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June 21, 2006 12:45 PM   Subscribe

Nobody's watching. part 2, part 3.
posted by reklaw (49 comments total)

 
youtube??again??
posted by mr_crash_davis at 12:49 PM on June 21, 2006 [1 favorite]


That 10 minute limit to stop copyrighted materials is really working out for them.
posted by smackfu at 12:52 PM on June 21, 2006


You know, if this post had something else about it, like whether this show was accepted or who made it or something, it wouldn't just be youtube again.
posted by Nelson at 12:56 PM on June 21, 2006


YouTubeFilter.
posted by parki at 12:57 PM on June 21, 2006


This might be interesting if the show actually were what the premise is (ordinary guys who love TV get to make a TV show), but the fact that this is simply the premise for a professionally made show with professional actors and writers makes it come off as a major wank-job.
posted by adamrice at 1:10 PM on June 21, 2006


It was funny, for like 1.3 clips.
posted by oddman at 1:22 PM on June 21, 2006


Wow. Brutally bad. Major wank-job indeed.
posted by dobbs at 1:34 PM on June 21, 2006


These dudes get on my nerves. Has this show been picked up?
posted by Opposite George at 1:39 PM on June 21, 2006


Post-Arrested Development, all sitcoms are dead to me.
posted by Galvatron at 1:43 PM on June 21, 2006


I tried to watch it, but it's so cliched. It's a show made by high school/college kids and the primary audience is elementary school/high school kids.
posted by SeizeTheDay at 1:59 PM on June 21, 2006


Growing pains?

"Oh my god I would call my dad. If I had one. And tell him how much this show fucking sucked"

Seriously The fact that these kids were watching tv together since they were six just seems sick to me. And all the fake enthusiasm. Ughh.
posted by delmoi at 2:17 PM on June 21, 2006


God, god that's terrible.
posted by delmoi at 2:20 PM on June 21, 2006


Is this by the same people as "Pizazz"?
posted by Outlawyr at 2:33 PM on June 21, 2006


How weird, I was just reading about this (or rather, the Gunther from Friends cameo).
posted by Orange Goblin at 2:41 PM on June 21, 2006


I liked it! :-)
Soon enough we're going to see something shot, neglected and yet picked up because of youtube. This one might not be it but this internet thing is big....but that doesn't explain the lack of Heat Vision
posted by dontrememberthis at 2:50 PM on June 21, 2006


terrible.
posted by Kifer85 at 2:52 PM on June 21, 2006


oh, and a self-fulfilling prophecy.
posted by Kifer85 at 2:52 PM on June 21, 2006


How far did y'all get? I agree it's rather groany at times, but there's some interesting post-modern stuff that redeemed it a bit for me. The moment the one guy first walks onto the sound stage in front of the studio audience is pretty great. As is the reaction of the assistant woman sitting at the desk when the audience laughs at the other guy climbing the buidling in the background.

Pilots are generally rough, so I can forgive the ham-fisted hamminess and the over-wrought delivery. But the concept was pretty interesting, I think.
posted by TonyRobots at 2:56 PM on June 21, 2006


Soon enough we're going to see something shot, neglected and yet picked up because of youtube

Well, it may not be cause of you tube, but stuff like this is already happening. DVD sales brought Family Guy back from the dead. And apparently the Internet has trumped Second City as the breeding ground for future SNL players (I believe three SNLers were discovered via "Awesometown" which was a failed pilot -- not unlike the one linked to by the OP -- that circulated on the net).

Lastly, should anyone not know, this pilot was shot for the 2005-06 season (so it was passed on not this spring, but last).
posted by herc at 3:00 PM on June 21, 2006


A sitcom about a secret reality show about two kids making a better sitcom? I thought it was a cute idea.
posted by stenseng at 3:02 PM on June 21, 2006


I like it. The deadpanning isn't as good as Curb your enthusiasm - the VP is the best - but it also doesn't suck out all my optimism about human nature like that show.

Is Will the same actor as played Billy in Battlestar Galactica? He's so distinctive, I thought I would know him, but I can't find anything on IMDB about the sitcom. Nobody's Watching turns up a 2004 documentary.
posted by jb at 3:02 PM on June 21, 2006


Is Will the same actor as played Billy in Battlestar Galactica? He's so distinctive, I thought I would know him, but I can't find anything on IMDB about the sitcom. Nobody's Watching turns up a 2004 documentary.

That was what first hit me! It sure the hell looks and sounds like him.
posted by generichuman at 3:05 PM on June 21, 2006


Awesometown deserved more of a shot than these guys. (Yeah, more YouTube. DEAL!)
posted by WolfDaddy at 3:13 PM on June 21, 2006


Hey, a MetaSitcom. I vote yes.
posted by Neiltupper at 3:20 PM on June 21, 2006


The futon critic lists it as from the 2005-2006 season and presumably not picked up. Plus it was for the WB, which no longer exists.
posted by smackfu at 3:33 PM on June 21, 2006


Explained here (a link like that would've been useful in the FPP). Some good comedic minds were behind that (Creator of Scrubs, two Family Guy writers), who should've done better. But hey, I once met a writer who got a job on M*A*S*H after the failure of his own show "The Waverly Wonders" starring Joe Namath (one of the biggest stinkers in TV history, and that's saying a lot).

But please, everybody, if you stop posting YouTube FPPs, maybe mr_crash_davis will stop posting bestiality FPPs. Sounds like a fair deal to me.
posted by wendell at 3:53 PM on June 21, 2006


Self-awareness and genre references aren't an acceptable substitute for "good".
posted by Greg Nog at 4:20 PM on June 21, 2006


Yes, it's Billy from Galactica.
posted by linux at 4:23 PM on June 21, 2006


It seemed promising, but quickly went downhill. I totally agreed with them in the first clip (what the hell has happened to sitcoms?) and was really hoping this would become something interesting, but nope.

I agree with TonyRobots re: the pomo stuff; coulda been a contenda but was badly-executed.
posted by sharpener at 4:27 PM on June 21, 2006


I liked the beginning, the setup. Postmodern has potentional. But then they actually made it a "sitcom" with an audience and cued laughter....stopped being so great suddenly.
posted by zardoz at 4:28 PM on June 21, 2006


If you think there was canned laughter, then you didn't really understand what was going on.
posted by jikel_morten at 4:42 PM on June 21, 2006


I really like meta television, so you'd think I'd love this one. It's Garry Shandling's Show was great and plumbed some of these same things.

This one is just too Waynes World or something.

The idea of really watching two people create a sitcom is also interesting except then you'd get Project Greenlight for the small screen, and that would probably suck too.
posted by willnot at 4:48 PM on June 21, 2006


FYI: The Lonely Island, the website of the three gods among men who made Awesometown. It's available for download there, as well as most of their other skits (some are on youtube). I personally enjoy "White Power" under Episodes.

Ka-Blamo!
posted by Riovanes at 4:56 PM on June 21, 2006


I really liked it. The real-life-as-sitcom thing seriously appeals to me. The plot was pretty flat, but then it is a pilot.
posted by cillit bang at 5:05 PM on June 21, 2006


Fucking terrific. IF IF IF if it becomes (much like "Arrested Development") a criticism of how good shows get dumbed up and watered down for mainstream audiences, then I could easily see this being a great show.

Can't you picture them...a few shows in...responding directly to internet naysaying? I tell you what...that shot in the third part, at the end, with all of the black male applicants...I laughed out loud.

Put me in the "I want to see more" column.
posted by ColdChef at 5:19 PM on June 21, 2006


I like it. The deadpanning isn't as good as Curb your enthusiasm - the VP is the best - but it also doesn't suck out all my optimism about human nature like that show.

Deadpanning!? Do you even know what that word means?
posted by delmoi at 5:28 PM on June 21, 2006


This thing is deader than disco. It is an entire pilot season old, if nobody has bought it by now, nobody will buy it.

there is an entire new batch of rejected shows for people to cry over this year.
posted by Megafly at 5:52 PM on June 21, 2006


"I'm Derrick!" "I'm Will!"

And it started off so promising.
posted by Serial Killer Slumber Party at 7:18 PM on June 21, 2006


I would like these two a hell of a lot more if their enthusiasm wasn't so drippingly false.
posted by graventy at 8:09 PM on June 21, 2006


Initially I only watched the first segment and was unimpressed. Later, after reading a comment up thread that referred to a joke that I couldn't remember seeing I watched the second and third segments and it grew on me some. Worth watching only to hear an off-screen Alan Thicke announce that it's his real hair. Now I can't determine if the aspects of it that make it seem like just another bad UPN, WB, early Fox comedy (the drippingly false enthusiasm, for example) are intentional satire of cheesy sitcom formulas or actual cheesy sitcom formulas.
posted by TimTypeZed at 8:31 PM on June 21, 2006


This is like the last few bad seasons of Scrubs, when they began the to take fact that they didn't take themselves seriously, seriously.
posted by 517 at 12:12 AM on June 22, 2006


The deadpanning isn't as good as Curb your enthusiasm

Even mentioning this show in the same *sentence* as Curb Your Enthusiasm is a sin against the Television Gods.

Shame on you.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 12:58 AM on June 22, 2006


Deadpanning!? Do you even know what that word means?
posted by delmoi at 5:28 PM PST on June 21 [+fave] [!]


Yes, I do, that's why I used it. If I don't know the meaning of a word, I look it up in the dictionary. There are a few attempts at deadpanning (notably from the VP, who was pretty good at it), but they weren't as good. The series might have been better if they had actually gone for a more deadpan realistic acting style when not hamming to the audience, but maybe then it would have been too much the Garry Shandling Show or Curb. And frankly, those are both good, but have limited audiences. I could see this as potentially more widely appealing.

As for offending the television gods, Curb your Enthusiasm has some great actors (I would love to see more improv), some good writing, but its all being wasted on characters and storylines which make me want to turn it off and go wash out my brain. They are so vapid, so pointless and so unlikable that the show becomes pointless. So forgive me if I don't hold it in the same reverence as the television gods demand.
posted by jb at 3:39 AM on June 22, 2006


That 10 minute limit to stop copyrighted materials is really working out for them.
posted by smackfu at 3:52 PM EST on June 21 [+fave] [!]


Now it's just like regular tv. All they need are commercial breaks between partts 1, 2 and 3.
posted by caddis at 4:35 AM on June 22, 2006


I agree - good idea, but why do they have to be so annoying? Turned me off real quick.
posted by fungible at 6:09 AM on June 22, 2006


No one who aspires to write for tv can ever make a decent sitcom. The people who write great tv are failed novelists and playwrights.
posted by any major dude at 7:41 AM on June 22, 2006


B- for idea, F+ for execution.
posted by papakwanz at 2:59 PM on June 22, 2006


But, the theme song was catchy.
posted by papakwanz at 3:17 PM on June 22, 2006


Nobody's Watching picked up by NBC
posted by ColdChef at 10:58 AM on July 21, 2006


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