Well, that was fast.
NBC has shown us all some mercy and canned “The Paul Reiser Show” after just two episodes — just as we expected.
The show’s 8:30 timeslot, for the rest of the season, will be stocked with “Office” reruns.
(They’ll show Michael Scott’s proposal to Holly this Thursday.)
And Reiser’s unfortunate “Curb Your Enthusiasm” knockoff will join the graveyard of TV series yanked from the airwaves in record time.
The sketch show starring 'Laugh-In' star Terese Graves was just too racy for ABC in 1969. Programming execs were horrified by the premiere's sex jokes and pulled the plug before the credits rolled.
The year was 1979, and one of the hottest cultural properties around was 'National Lampoon's Animal House.' CBS tried to capitalise on the legendary comedy's buzz by creating a TV version of it -- but after one episode, they knew they'd made a mistake. The other five shows in the can aired only on Canadian television.
Today, we know him as Kurt's endearing dad on 'Glee' -- but in 1999, Mike O'Malley (who would go on to star in 'Yes, Dear') was the star of his own eponymous sitcom about a 30-year-old manchild. For all of 44 minutes of television, anyway. (Yep, Will Arnett was involved, too.)
'Tosh.0' has thrived on Comedy Central -- but when ABC tried to launch its own web-humour revue in 2002 (starring the Sklar brothers), the show tanked after a single episode.
Networks have limitless optimism when it comes to shows built around pretty ladies who can't find love -- and they were so optimistic about this 2006 series (starring Heather Graham) that they reportedly greenlit it without seeing a pilot. And then were presumably surprised when they had to yank it after one show.
This is an odd idea, even if the public loves the person at its centre: give a celebrity a show devoted entirely to letting them fulfil lifelong dreams like duetting with famous singers. That was what NBC did for Rosie O'Donnell in 2008 -- when a heck of a lot of people were already soured on her. 'Rosie Live' lasted all of one episode.
The 2008 what-does-it-all-mean dramedy was atrociously bad. After one episode, NBC bumped it to sister network Bravo -- who proceeded to burn through the remaining six episodes starting at 8 a.m. on a Sunday.
In 2010, NBC pulled the gritty cop drama before its premiere, fearing that 9 p.m. was way too early to put it on. But TNT saved 'Southland' -- and just renewed it for a fourth season.
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