I wrote last week about Fox’s OJ Simpson show “If I Did It” and how this has to be one of the most tasteless things I’ve ever seen and like many predicted high ratings. Well common sense did prevail and today Fox announced that they’re cancelling the book and not airing the show after tons of criticism in the press and the refusal of some affiliates to put the show on TV. I know it’s said that any publicity is good publicity but I can’t see how there is any win here for Fox. After a season of generally poor ratings I don’t think this show would have fixed the network despite its appeal to the basest human voyeur instinct.
Bottom line, I’m not going to praise Fox for making a decision that they should have made from the outset. Instead I’m going to shrug my shoulders and continue to expect no more from the network that once brought us Joe Millionaire and Temptation Island before finding the gold mine that is American Idol.