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So, that happened. Not terribly surprised, just disappointed. Back when they first scheduled it opposite Castle and Hawaii Five-0, it was clear that one of two things was at work: (1) They were actually going to allow it to be a loss leader, in order to have the prestige of a cable-ish period drama, or (2) Somebody in the scheduling department has a grudge against somebody in the programming department and, while they couldn't prevent the thing being ordered, could and did see to it that it didn't have a snowflake's chance in hell of getting blockbuster eyeball counts.

Thing (2) happens an awful lot in the network game, so I'm not all that surprised that it appears to be what happened here.

Of course, there's also the possibility that it really was (1), but the show didn't end up being cable-ish and prestige-y enough for them.

So, Cinespace Chicago's stages will presumably be vacated early (TPC was supposed to be shooting here through December), and a lot of local crew and talent are out of a job. :-P

Edit: I should possibly also mention the part where I actually liked the darn show, huh? Great drama it wasn't, but now where am I going to get my Alice/Maureen UST adorableness??

Edit 2: On the upside, I completely forgot to post the day Starz ordered a second season of Boss, three full weeks before the series premiere. (In case anyone's curious, Mario Van Peebles runs a lovely laid-back set where stuff gets done. Even when it's set back a couple hours by a tornado watch.)



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Oct. 4th, 2011 05:39 pm (UTC)
Oct. 4th, 2011 06:02 pm (UTC)
:( indeed.
Oct. 4th, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry! Darn. I hadn't even had a chance to try it yet, what with Monday TV being so crowded and my not having a TiVo, plus other general busy-ness, but I meant to! I fully intended to catch up on the network's website or Hulu... (I'm not a Nielsen Household, btw. Cancellation is not my actual personal fault. ~g~)

I guess that was the first casualty of the new season. They're not even done premiering everything yet.
Oct. 4th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
It's available either way. I think it was David Krumholz who tweeted the first week that it had the best numbers on Hulu for the week.

I'm so tired of the commercial TV business model. Unfortunately, apart from the premium channels, a viable alternative has yet to materialize. (On that front, in good news for Chicago, Starz has already ordered a second season of Boss a full three weeks before the series premiere.) And the slashes at the BBC make me wonder how long other systems will remain viable elsewhere. :-/
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Oct. 4th, 2011 06:02 pm (UTC)
I'm kindly disposed toward Cibrian just because I liked his character on Invasion. (Which I expected from the outset to be doomed. Poor Shaun Cassidy is cursed to be ahead of his time, get screwed over by every network ther is, and then watch similar shows become trendy 5-7 years later.)
Oct. 4th, 2011 06:31 pm (UTC)
That's a bummer...
Oct. 4th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
It is. :-(
Oct. 4th, 2011 06:49 pm (UTC)
Oct. 4th, 2011 06:50 pm (UTC)
Oct. 4th, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
I blame the way the show was marketed... and the writing to some extent. There was definitely potential in the idea. The early Playboy Bunnies included some amazing women, many of whom made a tremendous mark in their fields. Unfortunately, the show fell into "Women use their feminine wiles to succeed" trap and then compounded the problem by trying to call that empowerment. Ummm no.

They really needed to go all one way or the other. Either it's fun fluff with a retro setting or make it a serious show and base the characters on some of the real bunnies. I think they tried too hard to be both.
Oct. 4th, 2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
The "empowerment" angle got blown way out of proportion after the upfronts, and then Chad Hodge tried to do damage control by backpedaling on it.

None of that really mattered when the timeslot was a death sentence to begin with and the PTC was lobbying advertisers hard. I don't want to give them credit for achieving what they set out to do, but given that some of the articles are saying several advertisers backed out this week, it probably had some bearing.
Oct. 8th, 2011 09:11 pm (UTC)
I watched about 2/3 of the initial episode. It was okay. It just wasn't good enough for me to remember to watch it every week. It wasn't bad enough to be canceled after 3 weeks, though. (That show with the dinosaurs looks unwatchably idiotic and it's still on.)
Oct. 9th, 2011 01:51 am (UTC)
I was about to say nohting is bad enough to be cancelled after 3 weeks, but then I remembered Viva Laughlin. *shudder*
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