Hey Jude, don’t make it bad.
Take a bad show and make it better.
To be honest, I didn’t read the post by Jude (just one name like Madonna or Bowie or Mothra) at Big Andrew’s Big Hollywood Crapatorium, but Hugh Hewitt has a hard-on for Jude so I decided to look up his bio. After explaining that Jude is really big in France (presumably with the cheese-eating surrender monkeys who happen to have impeccable taste in music) we learn that:
Many of Jude’s songs have been used in shows such as The O.C., Alias, Dawson’s Creek, Crossing Jordan, and Felicity. Jude has also penned the main title songs for The Ellen Show(2001), the 2nd season of VH1’s Surreal Life, and ABC’s critical smash, Cavemen. Cavemen featured Jude’s first work as a composer.
Oh My. I smell resume padding. Speak, caveman:
Cavemen was an American television show which ran on ABC from October 2, 2007 to November 13, 2007. The show was created by Joe Lawson and set in San Diego, California. Based on the GEICO Cavemen advertisements made for the American vehicle insurance company GEICO that were written by Lawson, the show is described by the network as a "unique buddy comedy that offers a clever twist on stereotypes and turns race relations on its head".
Produced by ABC Studios and Management 360, the series originally aired alongside Carpoolers on Tuesday nights at 8:00PM Eastern/7:00PM Central. The series was placed on hiatus during the Writers Guild of America strike, and cancelled before the strike ended.
In terms of reception from the media the show was "critically savaged". The Chicago Tribune listed it as one of the 25 worst TV shows ever, and Adam Buckman of the New York Post declared the show "extinct on arrival." Ginia Bellafante of the New York Times wrote "I laughed. But I laughed through my pain. ‘Cavemen,’ set in some version of San Diego where people speak with Southern accents, doesn’t have moments as much as microseconds suspended from any attempt at narrative."
Other critics were more forgiving: H.T. Strong ("Hercules The Strong"), a regular columnist at Ain’t It Cool News declared that the show’s third episode "made me laugh aloud a number of times!". Pulitzer prize winning columinst Dorothy Rabinowitz also said that the show "has its charms . . . The chief source of that charm is the unmistakable hint of wit in the writing. Only a hint — but it’s steady, which is enough to seduce."
I’ve seen Dorothy Rabinowitz and, to be honest, she could be seduced with a Happy Meal and the Jonathan Livingston Seagull soundtrack.