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Despite mediocre ratings, “Life” just got its 2nd-season order boosted to 22 episodes. “Life’s” new Wednesday-night partner, “Law & Order,” earned on Wednesday the lowest ratings in that series’ nearly two-decade-long history. Aside from “Saturday Night Live” and “Deal Or No Deal,” fourth-place NBC’s fall slate has proven something of a disaster. Read all of James Hibberd’s Hollywood Reporter story on the matter here.


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  • Nov. 7, 2008, 5:57 p.m. CST

    First?

    by ledbetter51

    Sorry everybody, but when you see that blank talkback for the first time, it's very seductive. I promise it'll never happen again.

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 6 p.m. CST

    Again, sorry.

    by ledbetter51

    Seriously. I hate myself a little now, but in a lame way it does feel like I won something.

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 6:04 p.m. CST

    I'm glad

    by Shivv

    that this got a pick up, although it saddens me how much he writers strike screwed this show up. Paying off the mystery 13 episodes in to make sure it didn't leave viewers hanging in case of cancellation really hurt the premise.

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 6:04 p.m. CST

    I'm sorry to say...

    by I am the most horrible

    ...this show is just about to lose me. This season seems different somehow and lacking that thing that kept me watching, whatever that is. This last episode the music under the scenes seemed completely out of place, like it was supposed to be underneath a scene in Gossip Girl or Smallville. And the sassy, wise beyond her years old soul of girl from the bigger story arc moving in and demanding a dinner table seemed weak, like the beginning of a predictable, pandering obligatory pseudo-family type dynamic. I really like so much about it, but I felt my viewership of this show slipping away. Hope it turns around.

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Don't be ashamed

    by I am the most horrible

    to be first. Somebody has to be. Haters are jealous.

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 6:07 p.m. CST

    On topic...

    by ledbetter51

    I like Life. This season hasn't seemed as magical and shiny and glittery as the first, it seems like they cut down on Crews'... interesting-ness, but it's still good. I'm happy it'll get to continue.

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 6:32 p.m. CST

    More Sarah Shahi!

    by BackRiverCatfish

    Not a bad thing at all!

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Great Show

    by Turd Furgeson

    Its ratings suffer because no one watches NBC, period! I haven't missed an episode of LIFE.

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Excellent news.

    by Imagikafan

    I like this show.

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Aside from Dancing with the Stars

    by Cash907

    every show this season is doing shitty. True, some more then others, but this has not been a good year for the small screen. I bet those SAG fuckers are kicking themselves now... fewer pilots, only a handful of midseason replacements, etc. With so few jobs to go around, I sure as hell wouldn't want to be a writer in Hollywood right now.

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Good news

    by xsi kal

    I like the show. There's a lot less Zen quirkiness than last year, which is probably why it feels a bit more formulaic, but it's still one of the more entertaining cop dramas on tv.

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Thank god

    by Unnatural

    If they had kept Knight Rider and that Kelly and Whoever show, and canceled Life, I would have just stopped watching TV altogether. Here's to hoping 24 is good this year. Oh and I like Fringe. That about covers it. I may check out Dollhouse too.

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Good show

    by aversiontherapy2

    Deserves the chance.

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 8:17 p.m. CST

    "Something of a disaster", Herc?

    by Pennsy

    Try epic fail. If NBC weren't in the creative sewer they're mired in now from the top down, Knight Rider nor Kath and Kim would never have been greenlit, let alone get full-fucking-season orders.

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Fear not, Cash907; According to Jim is in the bullpen!

    by Pennsy

    ;)

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Some Justice

    by The Pelti

    Shows NBC isn't truly clueless. Granted, I'm a huge fan of Damian Lewis, but this show is so much more than a procedural because it has fleshed out character interactions. Its not some CSI/L&O drivel where characterizations are limited to the token quirk and the same boring diatribes every episode. Sure its a cop/lawyer/doctor show, but so is 90 percent of tv. People need to give it a damn chance, even if it is sandwiched between vapid new crap and insipid old crap

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Epic Fail.

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    More Life means more of Sara Shahi thinking she is a real actress and less chance of her going NOOD!

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 9:36 p.m. CST

    good news

    by ls420

    i want this show to find its groove

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 9:56 p.m. CST

    THANK YOU

    by polyh3dron

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 9:57 p.m. CST

    THANK YOU NBC

    by polyh3dron

    At least you can save one show worth saving.. About that Journeyman show though...

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Me too, Thanks NBC

    by Logo Lou

    Yes, this season has been a bit TOO obviously pushing out the quirkiness we loved for the slickness/over-sexed gloss of say, the super shitty CSI Miami, but it is still the best drama on the network. More season one quirky Crews! More Ted! Less pop music. Less Donal Logue.

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Since the Election is over so is SNL ratings

    by Xiphos_2

    Life is lacking in many areas this season. Its to procedural. They've dialed back on Crews odd tics. What happened to all of Reeses issues? Also fuck the idea that Donal Logue would be able tag Reese. No way.<p>I hate to write this because Life was my 1A favorite show last season behind Journyman. Man is NBC a mess. Time to fire that coke monkey who runs it.

  • Nov. 7, 2008, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Life is a great show; I just don't take the time to watch.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 12:01 a.m. CST

    I agree about the Reese actually wanting the chubby dork boss...

    by Ka Dargo

    No way in hell would she want that guy!! He isn't rich and he's not a pretty boy. Isn't she marrying some pretty boy actor?

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Life is Good

    by rodnunley

    It's the only cop show I currently watch. Lewis is an awesome presence on prime time television. I hope the show continues for several seasons to come.

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 2:21 a.m. CST

    So Pleased at the News

    by Inigogal

    LIFE is my favourite current show and I'm happy we're going to get a full season. Tidwell and loose-haired Dani seem to be an effort to bring in more male viewers but I'm not sure that strategy will stand up to LOST.

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 2:25 a.m. CST

    Life (Season 1) = 9/10 / Life (Season 2) = 5/10...

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    ..and it pains me to write that as my headline. Man, I used to LOVE this show. In fact, it was probably my favourite show last year. At a time when Heroes was failing me and so many shows lacked any sparkle, there were two very good shows last year - Journeyman and Life.<p>The first season of Life was amazing. The main character was quirky as hell. He'd talk to dogs, eat fruit whilst staring at corpses, listen to his Zen tapes and spout strange things at strange times. The crimes they were investigating were equally quirky from murdered 'angels' to murdered Zen masters. The 'Who Framed Him?' plotline was absorbing and it was always there in the background. In my review of the season final on Tv.Com I stated that it was one of the greatest hours of television I'd seen in ages.<p>What the hell has happened with the second season? Crews seems half the man he was, the cases are more generic and then there's this bullshit romance between Reese and her idiot boss (who the FUCk thought they'd make a great couple?). As someone above said, solving the main mystery last season has also hurt the show.<p>Please stop breaking my heart, Life. I used to really love you.

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 3:39 a.m. CST

    nbc is a joke

    by mavsman15

    the cancel las vegas and instead give me crap. Life is and lao's are the only NBC prime time shows that I watch.

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Very Good News BUT

    by medicinaluser

    Could you sound any more bitter?

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 7:47 a.m. CST

    hey rmember when NBC cancelled Journeyman?

    by IndyAbbey Jones

    Fucking douchebags...thats all i have to say about that one

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 8:05 a.m. CST

    ...but will they give it its teeth back?

    by Pdorwick

    While still a good show the powers-that-be have sure lightened up the show a tremendous amount this year and that's not really a good thing. I don't know why they did it but the show is substantially lacking compared to last year.

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 8:21 a.m. CST

    life

    by Dollar Bird

    I like this show because I like weird cops.

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Agreed

    by The Funketeer

    The show is not what it was last year. It's a lot less quirky and seems to be going for cheap Full House laughs. Hopefully the move to Wednesday will allow them to change the tone back to what it was.

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 11:40 a.m. CST

    this will get its groove back

    by ragingfluff

    It needs the quirkiness factor restored, and the music choices are inconsistent and often inappropriately loud....but I am confident things can only get better...

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 12:32 p.m. CST

    WhooHoo Obama gave us CHANGE!

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Fuck it I just can't remember Randy's exact words. <p> Love LIFE.

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Yes, Logue COULD bag Shahi in RL.

    by EvilWizardGlick

    tHE WHOLE POINT OF THE lOGUE THING IS HIS OTHER WIVES WERE HOT. tHEY HATED HIM THEN MARRIED HIM. tHEN THEY all DIVORCED HIM.. <p> So a sympathetic Logue could romance a vulnerable Shahi, have a meaningful relationship, then fall apart.

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 1:42 p.m. CST

    when this first started

    by ragingfluff

    I knew next to nothing about it, except that it starred Damian Lewis who I loved in Band of Brothers, Dreamcatcher and the Forsyte Saga...so I knew the acting would be top-notch. I was intrigued by the premise. I didn't recognise anyone in the cast, except for the great Adam Arkin (who elevates every scene he is in) I quickly became hooked ... The writing was excellent, the characters interesting, the crimes intriguing and solved with old-fashioned detective work, not super-sexy crime scene nonsense and pseudo-psychological profile twaddle. The tone throughout was brilliant, the music choices were always great, the direction, everything really They may have had to wrap up the conspiracy storyline too quickly because of the strike, but I am glad they ended it as well as they did, and has been pointed out above, it was the best season finale around last year. Second season has gotten off to a shaky start and I wonder are we getting some half-written/leftover/re-written episodes. Has there been a change in staff (I often hear how on a TV show when the "show-runner" leaves, trouble ensues; has that happened here?? Did they get new writers??) By the way, why did the old captain leave? She was great. And Reese is now sober as a judge all of a sudden (or just the hottest functional alcoholic on the force) In any event, it's still the best network show around. Less of his ex-wife, please; more Ted. Just watch it. Tell your friends to watch it. Record Criminal Minds.

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 4:47 p.m. CST

    awesome

    by slkboxrman

    the show has been great from day 1...im so glad NBC has been acting smart lately by keeping great shows despite the ratings.....and is anyone really surprised by the dropoff with law & order ??? honestly who can take anthony anderson seriously as a cop??? i laugh every time i see the L&W commercials...im laughing right now thinking about it.... LMAO

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 5:36 p.m. CST

    yeah great news BUT...

    by Maniaq

    there really has been a noticeable difference between the first and second season - let's hope this gives the writers balls enough to bring the show back up to scratch

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Re:Ragingfluff

    by medicinaluser

    I think as they basically had to wrap up the first season under the assumption they were not going to get a second it has put them in a bit of a bad spot with regards to the overall arc of the show <BR><BR> My understanding was The Wall with all the pictures would carry over to the second season but now its more about who put him behind bars, so they have basically rebooted the wall with new pictures. <BR><BR> I also think NBC wanted to scrap the wall and have less and less of the background arc (best part of the show imho) as it would confuse newer viewers tuning in. <BR><BR> They also wanted to take away some of the darker aspects of the show such as Reece's drinking and one night stands. <BR><BR> The thing is alot of the changes made were made as NBC thought it would bring in more viewers but all it has done is piss off a small percentage of existing fans and led to less viewers. The idea behind the changes were they wanted it more of a single episode cop show than some large mystery. <BR><BR> One final thing I think the makers wanted a 22 ep first season with a cliffhanger ending of Crew's finally finding out who the real killer was and the second season picking up with him tracking that person down.<BR><BR> I not really sure where they can go with this to be honest but whatever they do it needs to be done quickly, getting back to a good mixture of his side investigations and day to day cop work whilst bringing some of those who abandoned the show and maybe attracting more else after this season is over...thats it they wont bring it back for a 3rd.

  • Nov. 8, 2008, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Point of show seems blurred

    by LeftFoot

    The mix of the show seems to have been dumbed down to mostly two cops solving crimes.<P> I think that annoying boss character was introduced just to kill him off at some point. They seem to be trying to make not too likeable or too insufferable.<P> The female cop should wear less clothes.<P> The actor that plays Crews, every time I look at him I see Steve McQueen. But, don't hate me, I think this guy is a better actor.

  • Nov. 9, 2008, 9:38 a.m. CST

    medicinaluser

    by ragingfluff

    thanks for filling in some of the blanks for me; it's a shame some suits would make crazy decisions like that. Reese's drinking and one-night stands didn't bother me at all, and perhaps to remove them is one more example of how networks continually underestimate the maturity and sophistication of their audience. Life is not a show that needs "family values" and i would be very concerned if some thought they should dial back the boozing and sex to placate certain viewers

  • Nov. 9, 2008, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Anthony Anderson killed Law n Order

    by MrClark

    Yea I said it.

  • I guess they fucked that up.

  • Nov. 9, 2008, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Life is better this season

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    The first season was too arc and high concept oriented, I like the toning down of all that. But they need to make their episodes more logical, a week ago he had a clear shot at a bad guy, a hardcore murderer, and let the man get away for no believable reason other than it helped the plot get to where the writers wanted it to end up.

  • Nov. 10, 2008, 7:53 a.m. CST

    How did Crews become a detective?

    by Fatty Magee

    He went to jail after only being on the police force for a year or two. Maybe they explained it and I missed it. Anyway, I'm still enjoying the show.

  • Nov. 10, 2008, 1:55 p.m. CST

    I want Death for Life...

    by Leafar the Lost

    Personally, I think the NBC show Life sucks AIDS tainted monkey balls. I think that the Death show, or Six Feet Under, was far superior to this convoluted pile of bacteria infested donkey excrement. Replace it with a reality show hosted by Lorenzo Lamas.

  • Nov. 11, 2008, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Life was great...

    by Heresy

    ...in the first season; this season has been pretty hit or miss. But the opportunity to see more Christina Hendricks cleavage makes me happy in the pants.