There's a cool new website called Brilliantbutcancelled.com which is an offshoot of the cool cable channel TRIO that I used to be a part of. It's a TV fanatic's dream hub -- with tons of Brilliant shows to watch online (free), and a place for TV insiders (producers/writers/actors) to anonymously post what they really think about what's on tv now (reading it is like sitting in the back of a TV-Anonymous meeting).
So what's a Brilliant but Cancelled show? One the critics adored but the audience didn't and the network canned before its time. Suzanne Somers' "She's The Sherrif" was neither brilliant, nor cancelled. Elizabeth Vargas probably thinks she was Brilliant but Cancelled but the legions of ABC News producers who are cheering about her demise, and there seem to be tons based on some Andy's blog informal exit polling, might say she was just cancelled.
SQUARE PEGS: This show, about junior high geeks, nerds and preppies, was perfectly timed to take me through junior high school, then CBS cancelled it and I went to high school!
STRANGERS WITH CANDY: Comedy Central canned this one after three seasons but the Amy Sedaris/Paul Dinello/Stephen Colbert freakfest lives on in DVD and in what's got to be the first big screen adaptation of a Brilliant but Cancelled show -- out June 28.
FLYING HIGH was CBS' answer to "Charlie's Angels" -- without the mysteries -- as three sexy lady stewardess' glammed it up in the sky. Ok, there was most likely nothing "brilliant" about this show but it was certainly "cancelled."
My personal favorite section of Brilliantbutcancelled.com is called "Make it Stop" where you nominate shows that need to go away, NOW! While today's topic on the site seems to be "Yes, Dear," I would love to throw a few in the ring: SOAP TALK: OK, somewhere in George Bush's second term Lisa Rinna and Ty Treadway have become legit in someone's eyes and these "personalities" are taking us hostage on this daily infomercial and exploration into short, self involved, hideous-ness. I dare you to watch this show on a full stomach.
ET: I think it's within reason to blame "Entertainment Tonight" for: our collective short attention spans, the release of Jann Carl, Mary Hart, and a bevy of "ageless" "beautiful" "reporters" into the universe, the bird flu, the stalkarazzi, awful sound effects in TV shows, the decline and blurring of TV News, global warming, and the downfall of society in general. ET, go home!
KING OF QUEENS: Seriously, Do you LAUGH when you watch this show??
PEPPER DENNIS: Just take down the ads on every bus stop, pull the show, and CALL IT A DAY, people.
As I finish writing this, NBCU Cable chief Jeff Gaspin is walking by my office and I thought I'd see what HIS favorite Brilliant but Cancelled shows are.
ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT: What can you say? A great show.
JOHN DOE: This was on FOX for one year and it never resolved!