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Tyra Banks Show canceled by Tyra Banks

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 28th 2009 1:00PM
TyraTyra Banks has announced that the fifth season of her show will be the last season of her show.

That means no more episodes of Tyra dressing up in a fat suit. No more episodes where Tyra makes us squirm with discussions of bodily functions and weirdness that we really don't want to think about (let alone yet). And those are just the two episodes that I've seen. I'm sure you have your own memories of things that happened on the show.

Banks says that she will now focus more on her movie production company Bankable Films. She says she will continue to do things that will keep women and girls "fierce." Whatever that means. (Didn't someone on Project Runway say that?) You'll also get to see Banks on other shows, including The CW's America's Next Top Model and ABC's True Beauty.

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MTV cancels Alexa Chung's show

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 11th 2009 8:02PM
MTV's first and last foray into the daytime talk show market has come to an abrupt halt.

Alex Chung, the British model turn talk show host, has lost her daytime talk show It's On with Alexa Chung on MTV after just two seasons. The network announced that the show would not return following its final show on Dec. 17.

I never watched the show and judging from its style and substance, I don't seem to be the demographic for it so I'm wary of criticizing or critiquing exactly what MTV has lost here. For those of who have seen it, did MTV lose something special? It seems to me that this is just a result of the slow eradication of daytime talk shows from small players like the Chung-fest and power forwards like Oprah "The Refrigerator" Winfrey.

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From the horse's mouth: no more Conchords

by Brad Trechak, posted Dec 11th 2009 2:03PM
Flight of the ConchordsWe wondered before if Flight of the Conchords would make a third season, and now we know. It won't. The final episode of the HBO series' second season had them returning to New Zealand to be shepherds and that's where they're staying.

Jermaine Clements and Bret McKenzie (co-stars and co-writers of the series as well as the only two members of the group) wrote on their website that while the characters Jermaine and Bret are done, the real ones will still be around.

At first I thought this was a tactic for getting more money from the producers, but after some thought there is likely some truth to their statements about the series being hard to produce. The first season was much easier because they already had the library of songs to use. The second season was probably so much harder that it put them off a third season.

There is always the possibility of a movie. Keep buying those DVD sets.

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As The World Turns cancelled

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 8th 2009 11:56AM
As The World TurnsFirst Guiding Light and now this: CBS confirmed this morning that they are canceling another long-running soap opera. Don't worry Young & The Restless fans (for now), the show that is going away is As The World Turns.

The show has been on the air for 54 years. The last episode will air in September.

This is actually really depressing. Soap operas (daytime soap operas, not prime time shows like Melrose Place) are a great dramatic format and deserve a place on the television landscape.

Unfortunately, it looks like the networks are moving further and further away from them, looking for cheaper alternatives. It's weird to think about, but now the only soaps that are left are Y&R, The Bold and the Beautiful, All My Children, General Hospital, One Life To Live, and Day Of Our Lives. And I bet none of those are safe (especially the ones on CBS).

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The Bonnie Hunt Show is coming to an end

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 8th 2009 11:02AM
bonnie_hunt_show_WBAfter a two year stint in syndication, The Bonnie Hunt Show is coming to an end. In a syndicated world where the gossip-mongering of TMZ, The Insider and Extra thrive, a sweet talk show like Bonnie's just didn't cut the mustard. Apparently, there's only room for one show like that and it's called The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Warner Brothers, which syndicates The Bonnie Hunt Show, announced its decision to take it off the air at the end of this season. Bonnie addressed her staff immediately. I'm sure Bonnie Hunt's agent is busy lining up new projects for her. She's too funny, too talented and too good to be out of work for long. I hope the employees on her show do as well.

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Goodbye Raising The Bar

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 1st 2009 12:06PM
Raising The Bar
I don't know how many people will miss TNT's Raising The Bar. It was one of those shows that you never really heard people talking about - fans or critics - even though it had a pretty high-profile cast, including Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Jane Kaczmarek. The 2008 premiere actually grabbed over 7.7 million viewers, but that number dropped 50% for the second season premiere, so the writing was on the wall.

TNT has canceled the legal drama. There are still a few episodes that haven't aired yet and they will probably be shown sometime in early 2010.

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Roger Ebert spills the details on the destruction of his show's old set

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 27th 2009 8:02PM
When illness prevented Roger Ebert from doing the movie review show he had done since 1982, everyone knew that change was inevitable. But no one could have predicted this much change, not even Ebert.

The Chicago Sun-Times movie critic and original host of At The Movies with his longtime partner Gene Siskel talked about how producers completely remade the show.

The changes ranged from the show's hosts down to the famous balcony set that the studio "tore at our set with sledge-hammers, and it collected in a dumpster in the alley."

[via TVTattle]

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Oprah to end syndicated show in September 2011

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 19th 2009 6:55PM
Oprah WinfreyThere had been lots of speculation that Oprah Winfrey was going to be giving up on her juggernaut of a syndicated talk show soon, but many of those rumors had been dismissed as negotiating ploys or some other silly rumor. Now, however, it seems like Oprah's departure from daytime is official: Tim Bennett, president of Harpo, confirmed that Oprah will announce on her show tomorrow that she will be ending the program on September 9, 2011.

Not coincidentally, that date is the day after the 25th anniversary of her first nationally-syndicated episode, and she'll mark the anniversary on her last show. Bennett told WCCO that this decision was under discussion for months, but the decision ultimately came down to the big O herself.

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The real reason Dollhouse was cancelled

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 12th 2009 5:04PM
Are you still losing sleep over FOX's unsurprising yet tragic cancellation of Josh Joss Whedon's Dollhouse? This may be the melatonin you need.

CollegeHumor has uncovered the true reason FOX nixed the action drama from its airwaves. It needed more room for more Seth MacFarlane cartoons about pop-culture spewing families with anthropomorphic pets and American Idol. I never thought I'd long for the good ol' days was Fox was known for quality programming like Bad Orderlies Caught on Tape 2 and When Lawn Equipment Goes Screwy 4.

[via Slashfilm]

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FOX cancels Dollhouse

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 11th 2009 4:02PM
DollhouseThis seems to be the week for cancellation notices. ABC canceled Eastwick yesterday and Hank today, and now FOX has announced that they are canceling Joss Whedon's Dollhouse.

Is this a surprise? Not at all. In fact, a lot of people were rather surprised when the show was given a second season. I wonder how many fans of the first season didn't even bother watching the second season of the show because they knew it was a surprise that the show got renewed and they knew it was just a matter of time before FOX canceled it? Or maybe the Friday night slot was another reason a lot of people weren't watching.

The show will actually finish its whole 13 episode order, which is something a lot of canceled shows can't say. Now we'll just have to see if Whedon will have an actual ending for the show.

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Hank yanked by ABC

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 11th 2009 2:34PM
HankFirst off, thanks to ABC for canceling Hank, because I love it when headlines rhyme.

Second, yes, the network has canceled the struggling Kelsey Grammer comedy. It never really clicked with TV viewers or critics, and when ABC gave full season orders to all of the other Wednesday night comedies (The Middle, Modern Family, and Cougar Town) you knew the writing was on the wall and this show just wasn't going to be around for a second season. Of course, it's not going to be around for a full first season either. ABC is replacing the remaining episodes with holiday specials and repeats of their other sitcoms.

This might be a silly question to ask but ... is anyone out there going to miss this show? I have a high tolerance for sitcoms, even mediocre ones. But this show was mediocre, with a capital ocore. It just wasn't funny and the characters/premise just weren't interesting enough.

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What are the odds your favorite (or least favorite) show will be canceled?

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 10th 2009 2:30PM
HankA couple of weeks ago, I did a post about the shows that were "on the bubble," the ones in danger of being canceled. Now AOL TV has given the odds on what shows might not be coming back.

A lot of shows on the list won't surprise us: Hank, The Forgotten, Numb3rs, Gary Unmarried, and 'Til Death (each either gets low ratings or has been on for a while), but there are several that I think will actually make it to a another season, including The Good Wife and Parks and Recreation.

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Goodbye Eastwick (and hello The Forgotten, for now)

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 10th 2009 12:01AM
I don't want to say that I'm psychic or anything (I'm not, though I can bend spoons), but I had a feeling that Eastwick wouldn't last beyond one season after I saw the new shows at the ABC upfront. I don't know why or how I thought that, probably a combination of the plot, the time slot, the network it was on, and how programming on the networks is these days, but I just didn't think it would last.

And now it looks like it won't. ABC has declined to order more episodes of the series. This isn't an official "cancellation" but it's a very bad sign for the show.

There's more news coming from ABC too, and this is actually surprising: they've ordered 5 more episodes of The Forgotten. That's a show I thought would be gone quick too. It still could be, since ratings aren't great (though better than Eastwick's) and it hasn't exactly been critically-acclaimed.

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Has Flight of the Conchords flown the coop?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 3rd 2009 8:05PM
Flight of the ConchordsSome more sad TV news that thankfully doesn't involve Kirstie Alley: Flight of the Conchords might not be returning to television.

Jermaine Clement, one of the show's stars, told the Reuters News Service that their hilarious show might not return to television for a third season because the amount of work that it requires.

This isn't his or anyone else's final decision on the matter. Clement and his costar Bret McKenzie will discuss the possibility of a third season with directors and producers and should come to a decision by the end of the month. So all of you fans with Flight of the Conchords prayer alert hidden in your closet might want to a light an extra candle before you go to bed tonight.

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Comedy Central is 'Goode' to Mike Judge with new deal

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Oct 29th 2009 8:02AM
The Goode Family is moving into their new home on Comedy Central.The Goode Family -- the Mike Judge show ABC did everything it could to kill -- has a new home at Comedy Central.

According to Daily Variety, the cable network will air all 13 episodes of the animated comedy that ABC canceled last summer. That's good news for fans of a show ABC buried in its line-up -- moving it around like a pea under a nutshell until it finally put the Goodes out of their misery.

At the time, the show was embraced by fans of Beavis & Butthead and King of the Hill as a worthy sardonic successor to Judge's animated quiver. But, critics often attacked its mockery of political correctness and progressive politics. Some pundits went so far as claiming such a show was inappropriate in the era of Obama.

In other words, it's only censorship when your side is the one being silenced.

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