There's an interesting piece in Hollywood trade paper Variety today, detailing the different fates of two TV dramas. CBS has decided to pull the plug on a new show before a single episode of it was screened. Waterfront was slated to begin appearing early in the new year. But CBS has decided to ditch the show, made by Warner Brothers TV, citing a lack of gaps in the network's own schedule. Four episodes and a pilot had already been shot, featuring Joe Pantoliano as the mayor of Providence in the state of Rhode Island. According to Variety, CBS executives weren't totally happ with the show's direction and decided to nix the project. Imagine how much money that decision has written off, how many hopes and dreams it crushed.
Meanwhile rival network NBC has ordered nine more scripts for its massively acclaimed drama Friday Night Lights. The show features life in a Texas town where everyone's hope and dreams depend upon the high school football team. If that sounds familiar, it was developed from a hit film of the same name that starred Billy Bob Thornton, which adapted a non-fiction book about a real team. Friday Night Lights has been getting a ton of love from critics and online commentators, but isn't finding much of an audience thus far. So, all credit to NBC for sticking with the show. Besides the extra scripts order, the network is also road-testing the show in another timeslot, to try and build the audience. I hope they succeed, because Friday Night Lights is a cracking series.