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Chuck v Medium ?????

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by phrelin, May 1, 2009.

  1. bonscott87

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    Actually the answer, if NBC would get a clue, would be....both!

    They need to take a page from cable and renew both to 13 episode seasons. Show one in the fall with no to little repeats and then show the other in the winter/spring, again with little to no repeats.
     
  2. phrelin

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    According to The Hollywood Reporter:
    My guess is with the sudden death of NBC's VP -Drama Development Nora O'Brien (see this post) which has already delayed NBC's planned "infront" events, one might expect some opportunistic infighting within the corporate executive bathroom.

    But "Medium" has been a replacement for two years though with 19 episodes ordered this year and 16 completed in 2008 (writer's strike impact year). "Chuck" had 13 last year and 22 this year. As you suggest bonscott87 there is no particular reason why both shows couldn't be a go for around 13 episodes.

    In fact, they could do the "Friday Night Lights" thing and film two 13 episode seasons back-to-back keeping the costs down by freeing up the stars for movie opportunities.
     
  3. RobertE

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    Couldn't agree more.

    Do 13-16 episode seasons. I think one advantage of doing a shorter straight through season is that the writers can pound out some scrips, producers can cherry pic the best ones, and tweak from there. Also, like phrelin mentions, back to back seasons could be filmed cutting costs.
     
  4. mreposter

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    I'd rather have 13 good episodes of a series than 22 so-so ones. It also gives writers a better opportunity to tighten up the story arcs and character development.
     
  5. phrelin

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    From The Hollywood Reporter:
     
  6. Drew2k

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    Boo! Well, boo if it means Chuck won't be back. :mad:

    Fingers crossed for USA to take it... or even Syfy ...
     
  7. phrelin

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    Actually the article indicates that "Chuck" appears "likely to return" but we won't find out until sometime after Monday's "Infront" which to me means they're going to gauge advertiser's response to what is rolled out Monday versus what they think they can get for "Chuck" in the way of advertising and product placement.
     
  8. Michael D'Angelo

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    I really hope Chuck is back.
     
  9. Yoda-DBSguy

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    A Galaxy...
    NBC renews "Medium"
    Sun May 3, 2009 6:10pm EDT

    By Nellie Andreeva
    LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - NBC has renewed paranormal crime drama "Medium," sources said.

    Details have not been determined, but the renewal is expected to be in the 13- to 18-episode range.

    The Patricia Arquette-starring series has become a utility player for NBC -- a consistent, if modestly rated, performer and a reliable midseason backup.

    On the eve of NBC's Monday programing presentation to advertisers, the network also picked up midseason cop drama "Southland" and was finalizing a renewal of midseason comedy "Parks and Recreation," starring Amy Poehler.

    There is still no final word on NBC's two remaining "bubble" series -- modestly rated shows walking a fine line between renewal and cancellation -- quirky sophomore "Chuck" and veteran "Law & Order," which is looking to tie "Gunsmoke's" record run with a 20th season pickup.

    Both series appear likely to return, but the decision probably won't be made until after the network's Monday presentation.

    As for "My Name Is Earl," NBC and producer 20th TV have been engaged all weekend in negotiations for a full-season pickup of the comedy series.

    (Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters)
     
  10. bobukcat

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    Chuck me!
     
  11. rhambling

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    you can have Chuck, ill keep sarah walker:D
     
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    So far so good. Keeping my fingers crossed!
     
  15. timmmaaayyy2003

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    And they wonder why they're 4th in the ratings?

    After Journeyman and My Own Worst Enemy, Chuck will be my final straw for NBC. If you're going to start a show with an intelligent concept, but takes a season to get up to speed, then at least give it the chance it needs to develop. Even an affilliate like USA should consider picking up the pieces. That way, if the fanbase develops enough, you've got episodes in the can to start showing right away when 5 hours a week of Leno tanks your ratings even worse.
     
  16. Sixto

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  17. Drew2k

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    Thanks for the link, Sixto! The "catch" is that the budget is being cut and not all of the great supporting cast may be in each episode, and one character may permanently be eliminated. My WAG is it's the BuyMore Manager ... he was a good foil for Morgan, but I think the Assistant Manager is a better foil and all of the other characters have their unique roles that I think are more crucial to the show's chemistry. Just my humble opinion.
     
  18. Michael D'Angelo

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    Thanks for the heads up Sixto. I am glad to hear "Chuck" will be back.
     
  19. phrelin

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    Last year NBC renewed "Medium" for 13 episodes with an option for 22 and then ordered 22. This year CBS Television Studios wants a renewal for 22. And they are arguing over the licensing fee as NBC wants a discount. According to According to an article in TV Week's TV MoJoe:
    Unlike "Chuck" which is from Warner Brothers TV, it helps "Medium" to (a) have modest but meaningful ratings, (b) be already successful in syndication of reruns, and (c) be produced by a company that is part of a media conglomerate that has it's own broadcast network.
     
  20. Charise

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    NBC is the only local channel I don't also get OTA (no HD lils yet). Having Medium on CBS would be great with me!

    After NBC didn't renew Life, the fewer shows of theirs I watch, the better. Medium is the only show I watch on NBC now.
     

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