Question: Why did NBC move The Office so it now conflicts with Grey's Anatomy? I guess putting Scrubs after it might give that show the break it deserves. And now they put Cane opposite Boston Legal. I don't have TiVo, so I guess I have to dust off my VHS. Do they really want to weed out good (old) shows or jeopardize new ones? On another topic, what happened to Shark?
Answer: The move of The Office has nothing to do with giving Scrubs a break. This is Scrubs' final season, and nothing's going to make it a breakout hit. Actually, none of NBC's comedies on Thursday are runaway hits. The move probably has to do with giving 30 Rock a more protected slot at 8:30 pm/ET, between My Name Is Earl and The Office. The fact is that some good NBC comedy is going to have to go up against Grey's Anatomy and CSI, and The Office is arguably better suited, thematically and content-wise, for the later time period. And Cane vs. Boston Legal? CBS had to put something there, having basically vamped with
Question: I guess 3 Lbs was really just Stanley Tucci's audition tape for ER. Any news on if he'll be back for next season?
Answer: Not only will he be back, but he'll be a series regular.
Question: I was just looking for the next episode of 3 LBS, and after reading your column, now understand why I couldn't find it. You say CBS has to go back to the drawing board. Frankly, I was rather upset when they moved Without a Trace to Sunday night. People are tired and usually go to bed early on Sundays. CBS would dominate Tuesday nights if they moved Without a Trace to after The Unit.
Answer: Again, I'm not buying that 10-pm-is-too-late argument, on Sundays of all nights. I do wonder how long it will be before CBS experiments with moving one of its successful franchises to Tuesdays (and not in repeats), to see if there's any way to reverse that jinx. Without a Trace would be a good pick, but that would leave a hole on Sundays, where the move to back-to-back procedurals (Cold Case and Trace) is still relatively new. So I wouldn't expect to see a change there anytime soon ...
Question: I knew the network was not going to keep 3 LBS on the air, but not because it's not a good show. I think it was interesting, but it was a bit morbid. I especially enjoyed the pilot episode when the young violinist had had a seizure. Do you think its realistic morbidity may have been why it did not pull in as many viewers? Maybe people need or want to see "lighter" shows. Even though ER and House are medical dramas, they have many light moments, but 3 LBS seemed to be a darker show. It made one feel that what happened to the fictional patient could so easily happen to anyone. What do you think?
Answer: I'm not sure enough people even gave the show a chance to decide if it was too morbid for them. I think it was one medical drama too many, and that if CBS cynically thought it could attract the House viewer by airing such a transparent clone an hour later on the same night, it should have expended more effort toward making a better clone. There were elements of 3 LBS with humor ...
Well, as most of you viewers probably know, 3 LBS has been cancelled. I just wanted to say that I was starting to really like this show and was pulling for it, although, I knew surviving the heavily-packed medical drama schedule would be tough.Thanks for reading!