Well, the big billboards for the fall TV season are beginning to be replaced (mostly by T-Mobile ads!), and NBC is getting a jump on the rest of the networks in reorganization roulette. Not being willing to give up on Thursday night, Scrubs and the surprisingly funny Tina Fey vehicle 30 Rock are being moved over to join My Name Is Earl and the how-is-it-still-running Americanization of The Office. Unfortunately, that leaves 30 Rock’s Wednesday night partner in crime, Twenty Good Years out in the cold – it will be pulled, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Meanwhile, Fox News is reporting that the surprisingly unfunny Aaron Sorkin project, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, will also be cancelled in the near future. Disappointing yet unsurprising – despite having one of the best lead-ins on NBC – the hot-running Heroes – Studio 60 has lost viewers every week, retaining just about half of the Heroes audience and coming nowhere near CSI:Miami, with which it shares a slot. The show simply has never found its stride, even though it came close to gelling this past week. (Then again, having Eli Wallach as a guest star instantly makes anything better.) Matthew Perry is(was?) dynamite, but no one else has really caught fire – Amanda Peet got hijacked by a bad storyline and hasn’t, other than last week’s drunken escapades, had the chance to shine; Nathan Corddry and D.L. Hughley are just now getting the chance to step up. NBC has ordered three more episodes, so let’s hope that they 1) actually air, and 2) play more like the locked-in, Sorkinesqe goodness of “The Wrap Party” rather than the fumblings that preceded it, so that Studio 60 has an opportunity to top Judd Hirsch’s monologue from the pilot, a Howard Beale-like rant that remains the high point of the series.
(The Idolator goes one step further and fixes a solid point of blame. Apparently, it’s all Sting’s fault.)