Well, now we can put Quarterlife in the vault previously reserved for shows like Anchorwoman and Emily's Reasons Why Not. After just a single episode, NBC has yanked Quarterlife from the schedule after its premiere got the network its lowest ratings for a 10 p.m. time slot in 17 years. But Quarterlife apparently has at least three lives: It will get to show its remaining five episodes on Bravo.
We'll never know whether the premiere got such poor ratings was because the show, from My So-Called Life creators Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick, had already aired on multiple online platforms and MTV, had a boatload of obnoxious and false-sounding technology references, just plain wasn't that compelling, or some combination of the above. Herskovitz, for his part, said he knew it was a failure the second he saw it on NBC, which seems to me like he's trying to duck the blame, but I do tend to give the guy who brought me Angela Chase a little slack. (He then issued a statement saying he was still trying to find the show a home on cable, and within hours, Bravo had picked it up.)
I've seen a later episode of Quaterlife and, while it was much better than the premiere, I'm not sure it was enough to keep people watching. But at this point, I'm curious to know how the show fares on Bravo – even though the backstory has now become more compelling than the show itself.
Meanwhile, at least one pretty excellent parody of the show, 2/8life, has sprung up online. The episodes I've watched are spot-on — and it's made better by using the original MSCL character names — so to check out the first installment, just
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