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Rubicon Squashed by The Man

... The illuminati of AMC have decided to hold back the truth! Rubicon has been canceled after just one season of political thrilling and conspiracy theorizing. The show was called myriad things, including slow, intelligent, and downright booooooring, but the reason for its cancellation is obvious. It needed more zombies. [The Live Feed]

... The Simpsons has been renewed. The sky is still blue. The oceans still have water in them. The renewal means the series will hit 500 episodes sometime in its 23rd season. What have you done with YOUR life? [Fox via press release]

... TNT's Hawthorne has a new showrunner: John Tinker has come on board to steer the medical drama starring Jada Pinkett-Smith. Tinker has been in the business for a long time now, and has worked on Chicago Hope, The Practice, and St. Elsewhere. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Jimmy McNulty may've finally found his new role. Actor Dominic West, who played McNulty on HBO's The Wire, has booked the lead role in a new BBC drama titled The Hour. The show is set in the '50s at a London television station and has the misfortune of bearing the weight of a million Mad Men comparisons. [Sky]

... After being "real" for so long, Kourtney Kardashian is giving acting a go. The reality star will make her acting debut on the pinnacle of all acting shows, One Life to Live. Sorry, but you'll have to wait until March to see it. Until then, go ahead and give War & Peace a fourth read-through. [E! Online]

... Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster on The Munsters, has checked himself into rehab. The 57-year-old has been battling cocaine, alcohol, and pot addictions for 40 years. 40 years! Dude! I say keep going, you're closing in on a record! [TMZ]

... Fox may be planning a replacement for ratings-challenged Running Wilde. The comedy Breaking In, starring Christian Slater, is rumored to be in the running for a midseason slot. The show is a workplace comedy set at an internet security firm and also stars Bret Harrison (Reaper). [Deadline Hollywood]


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I'll watch anything Dominic West is in--he's brilliant!
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Rubicon was a throwback to a time when story DID matter. A time when people enjoyed the ride - racking their brains and chatting up friends and family trying to be first to solve the mysteries - rather than insisting on being spoon-fed a resolution at the end of every episode. A time when there was such a thing as SUSPENSE - before suspense was widely known as "the boring parts between sex and explosions". It was a throwback to Hitchcock thrillers - which I'm sure the brainless masses would call "boring" and "pointless" these days as well because something isn't exploding and a woman isn't whipping out her enormous implants every few minutes. It was a throwback to a time when viewers had an attention span longer than a goldfish. Of course it didn't last in today's climate of utter stupidity. Of course people bash it here in the comments and at the forums - they don't like to feel dense while watching something intelligent. That feeling of confusion you all got when you started watching? That was your deprived brains attempting to sputter back to life. And that feeling of boredom that set in shortly thereafter? That was your brain flatlining once again as you decided it was too much work to actually THINK about something. Oh well, back to the deaths and breasts, vampires and KABOOM! Back to "Vegetating with the Stars"! Yeah! I love being an ignoramus!

AMC proudly proclaims on their website "story matters here". Hardly. Seeing it is an insult to all the fans of intelligent programming that thought they had found something different in AMC. Oh well, back to HBO, where they faithfully aired shows like The Wire year after year despite the antiquated farce that is Nielsen claiming it was a bad decision. They know what AMC doesn't - that the type of people that support quality, intelligent programming like Rubicon are the type of people they want watching and supporting their station and advertisers. They are the type that are fiercely loyal. The type that have money to spend on the items advertised. The type whose accolades garner awards, recognition, and critical acclaim. Things I though AMC considered more important than legions of mindless fools cheering for more sex, explosions, and dead bodies - and less "other confusing stuff".

Sadly, I expected this and am not surprised, however. Little surprises me these days. It is truly a sad day for TV.
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I feel sorry for you CylonAgent...I assume you are complaining about Rubicon getting canceled. Calling the show intelligent because only one substantial thing happens every hour is just ridiculous. You can try and complain that The Walking Dead killed it b/c it's "zombies" but that would just be ignorant. It is exceedingly better written, directed, (most importantly) acted and a close runner-up on importance - actually thrilling.



Good night Rubicon...you can now go back to being a Jeep model.
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"how sad is it that what puts a smile" - How sad that a person would say such horrible things to another person whereas I was only saying bad things about a television program. I'm going to contradict myself by saying you must be a horrible person in real life. :P And please, just because I prefer not to watch this show, that does not mean I'm not intelligent.
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Rubicon = a show where nothing happens. And people wonder why that borefest was canceled.
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I'm somewhat disappointed in Rubicon's cancellation, but not all that surprised. What I find most annoying is the whiners who think that the cancellation of their favorite shows are because most people aren't "smart enough" to get it. Get over yourselves. Much of the criticism is valid, and I wish AMC would've given them a chance work on improvements for a second season, but better shows have fared worse, and complete trash continues to remain on the air for years...
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It was a great show. It was something thrilling that kept your mind pacing and questioning what would happen next, all the while indulging in crazy conspiracy theories. All from a tv show (and not from a book).. I'll miss that.
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"Television is getting so dumb these days..." Not just television. Everything. When Dan Brown is a best selling author and four notes strung together and repeated ad nauseam constitute music, it is official - mediocrity rules the world.
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"I am definitely smiling somehow." - how sad is it that what puts a smile on your face is stupid gloating and the pleasure of seeing other people deprived of the chance to enjoy a programme they were actually intelligent enough to grasp! You must be a very sad person...
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"This is what no zombies, vampires and big boobs gets you - cancelled."

Television is getting so dumb these days...
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BTW, go The Simpsons! TV.com might hate The Simpsons, and probably hate every other show out there for some nonsense reason because they seem to always say bad things about every show, but I am very glad that its coming back. I don't really care if the gags and stories have not been as good as previous seasons, as long as the voice actors and the creators of the show are still having fun doing it, it should continue.
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I am definitely smiling somehow. I like AMC and I love Breaking Bad, so when Rubicon came, I forced myself to watch it, but after the first episode, I did not like it at all. I don't know, I like conspiracy theories and everything but without action, it was kinda pointless. I also did not like the fact that it tried so hard to be a so dramatic like Mad Men and Breaking Bad but it just seemed so forced. The main guy always seemed so angry for no reason. I also do not like its tagline. Like "Not every conspiracy is a theory". That just did not make sense to me. Obviously conspiracies can be real. I am glad that AMC cancelled it. It did not deserve to be an AMC drama. I hope the other new show in AMC is going to be better.
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More Simpsons? I have just lost the very little faith I had in human species...
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Damn you AMC! I really liked Rubicon. Maybe to intelligent and slow paced for the average american viewer?
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WTF AMC !?! Have you lost your mind? Is AMC being taking over by stupid, by the book, corporate execs?
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This is what no zombies, vampires and big boobs gets you - cancelled. I knew they wouldn't allow such a truly wonderful show to go on, while there's so much gore- and sex-filled crap that must be shown at all costs, yet I am still saddened about Rubicon. It's been ages since I've fallen in love with a new show so totally and quickly. Such a shame!
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Wow... AMC cancelled Rubicon but renewed The Walking Dead... crazy

Rubcon was amazing, I wish they'd brought more closure to the storyline, especially now that we won't see what chain of events that last 4-leaf clover puts into play :(
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It was worth another chance in my humble opinion.It never reached its target audience . I think there are millions of Americans who would love the show but never got the chance to see it. It was one of the most promising shows and the cast was absolutely spectacular at their roles as subtle as they were. really sad to read the news :/
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Rubicon was great for what it was. It was a subtle, intellectual television show, it was doomed from the get go. And even though some episodes were a bit dull the overall story arc was complex in way only ever seen on The Wire. Maybe HBO will pick it up.
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OMG Rubicon canceled !!!!!!!!!!!!! NOOOOOOO ..... Rubicon was a great show! OMG NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO .........
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Rubicon was just too smart and slow for the american audience. Very sad news...
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FRACK YOU for canceling Rubicon and proving you simply cannot have a slow-burning intelligent show in America.
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I felt instantly bad for Christian Slater seeing he was making another show that will bomb..and then I saw the name Bret Harrison. Is now a must watch.
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50s London, not as cool as 60s Madison Avenue, I dread the BBC making an embarassing mess of doing this kind of period. Generally we get rubbish like Heartbeat and you lucky guys get the beauty of Mad Men, not fair.
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WHAT THE F#(*?! I was just about to start watching Rubicon, I watched the pilot but I didn't know the series was starting then, so gay that it's been canceled, bloody American TV... >_>
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Damn!! Rubicon was smart, intelligent, engaging, and i think they are really ##$$#7 for cancelling it!...

I havent felt like that about a show for a long time..then they go and cancel it.. AMC??!!
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smae for rubicon, kind of cool for the simpsons, don't know what to say about Christian Slater.
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That sucks! Rubicon was a great show! Maybe we can save it by pestering Subway or something....(see what I did there)
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Damnnn i got into Rubicon...really well made. It was slow but very smart, and the characters all felt very real. Very different from most TV...shame...
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Wow... that is incredibly sad! I really grew to like the characters on Rubicon by the end of the season, it's a shame we won't get to see more of them. Will, Ingram, Miles, Maggie, Tanya, even Grant... hell even Spengler. As much as I knew it was a toss up for renewal, I feel like they really could have expanded the show in the second year, made it a little more fast paced and compelling. :(
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I loved Rubicon, yeah it was a bit slow, but it was a drama not an action thriller.

Us fans should all get together and send the AMC executives some four leaf clovers! :-)
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I only saw the first 3 episodes, but I thought Rubicon was a bit too boring. It wasn't just that it was slow -- both Breaking Bad and Walking Dead, two shows that I love, are quite slow as well.
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Like I said before, we NEED more CSI NCIS and L& O. Why there are so many more cities they could pretend to be in...
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I'm definitely disappointed that Rubicon was canceled. Sadly, I am not surprised.
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I had the same thoughts about Rubicon at first and then I finally watched the whole season and it was quite good actually. that's a shame but AMC has 3 other masterpieces to take care of : Breaking Bad, Mad Men & Walking Dead
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Rubicon was a great show. It started a little slow, but it got so much better. too bad it was canceled. These days all the shows with any content are being canceled.
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noooooo why tv why do u keep on doing this to me first Lone Star now Rubicon ;(
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i liked rubicon...
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I thought AMC was better...I should have known.
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sigh, Rubicon will be missed. it was smart stuff.
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nooooo! Rubicon :( really liked this show. Not so often we can see a show that takes the time to build the characters and advance the plot consistently. Guess that doesn't really appeal to the masses..
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That sucks about Rubicon.
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I would have watched more if I could have watched online...so would've a bunch of othe people. The internet is the new telvision. Make it easy for me to watch and I'll watch, make it hard and I won't. Simple.
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I did find Rubicon interesting because it at least was something different, but detractors might have a case that it had TOO MANY zombies!
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40 years? How is Butch Patrick still alive?
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Remember how the last episode ended :\"Make your report, Will. Knock \'em dead. I\'m sure it\'ll make for very exciting reading. Skullduggery in high places and all that. Do you really think anyone is going to give a **** Do it. Do it.\" And he was so damn right ! That is the world we live in.
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I love Bret Harrison! I hope this new show is good
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Damn. I was just about to start watching Rubicon.
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Rubicon was a televisual slight-of-hand. It hinted at something, directed your attention there and then the plot disappeared! I'm frankly amazed it lasted when so many good shows are canned after a few episodes.
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Me too :(
Rubicon had great acting all around and offer suspense like no other show.
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