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AMERICAN DREAMS? DEAD!
LIFE AS WE KNOW IT? DEAD!
MEDICAL INVESTIGATION? DEAD!
THIRD WATCH? DEAD!

This time every year, USA Today’s Gary Levin tells us which scripted shows are dead, which will live next season, and which may or may not be back. The breakdown:

Renewed (or a shoo-in):
According to Jim (ABC)
Alias(ABC)
Boston Legal (ABC)
Charmed (WB)
Crossing Jordan (NBC)
CSI (CBS)
CSI: Miami (CBS)
CSI: NY (CBS)
Cold Case (CBS)
Cuts (UPN)
Desperate Housewives (ABC)
Everwood (WB)
ER (NBC)
Eve (UPN)
George Lopez (ABC)
Gilmore Girls (WB)
Girlfriends (UPN)
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
Half & Half (UPN)
Hope & Faith (ABC)
House (Fox)
Joey (NBC)
King of Queens (CBS)
King of the Hill (Fox)
Las Vegas (NBC)
Law & Order (NBC)
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC)
Law & Order: Trial by Jury (NBC)
Lost (ABC)
Malcolm in the Middle (Fox)
Medium (NBC)
Numb3rs (CBS)
The O.C. (Fox)
One on One (UPN)
One Tree Hill (WB)
The Simpsons (Fox)
Reba (WB)
Scrubs (NBC)
Smallville (WB)
7th Heaven (WB)
Still Standing (CBS)
That ‘70s Show (Fox)
24 (Fox)
Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Veronica Mars (UPN)
The West Wing (NBC)
What I Like About You (WB)
Without a Trace (CBS)

Gone (or nearly dead):
American Dreams (NBC)
Center of the Universe (CBS)
Clubhouse (CBS)
Complete Savages (ABC)
Dr. Vegas (CBS)
Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS)
Father of the Pride (NBC)
Grounded for Life (WB)
Hawaii (NBC)
JAG (CBS)
Jake in Progress (ABC)
Jonny Zero (Fox)
LAX (NBC)
Life as We Know It (ABC)
Medical Investigation (NBC)
Method & Red (Fox)
The Mountain (WB)
North Shore (Fox)
NYPD Blue (ABC)
Point Pleasant (Fox)
Rodney (ABC)
Second Time Around (UPN)
Star Trek: Enterprise (UPN)
Third Watch (NBC)
Tru Calling (Fox)

On the bubble:
All of Us (UPN)
Arrested Development (Fox)
Bernie Mac (Fox)
Blind Justice (ABC)
Committted (NBC)
Eyes (ABC)
8 Simple Rules (ABC)
Jack & Bobby (WB)
Joan of Arcadia (CBS)
Judging Amy (CBS)
Kevin Hill (UPN)
Less Than Perfect (ABC)
Life on a Stick (Fox)
Listen Up (CBS)
The Office (NBC)
Quintuplets (Fox)
Summerland (WB)
Will & Grace (NBC)
Yes, Dear (CBS)

“Veronica Mars” is safe!! Want to vote to save “All of Us,” “Listen Up,” “Quintuplets” or "Summerland"? Click here.







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  • April 13, 2005, 2:44 a.m. CST

    cancel the office

    by vekt0r

    I'm sick of all my friends calling me and telling me how great it is. fucks sake get the BBC dvds.

  • April 13, 2005, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Jake In Progress nearly dead?

    by Fred4sure

    It's way funny. Boo. I don't approve!

  • April 13, 2005, 3:11 a.m. CST

    No amazingly for once my favorite shows have not been cancelled

    by Demosthenes2

    Here's hoping Arrested Development makes it though.

  • April 13, 2005, 3:13 a.m. CST

    i agree... the US Office is a poor excuse for TV

    by Jarek

    I should have seen this coming, but what can you do? Seems like everyone who is oblivious to the original loves the show, but to me it couldn't be lamer. Gone is the subtlety, replaced by broad (and constant) pop-culture referencing and simply unrealistic character portrayals. There was a "Survivor" joke tonight! Oh, and that Star Trek gag just made me cringe. Cancel The Office, but make sure Steve Carell's career keeps building. I have nothing against the man, just the show he's in.

  • April 13, 2005, 3:19 a.m. CST

    Arrested Development must go on!!!!!

    by Grando

    C'MON!!!!

  • April 13, 2005, 3:25 a.m. CST

    Scrubs and Lost are still around

    by AlwaysThere

    so its all good. Thank you TV Gods for these two shows.

  • April 13, 2005, 3:26 a.m. CST

    Carniv

    by Pegase

    nowhere on your lists.

  • April 13, 2005, 3:27 a.m. CST

    None of these are a surprise...

    by baj24

    I was unsure what The WB was going to do with Charmed, but with the lousy season they've been having it's not surprising they'd renew this show another year. I hope UPN renews Kevin Hill, but I'm really not going to hold my breath on that considering they renewed Veronica Mars (which If I had to choose it would most definitely be VM). I also think CBS should take a chance on another season of Joan of Arcadia. I think it hit some creative snags but has picked up a lot the latter half of this season. Mostly this is the happiest season of television for me in years. "House" "Medium" and "Veronica Mars" are all renewed so I'm good.

  • April 13, 2005, 3:30 a.m. CST

    Aha!

    by fabfunk

    George Lopez lives to fight another day! Swish, swish!

  • April 13, 2005, 3:30 a.m. CST

    DIE, OFFICE, DIE!

    by MaxCalifornia.

    Pull the plug on this abomination of a show now.

  • April 13, 2005, 3:30 a.m. CST

    I third that Arrested Development motion.....

    by Jimmy Jazz

    only show on that "On the bubble" list worth saving. Flush the rest. And why does "Life with Jim" keep getting renewed year after year? Does ANYONE actually watch it? Actually, the only new show that I give a rat's ass about this year is Veronica Mars, so it's all good with me. Well, Eyes is pretty interesting too, but it won't break my heart if they cancel that.

  • April 13, 2005, 3:31 a.m. CST

    Arrested Development

    by bluebottle

    god, i'd never thought i'd say this, but... if it doesn't look like they're going to pick it up... where do i sign a petition? where can i donate money to one of those "save the show" things?

  • April 13, 2005, 3:34 a.m. CST

    I'd trade Scrubs for Arrested.

    by quantum_ken

    Don't get me wrong. I'm a fan. But it sucks when they keep on recycling lame jokes that don't get any better the fifteenth time. Case in point: "JD falling over".

  • April 13, 2005, 3:35 a.m. CST

    So they kept Charmed and axed Angel a year ago.

    by Shan

    Those idiots.

  • April 13, 2005, 3:44 a.m. CST

    Attention Rob and Eliza...

    by Sherman_Lives

    There's no excuse now. Rob Lowe, time to pull a Sherry Stringfield/Ming-Na/Chris Noth/Dann Florek and return to the franchise that made you a star. When better to return to The West Wing than when much of the cast is leaving, a Santos/McGarry (please!) cabinet needs filling, and you can count on a fanfare-filled return to the White House! Short of Aaron Sorkin returning (not bloody likely, but where's that sketch comedy show AS hinted at on Charlie Rose on August 13, 2003?), this is exactly what TWW needs! And Eliza, now that Tru Calling is done, it's time to start returning Joss's phone calls. Time for Faith again.

  • April 13, 2005, 4:03 a.m. CST

    by YourHero

    i dunno i thought the first few episodes of the US Office were funny......

  • April 13, 2005, 4:12 a.m. CST

    It's sounds lame, but I like 'Yes, Dear'

    by Heckles

    I said it, what? It's funny, dammit.

  • April 13, 2005, 4:29 a.m. CST

    SCRUBS RULE!!!!!

    by Drworm2002

    Some shows like Everybody Love Raymond are just ending thier run...you make it sound like the Networks want to Axe them...no...they know it's time to go...

  • April 13, 2005, 4:29 a.m. CST

    Agreed, cancel The Office

    by Vicconius

  • April 13, 2005, 4:46 a.m. CST

    Seventh Heaven is still on the air? Jesus Christ...

    by jimmy_009

    All the shows that are cancelled or are "on the bubble" -should- be dumped. Arrested Development is crap, no one I know whose seen it has laughed -once- (or watched it a second time). Get rid of it, it's too full of itself for it's own good. At least get rid of that retarded narration that just screams pretentious. Dr. Vegas? This thing was D.O.A. folks. Hey I know, let's pick two popular TV shows and merge them together into one...Dr. Vegas! He's a doctor, and he's in Vegas! What the F$%&? Who thought that would be a good idea?... And wasn't this supposed to be the last year of That 70's Show? Since it logically would be taking place in 1985 or so by now, isn't time to call it quits?... Rot in Peace NYPD Blue, now if they'd only cancel E.R. half the countries cases of depression would clear up...

  • April 13, 2005, 5:47 a.m. CST

    Carnivale

    by Recognizer

    HBO shows don't show up on this list, they're not advertiser-sponsored. However, Carnivale's non-continuation was a production decision, not a ratings one, I don't think. Which bites, but there's still Deadwood at least.

  • April 13, 2005, 6:13 a.m. CST

    Carnivale will be back!

    by The Outlander

    Despite what Variety printed about Carnivale future, according to the guy that actually runs the show, Carnivale will be more than likely coming back for a third season, also the rating for the season finale where apparently close to Deadwood's ratings.

  • April 13, 2005, 6:19 a.m. CST

    I have to (kind of) defend the US "Office."

    by SmarkJobber

    I love the Gervais version to death, and the American counterpart is admittedly inferior -- but the show is not terrible, and Carrell alone almost makes up for every other bad bit of casting (which is almost down the line). I don't think it should be canceled just because it doesn't live up to the BBC show. Anyone who expected NBC's "Office" to match what Gervais & Merchant made laugh for laugh is either a liar, or deluded. While I don't think it's as good, it is funny, and I'm willing to find out if it can get funnier.

  • April 13, 2005, 6:35 a.m. CST

    The Office Sucks, bring back FOREVER EDEN!!!

    by MentallyMariah

    The Ho was coming on the raft to stir up trouble with her Hot Pink Lady Lee Press On Hoochie Mama Nails...Bring it back Damnnit and while you are at it, BRING PENNY from THE WILL BACK ALSO!!!

  • April 13, 2005, 6:52 a.m. CST

    7th Heavan on still? Creationists Rule!!!

    by zekmoe

    Except they are completly schizo morons,who "believe" the earth is 10,000 years old. Well, I believe that Elle MacPhereson will marry me and has been dreaming of me. Am I delusional or simply religious? This is the beginning of the end of the US, with the politicians folding to the unintelligent bible thumpers. You heard it here last. Rant over

  • April 13, 2005, 7:10 a.m. CST

    The US Office definately isn't as good

    by ChorleyFM

    But it is still watchable, especially compared to other US sitcoms.

  • April 13, 2005, 7:19 a.m. CST

    The Office - Renew It

    by Itchy

    Okay - I've seen a few episodes of the the UK original, and enjoyed it very much ... but I'd like the see the US version renewed as well. I think the cast is balls, and with a little time to mesh and find a rhthym, this could be a darn good show. I know it's difficult, but try to evaluate the show on it's own merits, and not in comparison to the original. It's got great moments, good characters (the guy who plays Dwight Schroote is freaking hilarious), and - if nothing else - I want a chance to see jenna fischer every week !! With all the crap that passes for network sitcoms these days, this show has definate potential to grow an audience.

  • April 13, 2005, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Can we get a fucking Wonderfalls movie?

    by Fawst

    My fiancee and I just finished the DVD set of Wonderfalls, and it is an absolute travesty that that show ended. We were ready to slit our wrists during those last few episodes, thinking that we would forever be without a resolution to Jaye and Eric's romance. Fuck FOX. In a post-post world, it was the best of the post-90210 bunch. I'm rambling. I want to cry. Give me a cookie. I think I'll go listen to some Dredg. Woo, they're coming to Boston in May! Anyways, there are a ton of shows on those lists that should have been cancelled LONG ago, yet something as great as Wonderfalls, or Earth 2 (yah, I went there) got cancelled far before it was time. I hate television.

  • April 13, 2005, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Will & Grace? I thought that was popular?

    by scrumdiddly

    I'm in the UK and can't keep track of which episodes they're showing on a surprisingly obscure channel.

  • April 13, 2005, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Third Watch

    by MJAYACE

    Pretty much died when they moved it to Friday. Too bad, I thought this season and the last half of last season really picked up and got me interested again. Friday is the standard death knoll to my favorite shows--the exception being Battlestar Galactica (most people probably tape it anyway).

  • April 13, 2005, 8:14 a.m. CST

    I have never seen the UK Office, but the American one is just od

    by Mr. Profit

    And Will and Grace has died because the show doesn't stay true to the characters. They have all become mean spirited and evil. It's no longer funny, and NBC is in trouble.

  • April 13, 2005, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Interesting about W & G - I only picked it up less than a year a

    by scrumdiddly

    ah well, we can look forward to STARFLEET ACADEMY, AHAHAAHAHA! Kidding.

  • April 13, 2005, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Jarek, pop culture references were all over the original. They w

    by Big Bad Clone

    Hell, the little guide in the 1st seasons DVD case had to have definitions of all the stuff mentioned. I know when I watch it, it had plenty of jokes that went over my head because I live in the US (except obvious ones like that bit from Fawlty Towers).

  • April 13, 2005, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Tru Calling? Didn't we get news it was renewed just a few days

    by christonomist

    I don't watch it of course. But didn't we?

  • April 13, 2005, 8:50 a.m. CST

    I like how CBS set out to kill King of Queens and it only got be

    by Big Bad Clone

    But they can't make any new 'hit' comedies. Two and a Half Men is already two seasons old, Still Shitty is three or four and KoQ is on year 7 or so. BUt even without Raymond, CBS is doing better at sitcoms than NBC (except Scrubs!)

  • April 13, 2005, 8:53 a.m. CST

    goodgod, keep The Office. That's the only way it will ever devel

    by spiffy-thedog

    And that's something I'd really like to see. I love the UK series, and while the US version doesn't hold a candel to it, that's still no reason to just completely write it off.

  • April 13, 2005, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Cancel EP III now

    by MinasTirithII

    While there is still hope!

  • April 13, 2005, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Nope, none of my favorite shows have been cancelled...

    by SpyGuy

    The only one that I might possibly miss is STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE, but at this point, it may have been a Terri Schiavo-like mercy killing. Season 4 was definitely an improvement, but tell that to the poor schlub playing Ensign Travis Mayweather. The guy hasn't had a decent episode since Season 1.

  • April 13, 2005, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Cancel everything except Battlestar Galactica, everything else s

    by Brian_De_Man

  • Every time a show gets ported over from Britain, everybody dumps on it because it's not sophisticated or subtle enough compared to the original. One problem with that--this isn't the BBC--it's America. We have different tastes. I find "The Office" hilarious, and given time I'm sure it'll get even better. I'm glad you people aren't running any television networks right now--you're the same people that wanted "Cheers" and "Seinfeld" off the air after the first two years.

  • April 13, 2005, 9:44 a.m. CST

    US "Office" still better than most sitcoms

    by scratcher

    Have those of you who are so against the US Office actually watched all of the episodes? I'm a fan of the original, but understand that there's no way that another show can match up to my original reaction to it. This show is beginning to stand on its own, especially the episode last night. - - - How is it that you can get so much more fired up over this show instead of the 50 other, much more mediocre sitcoms out there?? THIS SHOW IS NOT COUPLING. (ps - please move Arrested Development to HBO or Showtime and expand it to an hour)

  • April 13, 2005, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Still room for Angel

    by MemBirdman

    I'm just saying, you look at the ones that are gone and half the ones kept and tell me Angel wasn't better.

  • April 13, 2005, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Arested D is the smarted comedy on TV! (NT)

    by warp11

  • April 13, 2005, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Actually zekmoe, we creationists...

    by Blacket-Man

    believe the earth is only about 6,000 years old. If you are going to bash us, do so correctly.

  • April 13, 2005, 10:11 a.m. CST

    What about Drew Carey's Green Screen?

    by Pi-Rate

    Didn't see that anywhere on the list. They aired five of the contracted/filmed 13 episodes. Where's the rest? It was almost as cool as Whose Line, but it had it's own flavour, and I personally liked it!

  • April 13, 2005, 10:11 a.m. CST

    US Office is funny - Stop whining about how it does not compare

    by jmratliff

    Yes we get it, the UK Office is one of the greatest things ever - but that show is over - how often can you watch repeats - and for that matter, how many people actually get BBC America to watch it anyway or know of the DVD's? I love the US Office, I think it is hilarious, and I can count on one hand sitcoms I actually find funny nowadays on network TV. For all those whiners who say 'it's not as good as the UK version, it uses pop-culture references like Survivor' - well, we're not in the UK, get over yourself - humor is different here. Too unrealistic? It's television for god's sake - if somebody watched a program about my office, we'd lose the audience in the first minute - booooring. Oh yeah, save Arrested Development too - the only thing that makes me laugh out loud every week. Will & Grace stopped being funny years ago and Yes Dear is absolute drivel. Get rid of them.

  • April 13, 2005, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Watched Scrubs once this season

    by cookylamoo

    They keep doing the same jokes over and over. In fact, the cast was doing jokes about doing the same jokes over and over. "Wait, Doctor Cox, I can see it coming, you're going to call me by a GIRL'S NAME, and then I'll get hassed by the janitor." You could watch this show in syndication and not miss anything. It was fun, but now set the cast free to do better things.

  • April 13, 2005, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Arrested Development...

    by Childe Roland

    ...really needs to continue. It's stupid TV for smart people (which is why it's too smart for most of the stupid people who bitch about it being "pretentious"...give me a break). I won't miss much, if any, of the other shows on the bubble or not coming back. ER really needs its plug pulled, though, as does Charmed and that Seventh Heaven thing that just won't die. How in the hell does a channel broadcasting a show about traditional Christian family values manage to keep that show's narrow-minded and easily offended core audience while also airing a stupid show about slutty witch sisters? I don't get it.

  • April 13, 2005, 10:25 a.m. CST

    I thought Jake in progress and Medical Investigation were doing

    by BigTuna

  • April 13, 2005, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Hope AD makes ot back.

    by zer0cool2k2

    Other than that, I can live with this list. Happy Veronica survived. Don't care about many of the cancellations. I kinda' liked Committed, and Sara Rue is great on Less Than Perfect, but I'm sure she'll find something. Stupid as the show is, According to Jim returning means more Kimberly Williams to look at...

  • April 13, 2005, 10:32 a.m. CST

    VEKTOR (OFFICE)

    by topaz4206

    "Just buy the UK DVDs". Not that simple, son. Only the 1st episode was an exact copy of the British show. Ever since then they've been ORIGINAL SCRIPTS. Episode 2, "Diversity Day", made me laugh as hard as any episode of the UK Version. 3 & 4 were largely misses. I think it just needs to weed out some of these bad writers and it could be great. I heard next weeks Episode "Basketball" is another instant classic. I mean..... "Ah, here's my party planning BEEEYOTCHES!" (Last night's ep.) Who can't love THAT!

  • April 13, 2005, 10:40 a.m. CST

    I'd rather have "Committed" back than "The Office."

    by themikejonas

    "The Office" hasn't made me laugh once. Not once. I haven't seen the UK version, so I don't have *that* bias. Yes, he's an idiot. Yes, the office workers are sadistic bastards who lack consciences. Yes, poor cute secretary. I get it. It's not funny, but I get it. Enough already. "Committed" may not be as "highbrow," but I got more chuckles from seeing the dying clown unplug a vacuum cleaner than in all of "The Office" so far.

  • April 13, 2005, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Forget about LOTR! Oh sorry, that already happened.

    by LordEnigma

    Talk about a movie that just has no lasting appeal! HA! If Arrested Development goes off the air, then FOX have truly lost their fucking mind. They made enough financial revenue from the Super Bowl this year, that they can easy carry this show for up to three more seasons. Yet they are a bunch of cheap bastards. Who look at the bottom line more so than prestige. Nothing wrong with that really, but they just never give shows a chance. AD has to be one of the first shows in a long while, that has low ratings. Yet they have not immediately cancelled it. Fucking FOX. They can ruin just about any TV viewers day with their whack decisions.

  • April 13, 2005, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Jake IS a Very Good Show, w/LOTS of Hot Chicks, Too!

    by Deandome

    My wife & I just watched every Tivoed ep over the last few days. It's sharp, funny & has a GREAT cast. Wendy Malik is great, as always, Rick Hoffman ("The Street"!!) is AMAZING (nice to see him funny & annoying, not just annoying...which he does very well), Ian Gomez & his wife are great...and now they have the incredibly cute Julie Bowen. Stamos is an afterthought in why I like the show, though he's good...we also liked him in that spy show he did a few years ago. And I have yet to see an ep without at least 3 of the hottest girls I've ever see pop in & out. Hope it makes it!!

  • April 13, 2005, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Joan of Arcadia is "on the bubble"?

    by Drath

    I didn't think it was doing THAT badly, just overall it's not as enjoyable as it once was. I hope it gets one more season anyway, a three year run would be decent at least. **************** Glad to see Veronica Mars, Lost, and Alias are all coming back. Sorry that Enterprise isn't, and that there's still no word on Carnivale.

  • April 13, 2005, 10:48 a.m. CST

    KEEP "EYES" AND KEEP "THE OFFICE"

    by Cletus Van Damme

    Do that much for me, and I'm happy.

  • April 13, 2005, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Yeah "House"!! Bye Bye "Medical Investigation"

    by Josef K

    You just can't copy CSI, focus on medicine, and have boring character and bland actors. Sorry NBC.

  • April 13, 2005, 11 a.m. CST

    Orson Welles' "Macbeth" SUCKS compared to the original!

    by scratcher

    I mean, it's just a word-for-word ripoff of the UK version. And I can't believe they cast a Yank for the lead -- they're just pandering to the US audience.

  • April 13, 2005, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Lord, there's some shit on display here!

    by performingmonkey

    Most of the shows up for the chop should definitely go. But Will & Grace should also be there, and the piece of poo mediocrity that is Joey. NBC're only keeping them 'cause they've got fuck all to replace them with. Hell, they only did Joey 'cause they had fuck all to replace Friends with. Cancel it NOW before things get even more embarrassing. Oh yeah I forgot, if they cancelled Joey it would be the end of Matt's career, and we couldn't have that, could we................ Enterprise is DEAD thank fuck. But I'm glad that Smallville is being kept on, even though I hardly watch it. I just want to see how they end this sucker.

  • April 13, 2005, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Office

    by PantherMatt

    The US Office is downright OK. Yes, better than all of the other Sitcoms out there (even Areested Dev, which is a completely different show than it was last year) but it ain't great. Dwight is not... good. He could be, if he'd stop watching the BBC version and trying to rip it off. Frankly, one can watch the Gervais/Merchant Office re-runs a LOT

  • April 13, 2005, 11:04 a.m. CST

    How I learned to stop worrying and love the American version of

    by Super Fly

    I'll admit, the pilot had me aghast in how it was a pathetic imitation of the original so I wrote off the series. The next week, some friends raved about the second episode so I decided to give it a second chance. I watched the third episode and I was back in. Sure Carell is no Gervais and whoever does the Tim character doesn't come close to reflecting Martin Freeman's likeability and the Gareth knock off is poor, but the show is funny. I think it was a mistake rehashing the British version in the pilot, but after watching the third and fourth episodes, I'm hooked.

  • April 13, 2005, 11:11 a.m. CST

    I hope Eyes & The Office are around next fall

    by jim

    Too bad about American Dreams. Sunday at 8:00 was not a good time for it. I think it would have fared better if it had always been the lead-in to The West Wing. But I guess that idea came 2 1/2 years too late.

  • April 13, 2005, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Smallville

    by Voice O. Reason

    Are those kids EVER going to graduate from high school and move away?

  • April 13, 2005, 11:38 a.m. CST

    The Office

    by howstone

    OK, I haven't seen much of the UK version of "The Office", but if you watch it without comparing it to the original, it's pretty damn funny. As for keeping "Committed" instead of that, I want whatever you're drinking. That show was ass, and not in a good way.

  • April 13, 2005, 11:40 a.m. CST

    That 70s Show

    by Voice O. Reason

    "That 70s Show" must exist in a pocket universe where time stands still. When the show started 7 years ago, it was set in 1976. What year are they pretending it is now?

  • April 13, 2005, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Save "Arrested Development"!

    by Darkman

    Don't know what more there is to say. Oh, and congrats to "Scrubs" and "House". "Will and Grace" on the bubble? I could never have seen that coming...then again, this has been the first season without help from their "Friends".

  • April 13, 2005, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Joey sucks so bad he might have killed 'Will & Grace'

    by snow scorpion

    I used to watch Will & Grace until this year when I started avoiding Joey.

  • April 13, 2005, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Don't cancel Arrested Development

    by AxeBox

    And for all you execs that hate downloading, I now watch this show because I downloaded first season episodes and now watch second season episodes on TV as they come on. So... don't cancel Arrested Development and go easy on the television file sharing. :)

  • April 13, 2005, 11:58 a.m. CST

    I agree with Cletus Van Damme on one point

    by HarrisonsDad

    "Eyes" is one of the best things to hit TV this year. PLEASE everyone, give it a chance. It needs to be renewed. No really, it does. Okay, stop rolling your eyes . . . I know Tim Daly is in it, but his style actually fits the character. And still you mock me. Don't knock it 'til you try it. "Eyes" has it!

  • April 13, 2005, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Jack and Bobby

    by symphy

    I'm always amazed how no one even knows this show exists, much less talk about it. It's probably one of the top five best written, acted, and directed dramas on television (what do you expect from West Wing alums) and is only getting better. I'd also like to see Arrested Development, Committed, The Office, and Quintuplets stay on -- not because I really watch the last three, but because I've seen them a few times and respect them for being better than 95% of the other crap out there.

  • April 13, 2005, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Isn't Smallville supposed to go 5 seasons and then stop?

    by Big Bad Clone

    Wasn't that what they've said all along? And it'd make sense given Superman Returns will come out next summer. Sucks for The WB. BTW- I was convinced that the last shot in the series would be Clark flying off into the sky in the full Superman costume. Now, with the film version, I don't know if we'll see it (like the film division may want only Routh to been seen in full costume).

  • April 13, 2005, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Scrubs, The Office, AD, etc.

    by Lando Griffin

    I have always had a love for tv but in recent years had become disenfranchised with seeing good shows get the quick ax (Wonderfalls, Freaks & Geeks)or favorite shows come to an end (Buffy, Angel). I considered the sitcom a dying breed, greats like Seinfeld were gone, Friends fell off years before it went off the air, the characters on W&G became characicatures of themselves. I never watched Raymond from the start but got drawn into it a couple years ago and love it because its not trashy and I could relate to the crazy family (plus Heaton is HOT for an old broad) but this year what did they produce like 10 new episodes for its last season? WTF? I am glad that the Family Guy is coming back. As a former Simpsons fanatic I don't watch with the enthousiasm I did growing up, I guess I kinda just take it for granted now, it can only muster an occasional chuckle out of me, compared to the laugh out louds it used to generate from me. Smallville has shown no evolution at all and has become 90210 with Superman, for fucks sake fly already!!! ER was once great but the revolving doors should have shut years ago. And now if I need a Maura Tierney fix I can get a younger version from The Office. Speaking of The Office, I have never seen the original but have heard about it for years. I knew the purists would either hate or meh the US version and I gotta say I had no intention of watching this show at all but Jesus Christ this show makes me laugh out loud! Just the scene of Carrell doing the "Niggaz vs. black people" Rock bit was enough in itself to get my loyal viewership, last nights alliance episode was hilarious too. AD is consistently funny but I am sooo tired of it always being on the bubble and unfortunately since its been on for two (or three?) seasons now and people have not caught on I am afraid it will be gone soon, most likely replaced with some other Fox crap. I heard someone say AD should be moved to cable and if Fox cancels it I second that motion. I started Scrubs mid-way through the first season and it convinced me that tv could be funny and worth watching again. I have preached to all friends and family that they must watch this show. In the first few years I was always scared that this was an on the bubble show but it looks like this year I don't have to worry. For all those claiming that its the same jokes recycled, well first you probably don't watch it all that often and second if thats true - if it ain't broke why fix it? Pairing Scrubs and Office together is one of the best hours on tv in years. Lastly the HBO season scheduling is killing me. The Sopranos not for another year? I actually took time out of my day and thought about this for the first time in a long time. THe last season ended June of last year and nothing til next year? Grrr. And when exactly is Six Feet Under back?

  • April 13, 2005, 12:29 p.m. CST

    by Proglodyte

    I think the US Office is great. Sure there may be major characterization differences between this and the UK version, but there has been some realy laugh out loud stuff on this. Granted, it doesn't nearly stand up to the original but I think people need to try and stop comparing it so much to the original. Stop trying to picture our original beloved characters doing and saying these things on the new show and enjoy it for what it is. This is a breath of fresh air to American television.

  • April 13, 2005, 12:44 p.m. CST

    They cancelled my favorite show years ago.

    by rev_skarekroe

    RIP, "Silver Spoons".

  • April 13, 2005, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Jesus, I really don't watch much TV...

    by TV CASUALTY

    ...because I've never heard of 90% of this shit. Life on a Stick? Method and Red? What the fuck? I guess when all I watch are the Simpsons, the West Wing and Sportscenter, I miss out on a lot of crap.

  • April 13, 2005, 12:59 p.m. CST

    I'd second the vote for "Committed"

    by Em Ellel

    Probably the best new sitcom in a while. Its been a long time since a sitcom made me really laugh outloud. Office does not really count, as it just makes me cringe a lot. It may be a comedy to some, but I've met these people and worked with them. I watch it, I kinda like it, but given a choice, I'd rather see Committed renewed than Office.

  • April 13, 2005, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Will & Grace is not funny but Arrested is brilliant

    by Electric_Monk

    The problem with Will & Grace is it's no longer funny. It's first season, and perhaps it second, were its best. Sure Jack and Karen are great and they get the best of the best, but while I can put up with some of the gay stereotypes (cause even as a gay guy, I don't take it all so seriously) Will really represents the worse of the materialistic queens. Jebus, I can go to downtown Chicago to the heart of Boys Town and see hundreds of these Will clones, hanging out with their fag hags. But take anyone of these guys home and discover most don't have furniture cause they've spent their money on name brand clothes and facial treatments to make them look 21. The writing on the show is all double entrandes and nearly not as witty as the Bible. While it is a fanatasy show, I would like to see a bit more reality put into the show. But, then again, I don't watch it anymore. So what do I know? Well, for one thing, the best comedy on Tv is Arrested Develpoment. It is the shinning example of making a show about the people and not about "high concept" stories. A character driven show is always more enjoyable than "look what popular star is appearing on Will and Grace this week". And that's where the show jumped the shark. When W&G became the new Love Boat, and no longer what its central premise was about, then I -and it appears a lot of viewers -turned someplace else.

  • April 13, 2005, 1:19 p.m. CST

    How to support Arrested Development

    by ghj

    In answer to bluebottle's question, you can voice your support for Arrested Development at getarrested.com. I already posted the link in the Veronica Mars talkback, but I'm posting again because I really want to see a third season.

  • April 13, 2005, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Save the Office and ArrDev

    by Tsunami3G

    As a huge fan of the BBC series I have to say that the US version is not bad. It could have been much worse and I am enjoying the hell out of it. Steve Carrell is the main reason to watch it but the show works as a whole. Fox sucks but I want the Arrested Dev season DVDs to keep coming. The rest of the bubble shows I couldn't give two craps about.

  • April 13, 2005, 1:43 p.m. CST

    If you vote to save "ALL OF US", seriously, don't ever come back

    by Grabthars_Hammer

  • April 13, 2005, 1:44 p.m. CST

    NCIS ????

    by zathras34

    Hey guys and gals....And HERC.. Is it just a lookover on my part, But what of NCIS ???? Am I blind here ???..Its one of me fav's it is... anyone anyone??? Peace

  • April 13, 2005, 1:47 p.m. CST

    I'm better than you because...

    by ejcarter9

    ... I don't wish for any show to be cancelled. I'm not saying that everything should be on the air and run forever... I simply don't actively WANT a show to be cancelled. That's like saying "I hope your niece gets cancer" or "may your roof fall in next week." Every show that's being cancelled or may be cancelled has its fans... why should I seek to deprive them of something they enjoy? So that's why I'm better than you. Just maybe not in the looks department.

  • April 13, 2005, 2:09 p.m. CST

    To FOX execs reading this (if you are reading this)...

    by drakeavenue

    I hope that you have learned at least one thing from these posts. That is don't you DARE take ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT away from us! It's already one Emmys in it's first season, and will keep on if you allow it to. The show is in that time of finding it's audience - personally I just found it a month ago, and already I'm hooked on it enough for me to even buy the first season dvd package. If you all are smart you will keep this show that TV LAND has already called "destined to become a classic."

  • April 13, 2005, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Save The Office

    by bb6634

    I think the show is on its' way to finding its own vibe. Yeah, some stuff needs to get tweaked. Ricky Gervais' David Brent still cast a pretty tall shadow from which Carrell has yet escape. That said, The Office has some of the best comic writing of any television show this side of The Simpsons.

  • April 13, 2005, 2:38 p.m. CST

    cancelled shows

    by glodene

    Well personally, I don't think TV's been the same since they cancelled Homeboys From Out-of-Space. That show really spoke to me.

  • April 13, 2005, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Arrested Development & Eyes

    by The Gipper

    The only shows other than Lost that I watch regularly.

  • April 13, 2005, 2:41 p.m. CST

    the office was depressing

    by punto

    I only saw the 1st US episode, and some parts from several UK episodes.. I found it very depressing (especially the US version, the original was funny at least). But maybe it's just me.. Maybe those offices really exist in real life, and people get together around the watercooler or whatever, to 'lol' about the episode, and that keeps them from killing themselves.. I know I would if I had to work on a place like that.

  • April 13, 2005, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Wow...a year when all my shows are coming back.

    by HavokJD

    It boggles the mind.

  • April 13, 2005, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Eyes is good.

    by Voice O. Reason

    I'm enjoying it a lot.

  • April 13, 2005, 4:33 p.m. CST

    The new Office just plain sucks.

    by Vicconius

    These people who say to forget the original and that it's better than 90% of American sitcoms just don't get it. So this shit stinks less than other shit on TV. It's still shit. To me it almost feels like the UK version was the perfect girlfriend. Smart, witty, deep, charming, subtle, good looking. Then she dies and all I have left is the memories to replay over and over. Along comes a girl that looks very much like her, but she's shallow, her personality seem forced, loud and abrasive, and she's not too bright. But I'm settling because on the surface she's the same. New people may think she is great because they never met the original. But I know, and it's bugging the hell out of me and I can't get over it.

  • April 13, 2005, 4:39 p.m. CST

    zathras34, I agree with you about NCIS

    by HarrisonsDad

    Some of the best dialogue and banter between characters on TV. And yes, according to TV Guide, NCIS is a shoe in for renewal.

  • April 13, 2005, 4:49 p.m. CST

    why the fuck is malcolm a shoo-in?

    by the_pissboy1

    Christ, that show has LOWER ratings than Arrested Development and not nearly the hardware or critical acclaim! Not to mention, nothing else on regular TV is nearly as clever. If it goes, fucking HBO needs to pick it up. The show belongs on a block with Curb Your Enthusiasm.

  • April 13, 2005, 4:49 p.m. CST

    What happened to LAX... NBC meddled in it during the pilot stage

    by Jim Jam Bongs

    Originally, LAX was called The Hub. It was supposed to be about a mid-sized airport set in a fictitious, moderately sized California town, where most of the overflow from LAX would go. The pilot showed potential. I think the problems began when NBC made the producers turn the airport into THE LAX. Suddenly, the entire locale became greater than the characters themselves (Heather Locklear's Harley; Blair Underwood's Roger), and I think that overwhelmed things, making the drama more "bigger" when this show would have worked best on a more "intimate" level. Plus, I don't think audiences wanted to watch a show that takes place in a real-life airport, since most of us don't associate going to the airport as being "fun", especially in this day and age. And the title itself was unfortunate: LAX. Which looks like "Lax" at first glance to those skimming through a printed TV guide -- making a potential viewer wonder "like Exlax? Or, lax as in lame?" NBC should have left this one alone and allowed the producers to go with their original premise, which had far more potential. (They originally wanted to delve into the mystery as to why the original airport director suicided in the pilot, but NBC had them drop it.)

  • It won't be too bad for her, seems like there are a lot of potential suiters willing to date her.

  • April 13, 2005, 5:10 p.m. CST

    REBA's a shoo-in?

    by splbrg75

    No wonder I don't watch TV... Chrrrrrrist-almighty!

  • April 13, 2005, 5:19 p.m. CST

    two peices of evidence that prove American's ARE stupid!

    by Lost Skeleton

    Bush is prez and According to Jim stays on the air...nuff said

  • April 13, 2005, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Another vote for the Office

    by GrandoCarIissian

    The biggest mistake they made was copying the original pilot for the first episode. It didn't work and that's probably why the show lost most of its audience. The episodes since have been much better. It'll never be as good as the original but it's worth keeping around.

  • April 13, 2005, 5:31 p.m. CST

    There hasn't been a great US sitcom since Fresh Prince of Bel-Ai

    by performingmonkey

    This is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the motherfucking truth. I was watching the first season on DVD and thinking 'why am I laughing at a 15 year old show more than anything on at the moment?', well now I know why. It's because it was actually fucking FUNNY!!! You know funny, when something happens that makes you laugh. And I love how it stayed relevant and had great characters. Will & Grace is the most irrelevant piece of shit ever now, and the characters are...not even characters, just pieces of cardboard with a 'script'. Fuck it and fuck NBC. Don't get me started on Joey. Fresh Prince rules forever. I just don't give a fuck.

  • April 13, 2005, 5:42 p.m. CST

    D'oh not Method & Red! Such a great written show, bahaha!

    by Orionsangels

  • April 13, 2005, 6:57 p.m. CST

    quick thoughts

    by NYC

    Sweet, more According to Jim. Those bratty kids are the funniest characters on the show and Kimberly Williams is beyond hot. Fuck arrested development and its arrogant cast who believe that their crappy show should stay on the air when NO ONE FUCKING WATCHES IT! Cool for George Lopez, Lost and Desperate housewives. I'm gonna miss complete savages. And I'm still pissed at ABC for canceling Once and Again. Fuck them. Still the most addictive (and attractive, castwise) show is The Inferno 2 on MTV. Go ahead, let the lynching begin.

  • April 13, 2005, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Andy Richter should join the cast of House!!

    by Uncle Stan

  • April 13, 2005, 8:31 p.m. CST

    US Office is Queen Latifah...

    by muckfire

    ...UK Office is Halle Berry. Which do I prefer, definitely Halle. Though if I was really drunk, I might go for Q L. Though when I sobered up, I would kick myself- and remember fondly my brief moments of ecstasy with Halle.

  • April 13, 2005, 9:02 p.m. CST

    That 70s Show???

    by Spaz Medicine

    I could've sworn that this was its last season.

  • April 13, 2005, 9:04 p.m. CST

    How to save Arrested, why Malcolm was renewed

    by INWOsuxRED

    The best way to save Arrested is to buy the season 1 DVD. Buy it, lend it to friends, so they're hooked when the season 2 DVD comes out and they buy it and are ready to start watching when Season 3 starts. I do agree that Arrested would be great on HBO, especially in a block with Curb Your Enthusiasm. The two funniest shows on TV back to back! I like Malcolm in the Middle, but it isn't performing all that well. I am pretty sure the main reason it has been renewed is that it is already in syndication, so they know those episodes will make more money than just the first run. Syndication is where the real money is.

  • April 13, 2005, 9:15 p.m. CST

    No Talkback for "Stacked?!"

    by Pardon_My_Zinger

    ... which just finished a couple of minutes ago (except PST, I assume). Formula sitcom, to be sure... but sometimes the formula just works (that's how it got to be a "formula" in the first place, after all). In this particular case, the formula comes mainly from "Cheers," except instead of a blonde intellectual being the fish-out-of-water in a low-brow and jock atmosphere, it's a blonde airhead in an intellectual atmosphere. Also a hint of "Wings" (which has often been noted, if not criticized, for being too much like "Cheers") as it revolves around a business being run by two very different brothers. But the reason I think that "Stacked" might be a hit also has to do with part of the reason that those two were: because it involves the setting of a public place (a bar, an airport, now a bookstore) so it seems like a "safe" atmosphere, yet not as exclusive as an office, where so many sitcoms (good and bad) seem to be set recently. And come on... CHRISTOPHER LLOYD, for Pete's sake. Now I'll admit on tonight's pilot the one part about "pretend your my girlfriend to make my ex jealous" was a hugely unforgivable sitcom cliche. And I should also probably admit that I may be a bit partial since I work in a bookstore (in the warehouse, but I DID spent a year on the sales floor). And who knows? Every subsequent episode of "Stacked" might suck completely. But based on the pilot - and I DID laugh - I'll keep watching, at least for now.

  • April 13, 2005, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Man, shows suck. I couldn't give two shits about 99% of those.

    by MyNameDoesn'tFit

    :(

  • April 13, 2005, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Reba gets renewed and Arrested Development is on the bubble (sig

    by Russman

    What a country

  • April 13, 2005, 10:48 p.m. CST

    "Stacked" sucked

    by Spaz Medicine

    completely ordinary show. only funny part was the kid's reaction to hearing that Pam Anderson is dating his dad.

  • April 13, 2005, 10:50 p.m. CST

    SAVE ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT and THE OFFICE!!!

    by Spaz Medicine

    For the love of God, save these shows!!! I wouldn't mind COMMITTED either. The show wasn't great, but had its moments and much potential if it can find its groove.

  • April 13, 2005, 11:28 p.m. CST

    On the bubble.

    by Bahimiron

    People should stop worrying about some of these shows being on the bubble. Shows like Blind Justice, Eyes, Life on a Stick and The Office, at least, are only on the bubble because they're brand new. Every show is on the bubble for its first month's worth of episodes. More than likely all of these shows will stick around 'til after May sweeps, then we'll see who's really in trouble.

  • April 13, 2005, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Where's the Smallville talkback?

    by Darth_Nader

    My god, that was one of the best eps of the whole series. As usual the premise was a little hokey (good vs bad Lex), but to see the Lex Luthor we all know and love emerge and then put a beat down on Clark, Clark's dad, Lionel Luthor. Man oh man I just wished the evil side had stuck around. It's worth it to fire up your favorite torrent site and get this ep!

  • April 14, 2005, 12:57 a.m. CST

    let24 die already

    by v1cious

    seriously, do we really need another season of 24? how much furhter can they possibly drag this series?

  • April 14, 2005, 1:01 a.m. CST

    there isn't a smallville talkback

    by GiftedInThePants

    because all the whiny fanboys would clouf it up with their bitching and moaning about how it doesn't follow the comic,and then proceed to type out some horrifically impossible situation that would never,ever actually be made an episode. Like "hey put batman in it and have them introduce so and so also". yeah shithead,save your fucking petty fanboy dreams to yourself and not clog up the talkback.

  • April 14, 2005, 1:01 a.m. CST

    there isn't a smallville talkback

    by GiftedInThePants

    because all the whiny fanboys would clouf it up with their bitching and moaning about how it doesn't follow the comic,and then proceed to type out some horrifically impossible situation that would never,ever actually be made an episode. Like "hey put batman in it and have them introduce so and so also". yeah shithead,save your fucking petty fanboy dreams to yourself and not clog up the talkback.

  • April 14, 2005, 1:03 a.m. CST

    Jack Bauer Power Hour

    by TheMovieLover

    24 will live on forever. Jack Bauer is like the new, improved, badass McGuyver. Did you see him take the bullets and turn it into a bomb/ distraction?? brilliant. I dont care what anyone says, that's the best hour of TV during the week. That, and Phoenix Suns basketball. Woohoo!

  • April 14, 2005, 1:12 a.m. CST

    why is everyone slagging "the office"?

    by Toe Jam

    the first episode was horrid, yes ... stole just about every joke from the original, but fuck ... i think every episode since has actually been pretty damn funny. it can't ever live up to the original but there's no sense in killing it as long as it stays at least decent. in other words, better than 90% of the other sitcom shite out there.

  • April 14, 2005, 1:13 a.m. CST

    also, save "arrested development" and "eyes"

    by Toe Jam

    the former has taken a nosedive in terms of quality but it's still pretty damn good. and the latter is a rather entertaining show, imho.

  • April 14, 2005, 1:43 a.m. CST

    THANK GOD!

    by Veraxus

    I clicked, hesitantly, with razorblades nearby to slit my wrists were my fears made manifest, completely expecting this article to be about Carnivale. Thank God it's not. Not other show matters.

  • April 14, 2005, 2:32 a.m. CST

    Arrested Development has barely even peaked, Toejam.

    by LordEnigma

    Lon time, forgot you existed Toe, but Arrested has just turned it up a notch this past season. The reveal of Steve Holt's dad, the nevernude convention, George Sr living in the attic, Kitty needing Sr sperm, just about anything involving Buster, and I think I will stop there. AD has not even reached it's full potential yet. Saying it has fallen off seems to me as if you are missing the jokes. But hey, not everyone laughs his ass off everytime Buster says; "I AM A MONSTER!" Different strokes I guess. Eyes, I agree, has something good going on, and it even has a big bad. Very nice. Ancient Light; I think you missed my point. FOX gains all sorts of prestige from the show. In relative terms, compared to the ad revenue they gained from the Super Bowl, this show cost very little. They can carry it because this is a network that just waste money. I loved Life on a Stick, but that show cost who knows how many millions getting right. They just reshot the first episodes of STACKED due to their replacing of the lead actor. They are now onto episode 3 of that show. FOX just throw money away, kill shows everyone and their mother believes are classics, and it all comes down to the bottom line. I am just stating that for once they should be happy with prestige. Instead of the money they might believe they are losing.

  • April 14, 2005, 2:56 a.m. CST

    Bernie Mac & Joan of Arcadia are on the bubble? d@mn i thought t

    by The Founder

  • April 14, 2005, 2:59 a.m. CST

    The Simpsons?

    by SG7

    Does anyone still watch it?

  • April 14, 2005, 3:03 a.m. CST

    DVD sales = renewal

    by Nadir

  • April 14, 2005, 5:18 a.m. CST

    BLIND JUSTICE is highly stupid!

    by Eugene O

    Although it's well acted...but the idea is so dumb that everyone involved should hang their heads in shame.

  • April 14, 2005, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Meanwhile, SMALLVILLE had a five-star episode last night...

    by SpyGuy

    Darth_Nader is on the money -- Last night's SMALLVILLE episode, "Onyx," kicked all kinds of ass, the first to really do so since the Season 3 finale. Since Season 5 is probably the last one we'll have, I hope "Onyx" is an indication of how things will play out. And hey, Lionel the wuss is gone, so the countdown begins for Lex finally offing his father... Oh, and GiftedInThePants should take his double-posting ass out of the basement long enough to pop a Xanex...

  • April 14, 2005, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Blind Justice was a lot better when it was called Longstreet

    by HarrisonsDad

    Of course Longstreet had Bruce Lee in it teaching the guy Karate so he didn't need to use a gun. And He was a lawyer instead of a cop. Then again, I've never seen Blind Justice and Longstreet was so many years ago that . . . uh . . . drool . . . why can't I remember???? . . . . uh . . . damn old age is getting me down. Impeach Nixon NOW!

  • April 14, 2005, 9:02 a.m. CST

    DVDs Changing TV Economics?

    by emvan

    If Fox has half a collective brain they'll try to project the *lomg-term* sales of AD DVDs. People will still be discovering this show ten, twenty years from now (at the least). And it's extraordinarily re-watchable. They could probably make money on the show, long-term, even with it finishing last in the ratings. But are they smart enough to realize that?

  • April 14, 2005, 9:59 a.m. CST

    There hasn't been a great sitcom since 'Married With Children'!

    by mbaker

    Most sitcoms suck these days because they try way to hard to be squeaky clean, and innofensive. Resulting in bland jokes that will only elicit a small chuckle. 'Married With Children' was one of the last great sitcoms that made me laugh the hardest. Sure, it was lewed, crude, and rude, but you know what, it was FUCKING FUNNY! Al Bundy would beat the living crap out of Joey because he was a man's man! Not some stereotypical image concocted by the feminists, or a fruity fag that appeases the advertisers! I have yet to see a sitcom that's anywhere near as funny, and entertaining as 'Married With Children' (At least 'Family Guy' will fill that void.) Long live The Bundys!

  • April 14, 2005, 11 a.m. CST

    Looking at this list makes me realize how little I watch commerc

    by ComputerGuy68

    24, Alias, Lost, Housewives, thats it! I spend more time with the HBO/Showtime series now.

  • April 14, 2005, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Stacked

    by symphy

    ...wasn't too bad, for a typical sitcom format. I hope they use Christopher Lloyd more. I must admit I laughed out loud at the "Can I have some cocoa?"/"You know we don't have cocoa."/"Hmmmm.... that makes me want it even MORE." exchange. Oh, and the "How about you, Kit-Kat? Fancy a drink?"/"I'd love one!!!"/"Sorry, I was just proving a point there, love." I might watch another ep or two to give it a chance.

  • April 14, 2005, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Al BUndy did threaten to beat the shit out of 'Joey' several tim

    by Big Bad Clone

    When Matt LeBlanc played Kelly's boyfriend before spinning off with his dad on Top Of the Heap.

  • April 14, 2005, 12:03 p.m. CST

    "SMALLVILLE had a five-star episode last night..."

    by themikejonas

    You mean that episode where someone gets affected by something, starts acting all out-of-character and pissing off/hurting all the other characters, only to have it all undone at the end (and if they had found out Clark's secret in the process, had their memory wiped) so they wind up apologizing to everyone they wronged?

  • April 14, 2005, 12:28 p.m. CST

    The American office is boring and nothing compared to the Brit v

    by andrew coleman

    Tried to watch it and it was boring, so if that is the best the regular channels can do I'll stick to cable channels

  • April 14, 2005, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Smallville...

    by Darth_Nader

    Yes themikejonas, as I said in my original post, the usual premise was in place, but it was the stuff in the middle that rocked. This wasn't just 'Evil Lex', this was the Lex Luthor we come to expect. Not the goofy Gene Hackman version, but the ruthless, arch enemy of Superman. He didn't play by the 'gee whiz' stupidity rules the show normally portrays. He figured out Clark's secret, AND his weakness in a way that showed he does have a brain, and then exploited them. It makes me wish he'd killed his 'good half', and just taken over. That was my only complaint about the episode, he was too much of a pussy towards his good side.

  • April 14, 2005, 1:10 p.m. CST

    "....only to have it all undone at the end..."

    by SpyGuy

    Sure, unless you count the bullet hole in Jonathan's leg, or the fencing scar on Lionel's cheek, which caused Lionel to finally return to his classic, anti-Flandersesque status...

  • April 14, 2005, 2:11 p.m. CST

    "which caused Lionel to finally return to his classic, anti-Flan

    by themikejonas

    Which pretty much brings us back to status quo. :) Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the episode--it's just that these "character behaves out of character" episodes are even more frequent now than "kryptonite monster of the week."

  • April 14, 2005, 4:18 p.m. CST

    I think "The Office"'s ears were burning

    by PantherMatt

    Okay, okay, so I stand corrected. Yesterday I post to this talkback something like "the New office sucks! Blah, blah, blah! The guy who plays Dwight sucks! Blah, blah, blah!" You know, very intelligent stuff, right? So then I go home and I have the Office DVR-ed, so I say "eh, why not?" And it was freaking hysterical! And Dwight was a riot. Him stuck in the box in the warehouse was great. In fact, everybody was funny in the Birthday Party episode. Even, what's his name(not Ricky), the Temp. Very funny stuff. Sorry, "Office," I may have spoken too soon.

  • April 14, 2005, 4:56 p.m. CST

    I was ready to hate it too, but the US version of the Office has

    by minderbinder

    Sure, there were moments that were subtle, but then you have David giving a woman a black eye and Gareth going on about a boy who can swim faster than a shark. The only episode that has been weak was the pilot, which is the only one closely based on a british script, and one of the weakest british episodes as well. I think the whole cast is solid, Dwight is definitely doing the closest imitation, but it's funny stuff and I'm not thinking of Gareth the whole time. I hope it hangs in there, it's been getting funnier every week.

  • April 14, 2005, 4:58 p.m. CST

    7th heaven is the highest rated show on the WB, has been for yea

    by minderbinder

    Why would they want to kill their biggest cash cow? Are you guys insane?

  • April 14, 2005, 5:24 p.m. CST

    watch DEADWOOD instead......

    by johnnylong

    ....you dirt worshipping heathens

  • April 14, 2005, 7:17 p.m. CST

    AHH I LOVE AMERICAN DREAMS!!!

    by Senshine

    NOOO THEY CAN"T DO THIS TO US!! THE SHOW IS HANDS DOWN ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS ON THE NETWORK!!! NOOOOO!!!! *CRY* :(

  • April 14, 2005, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Stackable

    by Napoleon Park

    point: Stacked was very good. it has a hot sexy woman with huge breasts - that chubbette from "Hairspray". It has a great cast, an interesting setting. It's from Steve Levitan who created Just Shoot Me. It's a classic workplace ensemble show. and it would be great even without Pamela Anderson. >>>>> counterpoint: it would be BETTER without Pamela Anderson, and they ripped the bookstore setting off from Joan of Arcadia. I kept waiting for God to come in, read some poetry and then steal a book.

  • April 14, 2005, 7:20 p.m. CST

    American Dreams

    by Flem_Snopes

    Worst of all it ended on about three cliffhangers, never to be resolved.

  • April 14, 2005, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Fox News is reporting that Arrested Dev will probably get the ax

    by the G-man

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,153449,00.html Since its the same company that would seem as good an indication as any that the show is done.

  • April 14, 2005, 7:56 p.m. CST

    AD

    by baj24

    I really can't see Fox cancelling Arrested Development. I know the ratings could be better, but they don't have a SINGLE show that gets more critical acclaim and buzz. As far as I'm concerned they don't have anything else worth watching. The O.C. is boring me to death.

  • April 14, 2005, 8:29 p.m. CST

    W&G? Jake? Arrested? Bernie? GREAT SHOWS!!!

    by Fuckleberry Hinn

    wtf? And they keep crap alive like: According to Jim, Seventh Heaven (just threw up a little), One Tre Hill, Still Standing (threw up again), Las Vegas, Reba... FUCKING REBA????

  • April 14, 2005, 11:28 p.m. CST

    I no longer have faith

    by Chirko

    7th Heaven? Hope & Faith? Thank God I live in Australia. At least we filter out the majority of this crap. Although I do enjoy Grounded for Life... :|

  • April 15, 2005, 8:56 a.m. CST

    LANDO-

    by cocolopez

    the final season of Six Feet comes on right after the current Deadwood season- along with the new Lisa Kudrow show and the second season of Entourage. Curb comes back a few weeks later in July... I suspect HBO will start commercials for the new 6F season either this weekend or next...

  • April 15, 2005, 8:59 a.m. CST

    HBO

    by cocolopez

    as far as all these listed shows are concerned- they can watch out B'LOW me- all I need is HBO (even if Carnivale isn't picked back up I have DeadWood, Six Feet, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Rome, The Wire and The Sopranos in that order) and the next season of Nip/Tuck on FX this Fall...

  • April 15, 2005, 9:03 a.m. CST

    BIG LOVE

    by cocolopez

    The other new HBO show- BIG LOVE doesn't look bad either- starts I believe in the fall and I love me some Chloe Sevigny- especially her little moaning peformance in Gallo's Brown Bunny- a nice DVD purchase from superhappyfun.com...

  • April 15, 2005, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Smallville

    by Flem_Snopes

    You know, a Smallville talkback would definitely be in order on this site. And it would likely be well-participated, lively and undoubtedly hilarious.

  • April 15, 2005, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Unresolved Cliffhangers

    by DanielKurland

    American Dreams having three? Not that huge a deal when you look at what happened with Twin Peaks, they had about 5 dangling plotlines. I have also always been upset about Duckman's series finale being a part one of two.

  • April 16, 2005, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Where is Stargate: SG1????

    by BarrelRider

    ....don't forget about SG1! And I'm glad to see we'll get a fifth season of Smallville

  • April 19, 2005, 11:16 a.m. CST

    American Dreams & Jake in Progress & 8 Simple Rules

    by rallen

    All three are great shows and should come back. AD was screwed when it was moved off of Sunday Nights, a perfect night for such shows. Jake was put in a horrible time slot and is a great show. 8 Simple with Spade is very funny. Bring them back please!!!!!!

  • April 19, 2005, 7:59 p.m. CST

    CHARMED is BEST

    by hazeliceeeyes

    I guess that Charmed is a shoe-in to be renewed. Because TheWB hasn't said anything about a renewel, they said that everyone will know by May 15. Charmed is the best show on the air and should stay on the air. besides, the season finale this season wont give enough information to be a series finale. Charmed for an 8th SEASON!!

  • April 25, 2005, 8:04 p.m. CST

    KEEP JAKE IN PROGRESS!

    by bee_spy

    Cutting jake in progress is an outrage. It's such a great show, don't cut it!

  • May 10, 2005, 12:39 a.m. CST

    I want Jake in Progress to remain in Progress

    by bemin27

    I haven't liked a program as much as this one in a while, I would be very dissapointed if Jake in Progress would get cancelled

  • May 10, 2005, 10:33 p.m. CST

    You Office haters would have killed Seinfeld after 1st 6 episode

    by easyfrag

  • Sept. 28, 2005, 11:24 a.m. CST

    dont be silly

    by aioff

    that wack show