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'Til Death' Is Really, Really Over

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 24th 2010 9:50AM
'Til DeathFox has confirmed some news that has been in the cards for a while: ''Til Death' has been cancelled after four seasons. Like so many other shows before it (*cough*cough* 'According To Jim'), it has avoided the axe for much longer than anticipated. ''Til Death' was even given an honor usually given to only science fiction on Fox: the Friday Night Death Slot.

Actually, by the time the show even got to its fourth season, the only consistent part of it was Brad Garrett and Joely Fisher. Eddie Kaye Thomas and Kat Foster, the next door newlywed couple that was half of the central premise of the original show, weren't even there anymore.

The best part of the Variety article was Brad Garrett's response to the situation. When they mention the showing having a 0.4 rating, he replied, "Give me a month and I'll take it to a zero." The network responded with dead silence. Those people have no sense of humor.

Poor Brad. At least he has those 7-Up commercials to keep him going.

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I like this show during the first season or two. It went down hill fast after that. The third season had "promise" with his new relationship with J. B. Smoove's character, but that fizzled. Now they are on their second Ally this season, the fourth since the show started. The only episode I bothered to watch (just checking in, see if it's any better than I might have expected) was the one where they introduced The Gooch as the new Ally. Admittedly, they handled it kind of cutely, with the looser son-in-law not recognizing her and some jokes about how he thinks his life is a sitcom and they recast his wife (wacka wacka). But it's pathetic, and symptomatic of a show that lost its sparkle, even for the other actors, long ago.

March 24 2010 at 5:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Agree with Grace, the show had alot of promise early on, despite the skewering it got from critics.

My wife and I -- now well past our honeymoon stage, but not quite in the "Holy crap, when did our kids grow up?" point in our lives, found humor -- and situations we could related to -- in both the starting and the seasoned couples.

But yes, somewhere around the time they let go of the 'honeymooners' things got very wrong.

Hopefully we'll see the beautiful and talented Joley Fisher around again soon.

March 24 2010 at 11:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It was cute at first--the two next door neighbor couples. Funny and somewhat-realistic showing the contrast between newly weds and long-married couples.

But then it got bizarre with the vengeful principal, all of the focus on the weird son-in-law, etc. And then changing actresses for the daughter--having two or three weddings, having her pregnant then not pregnant. TOO bizarre.

March 24 2010 at 10:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Actually their have been four actresses to play the part of Ally. That definitely has to be a record. Some of the 4th season episodes have been pretty good. It's a shame they are shown in completely random order.

March 24 2010 at 10:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The show was remotely funny on occasions. We'd watch it when nothing else was on. Recently, however, the episodes have not even been chronological. There are episodes in which their daughter is married, followed by one where she's not. There is also the fact that they've had 3 different actresses play her daughter. I, honestly, won't miss it.

March 24 2010 at 10:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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