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Diane Ruggiero exits The Ex List - VIDEO

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 13th 2008 12:05PM
Ruggiero and ReaserThere's no way that the creator/executive producer of a new series walking away from the show before the season premiere can be a good thing. In fact, it's down right ominous. Therefore, the news that Diane Ruggiero has walked off The Ex List before the October 3rd premiere does not bode well for the comedy-drama. It's not like the prospect of succeeding in the dreaded Friday at 9 P.M. ET on CBS (the place where Moonlight died) was a sign of good things to come, but having seen the pilot, I was keeping my fingers crossed. Now, I'm worried.

Reportedly, Ruggiero unexpectedly quit The Ex List on Friday morning. Rick Eid, executive producer of the show, will continue on in her place as showrunner. However, the writing staff will have to continue without their guiding light because make no mistake, the heart and soul of the main character -- Bella Bloom -- was a reflection of Diane Ruggiero. She's a strong writer with a distinct voice, one she lent to her other success (with Rob Thomas) Veronica Mars.

Just listen to Ms. Ruggiero in this clip from the TCA presentation:
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Like I said, The Ex List looks really promising. The pilot is clever and the characters are compelling. I care about Bella, and even though Ruggiero is out of the loop now, she did produce the first seven shows, which presumably will air on CBS. If the program catches on and completes its order of 13 episodes, I'm wondering how those from seven will compare to the other six?

I suspect in the weeks to come we'll find out why Diane really exited The Ex-List, so I won't make any guesses here. I just hope that someone as talented as she is finds another show very soon and gets back to writing. Maybe she could work on that possible/potential Veronica Mars movie?

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RobynM

You do know this is an American adaptation of an Israeli show, don't you? Since the original creator, Sigal Avin, is involved as script consultant, to refer to Ms. Ruggiero as 'creator' is a bit of a stretch as far as I'm concerned.

(Sorry, Americans being treated like they created the concept when adapting foreign shows is a pet peeve of mine.)

September 13 2008 at 7:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Carissa

As a single woman, I find the concept offensive to begin with. I would assume the show was aimed at women, but the idea of watching someone go through all the exes she must have gone through so easily doesn't sound fun at all.

I never thought this show would make it to air, so it has a much better start than I would have thought, with all the viral marketing, etc. If the creator walks away, something awful must be afoot!

September 13 2008 at 5:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tv junkie

i love Diane Ruggiero's work on Veronica Mars, in fact, she wrote some of my favorite episodes. But the premise and the promo of this show seems downright stupid to me, and lets not forget those scorned Moonlight fans that will never watch anything CBS put in that timeslot again.

September 13 2008 at 2:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Wanda

You must have seen a much different pilot than I did, as I found nothing about the show to be compelling in any way, shape or form.

Oh, and that was only a few days ago at the Paley Center in Los Angeles, so it hasn't been reworked in less than a week's time.

September 13 2008 at 12:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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