News Briefs: The CW's L.A. Complex Has the Worst Drama Debut Ever

HISTORICALLY BAD NEWS

... Apparently people just don't care to see a Canadian show about a Los Angeles apartment complex on a network famous for vampires. The CW debuted The L.A. Complex, a drama that was made in Canada and already premiered in that country, last night and just about no one watched it. A mere 646,000 people watched it, according to Nielsen, which made it the worst debut for a drama series during the major television season EVER. To put it in perspective, that was even less than the debut of Remodeled and about half as many viewers as H8R's debut. [EW]


BUSINESS TIME

... Gossip Girl executive producer Josh Safran is leaving the CW drama to take over the ship at NBC's Smash as new showrunner. Safran takes over for Theresa Rebeck, who left after Season 1 to return to Broadway. Here's hoping Season 2 is just Ellis pooping on people's doorsteps. [EW]

... Oxygen has announced five new reality series. [Deadline Hollywood] What? You actually want me to say what they are? Fine. Girlfriend Confidential: LA and Girlfriend Confidential: NY follow women in those cities blah blah blah professional lives mix with personal lives. All the Right Moves follows a quartet of professional dancers blah blah blah professional lives mix with personal lives. My Shopping Addiction is about people addicted to shopping. I'm Having Their Baby centers on young pregnant women contemplating whether or not to give their kids up for adoption. Professional lives mix with personal lives blah blah blah. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC has given up on its pilot Counter Culture after a horse died filming it. Oh wait, I mean after Delta Burke hurt herself filming it. But really, what's the difference? The show was to follow a group of sisters who take over the family restaurant in Texas, and the coolest thing about the comedy was that Margo Martindale (Justified) was going to star in it. Maybe this would have been paired with Last Man Standing? Otherwise, I don't see why ABC would give this a shot in the first place. [Deadline Hollywood]


SICKNESS AND PARTYING NEWS

... Ryan Seacrest is sick! So sick that he might not host American Idol tonight. Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe might step into Ryan's size 6 shoes and host. Typical Seacrest... signs a 2-year extension, gets wasted to celebrate, stays out all night and misses work! Who does he think he is, Lindsay Lohan? [TMZ]

... Lindsay Lohan got wasted, stayed out all night, and missed work. Allegedly. LiLo was reportedly late for work on Glee today, late enough for Glee cast member Dot Marie Jones to Tweet some outrage about the unprofessionalism. [TMZ]


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One show gets cancelled because horses die. Another gets pulled because Delta Burke gets injured. The comparison is not so outrageous, and Delta can take offense for herself if she so desires. Lighten up! Calling it sexist or chauvinist is a reach.
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The L.A. Complex was actually pretty good, NOW Tim I would say The CW is the network of the supernatural instead of Vampires just saying(Buffy, Angel, Vampire Dairies) compared to (7th Heaven One Tree Hill Dawson's Creek, Gilmore Girls, Smallville,Gossip Girl, REBA and more remember just saying
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wow delta burke has a horse thing wasnt cool. wtf?
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Margo Martindale and Delta Burke? Is this the Mike & Mollification of TV? (See that pun there? See it? Go back, I'll wait... ... I know, right, how awesome was that???) I dig both those actresses, Margo is an awesome character actor, and Delta is just a fantastically funny personality of her own, but put try to put them together on a sitcom and you've got a "fat girl sitcom", and I suspect the "overweight sitcom" is a trend that's going to continue. On the other hand, it's sad that the reason the plug got pulled is that Delta hurt herself (unless she's being a drama queen again, she had a tendency to pull off-camera drama during Designing Women).



Dude, Tim, awesome Seacrest - Lohan segue!
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this is the CW so no suprise there.. really no point to watch a cw show won't be around long or it will go down hill after the 1st or 2nd season like 90210 and Gossip girl.
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I just lost a few minutes of my life reading this.
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Same goes for commenting.
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Who doesn't love troll fails?
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Normally I say no shit. But I'll give you a cookie instead.
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I never realized the CW was considered a major network. It's on a VHF station here, like Fox used to be before they got the NFL contract.
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To the 646,000 people who actually watched LA: Complex, seriously you guys couldn't find anything else to watch.
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If it was already aired in Canada then chances are many people already watched LA Complex online. Season 1 only has 6 episodes so it's possible CW will just run it out rather than cancelling it. Funny enough, it's been renewed in Canada for a second season.

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I actually watched the six first episodes of L.A. Complex so far (Oh Canada) and I think it's actually a pretty good show. It fits the CW, but it's way less... bad than any of it's original shows. The characters are all pretty much likeable and for some reason I found myself crying at the last few episodes. I don't understand why it would get such low ratings. Sure, it's The CW, but it's exactly the target audience... I just can't figure this out.
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:-( I really want to make a mean joke right now. I'll come back later.
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of course that's an extremely low neilson score and in context of TV world is definitely low, particularly for adverstiers.



BUT 650,000 is A LOT OF PEOPLE, folks



imagine if that many people came to your community theatre? Or downloaded your podcast?



just trying to keep it real
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I'm pretty sure The L.A. Complex's premiere was made available early online, so more people should tune in next week. I haven't watched it yet, but I'm just happy it isn't another one of The CW's reality failures.



Lindsay Lohan still gets work???
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I went and checked out Dot's tweets...I didn't see that tweet...she had a TON of tweets on the 25th of April, but I didnt see one about LiLo being late
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Comparing Delta Burke to a horse is not cool, Tim. I'm not her fan or anything, but this is chauvinist.
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Really? I know this is an old post and you probably won't read this, but I felt the need to reply anyway.

As far as I can see Tim is just making a reference to the cancellation of 'Luck' (a couple of horses died during production, so the producer/network called it quits). I think the quip is more directed towards the way networks reason and make decisions about cancellations (or in this case: dropping a pilot), and apparently the death of a horse or Burke getting hurt is 'the same thing' in that context.

Nothing chauvinistic about that, since he is not actually comparing the actress to a horse at all.
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Kind of hard to believe. L.A. Complex is the type of show that CW viewers eat for breakfast. Makes no sense, with all the promos on CW prior to the debut. Being in Canada, I've seen the entire series and I was totally hooked from episode 1. It just gets better and better. People are really missing out by not watching.
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so the whole season 1 has aired already in Canada?
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Yes months ago, but it was only 6 eps (I believe)
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not the whole season really, since it got an extra order to 19 eps airing later this year i belive..
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No one in Canada likes L.A. Complex either, it did horribly here too. I think by the time the 5th episode aired, only 16 000 people watched it.
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L.A. Complex wasn't amazing but its a show I'd watch, guilty pleasure. Maybe this is good news for Ringer :) ok maybe I'm reaching but hey!
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Granted, we dont actually know that Lindsay did that. All we really have is that tweet that someone was late, we dont know for sure it was Lindsay or that she showed up hungover or anything. Plus TMZ tends to exaggerate things a lot. Not a big LLo fan but i hate exaggerations
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The L.A. Complex is really bad. But you just got to appreciate how Canada sees Hollywood. That alone just makes it amusing.
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