The sitcom that won’t go away

Who can turn the world on with her smile?

Nope, not if ratings are any indication. Because this week brought Season 8 of a sitcom that now has bypassed The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Odd Couple, Golden Girls and I Love Lucy. If the show survives this season, it will tie The Cosby Show for longevity. With that kind of clout, I have only one thing to say: WTF?

Yes, dear AfterEllen.com readers, the show is According to Jim.

I will grant you that Courtney Thorne-Smith is cute.

Yet, I have never made it through an entire episode. Even when nothing else is on. Even when I deliberately want something fairly mindless to watch. According to Jim is too bad even to use as background noise.

Last year, ABC announced the show’s cancellation. Guess who saved it? Stephen McPherson, president of ABC Entertainment or, to us, The Network That Fired Brooke Smith.

In a way, knowing that McPherson is a Jim fan explains a lot. This is a guy who thinks Jim Belushi and Courtney Thorne-Smith have chemistry. No wonder he didn’t see it with Callie and Erica.

Does anyone out there actually watch According to Jim? What am I missing? Is this show really worthy of eight seasons?

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