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May 16, 2007

Next Time, Go With the Gecko

Geicocavemenrestaurant You've probably seen the GEICO commercials featuring the upset cavemen. You may have also heard that ABC was planning a sitcom based on the characters. When I heard it, I thought, "That show has to create a partial vacuum with its mouth. The commercials are clever but no way it works as a series."

Thanks to David Mills (not the one at Touchstone), a.k.a. the Undercover Black Man, this bit of thin slicing on my part was validated. (Note: UBM link contains profanity.) The UBM, who is a television writer himself, calls the show, which ABC is promoting as "a hilarious and thought-provoking social commentary on race relations in today’s America" (really!), "one more consumptive cough in the slow death of network television."

But don't take his word for it, see for yourself. Although, as Mills warns, afterwards "you’ll feel compelled to rinse your eyeballs with Clorox and set your ears on fire."

My take reflects my status as the resident Nerd-in-Chief: watching it, I thought, "They got the anthropology wrong. Those are Neanderthals, not Cro-Magnons! Don't they know the difference? The latter are modern humans, homo sapiens sapiens!"

The second thing I thought was that the UBM is right: "It’s Revolution Time, people! Y’all bring the guns, I’ll bring the paper plates."

I'll bring the plastic utensils.

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Gina Dalfonzo

On the same day "Cavemen" got picked up, Karen Hall reported that CBS has declined to pick up the new drama from her sister, the creator of "Joan of Arcadia."


I'll bring the dessert, Roberto.

Dan Gill

I saw the Cavemen clip, and I thought it very poorly done. And mistaking Cro-Magnon for Neanderthal is inexcuseable sloppiness.

I have always thought the commercials were funny, poking fun at PC. But what I saw of the show didn't pull that off.

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