May 12, 2005

Goodbye, Dennis.

CNN reports: "'Dennis Miller' will be replaced with a second airing of 'Mad Money With Jim Cramer' at 9 p.m. ET."

"Mad Money With Jim Cramer"? That's brutal. Poor Dennis.

His show never got to be as good as it could have been because -- I'm guessing -- Miller never got the support from CNBC he needed. And he deserved it. His past work on HBO was great, but the CNBC show was struggling on the edge all along. I suppose Miller never should have risked his reputation by venturing into that unsupported environment. There was a limit to how much he could do on sheer wits alone. And it was often painful to watch him sweating it out on camera.

He needed great writers and supporting actors and a sharp audience -- what Jon Stewart has on "The Daily Show." Now, he's the one stuck looking like a failure. And I blame CNBC for doing that to him.

I'm going to punish them by never -- never! -- watching "Mad Money With Jim Cramer."

22 comments:

henny said...

I never gave the Dennis Miller Show a chance because of the monkey. I don't think a monkey in a suit is funny.

dax said...

Miller is a class act. His mistake was doing Monday Night Football. It was an awful gig and one I'm sure he regrets.
Let's not knock Jimmy Cramer. The guy has enthusiasm, knows what he's talking about, and he's from Philly.

SteveR said...

CNBC was a bad place for him, the show was decent enough but it was just so out of place. I tend to agree about the monkey though. Well now I can delete channel 37 from my remote. I might be interested in Jimmy Cramer if I had two nickels to rub together. Watching those shows just reminds me that I will never be able to retire.

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DaveG said...

I just never thought his show was very funny. Poor writers, I suppose, which Ann pointed out.

I always felt it unfair that the Libs got Jon Stewart, while we got Dennis Miller. I like the guy though - he's got a good head on his shoulders.

Baron Violent said...

The greater tragedy is that they're also taking the Conan O'Brien reruns at 7 PM off. WHY GOD, WHY?

Ann Althouse said...

Mr.Proliferation: God already dealt with that problem when he created TiVo.

Harkonnendog said...

Miller makes comebacks like Travolta. 2 years from now he'll be on top again.

Birkel said...

Professor Althouse,
You are absolutely correct that Miller never had the resources he needed to create a following. I watched him quite often and found his humor still sharp but the production-value quite low. Meanwhile, I thought he was refreshingly middle-of-the-road as a 9-11 Democrat cum conservative. It's too bad that he doesn't have a show but I hope he makes himself available as a guest commentator.

And CNBC wasn't the right venue.

TigerHawk said...

If you like stock market shows, "Mad Money" is pretty amusing. Unfortunately, my wife hates TV that involves a lot of shouting, so I'm basically not aloud to watch it. If that was true at 6 pm (when I'm rarely home anyway), it will be doubly so at 9.

Ann Althouse said...

Tigerhawk: I'm sure I've beenn unfair to Jimmy Cramer. I don't know the show. Note that Miller is replaced by a RERUN of Cramer.

dax said...

Tigerhawk-
I don't know where you live but, Cramer has a very good radio show, Jim Cramer's Real Money. IT comes on from 6 to 7 pm EST. It may be available in your market. I listen to it on the way home in the car where its nice and quiet. My mental douche at the end of the day.

Timothy K. Morris said...

I never understood why Dennis Miller was on Cnbc in the first place. I would have thought the most logical place would have been on MSnbc, instead of, oh, I don't know, name almost anything running between 7 and 10 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Bruce Hayden said...

I am one of those who is going to sorely miss Miller. Yes, the production was a little questionable. And yes, the chimp was stupid. But silly stupid, which is why I never minded him.

The thing that I think that I liked the best was his Varisity Panel. You had real people as the talking heads, instead of the interchangable regulars you see everywhere else. In particular, he had thoughtful liberals on, as a foil, which is a change. Most of the liberals you see on the other channels argue almost entirely from emotion - just like DU, they expect you to get incensed when they intone "Halliburton" or "Bush Lied".

Indeed, I would often switch channels after that segment, but still, it was quite enjoyable.

Hope he lands on his feet somewhere soon.

John Cunningham said...

I too thought the monkey was ghastly, and that the overall production value was pretty low. I watched it regularly just for the occasional Dennis rants, and the guests who sometimes had unusual things to say. I hope Dennis gets a better situation soon.

merlallen said...

Dennis Miller is not funny. Just a Bush suck up.

djw said...

Back in season 10, just before the show fell off a cliff, The Simpsons gave us the final word on this mystifyingly overrated hack's career. Lisa is being initiated into a MENSA-like society in Springfield. She observes a tee-shirt:

C:, C:\Dos, C:\Dos\Run. Ha! Only one person in a million would find that funny.

To which Professor Frink responds:

Yes, we call that the Dennis Miller Ratio.

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Wade Marshall said...

Miller had a great show (not that I like his politics). It was a little too inaccessable for the general public, however (unlike The Daily Show) His monologues were still top rate though.

But as much as I like Dennis, I'm loving even more the Mad Money. I can't see the 6PM as I'm still in traffic! I'm guessing there's a lot of people just like me digging the 9PM timeslot too. At least he got replaced with something respectable.

Chris said...

I use to work with Dennis on SNL in 1987 when Dana, Victoria, John, Phil, Jan and Kevin were the cast. Dennis took the place of Chevy Chase, after a few others tried it, Chase was brillant at the news!! When Dennis did the news it sucked! And when Kevin Knealon did the news, it was even worse!! They all stole the idea from Chevy, so what?

Dennis is a pure asshole(that's his gift) He should concentrate on doing movies where he plays himself. He will succeed, if he just goes back to his old cute self where he takes on the world. And how can an actor/comic be a conservative Republican? That is just really fucked up!! (as Dennis would have said). All guys like Dennis Miller have to be Democrats, and that is why the show was cancelled for lack of Bush bashing! And like John Stewart (Democrat)...his show goes on and on.... And with Stewart we don't need a Dennis Miller show when John's is so much better!

Dennis will be back - and I hope he makes it! The entertainment world needs more assholes on TV, if I watch Jay Leno kiss ass one more time with his boyfriend Kev...the band leader, I will vomit.

Conan is funny but starting to kiss ass because of Jay Leno offering him his job? And after a few minutes with Conan you want to get off!

Get the asshole back quick!!!!But as a democrat with a positive look on life!!!And excellent writers is key for Dennis can deliver.

I luv Dennis for being who he is...and he is an intelligent bright guy who needs to find his way back into prime time and he will do it!!!

Dennis call Mike Ovitz you both may need each other now!

CS
SNL Film Unit 1987

dittohead9 said...

Dennis you are just tooo liberal.
You are the missing link. Goodbye.

Burn crosses; not pot you dummy.

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