It's that (increasingly vague and amorphous) time of year again!

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...I guess I saw (SPOILERS) NBC's WELCOME TO THE FAMILY for 15 minutes?? last night for the first time , to-day , I read that has's been cancelled !!!

( Wife of midlife-crisis-suffering hubby , driving his RV back to the shop torerturn it , crashed the RV into a Krusty Burger's overhead roof throwing out her half-nekkid non-son-in-law plus her daughter . )

  IRONSIDE too , that'll teach 'em to try and " rework " me late mum's faves:-(...

Yeah, too bad for Welcome to the Family ... I like Mike O'Malley and Richard Chavira, but everything about this show screamed bad '70s throwback. Both these guys deserved something better.

As for Ironside, Blair Underwood needs to be careful; he's getting close to "showkiller" status -- you know, those actors who seem to have a new show every year or two, because the previous new show didn't last.

On the other hand, CBS gave full-season pickups to The Crazy Ones, The Millers and Mom, which happen to  be the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 new comedies this season: "CBS Orders More Crazy OnesThe Millers and Mom"

Vulture.com handicaps the prospects for 11 new shows: "How Close to Cancellation Are These 11 New Fall Shows?"

I'm finding myself drawn to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit this year in spite of myself. Previously, I had never watched more than two episodes in a row, let alone two live episodes. But after the farewell to Detective Munch, I can't pass up the next "ripped from the headlines" story.

Two words: Anthony Weiner.

I can just imagine the SVU scriptwriters laughing their heads off at this unvarnished gift from the gods.  

Has "Nikita" been cancelled? I am enjoying "The Walking Dead", "Scandal" and "Blacklist".

According to this report, Nikita will be returning (in the recent fashion) for a short final season, presumably in the next month or so.

Julian Gift said:

Has "Nikita" been cancelled? I am enjoying "The Walking Dead", "Scandal" and "Blacklist".

Thanks, Richard for the update.

ClarkKent_DC said:

I'm finding myself drawn to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit this year in spite of myself. Previously, I had never watched more than two episodes in a row, let alone two live episodes. But after the farewell to Detective Munch, I can't pass up the next "ripped from the headlines" story.

Two words: Anthony Weiner.

I can just imagine the SVU scriptwriters laughing their heads off at this unvarnished gift from the gods.

It so happens that not only is Law & Order: Special Victims Unit doing the Anthony Weiner story -- so is Scandal! ("‘Scandal’ and ‘SVU’ Riff on Weiner’s Sexting Scandal")

But, really -- how could they not? I can just imagine the writers' room ... 

"Okay, 'ripped from the headlines' ... whadda we got this week?"

"How's about this: a U.S. congressman who's a high-tech flasher."

"What do you mean 'high-tech'?"

"I mean, he sexts -- he sends pictures of his junk out on Twitter to women not his wife."

"So, he's cheating on his wife?"

"No, no ...  he gets enough of a thrill just sending the pictures." 

"So, we do The Good Wife thing where he holds a press conference and she stands behind him?"

"No -- she's a bigger political player than he is. Top aide to a former First Lady/U.S. senator/Secretary of State. She's no good little wifey."

"All right, so he does this and gets caught."

"Yeah, and does the whole 'I'm resigning to be with my family, we want privacy at this difficult time, yadda yadda yadda ..."

"But is that enough?"

"There's more --- he runs for mayor of New York."

"Now you're pulling my leg."

"No, seriously, he does."

"C'mon, the voters will never go for that."

"And they don't! They tell him to his face that he's a disgrace, a creep, to go home, and worse! But he carries on, even though -- "

"What?"

"He's still doing the sexting!"

"You're kidding. Everybody knows who he is now."

"He used a phony name."

"Okay, so he's not totally stupid."

"It's 'Carlos Danger.'"

"I take it back. How'd he get caught?"

"Some twentysomething girl outs him to a tabloid website. Says she can't stand that he's a hypocrite."

"And he's not sleeping with her?"

"No ... but she does get offers to do porn."

"So that's our ending? He drops out of the mayor's race?"

"That's the beauty part -- he DOESN'T drop out!"

"You're pulling my other leg."

"No, seriously! And this time, the wife defends him!"

"For real?"

"Yeah. And if the voters didn't like him before, they really hate him now! Election Night, he barely gets 5 percent of the vote!"

"I can just imagine the concession speech."

"He doesn't give one."

"NOW he's embarrassed?"

"No, it's that the girl who outed him, the one with the porn deal, she shows up at the victory party --"

" 'Victory' party?"

"You know what I mean. She shows up there with a camera crew, looking for him. She chases him all over the building, and he runs through the kitchen and out the back way."

I swear -- it writes itself! 

 

It's kind of funny. NBC uses the "ripped from the headlines" phrase in its promos, while the show itself always says it isn't based upon any real people or events. In the dialogue they sometimes go as far as to mention the actual news stories and people to strengthen the fiction that it isn't ripped from the headlines. They've done this through all the various Law & Order shows over the length of the franchise.

ClarkKent_DC said:

I can't pass up the next "ripped from the headlines" story.

Yeah ... they've made that disclaimer more prominent than they used to, but it's totally bogus. But then, TV shows have been basing their episodes on real-life tales since the beginning, and even before -- Jack Webb got his stories for Dragnet the radio show from L.A.P.D. case files. For Dragnet the TV series, there was a standing offer for cops to sell stories about life on The Job to the show for $100 a pop.

That's how Gene Roddenberry got his start; he was a Los Angeles police officer who moonlighted as a writer. But he was a desk jockey, so he'd get other people to tell him their stories, he would write them up and submit them to the show, and split the proceeds 50-50 with the cop who gave him the idea.

Law & Order isn't the only show to do "ripped from the headlines" stories. The Good Wife does them all the time. And in my personal library is True Blue, by David Milch, head scriptwriter for NYPD Blue, and Bill Clark, the retired detective who was creative consultant for the show and gave them lots of stories from his career for use in episodes. 

That's neat about Dragnet, Clark. Especially about Roddenberry.  I've watched some of the show, but very little. Mostly, back in Junior High when I had my paper route and I would catch an episode or two early Saturday morning.

ClarkKent_DC said:

Yeah ... they've made that disclaimer more prominent than they used to, but it's totally bogus. But then, TV shows have been basing their episodes on real-life tales since the beginning, and even before -- Jack Webb got his stories for Dragnet the radio show from L.A.P.D. case files. For Dragnet the TV series, there was a standing offer for cops to sell stories about life on The Job to the show for $100 a pop.

That's how Gene Roddenberry got his start; he was a Los Angeles police officer who moonlighted as a writer. But he was a desk jockey, so he'd get other people to tell him their stories, he would write them up and submit them to the show, and split the proceeds 50-50 with the cop who gave him the idea.

Law & Order isn't the only show to do "ripped from the headlines" stories. The Good Wife does them all the time. And in my personal library is True Blue, by David Milch, head scriptwriter for NYPD Blue, and Bill Clark, the retired detective who was creative consultant for the show and gave them lots of stories from his career for use in episodes. 

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