(Sorry, didn’t see these until after the show had aired, but they’re still interesting commentaries on what could have been …)
From John Doyle of the Globe and Mail:
- Here lies a comedy whose life was cut short
“The Dead Beat is no masterpiece, but it is entertaining. It’s a bit of a mess at times, but it’s an interesting sort of mess, with really good stuff in it. It has one of the core ingredients for good farce – a person doing a job whose temperament is totally unsuited to the work.” Read more.
From Alex Strachan of Canwest News Service:
- Alas, Dead Beat’s obituary has already been written. Pity, that.
“CBC, in all its wisdom, has decided not to pick up Dead Beat as a series, and is showing the pilot episode tonight with minimal promotion and little fanfare. There’s a chance another broadcaster may swoop in and pick it up, but that doesn’t happen often in Canadian TV — or in TV anywhere, for that matter. That’s a shame: Dead Beat shows signs of life, and deserves a shot.” Read more.