Random thoughts on a few recent developments in the land we know as television coming up after the jump...
• The latest "Treehouse of Horror" installment of "The Simpsons" got the show its best 18-49 ratings in five years, and averaged nearly 12.5 million viewers overall, outperforming its season-to-date average by more than 50%. I had planned to do a more full blog post on the episode, which I watched a couple of weeks ago, but realized that, outside of some jokes in the "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" parody, the only part I even remembered was the recreation of the "Mad Men" credits with Homer as Don Draper. I don't want to say the concept is played out (any more than "The Simpsons" itself is), but they've had better years with it.
• NBC has given a full-season order to "Kath & Kim," a show I hated so much that it actually led me to stop watching "My Name Is Earl." (The disposable nature of "Earl" had something to do with that as well, but when there's a show I like at 8:30, I usually sit through "Earl.")
• You'll also note in the tail end of the "Kath & Kim" story that production has shut down on both "Valentine, Inc." and "Easy Money," two of the CW's outsourced Sunday night MRC shows. Both aired last night; I'm still waiting to hear from the MRC publicists about how much longer they'll be on the schedule.
• Also getting a full-season order: "Samantha Who?," which I liked in small bits last season but not enough to check out this year. For those who stuck with it, how has it been this year?