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Why I Am ABC Network’s “Angel of Death”

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I get attached to a few primetime television shows, particularly during the dark winter months. I was in mourning when LOST ended its epic run and I have berated the networks for cutting shows mid-season without any regard (or explanation) for their devoted audience.

I get that it’s all about ratings and money. For this reason when a new show debuts, I’m a careful devotee so as to protect my heart from cancellation. Some shows I am currently invested in are The Good Wife, Parenthood, Modern Family and Brothers and Sisters.

So I was a little bit more than displeased to read this article detailing ABC’s early renewals for next year. Castle and Cougar Town were the two shows that lead the pack while my beloved Brothers and Sisters is potentially on the chopping block.

I don’t know if you watch Cougar Town–or would admit to doing so–but it is the least funny comedy on television (which, if you’re supposed to be making people laugh, is a bit of a problem). Without giving it much thought, I turned to Twitter to voice my frustration:

Scratching my head how ABC would renew a crap show like #CougarTown yet Brothers & Sisters is on the chopping block?

I’m not proud of using a word like “crap” in a public forum but in my defense, my tweet was limited to 140 characters and I could not fit in “obnoxious” or “laborious.”

A few minutes later, I received a reply from a man named Kevin Biegel:

you are the devil who haunts my dreams

Now, normally I discount anyone who does not use proper capitalization or punctuation and receiving a rebuttal like this would offend some people. But I got a kick out of it and felt intrigued. Could it be? Someone finally gets me?

I Googled Kevin and (brace yourselves for this): He is the producer of Cougar Town. And he found it in his heart to call me–‘lil ol’ me–a She-Devil.

Any normal person would have let it drop but I could not pass up a captive Twitter audience with Hollywood elite. Who knows–he might even cast me in his next sub-par comedy about an Arvada mom who vents her network frustrations to thousands of faceless people on Twitter.

My response to Kevin?

I’ve heard the show’s producer is very talented. P.S. I prefer to be called “Angel of Death.” 🙂

I expect ABC to come knocking on my door any minute now.

Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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Comments
  • comment avatar Candace James January 24, 2011

    You. Did. Not. Now THAT is a hilarious story and really testifies to the power of social media to be able to connect directly with a Hollywood producer!

  • comment avatar Melissa January 24, 2011

    You crack me up!

  • comment avatar Amber's Crazy Bloggin' Canuck January 24, 2011

    Thanks, ladies. It definitely made me chuckle and is great blog fodder. 🙂

  • comment avatar Suzanne Dumford January 24, 2011

    That was a classic blog! You go girl. Love reading your blogs – they are so entertaining.

  • comment avatar Avril January 24, 2011

    What are the chances? That is the best! Can’t wait to see if he responds.

  • comment avatar Amber's Crazy Bloggin' Canuck January 24, 2011

    That really is the power of Twitter. A few years ago, I tweeted a complaint that Nick Jr. had yanked Dora the Explorer from their line-up. Within a few minutes, I got an explanation from Nick Jr.

  • comment avatar Rhonda Rankin January 24, 2011

    That is funny that he responded like that! GO AMBER!!!!

  • comment avatar Lori Lavender Luz January 24, 2011

    You are the master of comebacks and recovery. Love it!

  • comment avatar FFG January 24, 2011

    Simply hilarious! I have never watched Cougar Town. It just didn’t seem appealing. I’d watch a show about you though.

  • comment avatar Amber Johnson January 24, 2011

    A show about my life? Talk about the ultimate (scary) reality show. 🙂

  • comment avatar Sandra Watson January 24, 2011

    Sometimes the truth hurts!
    I do believe that Cougar Town has run it’s course.
    Still in mourning over LOST, nothing even close to that storytelling, but loving The Good Wife too.

  • comment avatar Holly at Tropic of Mom January 24, 2011

    Ha! Go you! A brush with the Hollywood elite. There is so little on television worth watching these days, but I’m starting to get into Parenthood on the advice of a friend.

  • comment avatar Melissa January 24, 2011

    OMG, hilarious! I heart social media, I’m sure this producer is eating his words. I’m not a fan of CT either…Modern family on the other hand- pretty much the funniest thing since Courtney Cox on Friends.

  • comment avatar Amber Johnson January 24, 2011

    Amen on loving Parenthood as well.

    Can’t say I’ve ever been a Courtney Cox fan. Friends’ jokes were always too contrived for me. That said, she’s certainly not a bad actress, especially when you don’t have good storytelling in the writing.

  • comment avatar NursingReminder January 24, 2011

    That’s hilarious!

  • comment avatar MelissaAviz January 24, 2011

    Needed a good laugh today.

  • comment avatar Mama Bird January 24, 2011

    Makes you wonder if the producer’s sense of humor is as bad as his show. I’m with you – I can’t believe Cougar Town is still on the air! Not funny at all. Brothers and Sisters is genius.

  • comment avatar Suzanne (Crunchy Green Mom January 27, 2011

    Hehehe… This is why I love you!!

    Good for you… from now on you will be known as AoD