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By Seth Freilich | Industry | September 15, 2008 |

the-ex-list.jpgWell, that about settles that. Strike one for CBS’ “The Ex List” is that it’s buried in the Friday night graveyard. Strike two, for me at least, is that’s it’s primarily a chick show, focusing on Bella Bloom (whataname!) tracking down her old ex-boyfriends, since a psychic says one of them is her true love. But despite these two strikes, I was still just intrigued enough by the show because Bella is played by Elizabeth Reaser, who’s a TV crush of mine, and, more importantly, because it was created by Diane Ruggiero, a writer and producer of “Veronica Mars” and “Dirty Sexy Money.”

But last Friday, Ruggiero up and quit, which qualifies as strike three for me. You gotta figure the show isn’t likely to be long for this world now, now that it’s creator has bailed on it (sure, showrunners have quit new shows before and the shows have survived, but the odds are against it, especially when the show is taking over the shiny timeslot owned by “Moonlight” last year).

Anyway, Alan Sepinwall has the full spin on what went down, but it basically boils down to CBS getting all in her business, trying to get her to more closely mirror the Israeli show “The Ex List” is based on. And these two quotes from Ruggiero pretty much sum up her take on it all:

It’s like someone comes to you with a little black dress and says, ‘You can do anything you want with it, anything at all,’ and you go, ‘Oh, great,’ and then they come back and say, ‘But you need to wear this belt, and these shoes, and…’
I’ll never work at CBS again.
The Ex List's Ex / Seth Freilich

Industry | September 15, 2008 |

Seth is a Senior Editor and sometime critic. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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