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savafan
12-03-2005, 01:17 AM
http://www.imdb.com/news/sb/2005-12-02/

In what appeared to be a less-than-friendly act, NBC is yanking Friends spin-off Joey from its Thursday-night lineup as part of a major revamp aimed at reviving the network's once invincible Must-See-TV comedy array. The network said Thursday that beginning Jan. 5, Joey will be replaced by Will & Grace. Four Kings, a new sitcom from Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, will follow at 8:30 p.m. The network will move My Name Is Earl, its only successful new entry of the season, into the key 9:00 p.m. timeslot, followed by The Office at 9:30 p.m. The network's long-running E.R. will remain in the 10:00 p.m. period. "Thursday night is what NBC is about," NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly told today's (Friday) New York Times. "This is just about going back to a comedy block." The new moves also bump Donald Trump's The Apprentice off the schedule, although Reilly told the Times that he expects it to return in the spring -- but probably not on Thursday nights. He also said that NBC will bring back the comedy Scrubs on Jan. 3 at 9:00 p.m., scheduling two original episodes back-to-back each week.

KronoRed
12-03-2005, 01:21 AM
They also say Joey won't be back till after the Olympics, that's a death kneel IMO

But hey..it lasted longer then some spin offs :D

savafan
12-03-2005, 01:22 AM
I actually kinda liked "Joey". It was better than "Trapper John M.D."

Unassisted
12-03-2005, 01:32 AM
I read somewhere that Matt LeBlanc's guaranteed 2-year contract of (I think the amount was) $2M an episode was the main reason that NBC kept the show on their schedule for this long. They didn't want to pay him and not get something out of that investment.

Sometimes the similarities between Hollywood and MLB are scary. :)

dman
12-03-2005, 05:39 AM
I actually like My Names Is Earl. It's got just the right touch of sarcasm to it that keeps it going. I think NBC knew it was going to do well, but I also think their expectations of it have obviously been exceeded.

wheels
12-03-2005, 09:13 AM
The sooner all traces of the infernal "Friends" is removed from the airways, the better.

That chick on "Joey" is smoking hot, though.

MrCinatit
12-03-2005, 09:15 AM
My Name Is Earl is a most excellent show, as is The Office - what i like about both shows are the intelligent/dumb humour and the lack of a soundtrack.
for me, frankly, Joey was a very painful show to watch - though it did not match the pain AfterMASH caused.

and, yes, wheels, the lady playing Joey's sister is hot (too bad she got whacked in The Sopranos). on the other hand, there is the trainwreck playing his agent. i don't find her funny one bit.

Joseph
12-03-2005, 12:18 PM
I don't know if he was referring to the sister, or the neighbor, but give me the neighbor anyday. Not that the sister is bad at all, but I think the neighbor is all that and then some [or whatever the kids are saying these days]

I also love My Name is Earl, so I'm glad it's getting the push it deserves.

Redsland
12-03-2005, 12:53 PM
The sooner all traces of the infernal "Friends" is removed from the airways, the better.
I take it you don't have TBS or any local FOX, NBC, WB, or UPN affiliates.

:mooner:

WMR
12-03-2005, 02:02 PM
My Name Is Earl is a most excellent show, as is The Office - what i like about both shows are the intelligent/dumb humour and the lack of a soundtrack.
for me, frankly, Joey was a very painful show to watch - though it did not match the pain AfterMASH caused.

and, yes, wheels, the lady playing Joey's sister is hot (too bad she got whacked in The Sopranos). on the other hand, there is the trainwreck playing his agent. i don't find her funny one bit.

Awww, c'mon, the Adriana whacking is one of the top ten sopranos show moments. Unbelievably well-done and perfectly paced from informant to Cadillac ride out in the country.

Big Donkey
12-03-2005, 05:27 PM
The sooner all traces of the infernal "Friends" is removed from the airways, the better.

That chick on "Joey" is smoking hot, though.

Definitely agreed on erasing "Friends". As for smoking hot, you talking Drea De Matteo? I can dig... she's with Shooter Jennings too, Waylon's boy, I never woulda put them together in a million years.

Johnny Footstool
12-03-2005, 07:31 PM
Drea De Matteo was way too talented for that lousy sitcom.

Unassisted
12-03-2005, 07:32 PM
My Name Is Earl is a most excellent show, as is The Office.II love "The Office," too. It is the first new sitcom I have watched more than one episode of in over a decade.

That seems like as good an excuse as any for a useless trivia hijack: The audience for "The Office" has the highest average income of audiences for any current prime-time series. Even though the show has fairly low ratings, that audience-income statistic makes it highly desirable to advertisers,

deltachi8
12-04-2005, 05:29 PM
Awww, c'mon, the Adriana whacking is one of the top ten sopranos show moments. Unbelievably well-done and perfectly paced from informant to Cadillac ride out in the country.

Agreed.

missionhockey21
12-05-2005, 11:10 AM
That seems like as good an excuse as any for a useless trivia hijack: The audience for "The Office" has the highest average income of audiences for any current prime-time series. Even though the show has fairly low ratings, that audience-income statistic makes it highly desirable to advertisers,
That's fantastic info, I was quite concerned after looking at some ratings for the show awhile ago.

The Office is just fantastic though and as much as I enjoyed it last season, it has really taken shape this season. I really didn't have much faith in regards to the characters properly developing but they have proved me wrong this year. It's ranking right up there with Curb Your Enthusiasm and Arrested Development for me.

REDREAD
12-05-2005, 11:54 AM
I just don't understand why "The Office" is funny.

Maybe if you haven't had a horrible boss, it's funny, but I've had bosses like that. I've seen it a few times, and it's only funny (marginally) when the pompous boss has things blow up in his face.

Puffy
12-05-2005, 12:54 PM
So, NBC is pushing its best new show (and really its only new show thats generating ratings and headlines) by putting it opposite CSI?

Yeah. Good move NBC - no wonder you suck these days.

deltachi8
12-05-2005, 01:52 PM
II love "The Office," too. It is the first new sitcom I have watched more than one episode of in over a decade.

That seems like as good an excuse as any for a useless trivia hijack: The audience for "The Office" has the highest average income of audiences for any current prime-time series. Even though the show has fairly low ratings, that audience-income statistic makes it highly desirable to advertisers,

Interesting note, I saw an interview with Jerry Seinfeld who said that was the reason (the demographic that was watching) that NBC kept with his show the first 3-4 seasons even though ratings were not that great.

KronoRed
12-05-2005, 05:21 PM
So, NBC is pushing its best new show (and really its only new show thats generating ratings and headlines) by putting it opposite CSI?

Yeah. Good move NBC - no wonder you suck these days.
Agreed, NBC needs to accept that they no longer own Thursdays.

Big Donkey
12-05-2005, 05:27 PM
That's fantastic info, I was quite concerned after looking at some ratings for the show awhile ago.

The Office is just fantastic though and as much as I enjoyed it last season, it has really taken shape this season. I really didn't have much faith in regards to the characters properly developing but they have proved me wrong this year. It's ranking right up there with Curb Your Enthusiasm and Arrested Development for me.

I like your taste in TV, missionhockey... those are also my three favorite current shows; in order, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arrested Development, and The Office.

Unfortunately, from what I gather, Arrested Development may be on its last legs for real, after several scares in the past seasons. FOX cut the episode order this year from 22 to 13, which is usually the beginning chimes of the death toll for a show. The thing I am holding out hope for is news that there may be some cable outlets interested in picking up the show. I could see FOX sending it to FX, appeasing critics who deride them for the ridiculously stupid shows they have (i.e. Stacked and most, if not, all "reality" shows). But since Arrested is more expensive to produce than the average 30-minute show, going to pay cable, HBO, Showtime, wherever, may be the better option.

dman
12-05-2005, 06:29 PM
So, NBC is pushing its best new show (and really its only new show thats generating ratings and headlines) by putting it opposite CSI?

Yeah. Good move NBC - no wonder you suck these days.
I was thinking the same thing. As much as like "Earl", I don't think it will compete with CSI

ochre
12-05-2005, 06:31 PM
I was thinking the same thing. As much as like "Earl", I don't think it will compete with CSI

Magnum PI once reigned insurmountably supreme.

Redsland
12-05-2005, 08:06 PM
Still does!

missionhockey21
12-05-2005, 10:58 PM
I like your taste in TV, missionhockey... those are also my three favorite current shows; in order, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arrested Development, and The Office.

Unfortunately, from what I gather, Arrested Development may be on its last legs for real, after several scares in the past seasons. FOX cut the episode order this year from 22 to 13, which is usually the beginning chimes of the death toll for a show. The thing I am holding out hope for is news that there may be some cable outlets interested in picking up the show. I could see FOX sending it to FX, appeasing critics who deride them for the ridiculously stupid shows they have (i.e. Stacked and most, if not, all "reality" shows). But since Arrested is more expensive to produce than the average 30-minute show, going to pay cable, HBO, Showtime, wherever, may be the better option.
Yep, it seems like MOST people who enjoy one of those shows seems to enjoy at least one of the other two. Sadly AD could be at an end and will Larry David do a sixth season of CYE?

I will try to avoid the FOX rant, but when you are deciding to air "Skatin' With Celebrities" over a show like AD.... your network has it's priorities way out of order. Anyway, from what I have heard is that a possible move could be in the works (assuming FOX doesn't have a change of heart and decides to bring it back next season). Rumor is Showtime want's to pick it up to air with "Weeds." And Mitch Hurwitz said in the past that it did get canned, he would shop it around. I know it's rare for shows to get picked up by another network but then again I don't think many have the acclaim that "Arrested Development" does.

Red Leader
12-06-2005, 10:56 AM
So, NBC is pushing its best new show (and really its only new show thats generating ratings and headlines) by putting it opposite CSI?

Yeah. Good move NBC - no wonder you suck these days.

Did they have a choice? Seems like some version of CSI is on every night of the week....;)

Puffy
12-06-2005, 12:22 PM
Yeah, but Thursday is the best version.

Chip R
12-06-2005, 01:24 PM
Yeah, but Thursday is the best version.

Gotta disagree with you. CSI Miami is better cause of the eye candy on the show.

Puffy
12-06-2005, 02:03 PM
Gotta disagree with you. CSI Miami is better cause of the eye candy on the show.


David Caruso?

I pictured you as a Gary Sinise man myself - but whatever floats your boat.

:mooner:

Chip R
12-06-2005, 02:33 PM
David Caruso?

I pictured you as a Gary Sinise man myself - but whatever floats your boat.

:mooner:

At least I'm not a William Peterson guy like you. :p:

RBA
12-06-2005, 04:27 PM
shhh! CBS tonight 10 ET/PT 9CT/MT be there. ;) You'll thank me later.

The Baumer
12-08-2005, 04:25 AM
Personally I think the Office has been hilarious since the second episode and first non-pilot script (Diversity Day). It has actually been getting very good rating the past 3 shows too. I know it and Earl have been the top 2 shows for their young adult demographic.

TeamBoone
12-08-2005, 05:29 PM
Yeah, but Thursday is the best version.

I agree Puffy. There's still nothing like the original.

I like CSI:Miami too, but not as much as CSI. The Miami version seems to be turning a corner... more cop-like.

Rojo
12-09-2005, 01:46 PM
Its a good thing for her that Drea de Matteo still has that long-running gig.....in my dreams.