Silicon Valley reality show canceled? No, no, no

"Start-Ups: Silicon Valley," Bravo's attempt to turn supposed entrepreneurs into real housewives, is to enjoy two back-to-back episodes to get it out of the way before Xmas. Is it teetering?

No, it's not universally popular. That's what makes it great art. Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

It's been a hellish year.

I have experienced more disappointments than Kate Middleton in a Motel 6. I have even been told by a gnome that everything in the garden wasn't rosy.

But I never thought it would come to this: I heard a rumor that Bravo TV was going to cancel "Start-Ups: Silicon Valley."

Should your obsession with gazelle documentaries have kept you away from this opus, it involves six supposed tech entrepreneurs who go to a lot of parties and occasionally kiss each other and dance around with strap-ons .

Yes, all while trying to raise money for their essential, breakthrough startups.

Yet now PandoDaily tells me that Bravo TV has moved the show to yet another time slot and will air two episodes back-to-back, starting at 4 p.m. PT today.

4 p.m. is not a good time to attract, well, West Coast reality show viewers to a reality show based on the West Coast. (See correction below.)

And BetaBeat claimed that "The Nightmare is Over," as if the show was on its very last drinking legs.

Still, any rumor you might hear about cancellation is, I am told, entirely untrue.

My intimate sources tell me that a second series, based in New York, is currently being cast and there are no plans to alter that. Moreover, those close to the show claim it is getting average ratings for a Bravo reality series. (Yes, we all have our own definitions of averageness.)

So it is with vast relief that I can say something in the world may have finally gone right. The show may go on.

Though, of course, things in television -- as in real life -- can change very quickly.

Still, even if there are rumors that fewer and fewer people are watching, that shouldn't sway the artists' course.

True art doesn't get embraced by the masses. Ever. True art lives on its own pedestal, within the boundaries of its own frame, not begging, but standing proud to offer genuine emotional impact to those who appreciate it.

Correction: As it happened, the episode did actually air at 7 p.m. PT. Being temporarily on the East Coast, I had my Slingbox in a twist.

 

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