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May 4th 2009
No more life for Life (or, how NBC is run by idiots)
Folks, it’s time to put on your sackcloth and get out the Shiva stools. Official word has come down that NBC has decided not to renew Life. This is obviously a disappointment for all of the show’s fans, including myself and many members of the CliqueClack team, who enjoyed the adventures of Charlie Crews and Dani Reese. Not only was it a neat piece of criminal procedural but it was also a great drama that featured well-rounded characters that, while inherently good, had their flaws.
While sad, it’s not a surprise that this happened considering the quality of programming talent that runs NBC. Jeff Zucker and his gang of idiots aren’t really interested in those types of shows for the network anymore. Simply put, they’re looking at one thing and one thing only… money. Screw the fact that Life was a quirky little drama that put another spin on the tired criminal procedural. Obviously, they decided that Biggest Loser: Former M-List Stars would be a bigger revenue generator than, you know, a well-scripted, well-acted series.
What gets me is that Life didn’t need to be canceled at all. If the network had difficulty finding a time slot and audience for the show (which is probably one of the reasons it was let go) why didn’t NBC and Universal give it a chance on USA? Charlie and Reese would have been a good fit amongst shows like In Plain Sight, Burn Notice, Monk and Law & Order: CI. It had the quirkiness of all of these shows, plus it had the added feature of an intriguing subplot (Charlie’s quest to find the members of The Conspiracy). Add it to a summer slot, and the show could have definitely given Universal some good numbers.
The cancellation of Life is just another example that the legacy networks are no longer interested in quality television. Hence, the reason why so many writers, producers and actors are moving to cable to strut their stuff. I wouldn’t be shocked, in the very near future, if the cable networks as well as the Interweb became the dominant force for quality, cutting edge programming (if they haven’t done so already) while the legacy channels became home to crappy reality programs and 18 hours of Jay Leno.
Good luck with your decision, NBC. With the dreck you’re adding to the fall schedule I’m sure the decision to cancel Life will bite you on the ass sooner or later. Especially if you decide to cancel Chuck as well.