off camping, missing this week’s episode, and it turns out that millions more are likely missing it too. If you’re seriously committed to the show, you should be doubling up on the reruns next week to make up for it, and continuing to do so to make sure these episodes are aired. I don’t think that’s too much to ask, personally, especially since some of us (I’m referring to me, eh?) are Canadian and can’t watch Innertube episodes.
Embrace Jericho’s Blog Potential
Admittedly, CBS didn’t do all wrong with Jericho: they’ve officially embraced their Fan Central portion of their website in an attempt to spread the word about blog posts about the series. I’m a little bit late in grabbing this news, but since they linked here to Cultural Learnings I took a peak at the site. Basically, they’re centralizing the “Diggnation” and other such initiatives that fans have been trying to move forward.
This is a great idea, as it is a way for fans to find things easily as opposed to a message board format. However, based on my Blog Stats (Since my own article was one of the ones linked recently), it doesn’t seem to be getting a huge amount of traffic yet. They really need to spread the word: more than the boards, this is a fantastic way for CBS to take this “viral” outpouring of support and spreading it. That being said, it’s up to fans to visit the site and suggest submissions (Can you do this? You should be able to do this.) and to keep the ball rolling.
I know it’s easy to rag on CBS about this stuff, but there are efforts out there: let’s make them work.
Recast Criminal Minds lead with Similar Actor to Mandy
After Mandy Patinkin left, CBS had a whole in a show that is supposed to be a new anchor for them, and one that faces stiff competition from ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy spinoff Private Practice this upcoming season. Not wanting to stray too far from Patinkin’s gruff tones and sold demeanor, they’ve selected Joe Mantegna, who last appeared on CBS as the father on Joan of Arcadia.
The two actors have a lot in common. Patinkin was best known to some viewers for his role in The Princess Bride as Iago, a bit of a cult classic, and Mantegna will forever be known as the voice of Fat Tony on The Simpsons. In fact, so much so, that it is impossible to watch him act as someone else without thinking about Fat Tony. It might actually make me especially uneasy on Criminal Minds, where Fat Tony will be discussing serial killings. That just isn’t going to sound right.
Either way, Mantegna takes over during the season’s…second or third episode, maybe? We don’t have confirmation of when it will happen, but we know that Patinkin will be gone after the premiere. How long Thomas Gibson and Co. go solo after that, however, is unknown.