Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Wunderkind is out at NBC

Ben Silverman has been Fired/Quit NBC.  All I can say is thank god.  We all know where NBC was going by hiring him.  The formula had worked for them before:   

1) Take a Young Hot-Shot executive that has the ear of "The Demo,"
2) Promote them to a chairman of programming 
3)?????
4) Profit!

This formula had worked gangbusters for them in the past.  Both Brandon Tartikoff and Warren Littlefield are examples of this strategy from NBC.  The best parallel is Tartikoff who took over as Cheif of NBC Entertainment at the age of 31.  Tartikoff was the architect of 20 years of NBC prim time dominance.  It is not a stretch that when NBC hired Silverman they saw the shadow of Tartikoff in him.  The fact is Silverman just didn't deliver.  This list of his Clunkers is like a who's who of what's crappy on television.  He Green Lit, among others, “Knight Rider,” “My Own Worst Enemy,” “Kath & Kim,” “Lipstick Jungle,” “Crusoe,” “Kings,” “The Philanthropist,” “American Gladiators,” “America’s Toughest Jobs,” “Phenomenon,” “The Chopping Block,” “Superstars of Dance,” “Ame$ia,” “My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad,” “Mommma’s Boys,” “Howie Do It,” “The Listener,” “Merlin” and the “Rosie Live!” pilot/special.  He also presided over the absolute disaster that has become HEROES.  I guy who can't find a way to Fire Tim Kring, shouldn't be in that position.  Maybe they can actually have "Comedy Night, Done Right."