Mike Judge's The Goode Family has reportedly been "officially" cancelled by ABC. Once the show was shifted to Friday nights, I knew that the game was up. Despite leveling a fair amount of criticism at the show's first episode in an earlier post, I thought the series had definite potential as a sharp but quasi-affectionate satire of the left-wing lifestyle. Several just-OK eps later, however, The Goodes had made little progress on the issue of creating effective foils for the well-meaning Goodes. Helen Goode's raspy-voiced, sarcastic dad came the closest, but he seemed a little too much like a warmed-over (though considerably taller) version of Cotton Hill for my taste. Liberal critics, of course, despised the show, but conservatives and moderates evidently found it wanting as a "frontal assault" on politically correct attitudes. Those with a nastier sense of humor probably opted for South Park, while those not into scatology... well, probably watched the cable news to see current life in these United States imitating art.
Might FOX pick up The Goodes? Judging by its promos for Seth MacFarlane's new The Cleveland Show, the network now appears to have committed to MacFarlane's output as the "one true alternative voice" to The Simpsons. Of course, politically speaking, it's not really an alternative at all. Mike Judge would be well advised to back off, do some slight retooling on what is still an essentially viable concept, and wait until the inevitable "MacFarlane overload" drags down ratings, at which point The Goodes could be re-offered as a change of pace.