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    Ugghh...Looks Like That Geico "Caveman" Show Is Going To Suck, "IF" It Ever Airs...

    'Cavemen' should never see the light

    Posted by tjicha at 9:17:12 PM (TV writer for the Sun Sentinel)
    Cavemen isn't as bad as many people anticipated. It's worse, much worse.

    The ABC comedy adapted from a Geico commercial is so pathetic that the pilot episode sent to critics will not be the premiere. It will be about episode 5, according to ABC Entertainment President Steve McPherson. The characters need to be developed more than they were in what was intended to be the introductory show, McPherson said.

    One theory is episode five was thrown out because ABC doesn't expect the series to get that far and thus everyone concerned will be spared the embarrassment of having it air.

    It is clear the producers don't have a clue how to transition from a cute 30-second ad to a half-hour show every week. The intended pilot is a ham-fisted attempt to make the series an allegory for the discrimination endured by blacks. However, it so lacks subtlety it is more insulting than enlightening.

    The three cavemen at the center of the series bemoan how often TV news throws up cavemen's faces in crime reports. They are depicted as flashier dances than whites. They also are better at sports. One of the cavemen is in love with a blue-eyed blond, whose friends say she is involved with him only to tick off her father. Her best friend wonders if it's true what they say about cavemen in bed. When some money is missing at a party, everyone looks immediately at the cavemen. There's more and this is only in the first 20 minutes shot.

    What about cavewomen, who do not exist in the sample episode, the producers were asked? "There are cavewomen," executive producer Bill Martin said. "You'll meet them in about episode five." (Are you noticing a pattern?)

    The producers protested they do not intend to make the show merely a racial allegory although when pressed to describe other episodes, this is exactly what they sounded like. If this isn't going to be what the show is, what do they intend to do, they were asked.


    They stammered, hemmed and hawed and passed the buck to each other without coming up with anything resembling a meaningful response.

    ABC has belatedly ordered another season of According to Jim, which had been given up for dead. That there's a connection to Cavemen is not a stretch. It will not be the surprise of the season if Cavemen never makes it to the air.

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    This is sad. Had they stuck with racism in general (not just black racism), and not made it the center of the entire show, this could have been really funny. The main character in the commercials is funny, period. His attitude is what makes him funny, not that he is being discriminated against per se. The discrimination is what brings out the humor even more.

    In other words, they could have followed him along life, with maybe some subtle instances of discrimination (or even a big one every few episodes), and it could have worked.

    But I have long given up on Hollywood ever being clever. They only want to preach to us stupid simpletons nowadays.
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    wow....and this is the crap that replaced the George Lopez show.
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    So let me get this straight: In the world of television, 2007, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip gets canceled, and this show gets greenlit and picked up. A-frickin'-mazing.

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    That's the problem with Hollywood, they take a great and proven idea and ruin it.

    Think about it, the Giecco adds have 30 seconds to establish a concept, tell a story and make you laugh. I think that they've had maybe seven or eight Caveman commercials, less than four minutes total and they're funnier than 90% of comedy on network TV.

    They took a simple, established concept and fucked it up.

    I need to go to Hollywood, I can suck too and for less money.
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    That's what we heard.

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    I'm quite sure the studio has announced the pilot is already being re-written and re-shot.

    Have any of you actually SEEN a true pilot?

    They're usually pretty horrid. Including Seinfeld, Growing Pains, Friends, That 70's Show, Smallville, etc.

    Just f*cking wretched. Seriously.

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    YES! if this fails we get a new season of according to jim!
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