Even death benefits from a little Sex

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com June 16 2001 12:00 AM ET

In response to a precipitous drop in viewership during its second week, HBO has moved its new show Six Feet Under to immediately follow the immensely popular Sex and the City, according to Variety. The two had been scheduled to air with the half-hour sports-oriented comedy Arliss between them. The feeling at HBO was that the the female audience for Sex and the City would more likely stick around for Six Feet Under if the impediment of the male-skewed Arliss were removed. Both Sex and Six Feet are gay-scripted and feature strong female characters as well as recurring gay characters. Arliss, which deals with a rule-bending sports agent, is considered by the network to be a utility player and in no danger of suffering from the shuffle. As Arliss cocreator Brian Robbins puts it, “We have a core audience that always finds Arliss no matter where HBO puts it.”