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Quarterlife Already Canned by NBC, Moving to Bravo

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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lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I saw tons of promos on NBC. Maybe that's a sign that I watch too much tv. I just think the show wasn't that good and a lot of people who were interested in it already checked it out online. I love My So Called Life, but quarterlife just didn't have the same authenticity. The characters seemed to me like they were a 40-something's idea of what 20-somethings are like.
pargie pargie 9 years
I just watched the parody, that was hilarious. So true.
pargie pargie 9 years
Yeah I only knew from Sugar that it was premiering. I love watching the show online though, if I have Bravo I would watch it.
Cadet Cadet 9 years
Yea, cause putting it up against part 1 of the Project Runway finale wasn't a kiss of death enough. If I hadn't heard about it from the sugar network, I wouldn't have even known that it was premiering on a network! NBC... tsk tsk.
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
DAMN NBC doesn't waste time!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
The parody was great! Maybe the show will be a better fit on Bravo.
DreaAST DreaAST 9 years
i have this in my dvr but i didn't watch it yet.
em113 em113 9 years
as usual nbc did not promotion for the show, maybe that has something to do with its poor ratings...
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
Happsmjc Happsmjc 9 years
wow! that was fast--after only one episode. this didn't even air in ohio so i guess that put a HUGE dent in the ratings--haha
Tech Tech 9 years
Aw, poor Quarterlife. It was an analog girl in a digital world. But that parody was hilarious! "Have you guys seen my beeper?"
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