I don’t watch much TV these days due to the growing disparity between my interests and the tastes of the average American TV viewer. But there was a show scheduled for this fall that I was actually pretty excited about. “New Amsterdam” was a one-hour show about the people who settled New York City prior to the British arrival on the island, and it was scheduled to premier on Fox this fall.
Of course, it probably would have been watered down with bush league contemporary love stories and drenched with historically inaccurate references to spice up the plot. But still–it seemed like a refreshingly substantive show in today’s “American Idol” world.
And that’s probably exactly why Fox canceled it.
Today I went looking for it online because I remembered being told “New Amsterdam” would premier sometime in late September. But to my unsurprised disappointment it seems Fox chose to put the series on hiatus in order to accommodate shows such as “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” (an apparently valid question for many viewers). Other shows which Fox marketing research predicted would be more lucrative that “New Amsterdam” included “Kitchen Nightmares,” “Don’t Forget the Lyrics,” and “The Search for the Next Great American Band.” I guess their whole schedule had to be shuffled like a deck of cards, and “New Amsterdam” ended up homeless.
Back to documentaries, subtitled foreign movies, and rewatching “V for Vendetta.”