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Managers, Cancellations, Staffing Season, new Sorkin show coming

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For people interested in writing scripts, there is a thread going in the newsgroup misc.writing.screenplays.moderated about agents, managers, producers, and how people who try to be all three at once. It's a really great read. I had no idea there was even such a thing has a manager for screen writing, and now that I do, I know to stay away from them at all costs.

This seasons list of canceled television shows has grown to 82. NBC has axed Surface, which really sucks because while the show itself was only mildly entertaining, the finale raised some very interesting questions that were enough to hook me for a second season. Now they will never be known. Surface is joining The West Wing, Will & Grace, Joey, Fear Factor, and others in the grave yard. I guess Joe Rogan won't have have to complain anymore about how boring and unsatisfying Fear Factor is, while reminding everyone how incredibly nice it is to be paid lots of money to do something that takes basically no effort on his part. At least he's honest about it. Bastard..

As Lee Goldberg guessed a few days ago, ABC has confirmed that Invasion has in fact been canceled, which is even worse news since it was the best of the three new alien dramas for this year. Invasion had some really great moments, and it's a shame it won't be given more time to find it's voice. Jake In Progress (Jane Espenson of Buffy/Angel/Firefly/Deep Space Nine fame as co-exec, writer), Commander-In-Chief (1)(2), and Alias have been given the pink slip. Alias was no surprise, it simply reached the end of its run and needed to just go away. There were others for ABC, but nothing of substance.

Fox has given up on Arrested Development, Killer Instinct, Kitchen Confidential (quite possibly the lamest name of the new season), Malcom In The Middle, Stacked (no surprise there), and That '70s Show.

CBS seems to have the fewest victims so far, with only the only big name to fall being Threshold, joined by Courting Alex, Love Monkey, Out Of Practice, Still Standing, and Yes, Dear.

Jane Espenson, who sadly now appears to be looking for work, is rubbing it in my face that staffing season has begun. This is the time of year that I would be begging for a job from shows that are gearing up for production; that is if I wasn't sitting here in North Carolina, writing about how a rootkit just tried to eat my PC for lunch yesterday.

On the upside, Aaron Sorkins new drama has not only been picked up at NBC for 13 episodes, nut word around is that people over at NBC are going batshit over this series prospects. It's probably just like how NBC was so happy with the Emmys that The West Wing won (that could only be moved around by a dump truck) that it fought with him and executive producer Thomas Schlamme to the point that they both left the show in protest. How stupid can a studio be?

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is set to air this fall on N"we"B"suck"C. The current cast are: Bradley Whitford (West Wing), Matthew Perry (Friends), Amanda Peet (hot), Nate Corddry (Daily Show), D. L. Hughley, Steven Weber (zomg), Timothy Busfield (West Wing), and Judd Hirsch. There are others, but these are the big names, and jesus are some of the big. Trailer below!

I'll dig up more stuff later.

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