CAN “BEST FRIENDS FOREVER” FIND A NEW HOME?
After secretly airing four episodes of Best Friends Forever, NBC was apparently disappointed that it failed to get huge ratings and decided not to order another season. So, what now? Is it over? Or is there hope?
I’m not entirely sure how these things work, so my assumption is that those involved with the show will give us all some kind of indication as to whether there is any chance that the show can find a new life on another network or on cable.
I remember when The Days & Nights Of Molly Dodd ran for two short seasons on NBC in the late 80s, and then moved to Lifetime where it lived for three more seasons (scoring Emmy nods each year, I might add.) Cougar Town is about to make the jump from ABC to TBS. It has happened to a number of shows over the years, and it seems to me that it could very well happen for BFF.
If this is NOT a possibility, I imagine we’ll find out soon. But for the time being, I’d imagine that it’s still a good idea to try to get as many eyeballs as possible tuning in for the June 1st airing of the last two Season One episodes. If TBS or Lifetime or some other network is interested in BFF, they may be looking to see how much the fan base can rally viewers on a Friday evening. They will also be looking to hulu, the petition and continued buzz on twitter and Facebook. (Don’t bother viewing it on NBC.com, I guess. That ship has sailed.)
Maybe this is all moot at this point, but stranger things have happened. If TBS is willing to pick up the ratings-challenged Cougar Town, I’d imagine they might be open to pairing it with a show like BFF that brings them a ton of passionate new viewers who weren’t watching TBS before. (Also, if they want to maintain their “very funny” branding, it doesn’t hurt to have more new shows that actually live up to their tagline.)
Worst case scenario: all this buzz doesn’t help save BFF but maybe it makes it easier for Parham/St. Clair to get another show on the air. HBO dumped the underrated Lucky Louie after a short season and it wasn’t long before we got Louie on FX.
Whatever this is, it isn’t over. There is a next thing.