A fan campaign should inspire more viewers to write to the networks, says Ken Tucker
Why ”Grosse Pointe” deserves to be saved
I’ve been receiving bars of soap in the mail. No, it’s not my friends’ way of telling me to bathe more often — it’s part of a fan campaign to save the WB sitcom ”Grosse Pointe,” the soap (get it?) opera parody that I agree deserves saving. ”Pointe” started out reasonably funny and ended up being extremely funny — sly and knowing about the TV industry, clever in its ”soap within a soap” structure. But I fear that ”Pointe” (now airing Sundays, 9:30 p.m.) is all but dead: Its poor ratings, combined with the fact that it didn’t ”fit” with any of the WB’s other half hour shows (a lead out from ”Sabrina the Teenage Witch”? I don’t think so), may doom it.
So by all means, BURY the WB (4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91522) with bars of soap. In fact, now’s the time to start pestering the networks to save your favorite shows. If I were campaigning for one, it’d be ABC’s ”The Job,” which also just got better and better during its limited run. I loved the quick witted, cynical tone that co producers Denis Leary and Peter Tolan created for their comic cop show, and Leary was far more likable — while being a completely depraved cad, of course — than he’s ever been in the movies. C’mon ABC: You can’t expect to air this half hour opposite ”West Wing” and as a lead in to ”Once & Again” and expect boffo numbers. So recognize this show’s quality, and maybe schedule it next season just before the series it most neatly echoes: ”NYPD Blue.” Give the folks at ”The Job” their jobs back!
There are other quality shows failing to get great ratings that the networks should know we dig: The aforementioned ”Once & Again,” for one; the WB’s breath of fresh air ”Gilmore Girls,” for another. And now I suppose we should also send up a Wiccan prayer that ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer” survives its move to the anemic UPN.
What low rated, high affection shows do YOU want to save?