Month: October 2013

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NBC’s lack of faith in Freaks and Geeks

The television series, Freaks and Geeks, was a show about unpopular kids’ experiences in a blue collar suburban high school. The series focused on the school’s outcast and displayed teenage gender identity as a fluid identity and less hetero-normative than other idealized teen shows.  The non-normative aspects of Freaks and Geeks caused issues in all stages of production and ultimately lead to its cancelation.

            Freaks and Geeks aired on NBC in 1999, after being rejected by FOX, ABC, and CBS.  It was produced by Apatow productions and Dream Works and Dream works is the Copyright holder.  The show was created by Paul Fieg. He wanted to the show to display what high school is like for average teenagers in America because he felt other shows about teens and high school lacked realism.  The intended audience was for teens currently experiencing high school and adults that still remember the pains and embarrassment of being young and not fitting in.  The aim of an average blue collar family audience does not fit into the ideal educated affluent audience that advertisers and network executives are targeting.

Paul Fieg and Judd Apatow had the desire to show the realities of teenage experiences and use realistic non-normative characters to drive the plot. The goal of realism lead to the casting of average looking actors for the main characters of the freaks and geeks. The three main geek males were short, thin, and non-muscular. The male freaks body types ranged for tall and thin to short and overweight. The female freaks were average weight, masculine clothing, and very little make up. The clothing of the characters was not trendy, nor was it styled or fitted for the actor, which is the opposite of most teen dramas. The creator, Fieg, believes that the non-normative and non-Hollywood depiction of the characters was one reason the show was cancelled. He said, “The problem with TV now is that you have to make friends immediately which is why the network wants actors to be beautiful… You become infatuated with them, and you’ll watch week after week because they’re beautiful and they’re your surrogate boyfriend/ girlfriend.” After the pilot was aired and other episodes were ordered by NBC, Judd Apatow told the cast not to start dieting or working out because they are part of Hollywood. He wanted the show to keeps its realism. The network found the realism to be a problem.

NBC gained Garth Ancier as an executive and program director, whom formerly worked for the WB and responsible for the success of Dawson Creek. Ancier didn’t like Freaks and Geeks. He said, “Television served not to reflect reality, but to offer ways in which we might escape it.” The characters were unattractive and unhappy. The network wanted the episodes to have happy endings for the characters. The non-normative structure of the show explains the network’s treatment of the show.  It first aired on Saturdays at 8pm. Then it was moved to Mondays to run against TV’s most popular show that year Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Schedule airs of the program were often delayed to air other programs. The instability of the scheduling made it more difficult for viewers to follow it and couldn’t build an audience. It quickly became NBC’s lowest-rated show with 6 million viewers between 1999 to 2000. NBC’s most popular show of that time period was Friends. Freaks and Geeks was cancelled mid-season in March 2000. 12 out of 18 episodes aired and there was still 3 more episodes being edited when Fieg and Apatow received the news of cancelation. The lack of promotion by network and interest by advertisers also influenced the lack of success of the show.

NBC promoted Freaks and Geeks with short promos that didn’t explain anything about the show or grab viewers’ attention. NBC’s promos for the show used the tagline “what high school was like for the rest of us,” while using the heterosexual coupling of the characters Kim and Daniel. They tried to use sex to draw an in the audience without explaining what the show was. The press was labeling the show as the anti-Dawson. Freaks and Geeks’s plot, characters, and themes focusing on non-conformity, alienation, awkwardness, and anti-establishment didn’t attracted advertisers.  It was a network television show and not niche program on cable. It had to appeal to a mass audience to attract advertisers. Advertisers wanted popular shows that featured beautiful actors, hyper feminine and hyper masculine, having great heterosexual sex. Freaks and Geeks features heterosexual relationships and homo-social friendships, but didn’t glorify sex like popular programs. The discourse about sex on the show focused on the confusion of desiring sexual activity and having anxiety about it. The feminine geeky male characters question if girls will ever like them and compare themselves to other teenaged boys.  They are constantly being teased for not being masculine enough because they are still going through puberty and don’t fit into the stereotype of a man. These characters have story lines of being turned down for dates, having body issues, and being confused by porn and their sex education class.  It was the only show at the time that showed teenaged sexual as awkward, confusing, and uncomfortable. The two main female characters are not stereotypically feminine. They are strong girls that speak their mind and don’t wear make-up or dresses. Those ideas about sex and gender alienated advertisers because they use sex and stereotypical gender roles to sell products, which is more difficult to do when a program is challenging those norms.

Freaks and Geeks has become a cult favorite on Netflix and has been syndicated on IFC. There is a niche audience outside of network television that is attracted to realism and non-heteronormative programing that challenges gender norms and rejects binary restrictions. 

We are never ever ever getting back together…

I’m never going to date some one that makes me feel like I’m not important ever again. If you are telling some one that you love them, you should at least show them some respect. I can’t believe I stay with him for this long. But, I should probably thank him for breaking my heart because it taught me to respect myself and stand up for myself. I deserve much better than what I recently had and the reasons why I’m done with him will be red flags for the future.

1. He rarely answered my phone calls when he knew I only call when it’s important.

2. He would only tell me select things about himself and would act like I should be grateful that he is even talking me. It was rarely personal.

3. He would leave town for days without even saying a word to me about it.

4. He went days without talking to me texting me.

5. He couldn’t text me back for days, but was constantly talking to other girls on twitter.

6. He would ignore my phone calls when watching TV, but talked about what he was watching on twitter, so I would know he wasn’t busy, just ignoring me.

7. He would text me about being in a dangerous situation, but not give me any details then disappear for days, so I would worry.

8. Every time I would end the relationship he would tell me how much he loves me and that he would change, but didn’t.

9. I would ask him questions about himself and his life, like do you like this song? or how was work? And he would ignore it.

10. He never asked me about the things I care about.

11. Every time we hung out, he was ignoring me and busy on his phone. Then would be upset that I didn’t feel like having sex, after being ignored for hours.

12. He knew I’m insecure about my butt and thighs, but would talk about how he liked them because they are large. I explained that those comments make me feel fat and told him to stop. He didn’t.

13. He left me crying on my bedroom floor when I was upset because he dismissed my abuse history.

14. He left me when I was sick and had to have some one take me to the hospital.

15. He blew me off on the anniversary of a loved ones death because he had to watch the walking dead.

16. No matter how many times I told him how I felt or what I need, he refused to do it.

Basically, he never liked me but liked that I liked him. He was manipulative, apathetic, selfish, and uncaring. Most of all, he is dumb because he can’t understand why I don’t want him in my life any more. Its clear that he never cared, but he is going to play dumb and ask why I don’t want to see him any more? I’m not stupid. I can see that he only wants to play the victim so we will keep fighting and he’ll still be in control. Well, too bad for him. I’m going to give my time only to people that love and respect me. I can’t keep crying over people that would never shed a tear over me.