Premiere date: October 2, 2007
Airs: Tuesdays @ 8 p.m. on ABC
I admit it. Curiosity got the best of me. That’s my only excuse for watching the new ABC show Cavemen, based on the Neanderthals from the Geico Insurance commercial.
Incredibly, the show was worse than I imagined. I’m talking Flavor of Love meets Jerry Springer bad. The fact that I couldn’t tell the cavemen apart was the least of the problems. Quite simply, it wasn’t funny.
The premise just didn’t work. Before you declare me a TV snob, you should know that I’m capable of suspending all reality in order to enjoy a show. I’ll buy just about anything if the storytelling is good: a time traveler, a polar bear on a tropical island, a man who can run faster than a speeding bullet. But cavemen living in modern-day California, um, no.
A successful commercial does not make a successful show. I think that the Geico talking gecko would have been a better choice to head up a new series. Wait. I shouldn’t put that out there. It might just end up on the schedule next fall.
The biggest disappointment is that Cavemen came from ABC, the one network I always count on to deliver quality programming. (Seriously, most of the shows I watch are on the alphabet network.) How Cavemen made it on the fall schedule and Football Wives didn’t, remains a mystery. Whoever decided to put Cavemen on the air deserves a club to the head or at the very least they should be forced to watch the show.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007