Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Fresh from his "Weekend Update" stint on Saturday Night Live, pugnacious-sounding comedian Colin Quinn was given his own weekly NBC series, which aired on a three-week trial basis beginning March 11, 2002. Rather than dwell on the obvious fact that the network wasn't exactly filing a vote of confidence, Quinn cheerily proclaimed, "If I can't make it good in three weeks, I don't deserve it." Telecast live from NBC's fabled Studio 8H in New York, the weekly, half-hour series found Quinn performing abrasive current-events monologues, moderating "town meetings" of his fellow comics, and testing out new sketch material with another SNL alumnus, Cheri Oteri. Reaction was mixed to The Colin Quinn Show, with some critics applauding NBC for allowing Quinn a freer comic hand than he'd had with SNL, while other dismissed the live broadcast as "Dead on Arrival."