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Julia's New Domain [TIME]
[Julia Louis-Dreyfus'] new sitcom, Watching Ellie, which debuts on NBC at the end of next month, is innovation packed. In addition to nixing the laugh track, using a single camera that follows the characters around, inserting songs and ditching the three-jokes-a-page rule, the show takes place in real time, so each week a clock in the corner of the screen counts down 22 minutes in the life of lounge singer and Los Angeles single gal Ellie Riggs... Originally the show was called 22 Minutes with Eleanor Riggs -- the running time of a sitcom without commercials -- but that turned out to be inaccurate, since the networks now run more than eight minutes of commercials in their expensive prime-time slots. "The network didn't want to point that out," Hall says.No wonder most half-hour sitcoms royally suck. Three jokes a page? Hmm... Oh, just put in some more dick jokes and 'creative' put-downs.
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