10 Things That Could Have Made
Start-Ups: Silicon Valley Better
5:00 pm, December 20th | by
The Bravo reality show Start-Ups: Silicon Valley has had a rough go of it. Despite being produced by Randi Zuckerberg, the show was met with rejection and disdain from the Silicon Valley community. This unwelcoming attitude did not die down as the season progressed and ratings dropped and dropped (and dropped). To give you some perspective, the average number of viewers for the first six shows was a paltry 517,000 compared to the 2.3 million viewers of a single episode of The Real Housewives , according to Bravo ratings. It was also moved from its prime Monday night slot to Tuesday and then to Wednesdays at 3 pm (aka the kiss of death.) Bravo has not made an official statement as to whether it has been cancelled or not (plus there is now only one episode left), but it doesn’t look good. We came up with a list of suggestions that we think may have helped given the show a better run.
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is a ratings powerhouse. Even though literally nothing happened in the first three episodes of the season, people were still coming in in droves to watch these ladies host dinner parties and tell each other how beautiful they looked. But now the season is in full "calling each other bitches and whores" mode. SUSV could have used a bit more of that.
2.If Andy Cohen (or Bravo) had paid any attention to it.
If the network had shown a little more support for the show, it may have fared better. For example, making episodes of a show available online, in case people miss it live, has done wonders for other shows (or so I've heard). But also, couldn't Andy Cohen have had at least one cast member on his show once? Like, on the one day day when Jesse Tyler Ferguson couldn't make it? Hermione walking around with the dildo in her pants was practically begging for a convo with Andy. If he could have someone on from
Gallery Girls I think he could have thrown this show a bone too.
3.More Sarah Austin.
Was she everyone's favorite? No. Did she know how to stir up drama? Yes. She even threw water in someone's face which would have totally secured her a part on
The Real Housewives of Silicon Valley. Plus, she made up the term "date cheating" which is what Bravo is all about — crazy people coming up with new turns of phrase.
4.If there had been more on The Parent Trap-esque back story of Hermione and Ben Way.
Each parent took a kid when they got divorced? That only happens in movies! If we could have seen more of the back story on this and perhaps learned more about when they reunited as teenagers, they would have been way more interesting.
5.If Kathy Griffin and her mom had been on it.
This show needed more comic relief and who doesn't love Kathy and her mom? Plus, we know this woman will take any gig.
6.If Kim and Dwight had had a steamy affair.
Dwight pretty much confessed his love for Kim on every episode but nothing ever happened (Kim wanted to preserve the friendship, or whatever. Blah blah blah). But these were two of the more popular characters, and that would have been just plain cute. Couples who code together, grow together!
7.If there had been more model/nerds on the show.
The whole cast was great looking but Jay, the "nerd/model," was a hunk. We need to see more of this combination in the world and on this show.
8.If the show had just been about Kim Taylor.
Sure, I'm already a fan, but I thought her story line was really interesting, and I could see her being featured on the New York version of the show as she launches her startup, Shonova. Plus, she drinks wine in the afternoon and dresses extremely well. Role model alert.
9.If Mark Zuckerberg had been on it.
If Mark Zuckerberg had made any sort of cameo the show would have been amazing. His name was mentioned a few times but we needed to see the real Zuck.
10.If the show had been more like Homeland.
Homeland. Literally everyone loves it. The President loves it, the Emmy voters loved it, all white people everywhere love it. Claire Danes is a national treasure. If Start-Ups: Silicon Valley could have been just a bit more like Homeland (maybe have the cast avert a terrorist hacking attack or two?), it would have fared much better.