HBO canceled John From Cincinnati, that dark, strange surfing-drama-starring-Rebecca-de Mornay you probably never had the energy to stick with. (I didn’t. I don’t think this makes me a bad person. There was always On Demand if I changed my mind…)
JFC caused a bit of a stir at EW.com. Ken Tucker gave the show an A- right off the bat, while Michael Slezak didn’t care for the first ep. A few weeks later, Samantha Harmon decided to perform a spirited cheerleading routine for the show, and that’s when I noticed a lot of the commenters who still watched had a similar sense of I’m-still-suffering-through-this pride. Ed wrote, “I hate everything about the show… but I’m sickly drawn to it. It’s like a bad dream you wake up from that you just have to replay in your mind in order to remember how horrible it was!” Ha! Sounds awesome! Paige agreed: “I watch every episode but it just doesn’t stick… nobody is likable, everyone is screaming or babbling nonsense, characters appear for no reason whatsoever and worse, I just don’t care… so why do I watch? ‘Cause I’m a TV junkie and it’s hard for me to let go.” Owen went so far as to say, “We John lovers know something the haters don’t. And somehow, I believe, we are better people.”
That’s pretty funny. And even though I didn’t watch John, I remember feeling the same sort of reluctant-yet-hardcore love for The Comeback when it was still on. That show frustrated me a bit when I made it appointment television, but now that I own the DVDs and can bask in the genius of it all at my leisure (and walk around the office with Slezak holding long, shouted conversations consisting only of Comeback quotes), not one of the episodes ever gets old. So John fans, was the show rewarding enough to want to watch them all over again? Because based on what I’ve gathered, it seems even JFC’s most loyal hangers-on might be breathing a secret sigh of relief.
What hope is there for strange, nonlinear, borderline-unwatchable shows like this one?
P.S. This was my favorite comment on any of the JFC Popwatch posts, from Chloe: “ALSO, just to add a fact to this, San Diego is the meth capital. So all the characters DO IN FACT MAKE SENSE.” If you say so!