NBC’s Bold Leap to Broad Comedy

In TV, writing on 08/27/2012 at 15:18

Donald Glover, co-star of NBC’s cult hit Community, raps as his musical alter-ego Childish Gambino: “I’m rap’s stepfather, yeah, you hate me but you will respect.” The same can be said for a good TV exec.

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For instance, when FX president John Landgraf made the call to cancel their ratings challenged, critically acclaimed P.I. dramedy Terriers in December 2010, he held a press conference expressing how difficult a decision it was for him, how much he loved the show but how hard it would be for FX—a fledgling network when it comes to original programming—to foot the bill for a show bringing in such low numbers. It was completely unnecessary, but it was a classy move, and the small but loyal Terriers fan base might have hated him for it but, like a good stepfather, they ultimately had to respect his call.

NBC has no such heroic stepfather.

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