‘Disturb’ wants TV critics to check back in
The producers behind the widely panned Fox sitcom “Do Not Disturb” are taking a new approach with critics: Kill ’em with self-deprecation.The show’s production team has sent a letter to a handful of TV crix, admitting that their first episode wasn’t, well, all that good. Attached was a DVD of another episode they thought better represented the comedy. The “Do Not Disturb” crew blamed the show’s bad buzz on the fact that Fox opted to postpone airing the pilot and instead bow with a different episode. “We here at ‘Do Not Disturb’ agree that by airing the ‘Work Sex’ episode — before airing the actual pilot — we created much confusion and we deserve all the criticism, the bad puns (i.e. ‘an early checkout from the fall season,’ ‘Do Not Make in the First Place,’ etc.) and, yes, even the accusation that it very well could be the final nail in the multicamera sitcom’s coffin,” the scribes wrote. “Disturb’s” producers then go on to argue that their show wasn’t quite as bad as the critics claimed — but nonetheless apologize “for being the perpetrators of such bad television.” Give the producers points for attempting to drum up interest in “Do Not Disturb” — even if it meant giving critics the go-ahead to “hate away” should they still find themselves racing toward the checkout desk.