My sweet run is over

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For the past three and a half years I have been working as a camera assistant on a CBS multi-camera sitcom called Still Standing. I found out this past weekend that we were being cancelled after we shoot our 19th episode of season four. Our last show will be shot on January 31st, 2006.

What a huge bummer. It was the best job I've ever had thanks to the people and the way the show was run. We hardly ever ran past six pm on Mondays and on Tuesdays we were usually out before eight. For a sitcom, those hours are incredible.

I knew the show would end someday but I thought we had another year since we picked up a fourth. Normally if a network orders a fourth season, a fifth is likely since that brings you into network syndication at 100 episodes. Apparently there is a new, pre-arranged deal with the production companies (Fox and Paramount) and Lifetime the cable channel which is buying a package of 88. Nothing is in writing yet so there's even a possibility that I may be done as of this week. We've already shot 80 so who knows they may pull the plug.

Our ratings just took a huge dive when the timeslot was moved to Wednesday nights. I am very fortunate to be on Two and a Half Men and Cay is doing well as a high school teacher. I'll be losing almost half my income come February and that sucks but I'll use the free time to work on writing projects and the new small business. Time for me to get down to the bare bones of what I really want to be doing.

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