'The X Factor' strikes sour notes with stars of scripted shows
Stars and producers of several scripted series appeared to take pleasure in the disappointing ratings of the highly touted "The X Factor," which premiered Wednesday on Fox.
"Modern Family" executive producer Steve Levitan and star Eric Stonestreet both took shots via Twitter at the talent competition series. The ABC series, which just won its second consecutive Emmy for outstanding comedy, scored higher ratings in its one-hour season premiere against "The X Factor."
Tweeted Levitan: "It's extremely gratifying that a scripted comedy finally beat an overhyped karaoke contest. Thank you, #Modern Family fans!"
Stonestreet, who plays Cameron Tucker on the series, tweeted, "Thank you modern family fans for watching our show(s) last night. We did great against the XYZ factor."
"Community" star Joel McHale also weighed in. The season premiere of the NBC comedy is pitted against the second installment of "The X Factor" Thursday.
"I hear the Emmyngtons are on X-Factor tonight," tweeted McHale in a reference to his singing group, which performed during Sunday's Emmys. He asked viewers to tune in to "Community" instead.
"Parks and Recreation" executive producer Michael Schur, who tweets under the name Ken Tremendous, also tweeted that viewers should turn in to the season premieres of the NBC comedies "The Office" and "Parks" rather than "The X Factor."
"Hey goofballs, you should watch #The Office too," he tweeted. "Just don't watch people singing at Simon Cowell. Seriously, what's the point in that?"
— Greg Braxton
Photo: L.A. Reid, left, Nicole Scherzinger, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell of "The X Factor." Credit: Ray Mickshaw / Fox.