It’s official: Justin’s dad will no longer be regaling us with hilariously (or tediously, depending on your perspective) grumpy observations. The Twitter feed-inspired show “$#*! my Dad Says” has been canceled. A day to rue, remember, and hope that Twitter doesn’t inspire any more sitcoms anytime soon.
If you’re one of the nearly 2.5 million people who follow @shitmydadsays, you’ve no doubt had a few chuckles at the funny (and often vulgar) things that Justin’s dad apparently says. However, if you’re one of the people who watches the CBS show based on that feed, you’ll have to look elsewhere for tidbits of vulgar wisdom.
While I personally haven’t watched an episode of the show, I, like many detractors, am not surprised that the show – based on a Twitter feed that tweets out once every month or so – didn’t have enough fodder to continue on for a second season.
Twitter accounts and sitcoms are just two things that I never thought I’d see collide. And apparently, it wasn’t a recipe for success, even with a big name like William Shatner attached to it.
I am sorry if you were a fan of the show, but to me it seems a bit silly to model a sitcom after a Twitter account that updates once a month with a foul-mouthed observation from someone’s father (and which, some suspect, weren’t even actually all spoken by said father). I can’t think of a single Twitter account that I follow that I think would make a good TV show – not even the parody accounts. They’re text-based, and short text at that. It’s a difficult task to turn 140 characters into a long-running show.
It does make me wonder though, if another network will pick up on the trend that CBS started. Doing a sort of meta TV show about Charlie Sheen’s departure from Two and a Half Men as well as the realm of normalcy on Twitter might make a pretty entertaining – if short-lived – show. But really, not much there in terms of prime-time entertainment value, nor would there be, I think, in any Twitter feed.