Sometimes, you just don't want to see the headline. Or open up the email announcement. Because if part of what you do is failure analysis -- or maybe most of what you do -- then you know what's coming next.
A big bowl of wrong. (And there's no mention of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, even though, in an eerie coincidence, a Canadian reality series called Battle of the Blades had a contestant and former NHL hockey player commit suicide yesterday, ahead of the September premiere).
Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson, Boardwalk Empire Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan, Dexter Kyle Chandler as Coach Eric Taylor, Friday Night Lights Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House, House Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens, Justified Jon Hamm as Don Draper, Mad Men
Chris Colfer as Kurt Hummel, Glee Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett, Modern Family Ed O'Neill as Jay Pritchett, Modern Family Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker, Modern Family Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Modern Family Jon Cryer as Alan Harper, Two and a Half Men
There are always bad ideas in television. There are always lessons that go unlearned. That's why the bulk of my job is focused on "failure analysis." Recently, a handful of bad ideas that I thought might be reconsidered have not been. In fact, they are heating up. So let's dip our toes in the milk of human dumbness.
1. Trying to reboot Two and a Half Men Without Charlie Sheen.