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'Important Things' Out, CBS in For Demetri Martin

by Nick Zaino, posted Oct 20th 2010 10:45AM
'Important Things with Demetri Martin' won't be back, Martin moves to CBSDemetri Martin is working on a TV show, and it's not season 3 of Comedy Central's 'Important Things with Demetri Martin.'

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Martin has signed a deal with CBS to write, produce, and star in a new show. The Hollywood Reporter and TV Squad both confirmed there will be no season 3 of 'Important Things.'

It's a blind script deal, which means the show could be anything. And given Martin's vast imagination, it would be pointless to speculate on the details. The Reporter does point out that Martin fits with CBS's desires to court a young audience, in line with recent actions like developing new shows based on Twitter feeds.

Martin is tough to nail down, in terms of a TV persona. His deadpan and absurdist humor have often drawn comparisons to Steven Wright. And those are hard qualities around which to build a successful mainstream TV show. 'Important Things' was perfect in season 1, showcasing Martin and a lot of his talented friends (Jon Benjamin seems to stand out in anything he does). There were sketches, songs, bits that felt more like stand-up -- seemingly anything Martin could dream of, he could find some way to express on the show.

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Season 2, however, was uneven. There were still moments of brilliance, but also several sketches and segments that felt flat. Maybe it was partly to do with the fact that every show had a theme to follow (Brains, Coolness and Chairs were three from season one), and the themes weren't quite as interesting in season 2. Doing sketch in a half-hour format is tough. A segment that tanks might be forgotten in an hour or hour and a half show. That same segment would stand out more in a 30-minute show.

The biggest plus with CBS is that Martin is developing the show himself. He should be able to sidestep a force fit into an ill-fitting sitcom. It took Martin a couple of years to develop 'Important Things' for Comedy Central. He won't have that much time at CBS. Whatever he comes up with, it most certainly won't look like anything else on CBS's lineup.

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