Is there anything more interesting than Monday morning quarterbacking network schedules? We are certainly getting an opportunity to do just that now courtesy of what NBC chose to do in not picking up “Susan 313,” their latest comedy starring none other than our favorite comedienne Sarah Silverman. This show had all of the major workings to be rather funny, and while we understand that the network may have been worried about there not being much of an audience out there for it, let’s be honest: It’s not like “Welcome to the Family” and “Sean Saves the World” have proved to be much in the way of ratings monsters.
This show is entitled “Susan 313,” and the story behind it is as follows: Silverman stars as Susan, a woman who moves back into her old apartment building after getting out of a relationship. Hijinks ensue. Seriously, you don’t really need to know anything other than this. But it is a show that had a ton of comedy names attached to it, with it be Sarah, June Diane Raphael, or Tig Notaro.
Silverman had managed to get some of the funniest ladies in comedy all on one show, and NBC declined to pick it up so that they could have three variations of what is more or less the same show on Thursday night. The only reason that they ever got anywhere with “The Office” or “30 Rock” was because they took risks. So while Sarah may be acting humble at the start of the video and saying that the network probably made the right decision for them, we have to disagree. They would have at least had something here that could have become a hit, rather than just a few comedies that were the network playing it safe.
Sooner or later, maybe Silverman will find a comedy project that actually sticks at a network. She does have at least a talent of getting all sorts of great people to work with her. Remember “The Sarah Silverman Program” from Comedy Central? Well, she co-created it with a man named Dan Harmon, who has now become on of TV’s geek gods thanks for creating “Community.”
Do you like this pilot, and wish now after watching it that NBC had picked it up? Be sure to share your thoughts below!