The Peacock's plumage has molted...

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Peacock's plumage has molted...

The poor ol' peacock

...considerably and its colors have lost their vaunted vibrancy over the past 30 years since wunder­kind Brandon Tartikoff elevated NBC from a dismal third place... there was no Fox at the time... to Number One in the Nielsen ratings.

At age 31, on the strength of well-written, well produced (i.e., quality!) programs such as "Hill Street Blues," "The Cosby Show," "St. Elsewhere," "L.A. Law," "Cheers," and "Law & Order," NBC killed the competition!

Tartikoff is no longer with us, but he's gotta be rumbling in his crypt at this latest announcement from the once-proud Peacock:

NBC Orders Cop Drama Starring Jennifer Lopez to Series

"NBC has handed a 13-episode order to 'Shades of Blue,' a drama starring and exec produced by Jennifer Lopez.

'Blue' is billed as a complex cop series that centers on Harlee McCord – played by Lopez – a single mother and detective recruited to work undercover for the FBI's anti-corruption task force. Harlee has become compromised by her colleagues – all of whom also pitch in to help her raise her daughter – and finds herself faced with the moral dilemma of working against her cop brothers in order to redeem herself."

Really? Really?!?

The only other thing one has to know about this series is that it's from Ryan Seacrest, the 39-year-old television hypenate responsible for low-budget fare ("Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Shahs of Sunset," etc.) that's about one (small) step about "Here Comes Honey BooBoo" and "The Capones" or any of the shows on E!.

Here's an idea for NBC: bring back "Law & Order," the 20-year series that was untimely (and inexplicably) discontinued in favor of one season failure, "Law & Order: LA."

That would make sense... "Shades of Blue" doesn't.


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