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Old 09-17-2007, 05:44 PM   #166
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I don't get why Boston Legal is considered a drama... the thing I do most on that show is laughing my ass of... DENNY CRANE!!!!


and Grey's should'nt be drama either... but basically because the whole show is a joke
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Shatner's the man, pure and simple.

I, too, find Grey's to be melodramatic and sappy, but that's just me. It's cool everyone else enjoys it.
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I Kristen Bell...

Laz, don't tell me you are a closet VM fan as well?
I'm pretty much OUT of the closet on that one.

Don't tell anyone but I also became addicted to Gilmore Girls after watching syndicated reruns.

And me and my ex-girlfriend used to watch Dawson's Creek every week without fail.

Could I lower my credibility any further here?
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I forgot to add how AWESOME it is that 30 Rock won Best Comedy! Now maybe they'll move up in the ratings and the show will be saved.

It well and truly brings the lulz.
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I hoped that would've happened to Arrested Development...
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It did, actually. AD was on the brink of cancellation, but it won an Emmy and it staved off cancellation for one more year. The part that never happened was the viewing public embracing the show. Their loss, show was and remains fucking brilliant.
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Again, it was mainly FOX's fault for that. How can any show build anything more than a cult fanbase if it's constantly being shuffled around nights Scrubs-style?

Then again, the narrative structure of the show gave little room to any new viewers though. So you could argue both ways... but it was ultimately FOX's fault for not knowing how to market a critically successful show.

I really hope AD gets a fitting end on Showtime or a film. The 13-episode Season 3 was a let down no matter how brilliant the finale was.
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Fox kept it in the same slot for 2 years. They moved it for year 3 to help it out. Trust me on this. Fox did all they could to keep this show alive.
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And, when it first launched, they marketed the living shit out of it.
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I remember trying to get into it around Season 1 and catching a few episodes, then it not being on for an odd stretch of time.

I'll take your word for it though since you watched it on its first-run, I was a DVD convert for the first 2 seasons and caught the tail-end of Season 3... which went up against the opening night of the Olympics I believe.
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By the tail-end of season 3 it was already not going to be renewed.

Before Season 1, they did their usual promotional blitz for the show during the MLB post-season. Was it marketed well? Not sure, from a quality standpoint...but from a quantity standpoint, they did their best.
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I think it would've benefited by a move to FX.
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I'm still shocked that it lasted that long (Freaks & Geeks and Undeclared weren't nearly as lucky). And I'm not convinced that shows benefit from lasting much longer than that. It's really hard to NOT get stale, or to have a lot of filler. Look at the original The Office or Extras. Two seasons each, and episode totals that wouldn't even equal one season here in the U.S. But you're witnessing something close to perfection that can be watched again and again. I don't know many U.S. comedies where every episode holds up to repeat viewing.

The more I think about it, the more it seems to me that Arrested Development's legacy will benefit from the cancellation--three seasons of brilliant chaotic bliss that we won't see the likes of again anytime soon.
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I actually thought Season 3 was a let-down. They lost a TON of writers after Season 2, which is common. The whole Theron-arc just did not do it for me. Once that was over, and they also knew they were not getting renewed, the show finished strong.

Sometimes, it's nice when art wins out over commerce, even if it's not deliberate. The Wire, for example, or Deadwood recently....two amazing shows that will end or have ended on top of their game.
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