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Life is dead.

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.



Life, I love you.


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. ;-)
May. 5th, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)
And yes, I didn't say it was uncommon. *g* It's just as awful each time it happens.

It's the main reason I try not to get too involved with shows currently running on tv...it breaks my heart. It's so much easier just to come to the show later, after it's been canned and go, "Aw, it's too bad this show didn't make it," but not be torn apart by it.

*hugs you more*
May. 5th, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
This is a great point, and I think more and more people are doing that. It's like the networks' ADD is so punishing it drives people away...
May. 5th, 2009 02:10 am (UTC)
This is the exact point my friend made today. He only watches DVDs now.

Today he was raving about Life on Mars which he watched over the last week. He loved it because he could watch all the episodes together. I could never find the damn show because it was on/off.
May. 5th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
I could never find the damn show because it was on/off.

Ain't that the truth about a lot of shows? And you know, I only watch shows on DVDs anymore. I like being able to marathon. A lot of people do.

Good god, West Wing was canceled. Avatar is over. Dead Like Me is long gone. Gilmore Girls was totally unrecognizable before it was put out of its misery. I found Firefly too late. My Boys is all I have left!! How sad is that?!