bye bye, caveman

seth reported here back in march abc was prepping a pilot for a caveman series to be set in atlanta.

i happened to be flipping yesterday evening and landed on ‘cavemen’ and noticed that the venue had been changed to san diego. i commented about it to the gf, who noted, ‘eh, they rewrite these things all the time.’

well astute reader spencer found the reason and sent the link in via suggest a story.

according to variety, the location of ‘cavemen’ was changed because of racial sensitivites:

Clearly, some rethinking went into handling what became a hot potato this summer. The pilot was set in Atlanta, only heightening the uncomfortable sense that the slights directed at cavemen (who even referred to themselves as “maggers”) awkwardly mirrored African-American stereotypes, from their legendary sexual prowess to the view of them as something less by snooty southerners.

Relocated to San Diego, the revised premiere touches more gingerly on those themes. Yet this is hardly to say the humor qualifies as subtle, and the sanded-off edges don’t do much to enhance the show. They do, however, raise questions about the novelty factor wearing off before the second commercial break.

well all of that may be well and good, but it would have been sweet to have a sitcom situated here. that being said, ‘cavemen’ is so bad that i doubt it is going to last long enough to be worth anything anyway.

8 Comments so far

  1. Greg (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2007 @ 4:00 pm

    Also, they couldn’t pull off a “fake” Atlanta in Southern California, not that that has stopped them before… *cough*Vanished*cough*


  2. RightOnPeachtree (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2007 @ 8:50 pm

    http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jidWzlPNhlAvE6HN6JfIb62kao8g

    “The producers, meanwhile, found it difficult to fake Atlanta in the production based in Los Angeles.”

    I have no idea which is the real reason (or whether it is both).


  3. brandon (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2007 @ 11:44 pm

    It might be a real reason.

    I have never seen an accurate depiction of Atlanta on a television show. Anyone remember “Profiler”? You could see the LA Metro bus pass on a lot of scenes.


  4. John (unregistered) on October 4th, 2007 @ 2:08 pm

    See “Designing Women.”

    Atlanta is the intangible American city. Tom Wolfe, when he was pimping “A Man In Full,” said something to the effect of: “I can’t believe there aren’t 30 great books about this town.” Horrible misquotation, I’m sure, but the point stands. Several hundred pages later, even Wolfe couldn’t pin it down.


  5. John (unregistered) on October 4th, 2007 @ 2:09 pm

    See “Designing Women.”

    Atlanta is the most intangible American big city. Tom Wolfe, when he was pimping “A Man In Full,” said something to the effect of: “I can’t believe there aren’t 30 great books about this town.” Horrible misquotation, I’m sure, but the point stands. Several hundred pages later, even Wolfe couldn’t pin it down.


  6. Robert (unregistered) on October 7th, 2007 @ 7:38 pm

    I watched the pilot for Cavemen. There were a few laugh out loud moments, but the overall impact of the show fell flat. It definitely needed a rewrite. Besides, once the Cavemen pilot hit the internet, Geico put all of their old Caveman commercials in heavy rotation, and I’d dare to say that the whole Caveman shtick is getting a bit old at this point.


  7. Rashid Z. Muhammad (unregistered) on October 8th, 2007 @ 8:29 pm

    Wow, that’s funny. I’ve always seen the Cavemen bit as nothing but a commentary on stereotypes not unlike those which black folk have to deal with regularly.

    I guess I was reading too much into it.


  8. Captain Drew (unregistered) on October 11th, 2007 @ 7:38 am

    See “Savannah”

    I was the assistant propmaster on the Aaron Spelling television show “Savannah” which used to air on the WB Network. We were based out of a motel in Riverdale/Jonesboro for the shooting of the network presentation. When the show was given a greenlight we shot the first season from the inside of a defunct lumber yard up in Lilburn, the second season we shot in a warehouse off of Snapfinger Drive over in DeKalb county. In the entire run of the show we only traveled to Savannah for one week… the rest of the time we shot Atlanta for Savannah.

    A year or so earlier we had worked on shooting location work for an NBC series (The Client?) based on a John Grisham book/movie.

    The decision for Cavemen was a good idea, playing around in the sandbox of race relations can be a real tar baby… wait, can you say that nowadays? ;)



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