Usually Disney doesn’t have program failures, but it now has 2 of them.

 

The first of them airs on their sister station ABCFamily.  The show is “The Vineyard”.  This show is sort of in the same spirit of shows like “Laguna Beach” and “The Hills” that lived on MTV years ago.  This time instead of sunny California, we are transported to the should-be fictionalized town of Martha’s Vineyard.

 

Over the last 7 episodes (the 8th and final one airs next Tuesday), we have followed a group of pretty privileged people as they spend a summer together in the tourist area.  Unfortunately, there is nothing likable about these people as the only thing we know about them is their first name and what little of the characters are presented.  Ironically, there is no swearing, not even a bleep.  This makes me wonder if this show was real or just a scripted show that was made to look like a real life drams.

 

The only good thing about this show is the scenery as this would make a great travelogue of the area, but beyond that forget it as this show offers nothing but a lot of crying, drinking and yelling.

 

I don’t know why I have continued to watch this show except that the scenery is pretty and the people are pretty, but the story is very, very ugly.

 

My score:  2

 

Summary:  Stay for the scenery, watch the pretty people, just mute the volume on the lousy storylines.

 

 

The second failure comes in what seems to be the 40th season of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”.  This syndicated show which started out as a few times a week show with Regis Philbin as host has become a now daily show that previously was hosted by Meredith Vieira.

 

Now the show has a new host of Cedric the Entertainer.  Quite honestly, this guy is the wrong person for this show.  As of the first three episodes aired, only 1 white person was a contestant on the show.  There seems to be a bias against white people on this show now that never existed before.

 

Beyond that, I know it is customary for Cedric to where his hat indoors, but didn’t anyone ever teach him any manners about that.  Add to this, his constant use of the word “man” with every male contestant and you get the feeling that you are watching a show that should be on BET instead.

 

Back in the 1970’s, we had just one colored game show host. It was television poet Nipsey Russell.  Today, the airwaves are filled with African-American hosts in the game show world.  It is no longer a white boy’s club.

 

Sadly, this show fails to keep my interest anymore as Cedric is NO ENTERTAINER.  Given that the show hasn’t awarded the top prize in years, this show has slipped to dismal at best.

 

It’s time for our final answer of goodbye once and for all.

 

My score:  5

 

Summary:  This show would play great on BET, but now this show has shifted away from being a show for the white folk.

 

 

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