Thursday, February 01, 2007

Not saved by Saved by the Bell

ABC is sending mixed messages. First they heed my advice and move the hilarious Knights of Prosperity out of harm's way (out of American Idol's time slot), switching with Jim Belushi's According to Jim at 8:30 PM. This seems to signal that they see some hope for the show, and are giving it a chance. But wait ... ABC also has told the writers to stop at the initial 13 episodes ordered, and they won't be picking up 'the back nine' episodes to finish the season. So a lot was riding on last night's episode. Would the Knights be able to carry enough ratings to avoid the 'c-word'?

You probably couldn't have picked a more inappropriate episode to follow George Lopez unfortunately. With the main story involving wooing Mick Jagger's gay security guard and a guest appearance by Dirty Sanchez himself, Saved by the Bell's Dustin "Screech" Diamond, it's no wonder Knights lost nearly half its lead-in for only a 3.3 share.

The show continues to provide ample laughs and clever usage of old musical favorites. For instance last night, when the Knights got their Veronica Mars on to blackmail Mick Jagger's head of security, "Private Eyes" from Hall & Oates provided the backdrop. Even the bland Sixpence None The Richer song "Kiss Me" makes an appearance, utilizing its overexposure as a soundtrack for romantic teen dramas in a mocking fashion.

Oh how we'll miss you when you're gone, fair Knights of Prosperity.

Playlist: Knights Of Prosperity - Episode 105
1. "Puttin' On The Ritz" - Taco - Rockefeller sings this to keep from blowing his cover
2. "Kiss Me" - Sixpence None the Richer - Eugene woos Ralph the security guard
3. "Private Eyes" - Hall & Oates - the Knights stake out Mick Jagger's head of security

Previously: Exit the warrior, today's Tom Sawyer (Episode 1.03)

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