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BOOMTOWN... Goes Boom!!!!! MISS MATCH Flees Slot!!

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Looks liike “Boomtown’s” days are numbered. Production of the show has reportedly been suspended indefinitely, and NBC revealed Tuesday it would pull the cops & lawyers drama from its Friday night schedule, bringing in reruns of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” to fill the vacuum.

The network’s clueless “Clueless” retread from Darren Star (“Melrose Place,” “Sex and the City”), “Miss Match,” having taken a beating by CBS’ far better-written “Joan of Arcadia,” will move to 9 p.m. Its old slot will be filled this week by a repeat of “Queer Eye For the Straight Guy.”

Since launching “Miss Match”-“Boomtown” Fridays almost three weeks ago, NBC’s Friday ranking has slipped from first place to third.

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  • Oct. 8, 2003, 9:49 a.m. CST

    well there goes another good one

    by Led Gopher

    But the show hasn't been as good this season. Oh well, I guess we may as well get used to watching crap all the time. TV sucks.

  • Oct. 8, 2003, 10:02 a.m. CST

    well, how was the season premiere?

    by fabfunk

    wasn't it supposed to have a makeout scene between Vanessa Williams and Kelly Hu? Oh well, the show was merely 'average' and I'm not surprised it didn't make it ha;fway thru its second season. Pairing it with MISS MATCH was pretty damn stupid, anyway.

  • Oct. 8, 2003, 10:15 a.m. CST

    I have say it before and I'll say it countless times in the futu

    by Big Bad Clone

    I heard that the show had changed all the good stuff we loved about it last year. It's better if it dies than continues as a Third Watch clone. OH, and I say a repeat of Coupling on Bravo since they put it on after Queer Eye and preempted West Wing. Coupling has to be one of the worst things I have ever seen on TV. Just fucking terrible. It wouldn't be as bad if a laugh track wasn't rammed down our throats. Dammit, Rena Sofer, I love ya, but why do they put you on such shitty shows?

  • Oct. 8, 2003, 10:52 a.m. CST

    That is what they fucking get.....

    by TheBoomCamel

    for cancelling Mr. Sterling. I really have nothing else to say except that it serves them right. Fucking Cock-Gobblers...

  • Oct. 8, 2003, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Fuck the networks, watch HBO

    by Petah2NC

    Let's face it, it's the only damn channel even willing to try anything remotely "edgy" these days (and yes, I hate that word). Carnivale, K Street, Six Feet lame would TV be without a channel willing to take a chance and -- gasp! -- NOT insult viewers' intelligence. Damn NBC. Boomtown was one of the few quality shows on network TV, and that's gone. What next? Dump Ed probably too, while you're at it. Screw ya'll.

  • Oct. 8, 2003, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Queer Eye for Miss Match

    by Tar Heel

    Hell, why not combine the two shows? Alicia can find hook up couples and the queer guys can transform the boyfriends into people they totally are not.

  • Oct. 8, 2003, 11:39 a.m. CST

    NBC sorry scheduling...

    by Fat Chooch

    Let's look at the mistakes: 1.) Moving SVU from Friday to counter NYPD Blue. Yeah, NYPD is long in the tooth, and, arguably, SVU is the strongest of the L&O shows. But it's going to take more than that to put NYPD out of its misery. 2.) Moving Boomtown into SVUs old slot. In and of itself, Boomtown is a fine show - even this season with the changes. But it's not going to grab the type of crowd that watched SVU. 3.) Using a light, romantic comedy as a lead-in for a cvop-lawyer show that's usually depressing in nature. Honestly, how many of the former's viewers did NBC actually think would watch the latter? If NBC is serious about salvaging Boomtown, move it back to Sunday following L&O:CI, put SVU back where it was on Friday, toss Lyon's Den to the lions against NYPD, shitcan Miss Match, and put a "wheel" of L&O re-runs (L&O, L&O:SVU and L&O:CI) as lead-in to SVU.

  • Oct. 8, 2003, 11:58 a.m. CST

    The show doesn't seem the same, but...

    by likdog

    it still deserves better than just two episodes to find a place this year. After last season, I considered Boomtown the best show on TV, and a candidate for one of the best EVER shows. That said, so far this year has seemed as good, but I want to see what happens when they get back to a normal run. They only brought back McNorris in the second episode, the paramedic hasn't been brought back, and the personal lives haven't been re-explored except for McNorris.

  • Oct. 8, 2003, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Boomtown, rats

    by Electric_Monk

    I think NBC had second thoughts on this show, even before the season began. Shutting the show down a few weeks ago to re-image a two-part episode set to air during the November sweeps to two episodic stories hinted that the show was endanger. Besides, Friday is a bad day to show a program that has multiple story arcs going -you're not going to home every Friday to watch it (well, except me - this lovable gay boy is home 99.9% of my Fridays because I'm a loser - and I don't even watch it). Law and Order: SVU did well because of its episodic nature. If you missed a few Friday shows, there was no big whip. NBC has made some bad scheduling moves of late, and they are becoming less and less of "Must see TV" viewing, with Will and Grace becoming less and less funny, and Coupling, well the less we say about this show the better. Now that I write this, there are only two shows I feel important to watch on NBC. Friends, if only because I've been watching this show for 10 years, and Scrubs. Everything else, including the overrated West Wing, are high on my list of "Who Cares TV"

  • Oct. 8, 2003, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Bring in Law and Order: Criminal Intent instead...

    by KryptonsLastSon

    Now there is the better of the three spinoffs. It also seem like the bastard son pople forget about, besides the real-life Crime and Punishment which is stupid anyways.

  • Oct. 8, 2003, 1:04 p.m. CST

    And the Jason Gedrick string continues...

    by rockgolf

    He's the new Ted McGinley. ******************************************* Nonetheless, there was a significant downgrade in the wonderfully catchy style of Boomtown from last year. It became a virtually straightline story, rather than the "rashomon" approach Graham Yost wanted. Pity, as it really rewarded the regular viewer. Plot points seemingly tossed in in one episode would prove critical three or four episodes later.

  • Oct. 8, 2003, 1:20 p.m. CST

    NBC, Boomtown, etc.

    by Somerichs

    Gotta say, the first episode of Boomtown this season had me kinda sucked, and gave me the impression they were gonna follow this one story about bringing down this crime boss for, if not the whole season, then at least a number of episodes. So i was happy to see that story resolved in the second episode, and with a much more compelling story, even without the storytelling "method" they utilized last year. McNorris was excellent in the episode (loved the scenes where they interspersed him acting out what he was really feeling vs. what he actually said/did in each scene...kickass!). Anyway, this is one of the few shows i would wihtout hesitation continue to watch this season (being married with a baby on the way, I actually AM at home most Friday nights). Pretty moronic of them to pull it after only two episodes in a crappy timeslot... Beyond that, i agree with electric monk above as far as NBC goes...Friends and Scrubs are a GREAT combination (scrubs makes me laugh more consistently than any other show, & I have 10 years invested in Friends), I'll still tune into West Wing if only to see if it turns to crap with Sorkin's exit, and I'll watch any of the Law and Order's if there's nothing else better to do. Now that i'm actually considering it, NBC does seem to be on a downward slide. There's really very little in their schedule that i feel compelled to watch. Still a big fan of NYPD Blue (ABC) and Angel (WB), like the new Karen Sisco (ABC), and really enjoy just about every HBO original Series (except K Street and that dopey sports agent one...). that's all...anything else i should be watching these days?

  • Oct. 8, 2003, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Miss Match

    by Fart_Master_Flex

    Yikes, I am just asking to get flamed for this but....I like Miss Match. I am never home to see it, but I have Tivo'd it. It is nice and breezy. It has an easy going Gilmore Girls vibe to it.

  • Oct. 8, 2003, 1:42 p.m. CST

    nbc sucks!

    by smutpeddlar

    boomtown is great, friday nights suck for tv! did they move it there to die on purpose? how about finding a good slot for one of the few quality shows on tv!

  • Oct. 8, 2003, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Remember when NBC let H:LOTS find its way?

    by Senary

    Homicide took a long time to find the viewers, and NBC didn't give up on it, no matter how many times it was threatened. And now Boomtown, certainly the best cop show on TV, and the McNorris ep showing that it could still be the best show period, but no, everyone drop your pants and bend over because they'd rather screw us all rather than show some quality TV.

  • Oct. 8, 2003, 2:50 p.m. CST

    They killed my second favorite show on TV

    by AlwaysThere

    Why did NBC have to movie it to Friday and pull a dumbass Fox move.

  • Oct. 8, 2003, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Damn, what a shame..

    by Ernie_is_evil

    From what I read on FC the production was shutdown becuase the yost and co wanted to do a 2 episode arc for sweeps and NBC didn't want that so they had to shutdown so the writers could come up with 2 single eps instead. I hope they find another timeslot for it, Neal McDonough was fucking owning as the fairly cliche McNorris in the 2nd episode plus him and Wahlberg did some good work last season.

  • Oct. 8, 2003, 3:41 p.m. CST


    by koomoReborn

    Since remote controls have become ubiquitous, why is it so important to schedule one-hour shows around each other? As a male, I rarely watch ten minutes of a show without surfing, so why wouldn't I do that after a show is over? Now women, OTOH, might not be prone to this, which would make the argument for running Boomtown first, then have it go into Miss Match just when the gf/wife/sigO says "Leave it on NBC, honey!" I, too, like Miss Match. I just wish Silverstone would dress a little less frumpy.

  • Oct. 8, 2003, 4:02 p.m. CST

    DAMN! and I starting to dig Boomtown.

    by Russman

    (sigh) another one bites the dust. I wish them all good luck.

  • Oct. 8, 2003, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Watch "Joan of Arcadia" on Friday nights.

    by MikeSal222

    Joan is kicking butt in the ratings, and is a high quality show to boot. Great writing and acting, and lots of potential for future storylines. I can't judge a show based only on two episodes, but so far "Joan of Arcadia" is the best new show on television. If you're looking for something to watch on Friday nights, give it a try.

  • Oct. 8, 2003, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Why why why....

    by radio1_mike

    Miss Match was not that bad. I watched it with the missus last Friday. At the very least, Alicia is nice eye candy. But Joan of Arcadia? The only reason to watch that is for Mary Steenburgen and Joe Mantegna.. What a show, a teenager thinks she visited by God, but the whole point... Ack. I can't stand that whole disaffected-16-year-old-get-faith... Ptui! Have faith in the FIRST place.

  • Oct. 8, 2003, 6:05 p.m. CST

    TV Tragedy

    by greatczersghost

    I never watched those shows that everyone got upset about having cancelled--my so called life, freaks and geeks, etc--but having been a die-hard Boomtown fan for a year now, this is tragic. Finally, a show with some originality, with some great acting (admit it-Donnie Wahlberg surprised you. He owned his part), and interesting story lines. To move it from Sunday was stupid. To cancel it completely shows the utter contempt the networks have for originality and for their audiences. They want top ratings, right away, while some shows take some time to find the right audience. Boomtown is FAR superior to L&O:SVU or the getting-repetative original L&O (though I'm a CI fan). I'm petitioning the network to save Boomtown.

  • Oct. 8, 2003, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Too Bad For Alicia Silverstone

    by UncleSam

    Animal Rights activists are sociopaths. Everytime you get to know one, you find out they hate children, hate people, and/or are racist. Alicia Silverstone has ran off her mouth about animal rights on TV to the point she looks insane. Playing a match-maker is beyond any human ability to suspend disbelief. Seen the show... Heard it was good... It was boring as hell.

  • Oct. 8, 2003, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Boomtown is to good for network tv.

    by prickle28

    Should've been on HBO or Fox (cable) to begin with. Would've been great to have the one two combo of The Shield and Boomtown. So another great show goes the way of Action, Sports Night, and Futurama. Well, NBC gets a nice loud 'Fuck You!'

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 1:21 a.m. CST


    by George Newman

    Hey, good somebody be really cool and give a brief synopsis of what happened on thursday's ER episode 2? I had every intention of being home so i didnt try to tape it. Then i got stuck with some friends for longer than I had expected. Thanks.

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 9:46 a.m. CST

    It's the Networks, people. Ok?

    by alexr

    Let's start with the subject at hand, "Boomtown". The format last year in the first few months, this Rashoman format, was brilliant. Then they switched the format because NBC suits demanded it--and it was still among TV's best though not quite as unique. Then NBC execs pushed it to Friday after the awful "Miss Match" with no matching, consistent audience. This has effectively killed a brilliant show, along with adding the weak-acting Vanessa Williams. The best things about the show are Joel, Fearless, and especially McNorris. Stick with those three as your leads. But, let's face it, it maybe too late. But NBC isn't the first to make bad decisions. Let's look at Cable. Take a great show like "The dead Zone" which went for a terrific extended storyline with Sean Patrick Flannery as the evil politician, Greg Stilson who could have ended the world. The suits at Viacom/USA thought it turned an audience away and lowered ratings to have an extended storyline; so instead, "The Dead Zone", though still highly entertaining, is way down hill creatively because they stopped being as edgy by throwing away the Stillson storyline and losing one of the best villains on TV. The best "Star Trek" ever was "Deep Space Nine" because it had guts to be different and do extended, brilliant and compelling storylines over a few years. But the idiots running Trek now felt that ratings lowered because there were less stand alone episodes for syndication to run, so instead, now we get awful shows like "Voyager" and "Enterprise" because it's easier for syndication--and creatively, they suck. This is what happens when you start hearing from know-nothing suits and worrying about syndication. You take highly entertaining shows like Boomtown and Dead Zone and water them down. This is the major problem and audiences like us who appreciate quality TV get SCREWED. Only occasionally do you get people like Tom Fontana and Joss Whedon who continue to stick with quality no matter what "suits" or "syndication" say.

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Hell, I'd be cool with them just switching Queer Eye to NBC.

    by minderbinder

    Most of the stuff they run is crap anyway.

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 10:44 a.m. CST

    NBC - Nothing But Crap!!!

    by ComputerGuy68

    I abandoned this network once Homicide left the airwaves. In fact, I don

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Maybe I should start watching Law & Order...

    by Petah2NC

    ...cause it looks like that's what TV is becoming anyway. Nothing but stand-alone eps of L&O, CSI...oh, and don't forget Dateline and reality TV! Crud.

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Too many cop shows help kill this. ESp. when the scientists from

    by Big Bad Clone

    Apparently, there are very few jobs outside of doctors, lawyers, or cops in TV Land. Anyone else has a very vague job. If they had to retool this show (and I mean really retool it) It should just be about McNorris & that fine reporter and Danny Wahlberg & Fearless. They other characters added color but those characters were the real meat (sorry, Jason Geddrick). Dropping in Vanessa L. Williams sucks but then, this network fucked up Homicide.

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Homicide: Life on the Sesame Street

    by George Newman

    Did anybody catch that family guy where peter was so tired and/or drunk that his memories of tv shows were blending to gether? the example was "Homicide: Life on the Sesame Street". Bert's in bed and he gets a phone call. He's pissed and hops out of bed butt-naked, leaving ernie in the bed. "son of a bitch. I gotta go down to the station" That was awesome. And i loved homocide. Homocide was the first drama i got into. (that was about when i was in 5th or 6th [freshman in college now]) It came on after TGIF on ABC

  • Oct. 10, 2003, 2:49 a.m. CST

    nbc's a bunch of retards

    by MiltonWaddams

    they're horrible at scheduling. i like how you can tell if a show is going to fail just by looking at it's timeslot. retards. "cbs's 'the early show' is slipping in the ratings, prompting cbs to rename it 'csi: the early show'".

  • Oct. 10, 2003, 12:33 p.m. CST

    The only pulse Networks execs are in tune with...

    by Reyvn_DarKnight

  • Oct. 10, 2003, 12:35 p.m. CST

    The only pulse Networks execs are in tune with...

    by Reyvn_DarKnight

    is their own. (sorry accidentally hit enter rather than tab). Last year Fox execs demonstrated their stupidity with the mishandling if the Firefly series. This year, looks like its NBC's turn to look like an idiot schmuck.

  • Oct. 13, 2003, 12:12 p.m. CST

    the only good thing

    by etoiline

    about the cancellation is that I was having trouble remembering Boomtown was on friday nights. I loved this show when it premiered last year and it really bugs me that it's being taken off. Wish there was something we could do. Great show, great acting, complex and interesting arcs...seemed real.