The nightmare is over: Bravo dumps final two "Startups: Silicon Valley" episodes in another time slot downgrade

By Sarah Lacy , written on December 17, 2012

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Everything we called out early on about Bravo's "Startups: Silicon Valley" show seems to have been right: It was an awful, vapid, and inauthentic representation of "entrepreneurship." People in the Valley pretty universally hated it. Critics almost universally hated it too.

But I was wrong about one thing: I dreaded that it could unleash a "Wall Street"-like torrent of wantrentrepreneur douchebags flooding Silicon Valley. Turns out it won't, because no one watched the horrid mess.

After moving its time slot once already, because its awful ratings were tainting the whole Monday night lineup, Bravo unceremoniously moved it again, according to BetaBeat. It'll now air at 6 pm central time on Tuesdays -- that's 4 pm pacific time. Clearly, the producers have just assumed no one who works in the actual, real Silicon Valley is watching.

What's more, given Christmas is next week, Bravo is dumping the final two shows back to back in the middle of Tuesday afternoon and just moving on. That means after tomorrow, we're done. This may very well be the last words you ever read from me about it. (Trust me, I hope so too.) Let's see the cast and producers try to spin this one as good news.

If Randi Zuckerberg can convince Bravo to go ahead with a New York season, she's one hell of a saleswoman. (BetaBeat also breaks down the dubious reality of that $500,000 that Ben and Hermoine Way supposedly raised in a previous episode.)

It's unfortunate that "LOLWork" has done even worse in the ratings, since that's actually about a real entrepreneur and, truth be told, not a bad show. I can't imagine it represents an actual day in the life at Cheezburger Network -- it's telling that Ben Huh is only on for about five minutes of each episode. But it's a quirky "The Office"-like take on a genuinely quirky Internet company that's built an empire off of captioning cat photos. And the characters -- while they seem to not get much actual work done -- are even sort of lovable in their weirdness. I hope the show gets another shot, but that'd be one hell of a Christmas miracle.

The disappointing ratings of "LOLWork" provide yet another example that big Web audiences almost never translate to TV. No doubt, producers were banking on the massive audience of Cheezburger Network to become viewers, and unlike "Startups: Silicon Valley," the show didn't start out by alienating what should have been its core evangelists. They just didn't seem to tune in.

Goodbye, "Startups: Silicon Valley" producers. We won't miss you around here.

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