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NBC Passes on '17th Precinct': A Fandom Mourns
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charlsie_esq From: charlsie_esq Date: May 15th, 2011 12:46 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I hate to admit it but I am not surprised. I think about shows like White Collar, Mad Men and Damages. All amazing shows, well written, high concept, and somehow wrong for the major three networks. I don't see how either show would fit in with the stable at ABC for example, but they are great. I even wondered at one point if Jamie was unhappy on LOUK (he complained about the show not having enough money in a few interviews) and was looking for a way out. That being said (and since I live in So. Florida where leaving a job to work with one's friends is currently being hailed as the path to glory) I think moving to LA and working with Ron Moore was a powerful lure.

I'm hoping that John Doe opens the door to a lot more film work for our Jamie.


asta77 From: asta77 Date: May 15th, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I don't think Jamie was unhappy working on LOUK. I do think he was unhappy with the British TV industry as a whole and is happier working within the US industry, even with it's own set of problems, though money isn't one of them. Jamie's contract was up (as was that of all the LOUK actors) at the end of filming of the third series. I always assumed he would choose not to renew his contract (IF ITV decides to commission more series) and, when Ron approached him with 17th Precinct, it led to him asking for a early release from his contract.
charlsie_esq From: charlsie_esq Date: May 15th, 2011 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I know it's wrong of me but I blame Ron Moore for taking Matt Devlin away from me! :-)

I am comforted by the idea that he wasn't unhappy on LOUK. And I'm hoping that he gets a recurring role on something I love like White Collar, then he can stay stateside and wear yummy suits or something gritty like Game of Thrones, he could play one of the beautiful, screwed up Lannisters. . . .

I am off to sulk.
bethpowell63 From: bethpowell63 Date: May 15th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Everything I have read and seen he loved doing Law and Order UK. The problem with British television is that ratings don't mean anything. Something can have high ratings and they will still cancel it if they decide it cost too much and that show (like it's American cousins) was 85% location.

I do hope he ends up starring in something on USA, AMC or one of the paid cable channels. In all honesty I never felt that Moore used him all that well on BSG until the last season then of course it was too late. I was very captivated by Matt Devlin and can't help but think Moore was too since apparently Jamie was the first person he cast.

He's a gem he will shine soon enough! =)
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: May 16th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I think about shows like White Collar, Mad Men and Damages. All amazing shows, well written, high concept, and somehow wrong for the major three networks.

There's no denying that cable networks are really leaps and bounds beyond the major networks with regard to taking chances with higher-concept material, although we've really reached the point now where the networks will occasionally reach beyond their comfort zone... but ONLY if someone else has been successful at it first. Take, for example, "Playboy Club" - NBC wouldn't have greenlit that show in a million years had a show like "Mad Men" not been a huge hit. In the end, though, it doesn't make them any less chicken-shit to really take chances, does it?

There are exceptions to the rule - "Lost" was one, although the chances of seeing another "Lost" on network TV anytime soon are pretty slim.

(Also, I should point out that I'm still terribly delighted we're getting another season of "Fringe", but that has less to do with an uncharacteristic lack of vision; Fox has always green-lit far more high-concept shows than the other 3 networks, it's just their nasty habit of cancelling them that has earned them a lousy rep. ;) )
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: May 16th, 2011 02:42 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Actually, I should amend the bit in my first paragraph about taking chances - "Awake" does seem to be rather a bit risk-taker for a weekly series. At face value, it applies. And the script was very well-reviewed, but the many comparisons to "Inception" make me feel as though the wild success of that movie helped seal that pitch.
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