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Should ABC Save 'Ghost Whisperer' and 'The New Adventures of Old Christine'?

by Gary Susman, posted May 20th 2010 3:20PM
Ghost WhispererEven though CBS canceled both 'Ghost Whisperer' and 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' earlier this week, there's been lots of talk that ABC might save both shows from the dustbin of history. The most recent rumors (as reported by Deadline and Entertainment Weekly) suggest that ABC still wants 'Ghost Whisperer' but not 'Christine.'

But viewers may well ask: Does either show deserve to be saved?

CBS canceled the two shows, which had both run for five years, citing the usual reasons of low ratings (as CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler explained to E!) and increased expenses (actors tend to demand more money the longer a show stays on the air). ABC had long been interested in picking up either show if CBS should drop it, much the way ABC, CBS and TNT picked up 'Scrubs,' 'Medium' and 'Southland,' respectively, after NBC orphaned them.

The news that 'Ghost Whisperer' still has a shot at survival, while 'Christine' doesn't, is curious. ABC's fall slate, unveiled this week, is already full of hour-long dramas, including one, Dana Delany's Friday-night procedural 'Body of Proof,' that seems to play to the same strengths as Jennifer Love Hewitt's longtime Friday night staple (minus the supernatural element). Still, ABC Productions is a co-producer of the 'Ghost Whisperer,' so some of the expense of the transfer and a fraction of any potential syndication revenue will go back into the parent company's pocket.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in 'The New Adventures of Old Christine'That wouldn't be the case with Julia Louis-Dreyfus' 'Christine,' even though, as a long-running half-hour comedy, it would be much easier to syndicate. Also, ABC's new fall slate includes a couple new 'Christine'-like comedies: 'Happy Endings' (about a couple that splits up but remains in each other's lives) and 'Better Together' (about two women and their very different romantic relationships). Not a lot of room for a third such show, especially given the network's popular Wednesday comedy block -- which contains sophomore series 'Cougar Town,' another 'Christine'-like show.

Even if ABC could save both CBS castoffs, however, should they? Sometimes, a canceled show still has a lot of potential creative life left (as was the case with 'Southland,' which NBC let go after just one season). Often, however, the canceled show has run out of juice before it finds a new home, as was the case with 'Scrubs.'

Does anyone think that, after five years, 'Ghost Whisperer' or 'Old Christine' still had a lot of new stories left to tell? If you do, let us know below. And if you think it's time to let them rest in peace, let us know that, too.

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Should ABC rescue 'Ghost Whisperer' and 'The New Adventures of Old Christine'?
Yes, save them both.3664 (14.7%)
Just save 'Ghost Whisperer.'11600 (46.5%)
Just save 'The New Adventures of Old Christine.'4354 (17.5%)
No, don't save either of them.5315 (21.3%)

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kate

My family used to look forward to Friday nights because of the Ghost Whisperer. We miss it a lot.

March 11 2013 at 4:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hofhine

Bring back Ghost Whisperer! I miss it!

March 25 2012 at 1:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kimberly Poaps

Ghost Whisperer bring back this show now

January 21 2012 at 8:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Que Viet Nguyen

i love Ghost Whisperer so much!! still waiting for season 6!! come back to us Ghost Whisperer!!

October 26 2011 at 5:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jan Latourette-Bus

please please please.... my daughter and I enjoy Ghost Whisperer every night... awesome show

September 10 2011 at 9:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jan Latourette-Bus

please save ghost whisperer!!!!! we love it!!!!

September 10 2011 at 9:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ann23

Ghost Whispered should definitely be saved, but put on at 7:00 so people can see it. I am in NC and it only plays at 5:00 (people are working or on their way home). i love this show, the story lines (I'd be happy to add more), her clothes and the sets in her antique shop, the town, her wonderful husband. The whole thing just works. The actors all balance each other out.. GREAT casting. Keep this show going -- please!!!

August 19 2011 at 12:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cheryl

Why is it that when they have some great shows, they always take them off. Then they put some stupid reality show on. I think they are the stupidest shows ever. I'm probably to late for anyone to care about what I have to say but, Ghost Whisperer is better than old Christine. Numbers was a good show. Legend of the seeker, Merlin, Ghost Whisperer should all be on some channel. I really enjoy watching these shows.

December 29 2010 at 10:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
joanne

WHAT IN THE H E DOUBLE HOCKEY STICKS WAS CBS THINKING WHEN THEY CANCELED GHOST WHISPERER! ABC DO THE RIGHT THING AND PICK UP THE SHOW. I'VE BEEN PATIENTLY WAITING FOR IT AND I JUST READ THAT IT WAS CANCELED!
PLEASE BRING IT BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!

September 24 2010 at 8:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
steele

please save the ghost whisperer.

September 08 2010 at 12:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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