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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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MTV Cancels 'Skins'

by Jean Bentley, posted Jun 9th 2011 5:20PM
SkinsAfter multiple boycotts from the Parents Television Council, fleeing advertisers and steeply declining ratings, MTV won't go ahead with a second season of the racy teen soap 'Skins.'

The controversial series, adapted from the British series of the same name by original creator Bryan Elsley, followed a group of hard-partying teens from an unspecified North American city.

"Skins is a global television phenomenon that, unfortunately, didn't connect with a US audience as much as we had hoped," MTV said in a statement. "We admire the work that the series' creator Bryan Elsley did in adapting the show for MTV, and appreciate the core audience that embraced it."

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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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Rachel Griffiths Jokes About 'Brothers & Sisters' Cancellation

by Jean Bentley, posted May 2nd 2011 3:45PM
Rachel GriffithsAlthough the fate of 'Brothers & Sisters' is unknown after the show's May 8 season finale, the bubble show's actors aren't necessarily expecting good news for their five-year-old series.

Rachel Griffiths made a surprise appearance at Australia's Logie Awards show last night (the equivalent of the Emmys) where the Aussie actress joked about heading down to the country's welfare office because she'd soon be out of a job.

According to Aussie TV blog TV Tonight, she told the Logies host, "I'm soon to be unemployed so I checked in with Centrelink ... and said, 'Looks like I'm out of a job and wanna sign up.'"

TV Line reached out to ABC for official confirmation of a 'Brothers & Sisters' cancellation, to which a rep replied "No decision has been made."

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TBS Cancels 'Glory Daze'

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 24th 2011 3:00PM
Glory DazeIt appears the nostalgia factor wasn't enough for TBS's hourlong comedy 'Glory Daze' -- the show has been cancelled after one season.

'Glory Daze,' from Walt Becker and Michael LeSier, followed the exploits of a group of frat brothers attending an Indiana college in 1986. According to Deadline, despite a low median viewer age and consistent DVR ratings boosts, the so-so ratings weren't enough to bring the show back for a second season.

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Mitch Hurwitz Helpfully Shares How to Get a TV Show Canceled

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 15th 2011 3:30PM
Mitch Hurwitz'Arrested Development' creator Mitch Hurwitz is an expert in creating quirky comedies that develop cult followings. Unfortunately, he's also well-versed in getting those beloved comedies canceled quicker than you can say "banana stand."

Want to be just like Hurwitz when you grow up? The writer, who was also behind the recently canceled 'Running Wilde,' gave the U.K.'s Guardian a list of handy rules to follow to ensure the opposite of success for the TV show you're creating. Follow his tips and your show is guaranteed to fail.

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ABC Family Cancels 'Huge'

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 4th 2010 5:40PM
'Huge'Add another show to the casualty pile: ABC Family has decided not to renew its summer series 'Huge,' Deadline reports.

The show, which starred Nikki Blonsky and Haley Hasselhoff as two overweight teens at fat camp -- ahem, weight-loss camp -- touched on the very complex issues surrounding the topic of weight in a refreshingly honest, sensitive and candid manner. But apparently that wasn't enough -- ratings steadily declined, and the network decided to cancel the show.

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ABC Cancels 'My Generation' After Two Episodes

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 4th 2010 10:00AM
'My Generation'Well, that didn't last long.

Following Fox's swift execution of the low-rated 'Lone Star' last week, ABC followed suit and gave the axe to its own struggling new series after just two episodes. The network pulled the plug on 'My Generation' Friday night after it failed to bring in viewers during its first two Thursday night airings.

The documentary-style show followed a fictional group of nine friends from an Austin, Texas high school 10 years after graduation, re-visiting the group to see how their lives and relationships have developed in the decade after high school.

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ABC Family Confirms: '10 Things I Hate About You' Canceled

by Andrew Scott, posted Apr 29th 2010 4:37PM
10 Things I Hate About YouABC Family has pulled the plug on '10 Things I Hate About You.'

Executive producer Carter Covington broke the news today on Twitter, saying, "Sad news ... ABCFamily canceled the show :( Thanks 2 our AMAZING fans - U R the reason I do this! Enjoy the last 5 eps - they're fantastic!"

ABC Family later confirmed the news to AOL Television, saying, "This will be the last five episodes."

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'At the Movies' Canceled

by Andrew Scott, posted Mar 25th 2010 10:00AM

On Aug. 14, the 'At the Movies' balcony will officially be closed for good.

According to the Live Feed, Disney-ABC Domestic TV has canceled the long-running series after 24 years in syndication.

"This was a very difficult decision, especially considering the program's rich history and iconic status within the entertainment industry, but from a business perspective it became clear this weekly, half-hour, broadcast syndication series was no longer sustainable," the distributor said in a statement.

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''Til Death' Canceled

by Andrew Scott, posted Mar 23rd 2010 5:11PM
'Til Death''Til Death' is, well, dead.

According to Variety, Fox has officially pulled the plug on the comedy series after a lifespan of four seasons.

Star Brad Garrett confirmed the news earlier today to Zap2It, saying, "The other night, we got an 0.8 [rating]. Once your mom stops watching, you're an 0.4. The network said, 'What do you suggest?' I said, 'If you give me one more month, I can take you to a zero.' And there was dead silence."

On Sunday, Fox aired two episodes of ''Til Death,' which took in just 2.5 million and 3.3 million viewers, respectively.

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Which Shows Are on the Bubble?

by Gary Susman, posted Feb 16th 2010 10:00AM
Which of your favorite network shows are likely to survive another season, and which are doomed? Valentine's Day seems as good a time as any to see which primetime shows are still getting some network love, which may be why the weekend provided us with three detailed breakdowns -- from Entertainment Weekly, The Wrap and The Hollywood Reporter -- of the cancellation odds for every network's primetime lineup.

Predicting which of the shows currently on the bubble are going to be spared the ax is hardly an exact science, yet what's interesting about these three lists of survival odds is how nearly unanimous they are. For instance, all three seem to think that 'Smallville''s move to TV's Friday night boneyard has all but ensured the show's survival, and that the CW is all but certain to keep the series, even though the nine-year-old show is the oldest thing on the youth-obsessed network. Conversely, everyone thinks the same network's 'Melrose Place' is doomed. Read on to see where your favorite series placed on the various bubble lists.

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