WBEZ | cancelled http://www.wbez.org/tags/cancelled Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Claire Zulkey - Slow-motion cancel http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-01/calling-end-slow-motion-cancel-104901 <p><p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.6575665675742378"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/96470895_2f812e3159.jpg" style="float: right;" title="(Flickr/numberstumper)" />This weekend I had lunch with a friend of mine who lamented a strange social phenomenon she fell victim to earlier this month. She was hosting a dinner party, and one guest, instead of merely attending or canceling, began texting her in the morning to warn her that she might not be able to attend, due to a sick child. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ll let you know what happens,&rdquo; the guest promised the hostess, and then, on about an hourly basis, provided updates, informing her that things weren&rsquo;t looking so good due to Junior and his cold. Eventually, exactly at dinnertime, the guest sent a text saying &ldquo;Looks like I can&rsquo;t make it after all. Have fun though!!&rdquo;*</span><br /><br />Naturally, my friend was peeved. &ldquo;Ah yes, the slow-motion cancel,&rdquo; I said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve fallen victim to it myself.&rdquo; Instead of just being told that someone can&rsquo;t show up to dinner or a party or a date, I&rsquo;ve gotten a long, slow buildup to the inevitable letdown that someone is canceling on me. Sometimes they start days in advance, as I&rsquo;ve had friends start letting me know the second they feel a cold coming on so that I can get ready to confront the possibility that I might not see them. (And just in case you think I&rsquo;m being a judgment-casting stone-thrower, I found myself doing this last week. A friend of mine was holding an event that I had earlier said I&rsquo;d attend, and I let her know early in the day that I might not be able to attend due to my husband not feeling well. And then I texted my apologies five minutes into the event. So I am absolutely guilty of this myself.)<br /><br />Why do we** do this? I have two theories. One came via a British guy friend of mine who told me recently the biggest difference between American and British girls is that at bars (and other such places), a British woman will have no trouble telling a guy who is hitting on her that she&rsquo;s not interested (&ldquo;Sod off,&rdquo; is the term everyone, probably even including the Queen, uses in this situation.) But once the guy came to the States, he&rsquo;d chat up a lady for an hour and figure he had a good chance of getting somewhere with her until he realized that she was Just Being Nice.<br /><br />There are many times when Just Being Nice is actually not so nice after all. Like talking behind someone&rsquo;s back instead of saying what you feel, like letting resentment build up instead of addressing issues head-on, like leading a person on or like wasting someone&rsquo;s time by sloooowly canceling on them instead of having the cojones to just do it. If you say &ldquo;I can&rsquo;t make it tonight, sorry,&rdquo; right off the bat, it&rsquo;s rude. But if you do it over the span of many hours or days, it&rsquo;s Nice.<br /><br />But the flip side of Just Being Nice is also feeling a like Kind of a Big Deal. When you&rsquo;re a Kind of a Big Deal, no social function can go on without you (not in any meaningful way, anyway), so you need to let people down gently and slowly. If you just say &ldquo;I can&rsquo;t make it tonight, sorry,&rdquo; right off the bat, you are tearing people&rsquo;s hearts out. But if you do it over the span of many hours or days, you can slowly, slowly get your friends used to the idea of spending time without you when they were all worked up about seeing you. It&rsquo;s like gradually entering a hot bath, only in this case instead of bubbles the tub is full of disappointment.<br /><br />In the interest in saving time and text fees, let&rsquo;s agree to relax on Just Being Nice and that we&rsquo;re not always Kind of a Big Deal. We all like seeing our friends and it&rsquo;s a bummer when plans get altered but let&rsquo;s just agree to take a note from the British gals. Say &ldquo;sod off&rdquo; to being indirect, passive aggressive or not quite honest when it comes to rearranging plans. Our friends will all survive until the next time--when you gossip about the people who didn&rsquo;t make it.<br /><br />*It&rsquo;s essential, when declining an event, to give everyone permission to have fun without you.<br /><br />**by &ldquo;we&rdquo; I mostly mean women but not all women and certainly not exclusively women, but let&rsquo;s face it, this is a girl thing.</p></p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 09:31:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-01/calling-end-slow-motion-cancel-104901 'Chicago Code' is canceled; city loses $25 million http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-code-canceled-city-loses-25-million-86390 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-11/THE CHICAGO CODE Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (L) visits the set of THE CHICAGO CODE Thursday, September 16 in Chicago. Also pictured Executive Producer Shawn Ryan (C) and Jennifer Beals (R).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Fox Broadcasting Company announced the cancellation of five new shows this season on Tuesday, <a href="http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/whats-alan-watching/posts/fox-cancels-the-chicago-code">including&nbsp;<em>The Chicago Code</em></a>, a police drama set and filmed locally.</p><p>Rich Moskal, director of the Chicago Film Office, reported that production of the pilot and first 12 episodes of <em>Chicago Code</em> generated an estimated $25 million for the city in production-related costs.</p><p>“Losing that is disappointing,” Moskal said. “What’s tremendous about television series like <em>Chicago Code</em> is how consistently they’re contributing to the local economy.”</p><p>Moskal says despite the attention paid to the film industry, shooting a television series can be far more lucrative for a city than a movie. &nbsp;That's, in part, because a television show creates work and purchases goods and services over an extended period of time. &nbsp;But he said the local acting community was probably the most visible beneficiary of the <em>Code</em>’s presence, calling the new roles created every episode a tremendous opportunity for actors. &nbsp;</p><p>Even so, all is not lost for Chicago.</p><p>"We're in a fortunate position of not having all our eggs in one basket," Moskal said.&nbsp;</p><p>That's because <em>Chicago Code</em>&nbsp;is not the only show being filmed in Chicago right now. &nbsp;The new&nbsp;Starz show&nbsp;<em>Boss,&nbsp;</em>starring Kelsey Gramer as a fictional Chicago mayor<i>, </i>began filming a few weeks ago, as did the highly touted <em>Playboy </em>from NBC. Moskal believes signs look good for <em>Playboy</em>'s future, given its “cool factor” (the show has piggybacked off the current popularity of <em>Mad Men</em> by looking at the lives of Playboy bunnies in the 1960s).</p><p>Moskal also mentioned <a href="http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2011/04/20/starz-kelsey-grammers-boss-announces-casting-and-start-of-production-today-331213/20110420starz01/"><em>Powers</em></a>, a pilot about detectives who deal with superhero homicides, based off the comic of the same name. <em>Powers </em>is attached to FX, and is set to start filming in July.&nbsp;</p><p>On Tuesday, Governor Pat Quinn met with Kelsey Grammer and the producers of <em>Boss </em>to celebrate the opening of a new film and television studio at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. The state is investing $5 million in the project, which will become the largest facility of its kind outside of Hollywood and &nbsp;has enough space to accommodate three to six productions at a time. It's estimated to create thousands of new jobs.</p><p>In 2010, the Illinois Film Office (IFO) reported $161 million in spending, and more than 8,000 job hires. Managing Director of IFO,&nbsp;Betsy Steinberg, said that though they were disappointed with the cancellation&nbsp;of&nbsp;<em>Chicago Code</em>, IFO was not concerned about the future of Cinespace.</p><p>"You know,&nbsp;series television is not for the faint of heart. It’s always, always a rollercoaster.&nbsp;The studio is, I believe, going to be busy regardless," Steinberg noted. "[The cancellation] does not spell disaster for the community."</p><p><em>The Chicago Code</em> was critically well-received, and starred Jennifer Beals as the police department's first female superintendent. It paid homage to Chicago's corrupt political history with several character arcs, including one that featured Delroy Lindo as&nbsp;a corrupt alderman. Its ratings had been waffling, however, for several weeks, leaving its future uncertain.</p><p>Responding to the news of cancellation last night, creator Shawn Ryan, a native of Rockford, IL, tweeted that <em>The Chicago Cod</em>e will be finishing out its season, with the final two episodes airing in the next two weeks.</p><p>"Fox suits loved the show, but have a business to run," <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/ShawnRyanTV">he tweeted</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Updated 5/11/11 @10:40pm&nbsp;</em><em>Previous version was updated to correct typographical errors and to reflect that the Fox announcement was made on Tuesday.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 11 May 2011 16:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-code-canceled-city-loses-25-million-86390