Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Matt Roush on the Bones pre-emption(s)

A fan asks Matt Roush his opinion on Fox's treatment of Bones:

Question: So what's the deal with Fox’s continued poor treatment of Bones? Yet another pre-emption this Thursday, I hear, after advertising 11 new episodes in a row. This might be excusable (Fox didn't ask for a presidential press conference this week, I know) if there was a valid reason for it. So far, all Fox has told us fans is that American Idol must move to Wednesday and Thursday, and Hell's Kitchen cannot be bumped either due to the nature of the show. Okay, great. However, Fox has not yet answered our repeated question as to why House is showing two reruns next week. Maybe you can find some answers for us, please? The fact is Fox has taken us fans for granted too many times this season alone and I, for one, am getting too tired of this game. I have no DVR so I must actually arrange my evenings to watch TV. If the Fox executives refuse to provide the service they advertise (i.e. actually airing a television show), they can at least provide their expectant viewers a full explanation.—Kelly

Matt Roush: With all due respect (and for the record, I got a mini-flood of angry questions about this late last week), what’s the mystery here? We at TV Guide Magazine like Bones, too; we just put the show’s stars on our cover (I hope the fans all went out and bought one). And I understand the frustration of Bones fans over the show’s frequent time slot changes (this year exacerbated by Fringe taking up residence on Tuesdays). But this week’s situation is pretty clear-cut. All the networks had to adjust for the president’s Tuesday night prime-time appearance. Fox was hit especially hard, as Tuesday is the showcase night for its biggest hit, American Idol—and if you think Fox is worrying about anything else these days, you’re being naive. Besides, something tells me if Fox had decided to move this week’s scheduled Bones episode to Monday or Tuesday at the last minute, fans would still find a way to feel slighted. Monday’s House repeat was already on the schedule, and filling the Tuesday hole with another House repeat is simply a case of the network making the best of a bad situation (House being a draw regardless of circumstance). Bones has the good and bad fortune of being something of a utility player for the network. Being less serialized than a reality show like Hell’s Kitchen, it (like fellow procedural Lie to Me) can fall on or off the schedule more easily, with less collateral damage, and yes, that does make it feel like it’s being taken for granted. (Fox has also explained that pre-empting Hell’s Kitchen this week would likely have meant doubling up another week, meaning another Bones pre-emption down the line.) This is not a conspiracy against Bones or Bones fans. It’s just the way it goes when TV’s most powerful show is thrown off its course. Something’s gotta give, and this week Bones paid the price. And airing a new episode out of pattern this week would likely have done more harm than good. Plus, as we’ve said many times before, at least the network isn’t still threatening to move the show to Fridays.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a grand old ass he is. The "mystery here" is why Roush chooses to speak to his readers as though people who don't work in the entertainment industry are ignorant children. They just wanted to know what's going on.

Also, frustrating to see another bump coming up.

Danielle said...

Besides, the issue is not so much that Bones is pre-empted this week, but that Fox is continually pre-empting, changing the schedule and generally messing around with Bones and its fans.

Anonymous said...

Anon--another bump? Do we know why? Sorry, I'm out of the loop on that one. Is it AI finale week?

Brittany said...

Here's the link to the full episode of David Boreanaz on Rachel Ray this week.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUJ9hXund7c

Dani said...

you know what, i take that whole article as a good thing... obviously Bones being a ratings workhorse secures it at least for another few seasons, should't we as hardcore bones fans be happy?!

I know I am, and really, whats the worst thing that happens when it gets bumped, we get to watch season re-runs etc...

Its all perspective people, if being bumped = more seasons then bump away folks...


DISCLAIMER - all the above is said tongue in cheek heheh

PS - I hate American Idol as much as the next person :)

Brittany said...

Here's a link to a picture of David Boreanaz from the TV Guide Photo Shoot. Its from ebay, so the url is a little long.

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-BONES-TV-SHOW-CLIPPINGS-DAVID-BOREANAZ-HOT-HOT_W0QQitemZ380113247306QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item380113247306&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A0%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50

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