The Simpsons, ranking only 41st the last rating period, unveiled another music video from The Simpsons Sing the Blues album last Thursday (8 p.m., locally on WFTS-Ch. 28). The funky tune about Bart, a bad youth gone even worse, was written by Simpsons' creator Matt Groening and rapper D.J. Jazzy Jeff, but the real talent is Lisa, a good kid maturing each week, on her saxophone, so it would be great to see this intelligent member of the family given her turn.
To further shake up the night, Fox premiered its new series Yearbook after The Simpsons. Yearbook is a riveting reality series about the senior year now unfolding at Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, Ill. It's real kids with real problems but doesn't come off as a teen soap because its subjects are caring and thoughtful. In turn, the series treats the teens with dignity, whether it's the couple faced with an unwanted pregnancy or the homecoming queen whose mother is more thrilled about her winning than she is.
It's hoped the wonderful series will be around long enough to see these teens graduate. Fox has made nine out of 13 shows, waiting to see what the ratings will be like, but Fox stupidly has moved Yearbook to its regular time slot on Saturdays at 8:30 p.m., when its teen audience is sure not to be home.