Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Ratings Proved It

A short writeup about Shelley from SuperMag Vol. 4 No. 7
And, oh, that friend is writer/director Nicholas Meyer

When Shelley joined Charlie's Angels, the ratings for the first quarter of the season were awesome. And although it dropped six notches from the year before, the series still finished among the top 20 shows of that season (at no. 18.) Many had blamed Shelley for this drop, but it has become apparent (especially with the release of the DVD) that it was tired/recycled scripts and the reluctance to develop/bring forward the Tiffany character that contributed immensely to this decline. The "rift" between Kate Jackson and Cheryl Ladd during the past two seasons was so expertly concealed via voice-overs and clever cuts that nobody even believed it was happening. The three girls appeared to get along and responded well to each other. I don't understand why they couldn't do the same thing for Shelley/Tiffany, especially when she really did get along with Jaclyn, Cheryl and David.