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Stiller comedy lands Nic Cage's National Treasure co-star

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 3rd 2009 12:02PM
justin bartha the stationActor Justin Bartha is taking a break from saving Nic Cage's ass in the National Treasure movies to star in the upcoming Fox comedy The Station. Judging by a network description of the show, The Station was seemingly designed to repel network audiences and get canceled before the third episode airs.

It's a comedy about a CIA operative working with his crew to install a new dictator in a South American country.

I don't mean to sound so negative, but this concept doesn't exactly scream "network hit." I'm not saying it won't be funny. It better be. Zoolander himself, Ben Stiller, is directing the pilot. But this doesn't sound like the kind of thing that will make it on Fox, the network known for pulling the plug too early on some of its best and most original series. It might get a chance to grow on a cable network like FX or AMC. Maybe. But not on Fox.

If it's is anything like Stiller's last TV pilot, Heat Vision and Jack, The Station will be hilarious, subversive and way ahead of its time. And it'll be lucky to make it on the air.

Good luck, Mr. Bartha. I hope you have better luck with this than you did with your last TV gig, Teachers, which was yanked after only six episodes.

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So Bartha's the official covert op guy.

April 03 2009 at 3:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I won't even watch it because it's on FOX. If I like it, the chances of it being cancelled before the first season is over are simply too great. It's not worth becoming emotionally invested in a show that's so likely to be cancelled. I never watch new shows on FOX until they've been given a second season. Then I'll go back and check them out. The one exception I made was Terminator: TSCC which I watched from season 1, and amazingly it was given a second season; however, it looks like I'm bound to be disappointed with only 2 episodes left and practically zero chance of a 3rd season.

So no matter what people say about this show (the concept does sound odd, but that's good - more cop/doctor/lawyer procedurals or "odd group of friends/family" comedies are the last thing TV needs ... other than more reality shows) I won't watch it until it's been renewed for a second season. This is my "FOX TV rule" - due to FOX's history of early, unwarranted, disappointing cancellations and inability to let shows grow and find audiences, I only have this rule for FOX. I will watch new shows on all other networks.

April 03 2009 at 12:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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