Coupling producer rips into Jeff Zucker
Remember the short-lived American version of Coupling that ran on NBC a few seasons back? Do you know why it was so short-lived? Two words: Jeff Zucker!
That's what writer/producer Steven Moffat says. He was the creator and writer of both the British and American versions of the show (he has also written several episodes of Doctor Who). He's still angry that Zucker actually said that the show "sucked" back in 2003.
Here's what he had to say about why the NBC version didn't last longer:
"I can answer that with three letters: N-B-C. Really good cast, really good writing team, the network totally fucked it up. You want a show to be funny? Get somebody other than Jeff Zucker and his team because they will fuck it up. There, that's the end of my career in LA."
Hmmm...I gotta say, I watched the NBC version of the show, and I have to agree with Zucker. It was one of all those forgettable sitcoms that NBC tried on Thursday night, remember? The Single Guy, Inside Schwartz, Union Square, Jesse, and all those other sitcoms. Shows you just prayed were better because you liked the cast or the plot had potential...but it just never happened.
[via TV Tattle]