I know what you’re thinking, what happened to Emily Perper, I thought this was her thing? Well, you thought right. It is her thing, given the speed it takes me to finish reading anything it’s a mystery as to how I started a humor magazine. That said, Emily has been swamped this week between her new job and assistant stage managing In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) for the Maryland Ensemble Theatre. With all this and the idea for a longreads list in the back of my head, I gave her the week off. Hopefully I can do longreading justice.
How To Lose Your Show.
1. My Television Show Was Cancelled. Fuck. – Justin Halpern
The shows featured in this list are in bizarrely different stages of cancellation, logic would dictate-it’s cancelled and it’s done. This is the case for Surviving Jack, FOX’s short-lived midseason replacement. It didn’t have the time to gain a cult following but people watched and enjoyed it. Justin doesn’t begrudge the network here, but he chooses to look back on the good times he had while making Surviving Jack, he reflects on the cast and crew with admiration and he’s proud of what he put out.
2. More Than a Tweet – Dan Harmon
This isn’t the first “losing your show” blog from Dan Harmon. As many of us remember, he was famously fired from Community after the third season and then brought back like a christ-like showrunner for fifth season. When NBC chose not to renew the show just short of its sixth season (and a movie) fans were outraged… heartbroken… I’ll admit to getting emotional about it, as I do with most things. But thanks to the modern conveniences of Netflix resurrection, the question was, would Community get a Season Six? And what could the fans do to make it happen? Dan writes this post for the fans, to lift the burden of worrying about things they can’t really control. There’s a message of hope somewhere in there… I think. Did I make too many allusions to the Jesus story with this one? Christ, I’m sorry.
3. Comedy Central Has Decided Not To Pick Up The Chris Gethard Show – Chris Gethard
I love this piece. The Chris Gethard Show has an insane following and is without a doubt one of the weirdest, most honest, entertaining shows on public access. It’s a show that’s been struggling for mainstream attention for years. This was their shot to finally get it, last spring they shot a pilot for Comedy Central and as you can tell by the title… it didn’t get picked up (I used the ellipsis for suspense, in case you were craving it). But rather than declaring war on Comedy Central, or going up on the show and railing against them, Chris thanked them for giving this group of wonderful weirdos a shot, and got his entire fan base to do the same. Best of all The Chris Gethard Show still lives on, with new episodes airing live every Wednesday at 11pm (est).