Wednesday, January 14, 2009

RIP: Swingtown

Entertainment Weekly's Michael Ausiello is reporting that the CBS summer drama Swingtown, which inspired me to download a boatload of 70s singles -- the soundtrack of my childhood -- from iTunes, has been axed by the idiots at CBS.

I was fond of the show, not for the salacious swinging aspect of it though. As someone who was a young girl in the 70s, watching the show filled me with nostalgia for things like Dr. Scholls, rainbow shirts, eight-track tapes and Chicago's "Saturday in the Park."

And, as a grown woman with three kids, I liked the discussions that evolved from its treatment of women of the era. One thirtysomething character was a housewife with two teenagers who was feeling bored with her life and wishing she'd made different choices. Her best friend was also a housewife and a mother of one teen, but she was happy with her lot in life. However when her husband lost his job, she went out and got her own job which, she found, she loved.

Ausiello quoted CBS president Nina Tassler saying, "We're not going back to Swingtown. At the end of the day the show was well executed. It was well received. The performances were great. The writing was great. It was a risk. We took it. And we're proud of it."

So you cancel a well executed, well received show of which you're proud? I know, why not air reality show garbage instead of well executed programs. Yeah, that'll help network TV.

Image credit: CBS.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That is so unfortunate. The show was entertaining, insightful and just a bit erotic.