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from Emmy Magazine


No cuts.  No cuts for you.  Not today.

 

“The most unique cop on TV, now that Vic Mackey has left the scene.” PopMatters

 

“So well-written that they apparently have no choice but to cancel it.” Huffington Post

 

“(A) clever piece of L.A. sun-drenched noir.” Matt Roush

 

Wait, let’s hear that whole quote, cause I’m feeling bitchy.

 

Seriously, what makes the revolting and woodenly acted Criminal Minds more of a draw on Wednesdays than this clever piece of L.A. sun-drenched noir?”  Matt Roush

 

These are just a couple of the many things critics have written in roughly the last week.  And they’re right.  I’ve been waxing lyrical all season about Life, so I won’t repeat it here except to say that it’s brilliant, stylish, riveting, moving and impeccably crafted.  Heh.  And impeccably tailored.

 

Though they never seem to mention The Pants, critics through the two seasons have consistently heaped praise on Life.  And the ratings haven’t been bad either.  Especially if you compare them to shows not on the big three.  One critic points out that during Life’s WORST week, it pulled in twice the viewers of critically acclaimed-yet-safe shows like Rescue Me.

 

Yet, apparently, Jay Leno is more than five times better than Life.  No, it’s actually worse than that. What they’re saying is that Leno’s FIFTH hour aired during a week is worth more than the one and only hour of Life.  So, after watching four hours of Leno during the week, the viewer would rather watch another hour of Leno than one hour of Life.

 

I don’t know whether to cry or break something or key Leno’s cars.  I’ll tell you what, flist, if you even give me a hint that you’re watching Leno next season I am coming to your house with my Life DVDs and a couple bottles of wine and maybe some rope and duct tape.  You will be my prisoner for a little while.  And after we watch all of Life, we’re going to watch Band of Brothers.  And the extras, oh yes.

 

Talk about your Stockholm Syndrome. 

 

The lovely and talented grimorie has been faithfully compiling everything Life for a while now, and she has the most wonderful stuff this week, including the link to the pic above and two more.  Go over there and and give her the slow clap.

 
http://community.livejournal.com/pers_pineapple/37942.html

 

Life, I love you.


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akamine_chan
May. 5th, 2009 01:44 am (UTC)
*pets you*

I'm so sorry, m'dear. I could draw up a list of the best television there ever was and point out that every one of those shows was shafted by the networks for something bland and tasteless.

I am coming to your house with my Life DVDs and a couple bottles of wine and maybe some rope and duct tape. You will be my prisoner for a little while. And after we watch all of Life, we’re going to watch Band of Brothers. And the extras, oh yes.

Is this a threat? 'Cause it sounds like a damn fine time to me.
marymary
May. 5th, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
Aw thanks, sweetie. I do need some petting.

And yes, I didn't say it was uncommon. *g* It's just as awful each time it happens.

Is this a threat? 'Cause it sounds like a damn fine time to me.

Hee. Parties, hostage situations....it's such a fine line sometimes. ;-)
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tuesday_suit
May. 5th, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)
You will be my prisoner for a little while.

I'm with you on the wine, but what would we need rope and duct tape for? ;-) I have no intention of watching Leno.

I'm sorry, M. I'm very sad, too. *hugs*
tuesday_suit
May. 5th, 2009 01:57 am (UTC)
P.S. The best part of the Emmy Magazine article? This, from the caption to the first photo: "jeans, Lewis's own". He brought his own Pants. That is all.
marymary
May. 5th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
HA! Nice catch. :-)
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quaggy_mire
May. 5th, 2009 02:09 am (UTC)
Watch Leno?! I'm not going to bother with the whole *#&$^ channel!!! (If we were talking I wouldn't be censoring my swears, but I don't want to dirty up your LJ with foul language.)

That picture is absolutely gorgeous and makes me long for things that will never be.

At least we had 32 perfect episodes. Firefly only got 13! (And a movie because the DVDs sold so well.)

The sad thing is that everyone who I've told about this show never heard of it before. Hell, *I* hadn't heard about it until you started talking about it.
marymary
May. 5th, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)
Oh honey, curse away. It'll make you feel batter.

icon for NBC, not for you

Yes, you're right, we got 32 episodes. I feel a summmer rewatch coming on. :-)
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gatsbyfan
May. 5th, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
NBC used to be about producing and airing quality shows. Now they are about producing and airing cheap shows. Jay Leno is cheap compared to a drama.

Is it any wonder that the networks keep losing viewers and awards to cable shows. No.

F&%$ NBC!
13_pines
May. 5th, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
I'm sorry about your show, Mary. That really, really, REALLY sucks!!

I solemnly swear to never watch Jay Leno (also, to pick up season 1 of Life and watch it next time I'm out running errands!) :-)
marymary
May. 5th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
Yay you! You're so sweet to support us. :-)
tomfoolery815
May. 5th, 2009 02:15 am (UTC)
I'm sorry about your show, Mary. It certainly didn't get cancelled because of lack of effort on your part.
marymary
May. 5th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
Thanks. And I guess that's true. *g*
newredshoes
May. 5th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
Lame, NBC. LAME.

Matt Albie and all your friends at Studio 60 join you in your rage.
marymary
May. 5th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
And they were my friends!

Each great show gone is sad. Some cancellations get a mere whimper from me, but some make me feel like borrowing a pack of cigarettes from Buck Compton. YOU KNOW?????

And gosh darn it I have an email I need to send you! More great stuff like before! You'll see... Tonight or tomorrow, promise.
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edgeriffic
May. 5th, 2009 02:44 am (UTC)
Well that sucks out loud.

I blame NBC all the way on this one---they SO screwed up the promo of this from the get-go. To me the biggest mistake was not to re-run the opening arc during the writers strike: there was no new programming on except reality shows; the arc left off in a really good place, having resolved one part of the mystery and opened up part 2; and they could have promoted it heavily, getting it some attention which had been lost in the usual deluge of new shows premiering in the fall.

Personally I think the networks are crazy to stick to the old way of premiering so many shows at once in the fall. Do they really gain anything anymore from doing it this way? I think so many more shows would find their audience if the networks did what the cable channels do---running 12 or so episodes all in a row, taking a break, then coming back. I think it's part of how Lost has survived, frankly--you have to wait a while between seasons, but then you get all of your brain-scrambling episodes in a row.



marymary
May. 5th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)
Yeah, absolutely. I hear they're migrating to year-round/no-reruns programming, but they still seem to be clinging to the old model.

That, plus the way they order them, burn them off, dump them, start new shows... It's like during the season, when all the shows are on, there are too many to even keep up with. And if you try to keep up, it's a total crapshoot because the ones you like will probably be gone next year. It's punishing to invest in a new show.
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olsonm_raymond
May. 5th, 2009 02:46 am (UTC)
I'm sorry about Life Mary. *hug* You did all you could. Tis better to have Life'd and lost then never to have Life'd at all. :-)


I’ll tell you what, flist, if you even give me a hint that you’re watching Leno next season I am coming to your house with my Life DVDs and a couple bottles of wine and maybe some rope and duct tape. You will be my prisoner for a little while

*Is tempted to pretend he is watching Leno* ;-)
marymary
May. 5th, 2009 03:02 am (UTC)
Tis better to have Life'd and lost then never to have Life'd at all. :-)

You are right.

*Is tempted to pretend he is watching Leno* ;-)

and diabolical. ;-D
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edgeriffic
May. 5th, 2009 03:22 am (UTC)
Also, I vote for a communal summer re-watch.
lipcleavage
May. 5th, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
Oh Charlie ;-(
marymary
May. 5th, 2009 04:11 am (UTC)
I know. :-(

We'll see DL again, but I'm really going to miss Charlie.
quaggy_mire
May. 5th, 2009 04:00 am (UTC)
I think it also should be pointed out that at least we got a last episode that works as a series finale. In fact, I would actually go as far to say that it was one of the best finales I've ever seen!

I'm also going to pay far more attention to anything that Rand Ravich writes or creates from now on!
marymary
May. 5th, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)
Yeah, clearly I agree! *g* Given my recap.

I had such low hopes for renewal that, when I watched, I really did watch it as the series finale and judged it on that basis. I agree completely -- if it's really the end and USA or somebody doesn't pick it up they went out on a note of brilliance.
anatolealice
May. 5th, 2009 06:24 am (UTC)
Oh no, I'm so sorry Mary! Stupid NBC.

*hugs*
caersmane
May. 5th, 2009 07:40 am (UTC)
*headwall*

I mean, I just...Jay Leno isn't even funny, and I don't know that he ever was. Why would they deprive us of the cast, just for him? ARG
I can just hope that he may be on more telly over here now and that he'll stop trying to fake American accents, because really? He sounds weird.
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