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Self-annihilation is not unlike show cancelling and more belt-tightening in the 500 Channel era as all media is economic in the last instance. When networks/studios order more/less episodes, one can see the vicissitudes of show biz and just as series renewal and cancellations occur, the life of programs, their cast and production staffs hang from a thread. One can perhaps see this in the case of The Crazy Ones, when one reflects upon how since Mork & Mindy, Robin Williams' return to television since his earlier feud with Disney only made the Mouse seem all the more rat-like. And by contrast how could CBS renew a miscast and dysfunctional The Millers with its idiotic premise: Will Arnett would have put his parents in assisted living ASAP in real life. Surely its ratings and budget weren't any better. Surely the difference between single and multiple camera production did not signal the artistic end of a deeply memorable career. Ultimately it is always the bottom line and not the front end in the Industry.
(The Crazy Ones) suffered from modest ratings and had an expensive budget due partly to cast salaries
The Crazy Ones was the real comedy wild card at CBS. Modest in the ratings and produced by 20th Century Fox Television, what it did have going for it was a warm critical reception and Williams' clout. The first season, which completed a full 22-episode order but left the schedule a little early to accommodate midseason comedy Bad Teacher, averaged a 2.8 rating in the key demo and 10.5 million viewers.
TNT's summer success also includes Rizzoli & Isles, which ranks as basic cable's #1 scripted series this summer. The show has brought in a whopping 8.5 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery in its fifth season, a slight increase over its summer average last year, and ranks right behind The Last Ship as basic cable's #2 scripted series this summer with key demos. In addition, TNT's new crime-drama Murder in the First has averaged 5.0 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery for its first season, and Perception is averaging 4.6 million viewers in Live + 7 delivery for its third season.
Public Suicide is a Deed of Optionless Intimacy and in the light of the ending of Murder in the First and Robin Williams' death, public figures have an entirely different sense of their endings. And so emblematic that the demise of a sitcom about advertising in an age of Mad Men where the conflict between creatives and account executives is punctuated by the recent death of its star.
For The Crazy Ones, the single-camera comedy never quite fit into CBS’ multi-camera-dominated Thursday comedy block. Creator David E. Kelley pitched a second season, which he would’ve overseen, and CBS brass had been intrigued by the idea of keeping Williams on the air. But, after a very soft first season following a big premiere, a renewal was considered a long shot....The two half-hour pilots picked up to series, The Odd Couple and The McCarthys, multi-camera as are all returning CBS comedies, The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, The Millers, Mike & Molly, 2 Broke Girls and Mom. It appears that the network’s current foray into single-camera comedy has been short-lived.
The two styles have both gone in and out vogue, with multi-camera comedies dominating the '80s and '90s (Cheers, Friends), and single-camera comedies being the norm in the '60s and early '70s (The Munsters, Bewitched).But right now, multi-cams and single-cams are both plentiful.

In single camera comedies, there's really just one camera doing all the work, so each shot or angle is filmed individually. (Modern Family).

Pros: Clean, bigger-budget, more movie-like look; fewer standing sets means more versatility; light can be changed each shot; can more easily handle visual effects.
Cons: Higher expenses mean a shorter leash for network tolerance and a greater chance of cancellation; high-brow snobbery.

Multi-camera comedies do things the "old-timey" way—or at least that's how they tend to feel sometimes. They're sometimes shot before a studio audience like a play (just ask Whitney), with few interruptions in filming as the characters all perform together while a handful of cameras catch all the action.

Pros: Cheaper and faster to make; the familiar set-up/set-up/punchline formula used in many scenes means fertile ground for zingers.
Cons: The robotic clucking of a laugh track; limited comedy stylings.

In the end, the laugh track always wins.


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    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 06:55:32 PM PDT

  •  I've always wondered, how can a regular piece (3+ / 0-)
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    titled Kill Your Television be about nothing but the thought-killing garbage that is on television?

    "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

    by Greyhound on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 06:58:04 PM PDT

    •  as the GOP says, it's like PBO going to Martha's (2+ / 0-)
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      Vineyard during the putative coup in Iraq

      In the anguished days following Sept. 11 cultural prognosticators were quick to declare the death of irony, cynicism and black humor.

      Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

      by annieli on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 07:03:41 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks for the answer. It does keep me somewhat (1+ / 0-)
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        aware of the context surrounding the jabber going on around me when I must venture out among the consumers.

        The nearly total divisions within our society are never so striking as when trying to carry on a conversation with the "average" American, television is what they know and, apparently, all they really care about.

        "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

        by Greyhound on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 07:15:13 PM PDT

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        •  to paraphrase Sprint™: "We are Framility" /nt (2+ / 0-)
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          Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

          by annieli on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 07:25:35 PM PDT

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          •  Is this a real thing? (0+ / 0-)

            I know it's silly to ask, but I don't assume anything anymore.

            I thought the Real Housewives series was a joke for almost a year before I learned it was both real and popular.

            "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

            by Greyhound on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 07:48:05 PM PDT

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            •  contraction of Friends & Family = "Framily" (0+ / 0-)

              "The Frobinson Family"

              Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

              by annieli on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 07:58:05 PM PDT

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              •  Somewhere, someone is working on a... (1+ / 0-)
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                ...dissertation proposal for Framily as the New Multiculuralism.  Finally, an idea that can unite progressives and reactionaries: the former will take it at laudable face value, the latter will take it as Swiftian (if you normalize interracial families, soon we'll let hamsters in).

                It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love

                by Rich in PA on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 05:11:21 AM PDT

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  •  I still don't get why The Millers was (1+ / 0-)
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    Renewed and The Crazy Ones was cancelled.  My understanding was that the two shows had similar ratings (though Crazy had potential while The Millers was just plain unfunny) - you'd think a Robin Williams sitcom would've been much more marketable than a Will Arnett one (though Arnett is arguably the best thing about the show; it wastes a couple of very talented performers in Margo Martindale and Beau Bridges and features the terminally unfunny J. B Smoove).

    -6.62, -5.95. "We have nothing to fear but fear itself."

    by Theodoric of York Medieval Liberal on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 07:28:53 PM PDT

    •  I think Robin Williams for many years... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...had the Kevin Costner whiff of unprofitability about him.  My question is how The Crazy Ones got as far as it did, with a laughably rip-off title and concept and positioned as a star vehicle for someone who was, in business terms, a permanent reclamation project.  

      It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love

      by Rich in PA on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 05:14:13 AM PDT

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  •  I enjoyed "Crazy Ones" 9 times out of 10 (the (1+ / 0-)
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    time I didn't involved Andrew's crass, obnoxious siblings and I switched it off), but noticed that even though it was set in Chicago, not NYC, they mentioned sex about every third sentence or so--the sure sign of a David Kelley show. They sure talked about lesbian sex a lot, and when I read that the show had been cancelled, I thought, "Maybe they didn't talk about lesbian sex ENOUGH."

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