Oscar hopeful “Right to Dream” from Tennessee is now available as a single on iTunes and at Amazon. The above video for the Mariah Carey number features clips from the movie, which is tentatively scheduled to open in theaters in March.
Archive for December, 2008
Question: Why, oh, why did The Ex List get canceled? — Lily
Ausiello: Elizabeth Reaser is asking herself the same question. “I don’t quite know what went wrong,” she lamented at Monday’s Twilight premiere. “Not enough people watched it, I guess, is the simplest reason. I was having a good time on the show. I liked the idea of the show. I never quite understand how ratings work or time slots or how they make the decisions to cancel a show. It is very hard for a new show to survive these days unless they are a blockbuster hit from the pilot. But I really don’t know what went wrong. I am at a loss and disappointed and I think everyone on the show and involved in it felt the same way. But we aren’t alone. A lot of shows have already been canceled.” The good news? Ex List will complete its 13-episode order with an eye towards international sales and a DVD release. “I’m still shooting the show, which is odd,” she admitted. “The scripts have been rewritten to give [fans] some closure. [Bella] will figure out which ex is the one. I do find the guy, and it’s someone we met in an earlier episode.”
Former showrunner Diane Ruggiero’s plan for the end of the first season was noted in a previous post, two posts down. No spoilers have yet emerged on what the actual ending noted here by Reaser will be.
The film has had a couple of festival screenings so far as well as a one-week run at the beginning of December to qualify for Oscar contention, largely in the hopes of getting a nod for co-star Mariah Carey’s “Right to Dream,” listed among five front-runners by the Los Angeles Times:
THE POP STAR
Mariah Carey’s “Right to Dream.” In need of a guitarist for “Right to Dream,” Carey aimed high, going straight to country legend Willie Nelson. Written for ” Tennessee,” in which Carey plays an aspiring singer, “Right to Dream” is restrained elegance, with some light, finger-picked guitar flourishes and a dash of late-night soul. “I was humming different melodies while I was on the set and stuff,” Carey says. “I was just thinking that Willie Nelson would be somebody fabulous to collaborate with. I reached out to him, and we met after one of his concerts.”
Now that The Ex List is no more, what’s next for the show? There are at least four unaired episodes, as evidenced by their respective galleries at Nice Girls Like TV, and rumor had it they cast as many as twelve. So we’ve got that to look forward to, either as a strike-related filler or possible future DVD release.
More importantly, was Adam’s Augie the great love of Bella’s life or what? One-time showrunner Diane Ruggiero had her own game plan for the first season and tattled to E! about what she would have done had the show made it a full season and had she not left the show partway through that hypothetical first season due to “creative differences.” Still no word on what the people actually running the show at the time of the cancellation had planned, but it’s better than nothing. It’s not really a spoiler, but we’re still hiding it after the jump.
While the Apple has been unable to find a formal cancellation notice anywhere — and we know that there are several episodes “in the can” that have yet to be broadcast — it looks like THE EX LIST is officially kaput.
CBS has even pulled the EX LIST pages from their website. I’m not sure why that was necessary; they could have at least been archived.
Et tu, CBS webmaster?
As for the un-aired episodes, maybe they’ll pop up magically as schedule-filler at some point, or perhaps end up on a DVD release of the show in some vague, pastel future. We certainly hope so.
In any case… EX LIST, we hardly knew ye….
More Unearthed Artifacts:
Ex List TWoP archives
Videos still available for sale on iTunes and at Amazon
This site still appears to be adding episode stills
Episode information can be found here
Finally, there some information here about the theme song; it’s available for purchase at iTunes