Posted by: Gregg | March 24, 2007

Suit up.

On Friday, via the sublime TV Squad, comes a rumor that CBS might cancel the sitcom How I Met Your Mother, because of middling ratings and the continuing inability of television executives to determine what is actually funny. If you haven’t seen it, it’s on Monday nights at seven o’clock Central (Because only Kansas City time actually matters. People on the coasts can just deal.)

The show, aimed squarely at the Gen X crowd, is an ensemble comedy about five New Yorkers on the dating scene in their late twenties who hang out at bars a lot. In contrast to other CBS sitcoms like Two and a Half Men and The King of Queens, the writing on the show is actually funny. Not the mindless or mean kind of funny, either – instead of the traditional setup/punchline setup/punchline format for jokes, the funny is instead culled from character, plot, and wit, as well as several recurring bits from previous shows. And heaping helpings of popular culture – many sitcoms never reference anything topical in fear of becoming dated; HIMYM is filled with Star Wars, sports, and technological references. It’s easily one of the funniest shows on television. It’s not like any other show, either. (Except for perhaps Scrubs, but without the maudlin parts where JD learns a Life Lesson and indie guitar music plays over the cast montage. I hate those parts.) The first season is on DVD, so if you haven’t seen it, add it to the Netflix queue and get on board.

But of course, some executive over at CBS doesn’t get the show and it’s on the verge of cancellation. There’s an online petition to save HIMYM, which I’ve already signed.

Save the Barney, Save the World!

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Responses

  1. Of course they’re going to cancel it. I’m watching it. And everything I ever watch gets cancelled. Next on the chopping block with by Psych on USA. ‘Cause that’s an awesome show.

    And meanwhile, all manner of emo teenage crap is multiplying like mad. Oh god, I’m getting too old for prime-time TV?!

  2. Neal Patrick Harris comes out of the closet, and all the sudden, the show is facing cancellation?
    Coincedence?

    It happened to Ellen…

    I don’t have strong feelings about the show either way since I haven’t ever watched it, but I was under the impression that it got pretty good ratings… anything is better than “King of Queens” or crap like “According to Jim”.

    Ugh.

  3. “HIMYM” has never really gotten over the ratings hump – good enough to stick around, but it hasn’t been the youthful breakout hit that CBS wants. The show was denied the post-Super Bowl slot this year, which would have been an excellent opportunity to raise its profile.

    And, yeah, there is the fact that Neil Patrick Harris did come out this year. Maybe, like Ellen, he needs his own talk show. But only in the character of Barney.

  4. I like it, and included HIMYM Barney in a “Barney” timeline I did as a joke (lots of famous Barneys throughout history) so no doubt it’s doomed.

    Dammit.

  5. Love the show, going to click for sure, might even post about it. BTW linked and RSSed!


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