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Fox trims down On the Lot, changes The Loop airings

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 1st 2007 3:08PM
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Fox has apparently responded to the lackluster ratings of its new reality series, On the Lot, by trimming down the number of episodes. Instead of airing on two nights each week, the network is going to condense its unreasonably long results show with its competition for a single, one-hour installment each week.

The change is effective immediately: On the Lot will only be seen on Tuesdays at 8 pm starting June 5. There will still be a two-night finale on August 13-14.

The schedule change will also cause a shift in the schedule for the remaining episodes of The Loop. Now The Loop will not appear on Tuesdays, will air twice on Sundays at 7:30 and 8:30 pm on June 24 and July 1.

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Doug D.

Ya, there is so much that is enjoyable and challenging about film making... Why not catalogue those events instead of some BS voting thing that is highly manipulated by some marginal viewers and people "Voting for the worst"... It's kind of irritating seeing the people that actually have skill get punked out for somebody who's film would not meet YouTube submission requirements... Fox needs to be thinking about quality and story line not the dollars and cents and trying to recreate the gold of American idol...

It's kind of like trying to duplicate that 'Fun family vacation' you went on last year... It was fun the first time... Find something new this year... It will more than likely not be successful twice...

June 19 2007 at 7:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dion

I for once am really impressed with everyones comments. You guys in my opinion have hit the nail on the head. This show had potential and is produced horribly! The American Idol style does not work for every show, especially this one. I am suprised they don't ADR Carrie Fishers voice in with an english accent. I am a current Full Sail film student, and I was so worried about this show making even more people want to produce movies. Thank god it sucks! The audio is horrible, The Hostess is no Ryan Seacrest, I mean that in a heterosexual way! I hope! The films are 50/50. Carrie Fisher is On The Lots Paula Abdul, and Micheal Bay what a jerkoff! He'll be gone after Transformers. The worst thing about this show is how she announces names and then pauses like it is supposed to be suspensful. First off how about a little suspense music, maybe they could steal it from who wants to be a millionaire, and second off who cares who goes when they all have to go at one point. Props to the films Ghetta Rhoom, Broken Pipe Dreams, and Soft! I sure hope that NYU chick starts making better non artsy films that make sense, cause she's hot!

June 06 2007 at 3:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Matt

Correct me if I'm reading into this wrong, but the results show is airing within a new episode, with new films for America to vote on? All of this is condensed into one hour?

Meaning...America get ten minutes to vote for the film they like...?

Sounds like a brilliant formula for failure!

June 01 2007 at 8:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Allen

They stole the idea from a group called "Instant Films". www.instantfilms.tv I did some films for them and at least one actor on The Lot is a regular. I think they pitched to Spielberg, etc and those guys said no and made their own show.
The idea could work, but the hosts are all wrong. At least Brett Ratner made some sense, but Carrie Fisher? Garry (Vaudeville) Marshall? Put some filmmakers up there who actually have something to say.
And the voting is ridiculous. It should be blind. We shouldn't know who made what film. Not until after the results. The films should be voted on based on merit.
Too bad, this idea could have worked. IF they stayed with the original "Work together, Die Alone" format and had 1 day to make their movies.
The American Idol model doesn't work for everything, you know. I am surprised at Burnett, actually, more than anyone else. His shows all had the integrity of not putting the results in the hands of a proletariat.

June 01 2007 at 6:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
NavStar

I agree. The host sucks, the format sucks, the judges suck, the short films suck, and America voting sucks the most. (Only the blandest, lowest common denominator will win -- farting grandma kicking some guy in the nuts)

June 01 2007 at 5:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mark in Portland

I'd like this show to be a LOT more "Project Greenlight" -- focusing on the filmmaker's experiences, team challenages, all the stuff Burnett is good at -- and a LOT less "American Idol" with its viewer voting and faux suspenseful award shows. Also, the judges don't seem equipped to give meaningful comments on tiny indie films... they don't seem to be able to come up with much to say, good or bad. Half of the comments this week were "Oh, it had a beginning, middle, and end. Good job!" LAME. THIS SHOW SUCKS. Can't believe Spielberg and Burnett have their names attached.

June 01 2007 at 4:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kim

Yeah, that sounds about right for Fox. In fact, I'm surprised it's not already cancelled.

June 01 2007 at 3:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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