Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Running Wilde Is Done For

Sad news: Running Wilde, which needed a bump in its ratings last night to stave off cancellation, lost 17% of its viewers compared to last week, dropping to about 3.5 million viewers.

The stars and creators of the show have been pushing hard on Twitter over the last week, making it clear that it's do-or-die for the fledgling show. It's already been preempted on October 26th for an extra episode of Raising Hope, so the chances of it surviving the month are pretty slim.

Worse? Mitch Hurwitz has said that Running Wilde doing well is what would make the much-hyped Arrested Development movie actually happen.

Here are some of the tweets from the guys behind the show showing just how on the brink they were. It's definitely worse now:

Never done a grassroots effort, but let's save the effing show #RunningWilde Forever!(or 5 decent seasons,plus a 6th for 2&ahalfmen $$)less than a minute ago via web

Watch @arnettwill and me in #RunningWilde tonight to stop us being cancelled! COME ON! Please RT!less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

@jawk Seriously,if enuf watch #runningwilde tues nite were doing it.Or if few of you do,but it's the few who have nielsen boxesless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad

Meanwhile, Mike and Molly and $#*! My Dad Says are absolutely killing it. We get the comedy we deserve, America.

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  • Kelly Conaboy

    Oh no! That is sad news. This show is not bad!

    • Will

      Really, Kelly? I thought it was pretty terrible. Every joke, plot point, hell almost everything seemed so forced. Mitch Hurwitz even said in an interview that FOX kept him from really doing what he wanted to with it and the results were really apparent. It really wasn't a good show.

      Plus the shameless promotion of the show by Arnett and Serafinowicz was a bit much — it was enough to drive me away from watching and I really like Will Arnett.

      If you're looking for another comedy somewhat similar to this and Arrested Development, check out The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret on IFC featuring Arnett and David Cross — one of the best new comedies this year.

      • Kelly Conaboy

        Yeah, I mean, it isn’t a GOOD show. But I do think that it’s a not bad show, and it’s definitely less bad than lots of other shows. So I guess I was hoping that it would be given more of a chance to develop and eventually be given more freedom.

  • Will

    Agreed, it wasn't particularly good but it wasn't terrible. A step in the right direction away from horrific CBS comedies, but not really good. If Hurwitz had had his way, I'm sure it would have been much better. FYI, link to said article is here: http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/10/the_vulture_transcript_mitch_h.html

  • http://www.alldaycoffee.net G. Xavier Robillard

    I am still recovering from the hydrochloric acid I dripped into my eyes to rinse out all images from watching the pilot of that show. They clearly spent more money on Will Arnette's mink coat than they did on writers.