These Foolish Things Remind Us of… Well, Network TV (video)

With April Fool’s Day arriving Thursday, it’s only right that we take a look at the five most foolish things we’ve seen on TV this season.

The Jay Leno Show (and NBC’s decision to eliminate 10 p.m. ET dramas) — No need to elaborate — this may actually go down as the most foolish decision in network-TV history.


Voting out Lilly Scott on American Idol — In an especially weak field, Scott, left, had a quirky, powerful voice and an indie sensibility that was refreshing for the bland-skewing show. “I don’t know what America wants,” she blurted out in a rare moment of on-air candor. And darn if she wasn’t right!


ABC putting FlashForward on the shelf — The drama began the season with great expectations (the next “Lost”!). But plots got more convoluted, the show went on a four-month hiatus, and when it returned two weeks ago, FF garnered the lowest ratings in its history.


Hank — At least ABC helped reinvigorate the moribund sitcom with its Wednesday comedy night featuring three new hits (Modern Family, The Middle and Cougar Town). Then, there was this witless show that continued Kelsey Grammer on his post-Frasier slide to TV oblivion.


The Beautiful Life — On paper, this CW drama sounded like a surefire hit: starring a hot model (Elle MacPherson) and a hot actress (Mischa Barton), coming from a hot producer (Ashton Kutcher) and featuring a hot setting (NY fashion world.) But there’s a reason paper is flimsy. TBL lasted a mere two episodes, becoming the first network series of the 2009-10 season to be axed.