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Love Bites: NBC Romantic Anthology Series to Finally Debut

Love BitesIf you believe the old axiom that “good things come to those who wait,” then Love Bites ought to be worth watching. NBC has announced that the anthology series will debut on June 2nd at 10pm, some eight months after it was originally supposed to air.

The “romantic anthology” series, that revolves around “three loosely connected, modern stories of love, sex, marriage and dating,” was featured heavily at last May’s upfront presentation to advertisers and was supposed to air Thursdays at 10pm.

During the summer, Love Bites hit a number of roadblocks, including the pregnancy of star Becki Newton. Jordana Spiro’s role had to reduced because of a previous commitment to TBS’ (now-cancelled) My Boys. Love Bites’ creator, Cindy Chupack, also decided to step down as showrunner. NBC ended up filling the timeslot with The Apprentice and pushed Love Bites to mid-season. The network subsequently cut the episode order from 13 to nine installments.

Unless Love Bites is a big hit, it seems unlikely that NBC will order a second season of the show. Newton has a pilot in second position with CBS. Spiro has a comedy pilot for ABC called Lost and Found. Meanwhile, Greg Grunberg has a pilot with A&E called Big Mike but he was only committed to the first season of Love Bites anyway.

What do you think? Are you interested in checking out Love Bites? Do you think it has a chance at season two or is it already as good as cancelled?

 

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Craig June 26, 2011 at 4:40 pm

There were so many actors in this show that I have enjoyed in the past, and this show has ruined them for me. It is shows like this that make me happy for summer reruns.

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KevN'sync June 25, 2011 at 11:25 pm

i hope this show actually gets cancelled because the show bites.I am a big Becki Newton fan but her talents are truely wasted in this show.They think the show will garner ratings by having multiple guest stars each week but this isnt the freakin Love Boat so it wont work(see Will & Grace).

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Fan of Rom Com May 2, 2011 at 11:41 am

From what I’ve seen and read, the point is it might be fun to watch! Think of it as a comedic miniseries — it’s like three mini-edgy romantic comedies each week with a few characters threading through to anchor the series. This has the potential to be fresh, must-see summer viewing for fans of Newton, Grunberg and Constance Zimmer not to mention all of the amazing guests stars (like Craig Robinson and Jennifer Love Hewitt — just to name two from the pilot) that come and go each week. So if these nine episodes are it — congratulations, you got to see something special and different — and if not, even better!

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Darlene Miller May 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I cannot believe Brother and Sister is being cancelled…ABC has got to have their head examined..This was a great show. It had everything laughter, crying, emotion, drama, open mindedness…everything!!! I am so sick of getting interested in a series and then having them removed..I would rather see shows like this than blood guts and gore and survival reality shows!! I am done with ABC..I swear I could care less if this show goes I and many friends of mine are gone!!!

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RecceR May 2, 2011 at 10:47 am

I already thought this series was already dead. The networks always order way too many shows for the fall and end up having some not air until mid-season or summer because there is simply no room. It’s definitely not going to get a second season. There really is no point to air/watch this show, but maybe NBC has to air it because of sponsors so they chose the summer to burn them off.

@ Jeremy Rynek: I think they are airing the final season FNL for us fans that don’t have DirecTV and didn’t buy the box set. If not for that, then because it was always said that they would.

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Jeremy Rynek May 2, 2011 at 10:23 am

Well hell, after hearing all that. Yeah it’s probably dead. They cut the order and everyone has other projects waiting in the wings? Well yeah it’s most likely not gonna be successful, well just like them airing the final season of friday night lights, what’s the point?

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