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TV Please Stop Rebooting Things

Between Ben Silverman and Dawn Ostroff, the last few years of network television have been like some sort of bizarre family reunion, with NBC trying to reboot the Bionic Woman and Knight Rider and the CW trying to reboot Melrose Place and Beverly Hills 90210, and guess what they have in common, that’s right, they all failed really really badly. Knight Rider and the Bionic Woman have gone away to the great big rerun land in the TV sky and Melrose Place and Beverly Hills 90210 haven’t been canceled, because then someone might notice that Dawn Ostroff should have been fired 3 years ago, and might actually fire her. Right now the Beverly Hills 90210 reboot is struggling along with 2.4 million viewers, which is actually not a complete disaster on the CW, mainly because the CW itself is a complete and unmitigated disaster. And the Melrose Place reboot is down to 1.4 million viewers. Now just by way of context, even though Dawn Ostroff banished Smallville to Friday nights and the show is in its 9th season, it’s still getting better ratings than either of Dawn Ostroff’s pet projects, the Melrose Place and Beverly Hills 90210 reboots. And even its demographic share is better than either of them. Ben Silverman has been fired. Maybe it’s time to show Dawn Ostroff the door too.

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