ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Damn you, baseball playoffs!
An amazing thing happened last week: baseball once again mattered
in the grand scheme of TV programming.
NBC and CBS pulled new episodes of some of their top programs
(Friends, West Wing, CSI, etc.) so as not to waste these new
shows to inevitable low ratings against the deciding seventh
games of the League Championship Series. The reason being is
the matchups (Chicago Cubs/Florida Marlins and Boston Red Sox/New
York Yankees) not only involved three major TV markets, but
also because the general public was captivated by seeing the
Cubs and/or Red Sox try to end their combined 180 years without
winning a World Series. Ratings were up almost 50 per cent
from last year's playoffs.
Of course, Florida and New York won, thus creating the least
intriguing World Series in recent memory. The real loser in
all of this (well, besides Cubs and Red Sox fans) is the FOX
network, who were this close to actually making a profit on
Shed no tears for FOX, however, as they orchestrated their
own destruction. They were the ones who:
a) employed blatantly pro-Yankee announcers Tim "He's
a gamer!" McCarver and ball player Bret Boone, whose brother
Aaron is the Yankee's third baseman.
b) showed more shots of celebrities in the bleachers than
the actual games themselves.
c) showed the same damn promos for Skin and the new Joe Millionaire
over and over again.
Forget about the "Curse of the Goat" or the "Curse
of the Bambino." FOX now labours under the Curse of Show
The Damn Game. Have fun airing baseball games from Miami, FOX;
I'll be watching West Wing.