The television season is over and I know the 2005-2006 season was not good to you. I don't know if you read the article, but Mitch Metcalf, your exec VP of programming was quoted in a recent Entertainment Weekly article saying "This has been a very difficult time for us. We're really looking forward to next season. EW, along with the rest of TV viewing public says, "Us, too!"
What are my issues with NBC? No more Katie Couric and crappy Must See TV.
Let's start with Katie. How could you let her go??? I cried and cried watching Wednesday's episode. I will admit, I'm not a huge fan of Katie, but I did enjoy the synergy on the show. And maybe no amount of money could have convinced Katie to stay (I hope you offered all the money in the world!) because we all know she was looking for better hours, but you could have found a better replacement. I would have stayed loyal to the show had you replaced Katie with Campbell or Natalie, two top notch anchorwomen who your viewers have come to know and love. But noooo, you go and replace Katie with possibly the most annoying person on television, Meredith Vieira.
I'll stick to watching Weekend Today with Lester and Campbell, but no longer will I be watching during the week. (That means two less viewers for you in Chicago, a market in which The Today Show has always struggled.) It's a good thing I like Brian Williams or I might be giving up the Nightly News as well.
And now on to Thursday's Must See TV. From 1994, when Must See TV officially began with The Cosby Show, Family Ties, Cheers, Night Court and Hill Street Blues, until Friends went off the air in the 2003-2004 season, this was the best night of television, period. Once again, you've lost one of your anchors in Will & Grace. While I loved this show, it was time for it to go. I was desperately hoping you'd have the you-know-whats to air Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip on Thursdays, bringing Thursdays back to the glory days. But no, once you heard ABC was moving Grey's Anatomy to Thursday nights, you shifted Studio 60 to Monday and will air Deal or No Deal on Thursday nights. Come on, I know this is one of the few shows that consistently cracked the top 20 every week, but this show is seriously stupid, Howie Mandel phobias and all, and no Must See TV loyalists want to see it between The Office and ER.
My last gripe with you is that I believe you are killing Scrubs, the best comedy on TV. Why can't you give this show a permanent time slot??? Don't you look at Nielson? Scrubs finished the season down 600,000 viewers! Give this show a home and it will thrive. I'm begging you, please, please do not let this show go off the air!
Thank you for reading, Mr. Zucker. I hope you continue to read this blog and take some of our advice on how to revive your failing network and, ultimately, keep your job.
The editors of FireJeffZucker.com
P.S. West Wing returned to its glory this year. You couldn't give it one more year??? Another great show you'll be missing next year.