Considering “Rules” was about to debut on Saturday evenings, shunned long ago by the major networks as a night to have any prime programming, this was of course a demotion of the highest form for “Gentleman.” That show will allegedly now just be burning off episodes already produced and is all but cancelled after just a pair of airings in a super slot on Thursday nights behind the network’s hit series “The Big Bang Theory.”
When it was announced “Rules” would be returning this season – but on Saturday nights – the expectation was it was just hanging around waiting for the first cancellation of the Fall season to once more return to the traditional Sunday-Friday timeline. It has been treated as a “fringe” show by the network, having a decent following which has kept it from being cancelled outright.
While those associated with “Rules”are surely grateful for this return to “regular TV” consider the huge expectations now before it. This truly will be the final test for this series because if it cannot hold a large percentage of the lead-in audience from “Big Bang” it most certainly will get the hook itself…this time for good.
A classic case of be careful what you wish for. On one hand, it is an exciting opportunity for the show to make its mark and show some audience ”stickiness” to the network. On the other hand, they are now in a do-or-die situation where the expectations are much, much higher than if they had slid into another potentially available slot later in the network’s season.
Another case where quickly getting promoted can potentially lead to quickly getting fired…the Denver Broncos announced today Quarterback Tim Tebow will lead the team going forward. His sitting on the sidelines has been a hot-button topic in a town where fans have taken to his passionate play and spirited signal-calling. In a year where the Broncos were not likely to make the post-season anyway, many folks in Denver were looking for Tebow to be their leader instead of incumbent Kyle Orton, a grizzled veteran with a history of steadiness and consistency…if nothing else.
Had Tebow sat for the rest of this season, he may have been able to continue to hone his skills in practice and better pursue his professional development outside of the bright glare of the gridiron spotlight. Another year refining his technique on the sidelines might have been more beneficial than now…being handed the starting job…his to lose.
Much like the scenario described above with the TV show “Rules,” Tebow will now be expected to perform at a much higher level instantly, one representative of a starting quarterback in the NFL. If Denver had decided to go with Brady Quinn in place of Orton, Tebow might have eventually benefited from a potential poor performance by him (as well as Orton’s to-date) and expectations at year’s end conceivably would have lowered further when they finally turned to him. And with the additional practice and training…he might have been more ready for the task.
But with Tebow now the starter after just five weeks into the season, he as well finds himself in a do-or-die, perform or pack situation. He has no choice but to perform well…now.
Two instances where quickly getting promoted can potentially lead to quickly getting fired. You hope both entities getting “raises” are ready to seize the moment.
Their future is indeed…now.