Reaper the TV Show Survives the Grim Reaper. Returning Next Year

So, like, it was pretty touch and go there about 2 weeks ago. It looked fairly certain that Reaper was going to be take off the air. And I was reading articles about where the cast member were going. But now, as the kids say, it’s all good. The show gets to come back next year . And I’m pretty happy about that. What I’m NOT happy about is that the scheduled return date isn’t until March 03 2009. But this article was written June 2008 so Reaper is canceled as of June 2009 the show is going off the air.

I loved the Loop, which also featured lead actor Bret Harrison. The Loop was set right here in Chicago (that term is also slang for the downtown area of town). Although here’s a strange coincidence; another show I liked that got canceled was Working. That show starred Fred Savage from the Wonder Years-AND, he’s from Chicago too. Hmmmm. Maybe Hollywood had a Chitown bias? Speaking of weird, Bret was actually named “Sam” on both shows. And speaking of dead shows I liked I even liked that ABC Sci-Fi show Invasion. That show of course featured as a cast member Tyler Labine who plays Sock on Reaper.

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But still, why does FOX (and almost the CW) keep killing off good shows? I mean when you look at an Arrested Development it’s almost mind blowing. That show was so good it was insane. And don’t get me wrong I like Reaper but it was no Arrested Development! So what is so good about Reaper? It’s fun. It’s a fun show. One of the Executive Producers is Kevin Smith and the echoes of his religion are woven into the show. It’s almost like a tangent view of Dogma. I liked that movie too! Dogma had these kids with scythes who were demons and could teleport around. And Reaper has this kid who’s soul belongs to Satan and now demons are beginning to populate the shows cast. Including great guys from The State Michael Ian Black and Ken Marino. And yeah, I know I wrote about them being on the show already but it’s great! I’m see them really added to the show and Ray Wise? Such a pro. Such great performances every week.

But I was certain the TV show was dead on the second to last episode when it didn’t come on until 11:30 at night! Turns out there was a baseball game. So when all hell broke loose and they started threatening to cancel the show a whole fan movement started. They sent in socks in reference to the character Sock. I can only imagine what type of socks that arrived in the mail at the “CW.” Good thing didn’t write my “it’s canceled piece” 2 weeks ago or I would have had to write a “I mean it’s not canceled” piece.

Reaper: The Clerks Guy The Stella Guys The Friends Guy and The Hot Fuzz Guy

Reaper is one of my favorite new shows. Temporarily the show was of the air because of the writer’s strike. And then almost got canceled ! As was another new, good, death themed show Pushing Daises (and that show was of course created by the Dead Like Me guy). But Reaper managed to get back on its feet and is finishing out the season. The show is becoming a weird, clearing house of other cool things.

I’ve mentioned on this blog before that Reaper has Kevin Smith as an executive producer, and he just finished shooting his new movie Zach and Mira Make a Porno film (oh MySpace, what would I do without you). But the show has taken a twist that I’m pretty surprised about. For most of the series the “A story” has been that the main character, Sam, chases a demon and gets visits from the AWESOME Twin Peaks bad daddy Ray Wise. And the “B story” was initially Sam’s parents talking about selling his soul. Then it was his girlfriend/not girlfriend at work, then it was his new girlfriend. But last week a new storyline started.

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They brought in two guys from the fantastic, short lived MTV comedy show The State; Ken Marino and Michael Ian Black. Marino’s big character from the show was a guy walking around with golf ba lls yelling “I’m gonna dip my balls in it!” Maybe doesn’t sound too funny in print-but it was funny. And Black is actually one third of the current comedy group Stella, who and they had a show on Comedy Central a few years back, and of course 3 people from The State are the core of the Reno 911 show.

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All these connections! I feel like a gossip columnist. But its more mixed up than that. Check this out; Black ALSO just wrote a new movie called Run Fat Boy Run. And that stars Simon Pegg, who is no stranger to being a write and an actor, from the Shaun of the Dead movie and Hot Fuzz. And speaking of writer/actor/directors, Run was directed by Friends alumni David Schwimmer. How weird is that? I remember seeing what I thought was his first movie years ago. It was a movie about a guy who comes back to his home town for a friend’s funeral and ends up having some sex with the guy’s mother. The Pallbearer. Didn’t do very well, but I liked the color of the film. But I think he was in Twenty Bucks after that. I even remember him from the Wonder Years-I didn’t even know about Friends until it had been on the air almost 5 years. ANNNYYWAY, those are my connections for the night.

I would love to talk about this week’s South Park, it was SO good. They did a whole Heavy Metal movie spoof . But I talked about the show JUST last week, and I’m not trying to turn this into a SP blog!