Yesterday, NBC made a bold move to push their newest Aaron Sorkin-like drama OUT of the limelight and into the shadows. Kings, which stars Ian McShane and a whole lot of, “wait, what do I know him from?” guys and gals, has been put out to pasture, it would seem. I kept quiet when Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip went belly up amidst a writer’s strike, but this act of treason I cannot bear to let stand (just a taste of the old English monarchy talk for you there, pretty good right?). Seriously NBC, what’s going on over there? I have been telling anyone and everyone about how great the show is and everyone seems to agree with me after viewing it: this show is DAMN good. It’s not the best, but it’s certainly engaging on many levels. Since when does that not warrant serious consideration from a network’s programming department?
The thing that irks me is that pushing it to a Saturday night spot is a classic, passive aggressive way of saying, “Nooooooo, we’re not mad at you at all Kings, things are going great.” Clearly the network is displeased with its ratings, as it ALWAYS is, but at some point, these big wigs have to take a risk on something! The money is already sunk: all the CG effects to turn the US into a monarchy, all the tank explosions, and all the actor’s salaries have been paid out… so just let it continue in a time spot that gives it a chance. The story lines are interesting, soap opera style dramatic pieces delightfully disguised in high production values. The premise is one of the most original I’ve seen on TV in a long time: the United States… as a Monarchy!? And it delivers each week, laced with moving score and deftly crafted biblical sub-textuality. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
This is my official endorsement of the show. If only NBC was paying me to write this, I wouldn’t have to sound so desperate. It’s as if my twittering isn’t enough each week, singing its praise and beckoning others to join me, I am telling you: THIS IS AN EXCELLENT, WELL WRITTEN (so far at least; we know what happened with Michael Green’s last NBC project… yikes) AND PRODUCED TV SHOW. Check out the episodes on Hulu: it’s free after all. Hopefully it doesn’t get cancelled because if it doesn 2 dreams will be dead: Michael Green’s vision of our country as a monarchy and my dream of getting to meet (and fall in love with) Allison Miller after taking a job working for the show.