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Epic NBC Comeback!


Epic NBC Comeback!

My father used to say, “A blind hog finds an acorn every once in a while.” Actually, he still says that, but things sound fancier when they’re from the past. Speaking of the past, NBC, the television network that used to have shows like Friends, Frasier, and Seinfeld seems to be making a comeback in the ratings department, if not the quality department. For the past decade, NBC has struggled to remain relevant. But this fall, NBC is the only major network to have more people watching than last year.

Now, I’m going to cut to the chase. This news interests me, because I work in the Internet world, but my heart is firmly in the television world, and I hate to see my dreamland being ripped asunder by bad decisions. As an actor/writer, I have a vested interest in the world of scripted, network entertainment. Heck, I have more than a vested interest–I have a ravenous obsession. Furthermore, as a YouTuber, I am entrenched in the battle of Internet vs. television.

So while I’m happy to hear that at least some people are watching television, it pains me that the reason for this growth is due to a reality show. NBC’s “The Voice” has acted as a centerpiece and has helped the network win first place for the past four weeks. This boost allows the network to place new programs right after the show, and us silly Americans will just sit there and watch.

Like a bunch of fools! Change the channel, people!

A lot of people, of course, couldn’t care less about the health of television, let alone a particular network. And I get that. YouTube offers content without as many ads, a more personal feel, and humor tailored to specific niche audiences. Why watch a television show about singers along with 14.1 million viewers, when you could watch an actual singer on YouTube and connect with him or her?

I have all sorts of crackpot theories on the future of television in light of YouTube. But what do I know? The bottom line is that hopefully NBC continues this momentum they have going. If they do that, hopefully they can put Community back on the air. And really, that’s all that matters.

So question: What’s your favorite network television show? Tell me. I won’t judge you. And by that, of course, I mean I will totally judge you.