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May 14th, 2007


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11:36 am - The final nails in the coffin
NBC announced today it's cancelling Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. I'm guessing the last few episodes will run at the end of this month.

It was a very flawed show, indeed, but it had its good moments.

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From:sup3rmark
Date:May 14th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
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didn't they announce that a while ago?

or am i just psychic?
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From:derspatchel
Date:May 14th, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
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They put the show in "hiatus" last month and announced it would come back at the end of May, but there'd been no official calls made on whether or not it'd return for a second season, though when a show disappears like that, it's pretty much a fait accompli at that point.

This just makes the whole thing Official.
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From:cheezdanish
Date:May 14th, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
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"...The bottom dropped out this spring when the network had its least-watched week in at least 20 years -- then went even lower the following week."

*Winces, grabs sign that says 'Will Give Tours For Food.'*
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From:derspatchel
Date:May 14th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
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Proud as a Peacock!




How many Hit NBC Shows do you get to flog, Miss NBC Universal 2007?
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From:cheezdanish
Date:May 14th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC)
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ALL of 'em, Bobby. ALL of 'em.

They got the news early Friday that Crossing Jordan got the axe; the sets came down this morning.

I'm still keeping my fingers crossed that we can go into the CSI sets for our VIP visits. :V
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From:derspatchel
Date:May 14th, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC)
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Illustrating the difficulties in introducing new comedies, NBC said it will have only one new sitcom next season -- and it didn't even earn a spot on the fall schedule. "The IT Crowd" is about a group of people who work in technical services at a large corporation.

Be prepared for more difficulties; the British sitcom this is based off of is about as funny as Slashdot on April Fools' Day.
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From:weds
Date:May 14th, 2007 03:55 pm (UTC)
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Maybe there'll be an inverse Coupling maneuver?
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From:derspatchel
Date:May 14th, 2007 04:00 pm (UTC)
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Best Case Scenario, And Least Likely: Series becomes like the US Office and far exceeds expectations, successfully taking off on its own creative orbit when the writers realize they're not anchored to the BBC series characters and situations.

Worst Case Scenario, And Most Likely: Series writers have a field day when they realize they can just use the British scripts and just change words like "lift" into "elevator" and take the extraenous U out of other words. Series tanks as well it should.
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From:cheezdanish
Date:May 14th, 2007 04:05 pm (UTC)
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*SIIIIIIIIGH*

The sitcom is dead. Long live the sitcom.
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From:littlegirltoast
Date:May 14th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC)
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Whoah what hang on are you serious? One of the three possibilities must be real, but which? (1) I'm very much mistaken and Slashdot is a laugh hoot riot on the first of April; (2) You maybe only saw the one episode of that show where whatserface was supposed to have PMS; or (3) having watched all six episodes, you genuinely did not think [i]The IT Crowd[/i] was funny.

I can't imagine that 3 is actually the case. It baffles me! I am the world's least appreciative audience for nerd humour. I am a tough sell. I thought that show was legitimately hilarious. What's going on here?
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From:derspatchel
Date:May 14th, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC)
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Watched all 6. Liked the concept just fine, thought the surreal basement setting was good, but the jokes were terrible and the situations awful (what was that bit about the shit on one's head? seriously?)

The one funny moment I did enjoy was the by-the-numbers programmer encountering the office on fire, so to save himself he immediately sits down and fires off an email for help to the Facilities dept. That was geniunely funny. The over-crazy boss was funny at times, too. But overall, I felt as if it tried too hard and accomplished too little. It's a major feat to get a mainstream audience to like the arrogant IT guy who routinely signs "Did you try turning it off and on?" as the first answer to every question. I don't think they pulled that one off very well. Other IT folks may, but then again, they're the ones who probably still think the CD tray-cupholder story is a good one.
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From:littlegirltoast
Date:May 14th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
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Hm. I did forget about the head-pudding. Still I thought it took a bit of charm to sell "That bit on the floor there..." "The hard disk?" "Correct!" as being better than the usual cupholder type joke show. At least, they convinced me. At least, I remember liking Richard Ayoade's character a right some lot.

I don't know, I feel confused, I have to sit down.
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From:fancycwabs
Date:May 14th, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
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I thought the pilot was okay as pilots go, and the fire episode was better than your average sitcom fare (I especially liked the screen-saver bit), but otherwise, meh.
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From:arielblue
Date:May 14th, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC)
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Poop. I still thought that show had potential.
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From:weds
Date:May 14th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)
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YAY H'RAY YAY H'RAY NO MORE UNDIFFERENTIATED CHARACTER VOICES
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From:derspatchel
Date:May 14th, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC)
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NO MORE POST-KRISTIN CHENOWETH THERAPY WRITIN'
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From:spinooti
Date:May 14th, 2007 04:00 pm (UTC)
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I am sad not because the show was any good, but because I liked all the people on it being together in one thing.
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From:derspatchel
Date:May 14th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
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The cast was good. Matthew Perry, I think, was the standout; he showed he had some real chops and could play roles other than truly sitcommy characters. I also liked Timothy Busfield, who really can play long-suffering.
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From:fancycwabs
Date:May 14th, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
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Maybe they could get Sorkin to write a couple of episodes of Bionic Woman.

Or maybe Whedon.
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From:skatiemom
Date:May 14th, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC)
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Will Jaime Summers be a very small, physically powerful, but mentally screwed up girl/woman? If so, Whedon would be perfect.
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From:mybadhairlife
Date:May 14th, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC)
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I can't speak to size or mental fitness, but, dude, she's bionic! Of COURSE she's physically powerful!

Sorry, couldn't resist. Used to have the lunchbox in the '70s.
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From:skatiemom
Date:May 14th, 2007 11:46 pm (UTC)
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I loved Ms. Summers back when I was eleven. But I never got the impression she was either tiny or a headcase. After all, she was military and they have Rules about such things. :)
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From:fancycwabs
Date:May 15th, 2007 12:37 am (UTC)
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Wikipedia says she was a tennis player, so:

a. Her romance to Steve Austin was a sham, and
b. If she shared genetic material with John MacEnroe, she could be a head case.
From:dcart
Date:May 15th, 2007 05:57 am (UTC)
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And now that SMG is 30 years old...

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From:mmcirvin
Date:May 16th, 2007 01:50 am (UTC)
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I always figured Buffy's last name was for a reason.
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From:slit
Date:May 15th, 2007 02:03 pm (UTC)
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Oh no! Where will I get my Liberalism 101 lessons now?? Where will I go to be reminded that people from fly-over country should not actually be put down, just because they haven't heard of CD players? I want my token Christian!

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