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The American Version of 'The IT Crowd' That Never Made It to TV

There’s no formula for good TV. Networks and studios shuffle through hundreds of new projects every year, but when it comes down to it, it’s easier remake, reboot, or sequelize. Throughout the 2000s, NBC struggled to bring highly popular and influential BBC television stateside, giving The Office and Coupling, in particular, some love, American style. While Coupling quickly careened off into TV hell, The Office hit the ground, got back up, and found its voice. The show evolved into itself.

It’s interesting to watch those early episodes of The Office. Near line-for-line retellings of its British counterpart, NBC’s The Office never really clicks in its debut season. Michael [...]

The Alternate Reality of 'Coolio’s Rules,' Coolio’s Short-Lived Reality Show

Somewhere around the mid-2000s, coincidentally the same time when every TV writer was fired and all good ideas were banished from the Earth, celebrity-based reality television, or Celebreality as VH1 forced everyone to call it, invaded television and all the networks were relieved to no longer call upon such burdens as story and character to sell ad time. NBC, of course, had The Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice, with Donald Trump's “You’re fired”s serving as a perfect catchphrase for the economic meltdown on the horizon. Not to be outdone, ABC launched Dancing with the Stars, MTV had The Osbournes, and, the reigning overlords of Celebreality, VH1, struck gold The Surreal Life. And [...]

The Pile of $h*! That Was '$h*! My Dad Says'

Sometimes TV shows drag their unfunny, uninteresting, yet highly rated feet across our living rooms for years. “Who let this happen?” we cry in vain. Other times, the powers that be get things right. That’s where Brilliantly Canceled comes in, looking at the shows that didn’t make it past their first season and saved us all a ton of grief.

Writers adapt all types of stories to the screen. Whether they be based on works of fiction, like novels, comics, or plays; myths, handed down from generation to generation; or even real stories that happened to real people. All of them, however, communicate the subtle and not-so-subtle moments of [...]

Getting Trapped in Nostalgia in 'That 80s Show'

Remember the 80s? Probably. Remember 'That 80s Show'? I hope not, for your sake. http://splitsider.com/?p=27195

Unearthing the Complete and Total Disaster That Was 'The Chevy Chase Show'

Sometimes TV shows drag their unfunny, uninteresting, yet highly rated feet across our living rooms for years. “Who let this happen?” we cry in vain. Other times, the powers that be get things right. That’s where Brilliantly Canceled comes in, looking at the shows that didn’t make it past their first season and saved us all a ton of grief.

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"Time will bring to light whatever is hidden; it will cover up and conceal what is now shining in splendor." — Horace

"Do you got a meat thermometer?" — Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase's time on Community ended last November after uttering that word in [...]

Actually, *Pushes Glasses Back Onto Face* the 'Diner' TV Pilot Was the First Show About Nothing

Barry Levinson's 1982 film Diner is a classic. Funny, original, and engrossing, it has been credited with influencing a huge swath of what we consider to be the best comedy in movies and television over the past twenty or so years. It paid attention to the seemingly mundane past-time of young adults in their early twenties bullshitting about everything and nothing, making the art of talking around a topic of dubious significance in circles no longer just for middle aged men (John Cassavetes' Husbands) or specifically for Wallace Shawn (My Dinner With Andre). As S.L. Price noted in his Vanity Fair article about the movie in 2012, it [...]

Talking to Justin Halpern About the Rough Time He Had Turning 'Shit My Dad Says' From a Twitter Account to a TV Show

Two weeks ago, Brilliantly Canceled took us all the way back to that time two years ago when a twitter-based sitcom, $h*! My Dad Says, hit television. A few days later, the show’s creator, Justin Halpern (whose new show Surviving Jack premieres next season on Fox), reached out to me, and after assuring me that he didn’t want to kill me, provided some insight on the history of the show, multi-camera sitcoms, how to tell if your project is going south, and why it was canceled.

How did Shit My Dad Says go from twitter to TV? 

When the twitter feed got popular I got a lot of incoming calls, [...]

'My Mother the Car' Tried Too Hard To Not Be 'My Mother the Car'

Sometimes TV shows drag their unfunny, uninteresting, yet highly rated feet across our living rooms for years. “Who let this happen?” we cry in vain. Other times, the powers that be get things right. That’s where Brilliantly Canceled comes in, looking at the shows that didn’t make it past their first season and saved us all a ton of grief.

It was only a matter of time before My Mother the Car made its way to Brilliantly Canceled: TV Guide in 2002 printed a rundown of what they determined to be the fifty worst television shows ever made, long before the internet would make such lists daily. [...]

'Buddies': Dave Chappelle's 'Home Improvement' Spinoff That Actually Got Made

Sometimes TV shows drag their unfunny, uninteresting, yet highly rated feet across our living rooms for years. “Who let this happen?” we cry in vain. Other times, the powers that be get things right. That’s where Brilliantly Canceled comes in, looking at the shows that didn’t make it past their first season and saved us all a ton of grief.

"It was a bad show. It was bad. I mean when we were doing it, I could tell this was not gonna work." – Dave Chappelle

(Grunt) – Tim Allen

There was a time when Timothy "The Toolman" Taylor changed lives.

On March 14, 1995, two gentleman [...]

The Gross Mess That Was the 'Garbage Pail Kids' Cartoon

Sometimes TV shows drag their unfunny, uninteresting, yet highly rated feet across our living rooms for years. “Who let this happen?” we cry in vain. Other times, the powers that be get things right. That’s where “Brilliantly Canceled” comes in, looking at the shows that didn’t make it past their first season and saved us all a ton of grief.

It’s not every day that Brilliantly Canceled gets a number of reasonable theories as to why a show failed. Usually, we’re left to complaining about unfulfilled expectations and audience confusion. In the case of the Garbage Pail Kids cartoon series, which CBS canceled several days before its initial 10-episode [...]

'Where's Rodney?' Was One of the Many Questions Raised By 'Where's Rodney?'

"One, Poochie needs to be louder, angrier, and have access to a time machine. Two, whenever Poochie's not on-screen, all the other characters should be asking 'Where's Poochie?' Three…" — Homer Simpson, "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show"

"Kids, they can see other kids all the time do the things they do but when they see an adult with a childlike sensibility or a silly sensibility that's what kids would love. That's like Rodney. That's why kids love Rodney." — Todd Glass, "The Bitter Buddha"

On a random Monday night in the summer of 19901, NBC for thirty minutes quietly threw Where's Rodney? on the air. It was [...]

'The Michael Richards Show': We Can Cross "What If Kramer Was a Detective?" Off the Wacky Scenario List

"But I could have played Kramer for the rest of my life. That character would fit into every situation. There was a great universality to the soul of that character." — Michael Richards

"Nothing harmonized by a musical bond can be transmuted from its own speech without losing all its sweetness and harmony." — Dante

To mock former NBC CEO Jeff Zucker for trying to squeeze more money out of Seinfeld after the show went off the air because Jerry Seinfeld decided it was time would be ignoring the entire point of capitalism. To mock Jeff Zucker, and the four men credited as the creators of The Michael [...]

No, Sir, I Don't Like It: The Misfire That Was 'Ren and Stimpy's Adult Party Cartoon'

Sometimes TV shows drag their funny, interesting, and highly-rated feet across our living rooms for years. “Thank god this happened!” we cry in glee. Other times, the powers that be cancel those shows and then resurrect them to diminishing returns. That’s where “Brilliantly Canceled” comes in, looking at the shows that had a healthy, original run only to come back in a new, inferior form.

When The Ren & Stimpy Show first aired in 1991, it was a revelation, a revolting, occasionally terrifying revelation. Being one of the few shows on children’s television to reflect the actual humor of a child, Ren & Stimpy acted as a softened Garbage [...]

NBC's 'Bates Motel' (Or, 'Extreme Makeover: Hitchcock Edition')

Sometimes TV shows drag their unfunny, uninteresting, yet highly rated feet across our living rooms for years. “Who let this happen?” we cry in vain. Other times, the powers that be get things right. That’s where “Brilliantly Canceled” comes in, looking at the shows that didn’t make it past their first season and saved us all a ton of grief.

25 years before A&E’s Bates Motel, there was NBC’s Bates Motel. However, instead of following the origins of Norman Bates, this made-for-TV movie tracks the grand re-opening of the infamous hostel. Filled to the brim with such Psycho staples as camp, interior design, and commentary on the death of [...]