Tuesday, August 09, 2005

The Verdict Is In

As you may have heard, NBC will no longer air "The Law Firm." We, the jury, have found the show to be guilty of sucking, and we (almost unanimously) voted by not watching.

This cancellation is noteworthy for two reasons:

1. "The Law Firm" joins the pantheon of TV Shorties! NBC only aired two of the eight episodes.

2. We're finally seeing some significant effects of vertical integration this summer. The remaining six episodes of "The Law Firm" will be shown on Bravo, the younger sibling of NBC in the NBC-Universal family. What other shows recently took advantage of conglomera?

"Rock Star: INXS" (Viacom, partly demoted from CBS to VH1);
"The Princes of Malibu" (NewsCorp, demoted from Fox to Fox Reality);

"Veronica Mars" (Viacom, UPN show rerun on CBS);
"Britney & Kevin: Chaotic" (Viacom, CBS show rerun on VH1);
"The Biggest Loser" (NBC-Universal, NBC show rerun on USA);
"Battlestar Galactica" (NBC-Universal, SciFi show aired on NBC).

Two summers ago "Queer Eye" (NBC-Universal, Bravo show rerun on NBC) was one of the first shows to taste the fruits of corporate tree.

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