Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Murder Just Aint What It Used To Be

Is anyone out there still watching Harper’s Island?

If any of you are still out there, then you no doubt were surprised to turn on your televisions last Thursday night expecting to see episode 4, only to learn that it was not on.

Confused that I might have had the time wrong, I used my handy-dandy Tivo to search for it, only to discover that it wasn’t going to be on until Saturday night!

That’s right…..Harpers Island has now been moved to Saturday night, the “Television Show Graveyard” night. Saturday night is the lowest-television-watched time of the week. It’s where networks put on shows that they paid too much money for, but don’t want their shitty ratings to hurt their other nights of the week, so they throw them on Saturday night where, no matter WHAT they put on, no one will watch it anyway.

Sad, sad news indeed. I had such high hopes for this show, but it has been losing more viewers each week, and after last weeks abysmal showing in the ratings, they decided to just throw the rest of the season onto their Saturday night schedule without ever even announcing it! That’s pretty harsh.

Not that it isn’t totally deserved. The show has kinda been a disappointment for me as well. The characters are pretty much cookie-cutter stereotypes, and the killings so far have been bizarre, and seemingly random, without any real purpose. One of the things I LOVE about a GOOD, well-crafted murder mystery is that when there is a murder, I can put down the book and ask myself “Ok, now why did this person need to die? What does he/she know that could impact someone else?”

I’m just not seeing that kind of analysis being possible here.

I may in fact be the last living person still watching this show, but by all that’s Holy I’m going to be sticking it out to the bitter end of its 13 week run.

The whole thing just damn well BETTER make a whole boatload of sense when it’s all over…………….

p.s. I still think the #1 candidate for the murderer is the ex-boyfriend/fisherman dude. He is one of the few people on the island who has a tie to the island’s previous murders, its current inhabitants, and the girl who the killer is messing with. What do YOU think?

15 comments:

sybil law said...

Harper's Island?! WTH? Never heard of it!
But I can definitely relate to good shows being taken off the air.

Bina said...

Jen from "Woa My Horses" watches this and just happens to have blogged about it! I may have her listed as "Runhorserun" but I don't remember.

I just got done eating a chocolate waffle cone, nice and slow, just savoring every single lick. YUMMY!

B.E. Earl said...

I have all the episodes recorded, but I haven't watched any of them yet.

I think I'm waiting for all 13 episodes to run, then I am going to watch them all in one weekend. Mwah-ha-ha-ha!!!

So stop with the fucking spoilers, dick!

Chris H said...

LOL at Earl's comment. He knows you so well... 'dick'.
We don't get that series here... and it sounds like you won't be for much longer either.

Bruce said...

I think the underlying issue here is one of the target audience. Lets face it, most of the Ameircan Viewing Populace isn't that bright. If they have to remember to be at their TV at a certain time to watch a show, then they can't figure out Tivo, how to program a VCR or probably how to work the self timer on their digital camera. Folks with this low a mental functioning aren't going to demand or watch quality programming. The networkds can just re-write Gilligan's Island, make the Professor 'obviously' gay and make Ginger a Porn-Star with more cleavage instead of a simple movie star, and it would get a boatload of ratings.

Currently, we are somewhere between the British (who have excellent production values and writing) and the Mexicans (who basically have lot of Wrestling, women in bikinis and adults dressed as children doing comedy). It seems that we slide closer to Mexico every day, instead of floating closer to Great Britain

2abes said...

i am still watching and waiting for it all to make sense. still no signs of it making sense. it would be better if it were a "battle royale" series!

~The South Dakota Cowgirl~ said...

I'm still watching. I'm gonna be like you and watch until the bitter end.

I'm exceptionally disappointed with it though. I can see it being a full 26 episodes long, like a normal show, and that might make it better.

Apparently Lucy- the socialite with the annoying little dog, that was killed off in episode 2- that no one has been worried about as being missing, is supposed to have gone to seattle to see her BF- but those scenes ended up on the floor after editing. I find that to be really weak.

I don't think it's Jimmy the EX that's doing the killings. I don't know who I think it is. Yet.

I did write about this yesterday though.

honeywine said...

I'll confess: I wanted to see Harper's Island when I saw the previews and just never got around to it. :( But I know how you feel and you're right, Dollhouse is hanging by a thin thread. I just hope someone at the networks loves it and sees how big a hit it is on Hulu (every weekend it's in the top episodes). It needs a new time slot. :( I hate when they screw with time slots! It's a sure death toll.

Elise said...

Oh dear... Slyde, if its been moved to Saturday night are you sure you want to keep watching? I hope for your sake its good tv. If not, you can't sy the network didn't warn you by moving it xx

Heff said...

Sorry. I thought that show had been murdered....

Greta said...

I've never watched it. But I heard the advertisement on the radio. It said, "Tune in! SOMEONE DIES IN EVERY EPISODE." And I couldn't help but think...what is television coming to?

Cocaine Princess said...

I LOVE Harper's Island!! I'm searching the internet for spoilers but I can't find anything.

ms. bliss said...

omg you're right...i bet it is the ex boyfriend...so innocent and unsuspecting and all buddy with her dad now....

ms. bliss said...

PS it was filmed up in my neck of the woods...

Nej said...

I have to admit, I've never heard of Harpers Island.