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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 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.

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.
May. 5th, 2009 03:22 am (UTC)
That, plus the way they order them, burn them off, dump them, start new shows

It's hard to believe this works as a business model...or rather, given the fact that it probably sucks as a business model, why they still cling to it. It's not actually hard to believe, it's just frustrating.