We’ll be getting back to the regular The Weekly Static grind next week; but this week, we’re wrapping up 2017 in a pretty little bow with a look back at the five biggest television screw-ups from the past year. From corporate censorship and questionable career choices to really bad hair days and a disappointing Today, 2017 was a year that turned out to be a little more off the rails than usual – and that speaks volumes. Oh, and let’s not forget the ultimate awards show “You had one job…” taboo that would never happen. Except it did. During the biggest awards shows of the season. With the biggest category of the night. Yeah…
Not let me be clear so everyone can relax: this isn’t a “be all, end all” list because it could depend on what you’re looking at for your list. If you’re looking at “screw-ups” in terms of bad shows from the past year, then you’re list is completely different. Also, the list isn’t meant to be scientific…not a ton of “deep analytics” at play here: more a combination of personal thoughts, online research, opinions from inside and outside Bleeding Cool, viewpoints of peers – factors like that. If you agree or disagree, let us know – and make sure to share your recommendations for biggest screw-ups of 2017.
Note: Rampant sexual harassment within the entire entertainment industry is too serious of an issue to be included in a “screw-ups” list. Names like Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Bill O’Reilly, Charlie Rose and Kevin Spacey have forced us to confront a cancer that we’ve allowed to grow unchecked for too long. Not a “screw-up” – it’s a true national disgrace.
(5) Bobby Moynihan gambled on CBS‘ Me, Myself & I over Syfy‘s Happy!. Don’t go gambling with Moynihan:
(4) Megyn Kelly goes from the “big fish/small pond” of Fox News to the “small fish/Atlantic Ocean” of NBC:
(3) On the plus side? If you have to screw up the winner of an award, you might as well screw up on the biggest stage (The Oscars) with the biggest category (Best Motion Picture). “Dream big,” that’s what I say:
(2) Disney fired a shot across the decks of journalistic organizations everywhere with their Michael Corleone/The Godfather-style move of restricting media access for those whose reporting they don’t necessarily like or agree with:
(1) With an Inhumans that vibes like the boring parts of late ’90’s Cinemax series; an Iron Fist that’s more like an “Iron Constant-Flick-Behind-The Ear;” and a The Defenders that proves the whole isn’t always the sum of its parts, is Marvel losing some of its television swagger?
Because we here at The Weekly Static don’t want you charging into the weekend in a bad mood and on a down note, here’s a look at one of our favorite moments from 2017. Ladies and gentlemen, the righteously amazing Aubrey Plaza dancing to Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” on FX’s Legion:
Photo Credits: (5) CBS; (4) NBC; (3) ABC; (2) ThingLink; and (1) ABC