Madigan Men

Season 1 Episode 9

Meet the Wolfes (a.k.a. Neighbors)

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Aired Friday 9:30 PM Dec 15, 2000 on ABC

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    • A week earlier, ABC announced the series would go on hiatus at the end of the month. On January 5, 2001, it would be making way for a Friday Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which in turn would be moving from Tuesday to make way for the new reality series, The Mole. The network claimed to be waiting to see how the new episodes with George Wendt turned out before deciding whether to order additional episodes, and possibly giving it a relaunch at midseason. Not very good apparently! The same day this episode aired, ABC said they were upgrading the indefinite hiatus to an official cancellation due to budget problems, Gabriel Byrne's apathy, it was only time-slot filler to give The Mole and My Wife and Kids more nurturing midseason launches, yada yada yada. The 13th and final episode was to be filmed the week before Christmas (pushed back from December 8 after two showdates were cancelled for "tweaking"), but ATG pulled the plug on it. Shortly before the cancellation, it was reported that, in yet another retool, Madigan Men would stop filming in front of a live studio audience, maybe to appease Byrne who didn't appear very comfortable with the four-camera, audience reaction format. The audience was kicked out starting with this episode. The editor presumes that Stu Bloomberg and Lloyd Braun must have really hated the three unaired episodes, because they reran the pilot instead of one of them on December 22. Cheap, cheap, cheap...

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