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Coming this fall: less comedy, more drama

by Bob Sassone, posted May 10th 2007 3:23PM

Knights of ProsperityYou would think that the early, painful demise of The Nine, Kidnapped, Smith, Six Degrees, and other new dramas this season that there would be more comedy pilots picked up for the 2007 season. But according to The Hollywood Reporter, that's not the case.

Except for some solid buzz from a handful of comedies, including ABC's Sam I Am, ABC's Cavemen and Miss/Guided, and several shows at CBS, it looks like more dramas will make the schedule, including NBC's Bionic Woman and Journeyman, ABC's Dirty Sexy Money and Pushing Daisies, CBS' Babylon Fields, The Man, and Viva Laughlin. The new Jimmy Smits drama might replace Close To Home on Fridays, while FOX has the much-hyped Sarah Connor Chronicles, K-Ville, and Them.

The big comedy news, if you can call it "big" news, is the The Knights of Prosperity might not be dead after all! ABC is thinking of bringing it back, only with Ray Romano in the Mick Jagger role.

Of course, we'll know more next week, as the networks unveil their new fall lineups. We'll have full coverage here at TV Squad, and you can tell us what you think of the new shows (and the canceled shows).

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Ben Watson

As long as they change the cheesy Paul Schaffer theme song I'll tune in for another season of KOP

May 11 2007 at 12:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brent McKee

"Studio 60" wasn't a bad show that made it to air - "20 Good Years", now that was a bad show that made it to air.

May 11 2007 at 6:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
smashthesymbols

"The big comedy news, if you can call it "big" news, is the The Knights of Prosperity might not be dead after all! ABC is thinking of bringing it back, only with Ray Romano in the Mick Jagger role."

You better not be screwing with us. I would love it if that actually came back somehow. I really enjoyed what we saw of season 1, with a bit of tweaking that show could really be something special.

May 10 2007 at 11:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Machine

I'm far far more reluctant to watch a new drama than I am a new comedy. Apart from the fact that most dramas these days are just amazingly bleak, depressing, graphic and violent... CSI autopsy porn get tiresome really fast... the networks are WAY too quick to pull the plug if the numbers aren't right immediately.

The networks lost me a few years ago when they cancelled John Doe at the end of the season with NO resolution to the cliff-hanger... but HBO lost me when it pulled the plug on Carnivale at the end of Season Two... after the Sopranos ends I'm gone :)

May 10 2007 at 5:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Angela

Thanks, David. I actually wasn't slamming Bob -- I just wanted clarification on what "solid buzz" actually is. I guess I like bad TV too, because I was kinda hoping Studio 60 would get some more time to develop into a solid series. Don't hold it against me. I like Aaron Sorkin's ideas and he's a pretty good writer. It seems like more and more studios are banking on instant, overnight success; rather than the formula of the 80s and 90s to let a series marinate and develop and flesh out its characters over the first one or two seasons before it becomes a bona fide hit. I have seen that mentioned a time or two here before, referring to Seinfeld, The West Wing, Friends, and some of the other defining shows of various generations.

May 10 2007 at 5:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
C C

The lack of comedy pilots is concerning. And the ones that are up for next season mostly have no laugh tracks. Why are networks shying away from the standard sitcom?

May 10 2007 at 5:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David

Yes bad shows make it to air, the best examble of that in recent years would be Studio 60.

May 10 2007 at 4:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob Sassone

Solid buzz as in "it's going to be picked up as a series," not that it's the next Seinfeld. We all know that bad shows make it on the air all the time (I haven't seen Cavemen, but that's the word on it).

May 10 2007 at 4:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dakota

Knights of Prosperity FTW!!!

May 10 2007 at 4:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David

Angela you are correct and everyone made fun of the fact that Cavemen was horrible. Bob is just an idiot who likes bad TV so don't mind him.

May 10 2007 at 4:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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