So, I know I said last week that I’m not expecting my life to change at all when the show airs, and I’m still not, but I am really relieved that it is finally going to be on television, if only because people can now stop asking me why the show isn’t on television yet. Being in tv-airdate-limbo kind of reminded me of being pregnant - in that lots of well-meaning people asked me lots of well-meaning questions to which I did not have answers – and we all know how much I loved being pregnant.
Are you going to breastfeed? Have you decided on a name?
Do you know when the show’s going to be on? What’s taking them so long to decide? Now that I think about it, I’m not sure it’s just a coincidence that it’s been nine and a half months since ABC announced that they were picking up the show. It’s like my punishment for making a career out of hating pregnancy was to have to be pregnant all over again, but this time with my actual career. I just hope I can get an epidural if the ratings suck.
Worse than the waiting, though, were the looks that people would give me whenever I tried to explain why the show kept getting pushed back. It’s not that the show sucks, I would say. It’s just the opposite, actually. But there’s nowhere to put it, and they’d rather hold onto it and wait than just throw it up anywhere on the schedule and let it die. Gray’s Anatomy sat on the shelf for a whole year before it aired! But try telling that to your mother's sixty-five year-old friends in Boca Raton. It’s okay, honey, they’d say, patting me on the shoulder consolingly. We’ll still watch it even though it’s bad. And then they’d turn around and shake their heads, whispering how said it is that I have to make up stories about Gray’s Anatomy in order to make myself feel better about my crappy tv show.
But now, validation at last. The show is airing, and I like the idea of a spring premiere. I don’t know about you, but after a winter of watching 24, Prison Break, Heroes, Brothers and Sisters, and The Nine, I’m ready for a little bit of levity in my television life.
So remember: Wednesdays at 9:30 on ABC, premiering on April 11th. If you know anyone with a Nielson box, make sure you tell them, too. And if you don’t want to watch for you, then at least watch out of pity for me. Because I’m not sure that I can deal with the Boca crowd if the damn thing gets canceled.