Look to your left. Now look to your right. Statistically speaking, one of the people you just looked at watched the premiere of Young Sheldon last night. 17.2 million viewers tuned in to the series’ premiere. It was the biggest comedy premiere in four years. Roughly all of the pop culture thinkpieces this morning were about Young Sheldon, but I have to wonder: Who is the audience for this show? Did anyone who doesn’t write about pop culture for work actually tune in?
I know how important it is to have a dialogue with people, so I tried to reach out to a Young Sheldon viewer. But I couldn’t find a single human person who watched the show. Here is a real conversation one of our writers had with a Big Bang Theory fan about Young Sheldon:
Do any of us want to see the child? If so, why? Can this show surprise us in any way if we already know so much about how it ends? I personally would love to see a twist ending wherein Young Sheldon murders someone. It would add a dark undertone to all the episodes of Big Bang Theory, as we watch Old Sheldon and silently contemplate the fact that he’s a murderer who has escaped justice. If I knew that was coming, I would totally watch Young Sheldon.
As it is, I have not seen the show, but 17.2 million other people apparently did. Doesn’t that number just seem a little bit baffling? 17.2 million people? Are we sure it wasn’t 17.2 million dogs whose owners left the TV on while they were out? Was it maybe 17.2 million televisions that were hooked up at CBS’s Chuck Lorre watch-farm? Was it 17.2 million children who were being forced to watch the show as a cruel and unusual punishment?
Where did these 17.2 million people come from? What are their stories? Can someone please contact This American Life and ask them to do a Young Sheldon segment? I need more information on these people, and why they want to see the child. Is the child really a thing that needs to be seen? Apparently if you ask 17.2 million people, they will say yes.
9/27/2017: This Reaction To The Harry Knowles Scandal Is Everything Wrong With Nerd Culture
By Mark Hill
Harry Knowles — the film critic who described Blade II as a movie that “starts with long licks with a nose bump on the joy button slowly” and Guillermo del Toro as a director who “takes the audiences’ clit in his mouth and just licks it like crazy” — has, shockingly, been accused of sexual harassment and assault by five women. The accusations, as detailed by IndieWire’s Kate Erbland and Dana Harris, include that he repeatedly grabbed a woman’s ass and thighs without her consent, that he responded to requests for screening tickets by promising them in exchange for a kiss or nude photos, that he grabbed an Alamo Drafthouse employee and told her he wanted to see her naked, and that he told a woman who was trying to network that “you can have my vienna sausage anytime.”