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Unintended Lessons

There is a new show on one of the MSM channels, called "Cavemen". I have no intention of watching it, since the commercials have courteously advised me that the show is apparently based on a character from a car insurance advertisement series. Think about that; a show about a demographic class which does not actually exist, where the actors are so heavily made up that the viewer has no idea what they are really like under all that stuff, and the point of which seems to be to promote a banal fiction to no purpose other than spending money and wasting time.

For some reason, the whole idea reminds me of the field of contenders running for President of the United States ...


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The fact that a wholly inef... (Below threshold)

The fact that a wholly ineffective automobile insurance ad could become an awful sitcom on mainstream TV almost makes me give up the will to live. I simply love TV way too much to witness this sitcom carnage. Hopefully this crap will be quickly cancelled and some right thinking person will step up to write the next SEINFELD sitcom instead .

I would have preferred to w... (Below threshold)
Candy:

I would have preferred to watch The Geiko, to be quite frank.

Hopefully this crap will... (Below threshold)

Hopefully this crap will be quickly cancelled and some right thinking person will step up to write the next SEINFELD sitcom instead."

Right on!!! I wholeheartedly agree. No good TV for us until then. (That's the best Soup Nazi line I could come up with for that situation. I'm about as good as the current TV writers.)

the point of which seems... (Below threshold)
alacrityfitzhugh:

the point of which seems to be to promote a banal fiction to no purpose other than spending money and wasting time
Are you surprised that an entertainment industry that makes movies based on video games would make TV shows based on commercials?

You don't want to watch a 3... (Below threshold)
matt:

You don't want to watch a 30-minute commercial? What's wrong with that?

http://www.political-buzz.com/

It's already been canceled,... (Below threshold)
Mycroft:

It's already been canceled, evne befor eepisode one aired, didn't you hear?

If it makes me laugh, I'll ... (Below threshold)

If it makes me laugh, I'll watch it. But that's only if I happen to be in front of the TV and happen upon that channel accidentally. I don't know what's on the TV at any given time or night. I don't watch much. I guess I just don't care. When I do turn the TV on, I go immediately to Discovery, Nat' Geo, Science Channel, etc.

But hey, I figure watching some cavemen on some sitcom is just as believable as everyone in a Crime Scene Investigation being young, attractive and stylish.

For some reason, the who... (Below threshold)
Jason Author Profile Page:

For some reason, the whole idea reminds me of the field of contenders running for President of the United States ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0PIdWdw15U

On the internet nobody know... (Below threshold)
kim:

On the internet nobody knows I'm Cavepeople.
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Nobody ever lost money bett... (Below threshold)
BlacquesJacquesShellacques:

Nobody ever lost money betting on the bad taste and ignorance of the American people.

I would have preferred t... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

I would have preferred to watch The Geiko, to be quite frank.

I'd rather step on the gecko, honestly. So not funny...

Cavemen much more funnier. Ungah, ungah...

The first few commercials r... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

The first few commercials relied on mocking 'Diversity' and 'Multiculturalism'.

The initial premise was that an insurance company made fun of cavemen because they were a safe target since they supposedly didn't exist anymore. The ensuing commercial had the company on the hot seat for doing so.

When the TV suits were asked if this full show was going to be about racial issues, they ran from that idea faster than a Democrat voting Yes on a Tax Increase.

So you have a so-so premise that the only hook is its relevance is to what is often seen as the bend over backwards pursuit of 'Diversity' in our society and that was taken away. Not exactly a formula for success.

The middle is going to have... (Below threshold)
kim:

The middle is going to have a lot of fun next year watching the two extremes of our polity caricature each other.
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Before you all give up on t... (Below threshold)
Candy:

Before you all give up on the current sitcoms, try The Office, My Name is Earl, and Rules of Engagement. Our good friend Putty is on Rules - he's hysterical. I can't wait for Thursday nights to watch Earl and Office. Very off-beat, but that's me.

Cancelled?Dang, do... (Below threshold)
Imhotep:

Cancelled?

Dang, do you know when the collectors DVD of the "Cop Rock" series will be released.

Now that was a horrible show!

"a show about a demographic... (Below threshold)

"a show about a demographic class which does not actually exist, where the actors are so heavily made up that the viewer has no idea what they are really like under all that stuff,"
Sounds like Star Trek, which is about a working socialist government. And aliens.

Unfortunately, CAVEMEN may ... (Below threshold)

Unfortunately, CAVEMEN may not be the worst TV show ever aired. In Britain a sitcom about Hitler and Eva Braun moving in next door to a Jewish family was cancelled after only airing once and public outrage. In the U.S., a terrible game show with Jackie Gleason as host only aired once during the 1950's before cancellation, but Gleason did well in everything else he did including THE HONEYMOONERS and his variety programs. Gleason even refered to himself as "the great one", and not because of his cancelled game show either. Mike O'Malley's show was cancelled after only two weeks on NBC, but he had a long run for years on CBS as the low class neighbor on YES DEAR.

One final thought on the Geico ads. As much as I hate the cavemen ads, I checked out Geico when I purchased motorcycle insurance this summer, and since they wanted $170 more than Progressive, I bought my motorcycle insurance through Progressive instead, and get free towing if my bike breaks down as a benefit as well.

For me the choice to choose Progressive was so simple that ...well, even I could do it.

I hope that free towing doe... (Below threshold)
kim:

I hope that free towing doesn't turn into an actuarial mistake for Progressive. Do they know you drive Chinese?

Tell me more about the Graceful One's one day game show. Was it called "One of These Days"?
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Kim, the Jackie Gleason gam... (Below threshold)

Kim, the Jackie Gleason game show was called, YOU'RE IN THE PICTURE. I made a mistake on the actual airdate which was in 1961 instead of the 1950's.

The Chinese made motorcycles and motor scooters keep improving in quality as well. My Coolster F5 has the smoothest automatic transmission of any vehicle I've ever owned. And the four stroke engine has a service life likely to last 30,000 or more miles before an overhaul is required, as well as low in both pollution and noise level due to an excellent muffler. I get as high as 94mpg with a top speed at about 45mph. And there is a kick start backup in the event of a low battery as well.




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