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Fall TV: A Mid-Season Report

by Stephanie Earp, posted Nov 1st 2011 11:47AM


It's always tempting at this time of year to look for patterns where perhaps none exist. With four confirmed cancellations ('Charlie's Angels,' 'The Playboy Club,' 'How to be a Gentleman' and 'Free Agents') and several on-the-bubble new shows ('Pan Am,' 'Prime Suspect,' 'Body of Proof'), the only real theme (besides being awful) is a tendency to take themselves too seriously. I do take some satisfaction from seeing all the nostalgia shows die an early death. Apparently the one thing 'The Playboy Club' team didn't look up about 'Mad Men' were the ratings -- a couple million viewers. It was also the only thing they were able to duplicate.

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MTV Cancels 'The Buried Life'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 26th 2011 9:30AM
'The Buried Life' logoUPDATE: The creators of 'The Buried Life' have announced that they've signed a new deal with MTV Networks. This announcement follows an erroneous statement regarding the cancellation of their self-titled show, which ran for two seasons on the network.

This new deal is being considered a developmental deal, where the group can create new content, reformat their show and it will also offer a platform for them to create a pilot for a new series.

The four members of 'The Buried Life' share this statement: "[We] grew up dreaming of making television and movies and we're excited for what's to come with MTV. We're doing everything we can to learn the ins and outs of the industry and have many people to thank for giving us the opportunity to do this day in day out, including our fans. We want to continue to grow with our audience and inject in the industry the same dose of genuine compassion that guys like Paul Newman, Steve McQueen and others before us did."

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: It's time to bid farewell to Penelope the big purple bus: MTV has cancelled 'The Buried Life.' The make-a-difference reality documentary series scored modest ratings for the network over two seasons, and 'Entertainment Weekly' reports that MTV "hopes to continue working with the team in another format." It's possible 'The Buried Life' could live on as a digital or online series.

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CBS Pulls 'How to Be a Gentleman' From Saturdays

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 19th 2011 9:55AM
How to Be a Gentleman Pulled From ScheduleIt's time to really say goodbye to 'How to Be a Gentleman.' CBS has pulled the fledgling comedy from its Saturday schedule after only one airing.

Originally airing on Thursdays after ratings hit 'The Big Bang Theory,' the freshman comedy was shuffled off to Saturdays and production was shut down. Now after one Saturday show, it looks like this is truly the end for 'How to Be a Gentleman.'

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Fox Threatens to Cancel 'The Simpsons' as Actors Fight Back and Producers Take Pay Cuts

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 6th 2011 8:35AM
'The Simpsons'¡Ay caramba! It may soon be time to say good-bye to 'The Simpsons.' Edge of the seat contract negotiations are nothing new for the show, but now Fox has reportedly upped the ante, telling cast and crew to settle or lose their jobs.

According to 'The Wrap,' Fox has said that if no agreement is reached in the ongoing contract dispute the show will be cancelled at the end of the current 23rd season.

And, even if the dispute is settled before tomorrow's deadline, the network will only air one more season of the show.

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Hugh Hefner and the PTC Speak Out on 'The Playboy Club' Cancellation

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 5th 2011 6:00AM
'The Playboy Club' castAs was widely expected, NBC's new drama, 'The Playboy Club,' has gained the dubious distinction of being the first cancellation of the new fall season.

It will reportedly be replaced with repeats of 'Prime Suspect' until Brian Williams' news magazine series 'Rock Center' starts on Mon., Oct. 31 at 10PM.

Now 'Playboy' founder Hugh Hefner says he thinks he knows why 'The Playboy Club' struggled in the ratings and failed to ignite with audiences.

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NBC Not Cancelling 'Playboy Club' and 'Free Agents' (Yet)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 30th 2011 8:20AM
'The Playboy Club' cast'The Playboy Club' launched on NBC this fall amid much fanfare and some controversy. After its ratings verged from bad to disastrous, we'd normally be expecting to report that the fledgling drama had been cancelled right about now.

However, NBC boss Robert Greenblatt is reportedly going to stay the executioner's hand. For now, anyway.

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Lifetime Cancels 'Roseanne's Nuts'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 22nd 2011 6:00AM
Roseanne BarrBad news for Presidential wannabe Roseanne Barr and the macadamia nut industry: Lifetime has apparently cancelled 'Roseanne's Nuts' after one season.

Barr took to Twitter to announce the news and thank fans: "Roseanne's Nuts has been cancelled. thanks everyone for watching!" ... "glad you guys loved #roseannesnuts-@Lifetimetv decided not to renew it."

The reality show followed Barr as she tended her 40-acre macadamia nut farm in Hawaii. It launched in July, initially airing Wednesdays nights, but never caught fire in the ratings and was moved to the Death Slot Friday nights. The final episode aired last week.

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ABC Family Cancels 'Nine Lives of Chloe King', Preps New Pilot from 'Gilmore Girls' Creator

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 16th 2011 6:00AM
'Nine Lives of Chloe King'Chloe King's cat-like superpowers weren't enough to save her from the scheduling ax: Just as the Fall 2012 Season is getting underway, ABC Family has canceled 'Nine Lives of Chloe King.'

'Deadline' reports that the drama has been killed off after just one season, but that as ABC Family takes with one hand, it gives with the other.

Fellow newbie 'The Lying Game' has received a 12-episode back order from the network, meaning that it will now air for an entire season.

It's also been reported that ABC Family's already looking ahead by preparing to order pilot episodes of 'Strut' from 'Gilmore Girls' creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, and action drama 'Intercept.'

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Lifetime Cancels 'The Protector'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 9th 2011 5:30AM
'The Protector' S01/E01Bad news for fans of dramas about female cops. It's been announced that Lifetime has pulled the plug on newbie series 'The Protector.'

According to Deadline, the network declined to order a second series after the drama failed to catch fire with audiences.

Originally airing on Sunday nights, 'The Protector' attracted only 1.9 million viewers for its June 12 premiere. It later moved to Mondays after failing to hang onto around 50 percent of its lead-in audience.

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George Lopez, Conan O'Brien React to 'Lopez Tonight' Cancellation

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 11th 2011 10:45AM
Conan O'Brien, George LopezWhen TBS announced that Conan O'Brien would be taking over George Lopez's 11PM time slot for his new late night show last year, the first person to congratulate Coco on his new job was Lopez himself, whose 'Lopez Tonight' was pushed an hour later to midnight.

TBS announced yesterday that it had decided to cancel 'Lopez Tonight' instead of ordering a third season of the talk show, and Thursday's show will be the series finale. "TBS has reached the difficult decision not to order a third season of 'Lopez Tonight.' Thursday will be the final episode of the show," the network said in a statement.

Ever the comedian, Lopez told viewers on his show Wednesday night that he'll be okay ... sort of. "Like every TV star before me, I'mma find some crack. I'mma get on the pipe! Lose that unwanted 110 pounds I wanted to lose," he joked. "But I'm taking it good, I'm straight, believe me. I'm fine. My goddesses are a wreck."

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Syfy Cancels 'Eureka'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 9th 2011 7:20AM
'Eureka' CastBad news for 'Eureka' fans: It's been reported that Syfy has changed its mind about giving the series a sixth season.

Last week we heard that Syfy had ordered a final six episodes to close the series out with a truncated sixth season in 2013 but, according to 'Entertainment Weekly,' those six episodes have now been nixed.

In a statement, Syfy said: "After painstaking consideration, we have had to make the difficult business decision to not order a season six of 'Eureka.' But 'Eureka' is not over yet. There is a new holiday episode this December and 12 stellar episodes set to debut next year, marking its fifth season and six memorable years on Syfy."

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NBC Cancels 'Love Bites'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 20th 2011 6:00AM
'Love Bites'It's been reported that NBC has officially pulled the plug on its romantic anthology series, 'Love Bites.' The final episode of nine will air Thursday night.

The hotly anticipated series was plagued by production difficulties and casting issues and never really caught fire with viewers.

Originally scheduled to launch last fall, NBC eventuallly debuted it as a summer series, and ratings struggled from the beginning.

'Love Bites' was created by 'Sex and the City' writer Cindy Chupack, who stepped down as showrunner to a consulting producer position during production.

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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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Hoover Protests Soap Cancellations, Pulls Ads From ABC

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 19th 2011 10:26AM
All My Children, One Life To LiveSoap fans, Hoover -- yes, the vacuum manufacturer -- feels your pain and wants you to rally! The company has pulled its ads from ABC following the cancellation of 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live.'

The company took to its Facebook page to address soap fans and announce its campaign to save the canceled soap operas. Brian Kirkendall, vice president of marketing at Hoover, is urging fans to send them emails (here). Kirkendall said the company promises to "get every, single last one of them to ABC."

An anonymous ABC executive spoke to TV Guide Magazine and said Hoover's boycott is "counterintuitive"

"Usually advertisers stop advertising when they want to cancel a show, not the other way around," the executive said. "We've said that the cancellation of 'AMC' and 'OLTL' was about money and ratings, so [the Hoover boycott] is just counterintuitive. You don't save something by taking money away."

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