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Could 'Off the Map' Be Canceled?

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 1st 2011 6:20PM
Rachelle LefevreOne more sign that ABC's "medical drama in paradise" 'Off the Map' might be hard to find on your TV schedule come fall: star Rachelle Lefevre has signed on for a new pilot.

According to Deadline, Lefevre landed the lead role on NBC's new period drama pilot 'The Crossing.' The actress will play a war widow in a post–Civil War Missouri town, though the casting is in second position to her role on 'Off the Map.' That means, should both shows get picked up for the 2011–2012 season, she's contractually obligated to return to 'Off the Map.'

It's not uncommon for actors on bubble shows -- which 'OTM' most certainly is -- to start making contingency plans. But often the actors turn out to be correct in their worst case scenario predictions.

Take 'My Boys' star Jordana Spiro, for example -- when it appeared her TBS sitcom was on the verge of cancellation, she landed the lead in NBC's 'Love Bites.' But since it was in second position to her existing show, when TBS wanted her back she had to leave 'Love Bites.' Unfortunately, TBS cancelled 'My Boys' a few months later, but the NBC show had already recast her role. (Then again, it looks like NBC will burn off 'Love Bites' this summer, so maybe she dodged a bullet there.)

On the other hand, 'One Tree Hill' star Sophia Bush booked a pilot in second position to her CW show last season, but 'OTH' ended up getting picked up for season 8. (Plus, the pilot was DOA anyway.) So just because Lefevre is actively seeking other work doesn't mean the end of 'Off the Map' is near.

The ratings aren't really helping the show's case, though. According to TV By the Numbers' cancellation index, 'Off the Map' is more likely to get cancelled than renewed. The show drew a series low 1.5 rating for the Feb. 16 episode, falling 21 percent from the previous week. Then again, 'Idol' proved to be a tough competitor and most of ABC's shows posted series or season lows that night.

The bottom line: Although it's by no means a done deal, unless ratings begin to perk or the pilots the network has in the pipeline all turn out to be terrible, things aren't looking up for the sexy young doctors.

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