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Surviving Suburbia didn't, but we'll be Better Off Ted for it even sooner

by Jason Hughes, posted May 31st 2009 10:29AM
Better Off TedSurviving Suburbia just can't catch a break. It starts as a high profile return vehicle for Bob Saget over on The CW. Hell, the guy even hosts their fall preview. But it never shows up. So production company ABC snags it and puts it on their air this past winter. But only for a bit before yanking it. Don't worry, they said, it'll be back this summer; which translates as we're burning off the rest of the episodes. And now they're not even doing that!

So I hope you like The Goode Family, because effective immediately Surviving Suburbia is being yanked in favor of back-to-back Goode. I'm thinking online or DVD may be the only chances left to see the last of Suburbia, if anyone even cares. It's not all bad news, though. Apparently to make us feel better about losing Bob (he's still narrating HIMYM so he's still got a job for awhile), they're bringing back the already renewed Better Off Ted with new episodes starting June 23 at 9 Eastern. Maybe with less competition, the goofy workplace comedy can find the audience it deserves.

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Why should we complain about the end of a sitcom that should have never seen the light of day?

The only reason this show got on the air in the first place is because Media Rights Capital (Surviving Suburbia's studio) paid the CW to rent their Sunday night. Where they proceeded to trash the night like a bunch of no-good frat boys renting a beautiful Victorian. Before the CW evicted them the night was saveable. Now the network is getting out completely because of all the bungling MRC did with such lousy product like a show revolving around the payday loan business. Who would watch that? Predictably, only people with broken TV dials or lousy reception for everything except the CW, going by the ratings.

Then ABC bought it, just because it was "Bob Saget sitcom" without looking at the plot at all. Because of this, fans of "Castle" like me were nervous because this garbage sitcom drove away "Dancing with the Stars" viewers, which were critical to drawing new viewers for "Castle" in. Without an eleventh hour manuver to pull "Suburbia" for the final two weeks of the DWTS schedule and letting that show two hours, I'd be here bemoaning the cancellation of "Castle" instead because of a soul-sucking lead-in.

Thank goodness ABC came to it's senses and will let tis die. Better late than never. Bob Saget deserved a much better show than this ended up being, and with an idea that wasn't developed to fill a half-hour on a low rent night.

June 01 2009 at 4:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow... new episodes so soon? This is great, hopefully it doesn't effect a full Fall run though! LOVE THIS SHOW

May 31 2009 at 10:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Ashley Boyd

Its not really "new" episodes I believe, but more "the other 6 that were already made but ABC decided to postpone showing".

But yes, good news.

May 31 2009 at 11:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I read at tvbythenumbers that this will affect the fall run of the show in that there won't be one. The rest of season 1 airs this summer and summer 2 will be midseason.

May 31 2009 at 11:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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