Attention, Friday Night Lights fans: the episode you saw last Friday may very well be the series finale.  And Ben Silverman doesn’t seem to care very much.

At a recent launch party for Lipstick Jungle, co-chairman of NBC Entertainment Ben Silverman spoke with Radar about the future of FNL.

Radar: Quick question! A lot of us are happy that you’ve kept Friday Night Lights on the air despite lousy ratings. It’s totally the best show on TV. But is there going to be another season?
Silverman: Do you watch 30 Rock? That’s the best show on TV.

Not regularly. But what about FNL?
Start watching 30 Rock. It’s the best show on TV.

I don’t want to watch 30 Rock. I want to watch FNL. I love it.
I love it. You love it. Unfortunately, no one watches it. That’s the thing with shows. People have to watch them. We’re NBC, we have a reputation to uphold. And, man, with this writers’ strike … well, we’ll see what we can do. But start watching 30 Rock.

First, I’d like to give props to the Radar  writer.  They stuck to their guns in the face of a guy who, by all accounts, is a prick.  I’ll just take a bit of a closer look at these three questions.

Question 1: The interviewer compliments a show on Silverman’s network, calling it the best show on TV.  Many critics agree.  I’m one of those critics (counting last season).

Answer 1: Silverman, instead of answering a very simple question or thanking the reporter, tells them that they’re wrong.  The REAL best show on TV is a different one on his network. The interviewer is wrong and should feel bad and listen to the millionaire.  After all, he was the brains behind Nashville Star and Date My Mom.

Question 2: At this point, Radar should have walked away. Or told Silverman that they were just trying to be nice, and the real best show on TV is The Wire. But the reporter is tough, so they tell Silverman that they don’t want to listen to his crap, and they want an answer to their first question.

Answer 2: Silverman, in a moment of pure genius, repeats his snide answer to the first question.  No doubt, he says it with a little more of a “holier than thou” tone, then looks back at his GE cronies to see if they are impressed with how tough he is.

Question 3: The reporter gets offended by how much of an ass Ben Silverman is.  They tell him to stop repeating his hilarious little catch phrase, because it isn’t working.  Then they ask for that answer again.

Answer 3: Silverman gets scared for a moment, trying to get on the reporters side by pretending that he also enjoys their favorite show.  He doesn’t. He says some nonsense about having a reputation to uphold, and tries to connect that to poor ratings.  Strange, since it would seem a network would rather have people think of them as Valuer of Great Quality over a corporation that whores itself for ratings.  After overcoming his confusion, he repeats that infamous line one more time, smirks, and walks away.  No doubt, he feels good about himself.  I mean, come on.  He’s Ben Silverman.

I don’t know Ben Silverman.  As a TV critic, insulting him may come back to hurt me some day.  But I really don’t care.  He’s an ass, pure and simple, and instead of being gracious to the die-hard fans who have worked harder than he has to keep his network’s best show on the air, he craps on them.  He thinks he’s being funny.  But you can’t just tell FNL fans to watch 30 Rock.  30 Rock won’t bring closure to the numerous engaging storylines that ended abruptly and unfairly last Friday. Tina Fey won’t give viewers the same feeling they got watching Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton.  So either give us a real answer or shut your clever little mouth, Silverman.  Because you aren’t going to win any new viewers like this.

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