NBC Says ‘Doctor Who’ Is NOT Their Lawyer

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rex canceled NBC Says Doctor Who Is NOT Their Lawyer

If the source close to the show can be believed, it looks like David Tennant’s first foray into American television is a flop as NBC will not be picking up the series Rex Is Not Your Lawyer. In fact, word from the source is that “the sets are coming down this week.”

Uh-oh. Not exactly what everyone expected to happen to everyone’s favorite dual-hearted time traveler, as Rex Is Not Your Lawyer was a show that everyone was talking about. I kept saying to myself, “If this is what David Tennant gave up Doctor Who for, it better be amazing.” Well, it looks like NBC didn’t find it so amazing, but who knows as the network is known to cancel shows even if they are good.

Still, all is not lost. Well, it is, but if you want to believe network propaganda, there’s still “a chance.”

Says the insider,

“The sets are on fold-and-hold. They will still be available if the show is picked up for the fall.”

Not really looking good. Sure, they’re on “fold-and-hold,” but so is the set of Seinfeld. Guess the Rex set will have good company. While you’re back there, tell Conan’s desk that I said, “Hi!” You know, just in case they bring back his show as well.

I really don’t know what NBC is going to do. If anyone is looking to sell a show, I have to say that you better run down there and pitch them your idea as they’ve got 5 slots they need to fill up, not to mention the shows that don’t make it past this season (which could be most of them). Too make things worse, after spending two years developing this show, Rex Is Not Your Lawyer was supposed start up this spring to fill in one of the 10PM slots left open by Leno.

Now it looks like the only thing it’ll be filling up will be the garbage bin. Guess my hope for a Torchwood vs. Rex Is Not Your Lawyer showdown is never going to happen.

C’mon Who fans, what say you about this news? Are you happy that Rex Is Not Your Lawyer is dead before it ever made it to air or is it better that it never saw the light of day? Do you think it would have been good or bad?

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. Well, I heard that Tennant was going to be doing a show in the U.S., and I got excited. And then I heard it would be on NBC. My first reaction was, “Couldn't he have gotten something on another network? Why did it have to be NBC? It actually sounds like a decent show, which means that NBC will underpromote it and then kill it just as it starts to pick up viewers.”

    I knew I'd be right. I just didn't know how quickly it would happen. I expected them to at least wait until two episodes in. Of course, they could always go the way of Medium and have ABC buy it from NBC to do it some justice. (No pun intended.)

  2. DrSamBeckett,

    What did the ninth doctor or the tenth doctor do different than Matt Smith has done? I eman in the short time before they actually started in their season?

  3. Most fall shows don't get picked up till May, so I can't imagine that the nails are being pounded into this coffin yet.

  4. i didn't care what it was like. I would have given it a chance just to see David do an american accent. He's a god. He can make any character popular. they made a big mistake.

  5. u've had him long enough, share some tennant, we love him in the US too

  6. David Tennant is a phenomenal actor, but sadly, most of the 300 million TV and movie viewers in the U.S. have no idea who he is. Until “House” came along, Americans didn't really know who Hugh Laurie was either, and a good number of them probably still don't know he's British.

    That doesn't mean that David Tennant wouldn't be tremendously appealing Stateside – we Americans are notoriously fond of charming British accents (the loss of Mr. Laurie's lovely native accent notwithstanding) – but the route to his discovery in the U.S. is probably going to be a rocky one.

    It might serve Mr. Tennant better to appear in guest roles or part of an ensemble cast on a popular show where he can dazzle audiences and get some attention and recognition. The amazing Stephen Fry, for example, is probably better recognized by many in the U.S. for his recent recurring role on “Bones” than for the other wonderful things he's accomplished.

    David Tennant has demonstrated an impressive range. He certainly has the chops to conquer the U.S. the way Hugh Laurie has done. It's just a matter of finding the right vehicle, and of doing some thinking out of the box.

  7. When I first heard about this project and that it was for NBC, my expectations for its success were low. NBC's programmers are idiots, too bad for the project. Tennant is talented and likable.

  8. When I first heard about this project and that it was for NBC, my expectations for its success were low. NBC's programmers are idiots, too bad for the project. Tennant is talented and likable.

  9. Okay, May has come and gone and the powers that be are still holding the decision in abeyance — when will they let us poor commoners in on the news? Is it Yea or Nay? The suspense is killing me.

  10. you are totally wrong. there is still a chance. if david tennant is in it, then they have got to show it on TV. he is freakin amazing in Doctor Who. you don’t know what youre talkin about.

  11. Let’s all start writing to NBC to complain. I don’t care if it’s ABC, CBS, NBC or some cable channel….it must be aired.

  12. P.S. It would be a shame if David gave up Dr. Who to come here for the big bucks. I don’t like the new guy. Davids got more talent in one finger than Smith has in his whole body.