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TLC Cancels 'Kate Plus 8'

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 15th 2011 4:45PM
Kate Plus 8The Gosselin bubble has finally burst: after seven seasons, five years and 150 episodes, TLC has decided to end 'Kate Plus 8' (a.k.a. the show formerly known as 'Jon & Kate Plus 8').

The network said in a statement, "TLC has decided not to renew another season of 'Kate Plus 8.' By the end of this season 'Kate Plus 8' will have hit the 150 episode mark (including 'Jon & Kate Plus 8'); an exceptional milestone. TLC hopes to check in with Kate and the family periodically with specials in the future."

Kate released a statement via Twitter thanking TLC for her years on the air. "We've had a great run! Six years of whirlwind funfilled adventures thanks to TLC and our many many supportive & diehard fans! While it is very sad for me and the kids (there were many tears at the breakfast table this morning!), we are looking forward with great anticipation to our bright future," she wrote.

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MTV Cancels 'The Hard Times of RJ Berger'

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 12th 2011 6:00PM
The Hard Times of RJ BergerAlthough MTV's 'Skins' flopped in a big way earlier this year, its summer series 'Teen Wolf' performed well enough for the network to order a second season.

But times have not been so good to one of the network's less talked-about shows, 'The Hard Times of RJ Berger.' The show debuted to solid ratings in 2010 that have since fallen. Although it was brought back for a second season this spring, MTV has decided not to go ahead with a third season of the comedy.

'Hard Times' followed a particularly well-endowed teenager as he navigated the horrors of high school.

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'Desperate Housewives' to End After Season 8

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 5th 2011 4:30PM
Desperate HousewivesYou'll have to look elsewhere for your soapy domestic drama come May 2012, because that's when 'Desperate Housewives' will conclude its eighth and final season. Although ABC hasn't yet sent official word, the network is expected to announce the big news at Sunday's Television Critics Association panel. UPDATE 8/7/11: ABC has since made it official.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the news was completely unexpected considering all four of the show's big stars -- Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, and Eva Longoria -- had signed on for two more years, and creator Marc Cherry had publicly stated he wanted the series to run for nine seasons.

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Showtime Cancels 'United States of Tara'; Renews 'Nurse Jackie,' 'The Borgias'

by Chris Harnick, posted May 23rd 2011 2:00PM
United States of Tara, Nurse Jackie'United States of Tara' is coming to an end. Showtime has canceled the Toni Collette comedy.

According to Variety, the third season, which is currently airing, will be the last. Fellow comedy 'Nurse Jackie' has been renewed for a fourth season.

Freshman period drama 'The Borgias' has also been renewed.

'Tara' follows Collette as a suburban mom and wife who struggles with her multiple personalities. The show, which is executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Diablo Cody, got Collette an Emmy. However, the series has been shedding viewers since its premiere.

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CBS Cancels 'Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior'; Renews 'CSI: NY'

by Chris Harnick, posted May 17th 2011 12:40PM
Criminal Minds: Suspect BehaviorCBS has canceled 'Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior' and renewed 'CSI: NY,' Deadline reports.

The spinoff of 'Criminal Minds' starring Oscar winner Forest Whitaker and Janeane Garofalo, came in midseason with more than 13 million viewers, but has been dropping since. Its latest episode was seen by a little more than 9 million viewers.

While no episode count has been confirmed 'CSI: NY,' there's speculation it may not be a full 22-episode season.

CBS has already canceled 'Mad Love,' '$#*! My Dad Says' and 'The Defenders.' Deadline reports it came down to the wire in deciding the fate of 'Suspect Behavior' and 'CSI: NY.'

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Has Your Favorite TV Show Been Canceled? A Guide to What the Networks Axed

by Maggie Furlong, posted May 16th 2011 9:00AM
Last week was a whirlwind for TV reporters. If you're just catching up, we've got some tough news for you: a lot of shows have been canceled. Like, a lot.

But to save you the hassle of having to frantically Google all of your favorite shows, we've got one (big) list here of every show that every network canceled.

Brothers & Sisters

Now don't blame us -- we're just the messengers -- but also don't go into some deep TV-related depression over this news. Even if shows you adore have been axed, there's also a ton of awesome new shows getting picked up for next season as we speak.

Just prepare yourself, because what you're about to see is ugly. In truth, a lot of the shows deserved it, and cancellations were expected, but there are a few sad ones. So without further ado, our complete list of canceled TV shows, updated in real time as news breaks.

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CBS Cancels '$#*! My Dad Says,' 'Mad Love,' 'The Defenders'

by Jean Bentley, posted May 15th 2011 4:15PM
My Dad Says, William ShatnerWhile Fox, ABC and NBC made much of their programming decisions last week, today brings the first scheduling news for CBS.

The network will not go forward with second seasons for the freshmen series '$#*! My Dad Says,' 'The Defenders' and 'Mad Love,' Deadline reports. The fates of CBS's other first-year shows, 'Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior,' 'Mike & Molly,' 'Hawaii Five-0' and 'Blue Bloods' are still officially unknown, though the 'Criminal Minds' spinoff is the only one still in danger of cancellation.

Fox, ABC and NBC made much more drastic adjustments to their schedules, canceling most of their bubble shows. CBS still hasn't officially decided on 'CSI: NY' or 'Rules of Engagement,' but things seem to be looking up for the two veteran series. Of course, that could change at any moment until the official announcements are made.

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More NBC Cancellations: 'Outsourced,' 'Perfect Couples,' 'Chase' & More

by Maggie Furlong, posted May 13th 2011 4:45PM
Outsourced is cancelledThe networks are cleaning house in preparation for next week's Upfronts presentations of new shows, cancelling existing shows faster than anyone can keep up.

The latest shows to get shut down? NBC has axed freshman Thursday night comedies 'Outsourced' and 'Perfect Couples,' as well as drama 'Chase' and reality series 'School Pride' and 'America's Next Great Restaurant.'

While rapid-fire press releases and rumor confirmations have been the norm for getting the news out the past few days, 'Outsourced' star Rizwan Manji actually took to Twitter before news of their cancellation broke:

@Riz_Manji: "Before it hits the trades-Outsourced isnt coming back.Sad to see it go-hopeful that this opportunity was a step towards others! Thanx all!"

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ABC Cancels 'Brothers & Sisters,' 'V,' 'Off the Map,' 'No Ordinary Family' & More, Renews 'Happy Endings,' 'Body of Proof'

by Jean Bentley, posted May 13th 2011 4:20PM
V, ABCThat thunderous pop you just head was the sound of ABC dropping pretty much every single one of its bubble shows at once.

The network has reportedly canceled most of its lowest-rated series, including veterans 'Brothers & Sisters' and 'V' as well as newbies 'Off the Map,' 'No Ordinary Family,' 'Detroit 187,' 'Better With You' and 'Mr. Sunshine.'

Though it was speculated recently that 'Brothers & Sisters' could get an abridged season pickup, it turns out that star Rachel Griffiths' jokes about being unemployed are true after all. The fifth season -- now series -- finale aired last Sunday night.

Meanwhile, the second season (and now series) finale of 'V' aired back in March.

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'The Event,' 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' Canceled

by Jean Bentley, posted May 13th 2011 2:40PM
The EventIn the midst of NBC's flurry of pilot pickups (hooray, Chelsea Handler sitcom!) and series renewals (yay, 'Chuck'!), the network let the ax fall on two of its bubble shows.

Freshmen series 'The Event' and 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' are both canceled.

According to Entertainment Weekly, NBC will not pick up 'The Event,' its alien drama, for a second season. The show premiered strong, but its viewership slipped drastically throughout the season and just couldn't gain any momentum after its winter hiatus. However, it might not be completely dead: Deadline is reporting that the producers are shopping the show to other outlets, including Netflix.

Deadline is also reporting that 'Law & Order Los Angeles' has also gotten the hook, even after a drastic overhaul that saw Skeet Ulrich get killed off, Alfred Molina change professions, Corey Stoll shave his mustache and Alana De La Garza join the cast.

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'Chicago Code' Creator Shawn Ryan Talks About the Show's Demise, the State of TV and What's Next

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 13th 2011 12:45PM
On Thursday, Ryan McGee and I recorded a special edition of the Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan podcast. For the second time, we transformed it into Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan and Ryan -- our special guest was Shawn Ryan, whose Fox show, 'The Chicago Code,' was canceled earlier in the week.

We talked to Ryan for well over an hour, about a variety of topics -- everything from 'Code' to the "tabloidization" of television to 'Game of Thrones' to the chances of a 'Terriers' DVD coming out later this year. I've provided a road map of our conversation below.

"One think that [Fox entertainment president] Kevin [Reilly] said, and I think it's accurate -- he said, 'For some reason, the show just didn't, from the beginning, just generate any kind of controversy or must-see appeal," Ryan noted near the start of our conversation. "It just never became a newsworthy kind of show."

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Fox Cancels 'Human Target,' 'Lie to Me,' 'The Chicago Code' and More

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 11th 2011 8:30AM
Fox logoIt's that time of year again, the upfronts, when TV networks decide which shows live and which shows die. This year Fox has become the first network to announce which shows are being culled, and it's bad news for Christian Slater. Again...

Fox announced that it's cancelling five of its live action shows: 'Human Target,' Lie to Me,' 'The Chicago Code,' 'Traffic Light' and 'Breaking In.' It also dropped the ax on some of its drama pilots, including the much talked-about 'Locke & Key' and 'Exit Strategy.'

Angry fans turned to Twitter to vent as the news broke late Tuesday, with 'Human Target' fans being among the most vocal. In fact, according to THR, they tweeted so vociferously that the show became a Top 10 trending topic.

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Is My Show Safe? A Guide to Canceled and Returning Series

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 28th 2011 12:00PM
NetworksUpdated May 18
As finale time approaches, it's time to check in on the status of our beloved shows.

Which shows are canceled? Which shows are on the bubble? How many shows have been renewed already? We've got your up-to-date guide on all things renewal for the five major networks: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and The CW.

Check out the full lists below, broken down into six categories: renewed, likely to be picked up, on the bubble, too early to tell, as good as dead and canceled.

Be sure to bookmark this page, we'll be updating as more news breaks.

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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.

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Five Popular Shows That Should End This Season

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 28th 2011 5:30PM
CSIWhen is it time for a popular TV show to come to an end?

If the show is still getting good ratings, the network might not want to lose a hit. But fans could counter that the quality has deteriorated over time. Another reason for a show to end is if the star leaves the show and it naturally has to end with them (as will likely be the case with 'Two and a Half Men').

All of those scenarios are covered in this list of five shows that are still popular but probably should end this season anyway. Now, all of these shows won't be ending this season -- in fact, all but one have been renewed -- but from a pure storytelling viewpoint, it might be time for them to be over.

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