An Open Letter to NBC Regarding The Event

Dear NBC,

We have not been on the best terms lately. You’ve completely ruined your reputation as a network with quality programming. You replaced some great shows with game shows, prime time talk shows, and reality programming that I consider so low brow it doesn’t even come close to reaching the bar you once set so high. You have canceled very good shows, like Kings. You tried your hand at a serialized drama with Surface. You basically forced out Conan to keep the much safer, but less funny, Jay Leno. Have you even watched his show in the last 10 years? He still does Monica Lewinsky jokes! Before long, I fear you will cancel one of the best comedies on television, Community. So, our relationship has been rough over the years, to say the least. In fact, I refuse to watch anything live on your network because I refuse to watch any commercials that put money in your pocket. But I’m willing to give it another shot. I will start watching programming live and I will begin to change my opinion of you. There is only one thing I ask of you… DO NOT cancel The Event.

I’ve been reading about how the ratings continue to drop for your most recent attempt at a serialized drama and it has me worried. Are you going to give it the ax right away or are you going to give it a shot to put down its roots and grow? I really hope you continue to have faith in the show because it is a really good show. For the first time in a long time (not including Community), I actually look forward to a show that airs on NBC. I enjoy the broken up timeline that reveals mysteries (and more questions) along the way. I think the actors are superb (I never thought I’d like a show with Dr. Carrie Weaver on it), and I’m excited to see where the storyline might be heading.

You might not have a Lost-sized hit on your hands, but let’s face it, Lost was a once in a blue moon television show. Lightning rarely strikes twice. I think you should give The Event every opportunity you can to let it survive. Just give it a chance. Perhaps Chuck isn’t the right lead-in for the show. Maybe it would do better on a different night or a different time. I don’t know. I do know that you have a really creative and fun show that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats for once. Don’t screw it up.


A former and hopefully future fan.

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