Ah, it’s the semi-annual “Death of Sit-coms” announcement. I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard the “sit-coms are dead” pronouncement since Cosby went off the air. Actually, Cosby came on the air right after one of them.
Here’s the cycle:
*The networks put on a bunch of shitty, cookie cutter sit-coms.
*Those sit-coms fail to find a large audience.
*The networks cancel them.
*Network spokesmen announce that the audience is “tired” of sit-coms.
Then, a few years later, one of the networks puts together a sit-com built around someone the audience likes. It becomes a hit and the Official Observers Of All Things TV-related announce the Rebirth Of The Sitcom.
Then the other networks rush into production eleventy-seven clones of that show. They all suck and get canceled quickly, followed by a network executive announcing the Death Of The Sit-com yet again. The Circle of Life.