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NBC whacks 4 comedies

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by RunnerFL, May 11, 2013.

  1. RunnerFL

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    Gonna miss Whitney. Never got into the other three, or Community, which I understand is coming back. I guess Parks and Rec is the only NBC comedy I know I'll be watching next year.
     
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    I'm a little surprised at Up All Night, that it took this long for them to make it official.
     
  6. RunnerFL

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    Yeah, it was pretty much done months ago when Christina Applegate announced she was leaving.
     
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    Seems that the few regular shows that I watch on NBC (other than L&O:SVU), NBC decides to cancel. The only one that I watch that got the ax this time was "Go On". I can't believe all of the crap on TV that actually stays on the air.. i.e., all of these reality TV shows.
     
  8. dpeters11

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    Reality shows are cheap and people watch them. When actors make 100-300k an episode, that gets expensive.
     
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    To fit the definition of "comedy" there has to be something funny about it, which means they whacked one comedy (Whitney) and three wannabe comedies.

    I thought Whitney was one of the funnier comedies out there, from anyone. It was a little old-fashioned as it fit maybe too comfortably into that 3-camera format. But the writing was strong, the cast was strong, and the supporting cast was about as good as it gets. I think the cast member with the least appeal or narrowest appeal was Chris D'elia, who might have been miscast, but I personally thought he was fine (many disagreed). D'elia has been recast in another pickup, so not everyone thinks he was the weak link. His standup act is a real borefest, however.

    I also thought it took on modern problems facing 30-somethings pretty realistically. But maybe it never really jelled all that well. I am sad about losing Vegas and Golden Boy, but I think Whitney got the rawest deal. The brain trust at NBC has been making exceptionally terrible decisions since Warren Littlefield was let go, and this ranks right up there; I thought Whitney held more potential than any other show they kept. The rest? I still shake my head wondering how they even got green-lighted in the first place.
     
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    Also pissed they killed "Whitney". The friends were pretty weak but Alex and her were terrific to watch banter and battle. But frankly, where o where is the new "Seinfeld" or "Friends"?? Why can't these nets find actual funny people like Larry David to create comedy greatness?? (can't wait for a new season of "Curb"--funniest show EVER).
     
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    Whitney was the least funny of all 6 shows that got the axe, The New Normal was second. The other shows were pretty funny.
     
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    I really liked Guys With Kids because I have a lot of good friends who are new Dads going through the same stuff. It's no Seinfeld, but it's a good relaxation comedy.
     
  13. James Long

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    I watched Whitney and Go On. Whitney changed enough for the second season that I'm willing to let it go ... it seemed to be a show that didn't find its footing in the first season - was modified by swapping out a character. It was almost like they went from the setup for Friends (three couples) to a bar centric group of friends (Cheers).

    I liked Go On ,,, but it was probably due to the close to home feelings that were portrayed by those who lost a spouse. It was not a drama so they touched lightly but there seemed to be an understanding of what what Ryan's life without Janie would be like - what to do with the ring, feeling guilty when dating the next woman, the empty home, friends not quite understanding but trying to help. Not exactly elements that made it a laugh a minute pie in the face comedy ... and perhaps that was the problem.

    I also watched Up All Night but that show self destructed so I don't mind seeing it gone.
     
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    I hardly watch the big four anymore.
     
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    When I saw the promos for 1600 Penn, I couldn't believe that a show like that was going to air. Even on NBC.

    It looked like some lame attempt to create a white Urkel on ABC TGIF circa 1991.
     
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    This is pretty much how I feel. The only one I watched anymore was Go On. I thought it was actually a pretty good show.
     
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    I was bummed they dropped The New Normal, I think with time that was a story that could be interesting it wasn't just a comedy but also the changing family dynamic in many parts of the country.. Would have fit better with their Thursday night line up I felt. I did watch Go On but couldn't really get into it, I won't miss it but enjoyed watching it. As for 1600 Penn, the older son ruined the show. If he wasn't in the show being so outlandishly dumb I think the other story lines could work. The smart first-daughter who was pregnant, the 2nd marriage husband trying to please everyone etc.
     
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    I'm so tired of so-called comedy shows like The New Normal and others that package fringe stereotypes like gays and mixed marriages and lesbians etc, and throw them at you like commodities they think are inherently funny so you have to laugh even if nothing funny is being said. A very self-conscious play: "See how liberal we are shoving all these edgy folks with their edgy behavior down your throats?" It's become a trope, a tired litany of unfunny, forced characters in lieu of actually funny situations and characters.

    That's why I liked "Don't Trust the Bitch", it was fresh and irreverent and you never knew what was coming next. It took chances without stereotypes. It was not aimed squarely at the lowest common denominator of the viewing public like most of this moronic network fare.
     
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    +1 especially when it comes to NBC (Of the BIG 4, NBC has been my least viewed network for at least 5 years (probably longer) now)
     

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