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Paul Reiser’s ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Ripoff Gets Cancelled

In what is a cautionary tale for ex-sitcom stars thinking about going the Larry David route, The Paul Reiser Show has been cancelled after two low rated airings. It’s another casualty in NBC’s quest to find a hit for its Thursday night lineup that currently includes widely hailed comedies such as Community, 30 Rock and The Office. Reiser’s show was a replacement for the sitcom, Perfect Couples starring Olivia Munn which premiered in December and was cancelled following its April 7th airing. Right before the cancellation, Reiser talked with entertainment reporter Kim Masters on the LA radio show The Business. He discussed his unlucky career history following after Mad About You and told Masters:

I made six pilots. All dead. I have a lovely cemetary, I have a plot at Forest Lawn where you can visit my lovely pilots.

And now he can add his latest to that list. The conceit for Reiser’s show, in which the comedian played himself, was very similar to Curb Your Enthusiasm. The popular and influential HBO show series has inspired several imitators over the years. Unfortunately, unlike shows like The Comeback with Lisa Kudrow or even Fat Actress with Kirstie Alley, Resier’s show came across as an uninspired retread.

[Futon Critic]

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