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#1 OFFLINE   phrelin

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 06:14 PM

In another sign that NBC has no idea what it's doing or it is decided to become TV-on-the-cheap, the network has canceled "Southland" before its season premier and will continue "Dateline NBC" in the Friday 9 pm time slot. From the Hollywood Reporter:

It is not clear when the six produced new episodes of "Southland" will air. Meanwhile, the cop drama starring Ben McKenzie will be shopped to broadcast and cable networks.

"I'm disappointed that NBC no longer has the time periods available to support the kind of critically-acclaimed series that was for so many years, a hallmark of their success," Wells said. "We remain extremely proud of 'Southland' and are actively looking for another home for the series."

Although it was uneven, I thought this show had good potential and could develop into a solid next generation replacement for the "Law and Order" franchises that kept NBC high in the 10 pm slot ratings for so many years. Of course, NBC no longer has a 10 pm slot.:(

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#2 OFFLINE   CCarncross

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 06:30 PM

Here's my new slogan for NBC:

"NBC, run by Tools"

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 06:53 PM

Could be mixed blessings.

Keeping it in the family, it would fit nicely with TNTs "We know drama" theme. Less so with USA.
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Posted 08 October 2009 - 07:58 PM

Crazy .. This is a good show and I will not be surprised if someone picks it up .. Including either HBO or Showtime, but it would probably fair better on a network. Did I say Crazy?
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Posted 08 October 2009 - 08:01 PM

Well for now Im going to remove the SL. Really like it too. I do see it heading towards TNT.

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 08:28 PM

Good, bad, or indifferent... it's another example of pure stupidity of networks to pay for something and not air it. No matter how you slice it, IF it is so bad they didn't want to air it... the plug should have been pulled much sooner.

If it were just one show, you could write it off as a fluke... but more networks are starting to make this a habit... greenlight a show (or renew it), make a bunch of episodes, then pull the plug before airing them.

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 09:58 PM

I think it was an "OK" show. My wife liked it, and I thought it was better than reality TV. My biggest complaint was the bleeping. It was just annoying. They should have just used euphemisms like every other show on network TV.

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 10:31 PM

WHen I start to see at least what I considered decent programming cancelled, it always reminds me of the 1st return episode of Family Guy after Fox resurrected it. Peter Griffin spends 5 minutes at the beginning listing all the good shows that Fox had cancelled over the last few years, many of which I had watched....gee, isnt Family Guy still on the air years later?

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 10:33 PM

They have no idea what they're doing, do they?

I'm sure Directv can't wait to get their hands on your unit.

 
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Posted 09 October 2009 - 01:55 AM

This show is better on HBO or the like. I understood the bleeping.. they were trying to keep it more real. Euphemisms for real words seems so lame to me. We all know what they are really going to say, just say it. Cable networks can do that without the wrath of the FCC coming down on them, so I hope they move it to a good cable channel and remove the bleeps. The show had great potential. I was already invested in some of the characters and want to know more about them!
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Posted 09 October 2009 - 07:08 AM

I really like the show also. I agree it might work OK on HBO or someplace they could be a little more raw. Maybe even FX or TNT.


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Posted 09 October 2009 - 07:42 AM

I don't know why but I have had an intense hatred for this show just based on the commercials.
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Posted 09 October 2009 - 07:46 AM

I don't know why but I have had an intense hatred for this show just based on the commercials.


That's how I feel towards Leno's "new" show. Jay's on at 10pm est every weekday, I GET IT! :lol:
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Posted 09 October 2009 - 01:32 PM

I don't know why but I have had an intense hatred for this show just based on the commercials.


Same here really.
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Posted 09 October 2009 - 01:39 PM

I kinda liked this show....Hope it gets a new home soon.

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Posted 10 October 2009 - 05:03 AM

In another sign that NBC has no idea what it's doing ...

Quite the opposite: Obviously, the six episodes WB presented sucked, and smart folks thought it better to not present the crap.

... or it is decided to become TV-on-the-cheap...

Which is probably all viewership is worth these days.

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Posted 10 October 2009 - 05:40 AM

Euphemisms for real words seems so lame to me. We all know what they are really going to say, just say it.


Just had a flashback to "Johnny Dangerously": 'Iceholes' and 'fargin' and a few others.
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Posted 10 October 2009 - 06:31 AM

Theory:

NBC had this show in the kind of role that a manager has his reliever warm up in the 9th, even if the starter is doing fine, in case he runs out of gas.

In case Leno totally bombed such that it was necessary to pull him, they had this show, dateline and whatever they could put together to get them through Christmas and then they could get something legitimate on.

With Leno merely stinking, rather than totally failing, they can tell the reliever to sit down.

NBC today should be mentioned as the best of the netlets, CW, Ion, My, etc. The Big Three are now Fox, CBS, and ABC.

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Posted 10 October 2009 - 06:36 AM

... moving towards a place where all we'll have are "netlets", because of the continued splintering of the television audience due to introduction of new diversions.

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Posted 10 October 2009 - 08:46 AM

Theory:

NBC had this show in the kind of role that a manager has his reliever warm up in the 9th, even if the starter is doing fine, in case he runs out of gas.

In case Leno totally bombed such that it was necessary to pull him, they had this show, dateline and whatever they could put together to get them through Christmas and then they could get something legitimate on.

With Leno merely stinking, rather than totally failing, they can tell the reliever to sit down.


Except that the "relief pitcher" is already on the mound for the next inning. You know, the little "if you missed any of tonight's episode, you can see an encore performance tomorrow night" thing. The timeslot is already there and waiting.....




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