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Why did The Nine fail?

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 18th 2006 2:34PM

The NineBeats me.

As I mentioned in my Five Canceled Shows post, this show was the most critically-acclaimed new show of the fall season and it had the nice time slot after Lost on Wednesday nights? It had a really strong cast and an intriguing pilot. So what the hell happened? The LA Times investigates, talking to the show's creator Hank Steinberg.

The whole thing was odd from the get-go, as The Nine's very first episode didn't even the numbers that ABC thought it would, and then the ratings fell from there. People who didn't like the show can say that the show didn't live up to the pre-season hype or the quality of the pilot, but that doesn't explain why the pilot wasn't watched by more people.

One thing the article says that I don't quite believe is that the show hasn't been officially canceled by the network. Yeah, if you want to get into semantics. The network says the show might be back in March or April, but at the same time it pulled the show because of low ratings and hasn't ordered anymore.

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ABC plans to air final episodes of The Nine next year

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Nov 28th 2006 2:02PM

The NineAs Bob, and numerous others speculated days ago, the news is now confirmed according to CNN. The Nine has been officially yanked from the ABC Wednesday night line-up and for at least this week, will be replaced with a new episode of 20/20.

Only seven episodes have aired (they all tanked in the ratings), but ABC ordered a total of 13. So there's still six hours worth of marginally exciting, semi-enjoyable, snooze-inducing, bank robbing mystery hanging around in TV limbo. They'll see the light of day, but not until later in the season. So they probably won't air until some time in the spring and unless something magical happens, The Nine is a goner. You can take that to the bank! Oohh! That's right... I went there.

I guess no one gave a crap about what happened in there.

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ABC pulling The Nine?

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 25th 2006 8:16AM

The NineThis doesn't look good.

ABCNews.com has posted a description of a special episode of 20/20 that's "Coming Up" this Wednesday, November 29 at 10pm. That's when the new drama The Nine usually airs, and I've checked three TV schedules online and they all say that The Nine is supposed to air as usual. And the episode last week had coming attractions of the November 29th episode, with no mention that it was going to be pre-empted for a week. There's been no official press release from ABC about it, and even the schedule at the network's site still lists The Nine as airing on that night, but the description of the 20/20 episode is on there too, so maybe they just haven't changed the grid yet.

This is not a good sign at all. Sometimes the networks pull low rated shows during sweeps, but this November sweeps period is about to end. Maybe ABC wasn't happy with last week's ratings of the show and have decided to shift gears and take it off the air for now? Or for good? I have a feeling this might be one of the "let's put the remaining episodes on the web" kind of deals, like Kidnapped. Or maybe this is a temporary thing and the show will be back in December.

(Thanks to Tom for the tip)

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Screw the hiatus, bring back Lost now

by Brett Love, posted Nov 24th 2006 4:30PM
lostThere has been much chatter about ABC's somewhat unconventional scheduling of Lost this season. In an effort to avoid a repeat filled schedule, they have split the season into two parts, handing off the time slot to Day Break for three months in the middle. While they will tell you it was because of outcry from the fans, the cynic in me thinks that the fact that Lost doesn't repeat well had something to do with it.

Either way, it's not working. Rather, it's really not working. Day Break premiered with a somewhat disappointing 11 million viewers, despite having the Dancing with the Stars finale drop 27 million sets of eyeballs on their doorstep. But 11 million sounds just grand compared to this week. With the dancing shoes stowed away for the foreseeable future, Captain Kirk's Show Me The Money is delivering just under 8 million viewers as the lead in. And Wednesday, Day Break only managed to hang on to 5.12 million of them. 5 million? The worst repeat of Lost would never approach 5 million viewers.

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The Nine: Outsiders

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 22nd 2006 11:29PM
The Nine(S01E07) So we finally find out what Jeremy did in the bank to make Lizzie so upset and make him feel so guilty. One of the gunmen took the both of them to a hallway in the back of the bank, and while he was distracted, Jeremy ran for a back door! He actually wanted to get out, leaving Lizzie there, but felt really guilty about it. And now she's pregnant and they can't stay together and they have to tell his parents about it.

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The Nine: Take Me Instead

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 8th 2006 11:12PM

The Nine(S01E06) The people who don't like this show anymore (after the pilot) don't know what they're talking about. Are they expecting some sort of big conspiracy plotline? Something supernatural? A big mystery to be unveiled at the end? Do they expect something darker because of the bank robbery/flashback device the show is using? Do they expect the entire show to be set in the bank? They're watching the wrong show. This is a character-driven drama, period, and a damn good one.

They're into hour two of the hostage drama (in the flashbacks), and we get to see how they came to decide who should be the hostage released from the bank...

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How did The Nine go downhill so quickly?

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 8th 2006 4:31PM
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Like most critics, I was completely riveted by the pilot for The Nine. Everything from the robbery to the rescue to the aftermath sucked me in and made me lose track of time, something that none of the other pilots were able to accomplish. And, I wasn't the only one here at TVS that was looking forward to seeing the show; just about every one of my fellow Squadders loved the show, and our praise was deafening to the point that readers were wondering if we were being paid off by ABC or one of the producers.

So much for first impressions.

We're now up to the sixth episode of The Nine, and I'm starting to lose interest. Fast. I have last week's episode on tape but haven't watched it yet. I plan on recording tonight's episode, too, but I probably won't watch either until this weekend -- if I don't have anything else to do. That's a bad sign. If I'm not eagerly looking forward to watching a show within a day or so of its airing, chances are I'm only a few weeks away from dropping the show for good.

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The Nine: All About Eva

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 1st 2006 11:18PM
Chi McBride(S01E05) As you can tell from the episode title, tonight's episode focused exclusively on Jeremy. Ha! Just kidding. But it didn't really focus completely on Eva either. There was also plenty about the Lucas/Randall relationship, Franny, Kathryn and the baby, and the new Odd Couple, Nick and Egan.

"Can one divorced man and one soon to be divorced man share an apartment, without driving each other crazy?"

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The Nine: Brother's Keeper

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 25th 2006 11:17PM

The Nine(S01E04) It's interesting how this show is becoming something different than how it started. Oh, the set up is the same, a group of strangers coming together after a horrifying bank hostage situation. But the stage it's in now is intriguing. The group started out as complete strangers who just happened to find each other together at a bank. Then, they find themselves becoming great friends and even meeting on a regular basis for dinner to help each other through this. And now comes the inevitable third stage: still great friends, but little differences in opinion are starting to create little irritations and disagreements.

And we find out that one of the bank robbers had a chance to escape, but decided to go back into the bank...

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The Nine: What's Your Emergency?

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 18th 2006 11:30PM
The Nine(S01E03) Tonight was a great night for openings. First Jericho, and now The Nine. The opening scene wasn't just tension-filled, it was a great piece of filmmaking, showing the first hour of the bank robbery, where everyone was, and what happened. One of those well-done scenes that have a lot of characters and a lot of things happening, but you know exactly what's going on and what everyone is doing. And it clued us into how this show is going to operate in each episode. They're not just showing us what happened with a flashback, it's almost as if each episode is a new look at what happened, not just a flashback rehash of stuff we already know.

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The Nine: Heroes Welcome

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 11th 2006 11:16PM
The Nine(S01E02) I love how this show isn't toying with us. Sure, they're holding back on many of the details about what exactly happened during the 52 hour bank robbery, but you don't get the feeling they're taunting us or teasing us (*cough* Lost *cough*). Everything that is happening and the way they're showing it seems natural to the story, and it's amazing how intriguing a two or three second flashback snippet can be.

In this ep, the survivors are trying to get on with their lives, but it's not going to be easy...

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The Nine: Pilot (series premiere)

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 4th 2006 11:03PM
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(S01E01) There are certain words I'm hesitant to use to describe this first episode of The Nine. After my praise and hype of Studio 60, I caught the wrath of many readers who thought I was either overpraising the show a little bit or just completely wrong for even liking the show. So, I'm hesitant to say that The Nine is excellent. It's exciting and well put together and deserves the hype that has been building for the past several weeks.

Having said that, I'd just like to say that The Nine is excellent. It's exciting and well put together and deserves the hype that has been building for the past several weeks.

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The Nine -- an early look

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 2nd 2006 12:55PM
The Nine
I'll have the full review of the first episode of The Nine when it premieres later this week (Wednesday night at 10, after Lost), but I wanted to tell you the 10 things I jotted down as I watched it.

1. This show isn't just "involving," it's mesmerizing, and that's unbelievably rare on television.

2. The cast is like a greatest hits of television from the past 10-15 years: Tim Daly (Wings, The Fugitive, Eyes), John Billingsley (Star Trek: Enterprise), Scott Wolf (Party of Five), Tom Verica (American Dreams, Will and Grace, Central Park West), Chi McBride (Boston Public, House), Kim Raver (24, Third Watch), and others. The cast is so good it's scary.

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