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Bravo Cancels 'The Real Housewives of D.C.'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Apr 8th 2011 7:15AM
'The Real Housewives of D.C.'It's been a bad year so far for Michaele Salahi. First she got thrown out of 'Celebrity Rehab' for not being addicted to anything, and now comes news that her version of 'The Real Housewives' has become the first one to be canceled.

Rumors have been swirling for weeks that the series was in jeopardy, and now 'The Washington Post' reports that Bravo officially pulled the plug on the 'The Real Housewives of D.C.' Thursday.

According to the 'Post,' the production company behind the series contacted the cast to let them know Washington's contribution to Bravo's reality TV franchise would not be picked up for a second season.

The cancelation makes 'D.C.' the first 'Housewives' series not to receive a second season. Andy Cohen, Bravo's executive vice president of original programming and development, said, "We had an amazing season and we told stories that were unique to any other in the franchise. I wish all our DC Wives the best and hope to work with them again in another capacity."

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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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CBS Officially Cancels 'Medium'

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 18th 2010 2:45PM
MediumCBS has canceled 'Medium.'

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show will come to an end after a seven-season run on both NBC and CBS.

"It's true, Allison DuBois will dream her last dream on Fri 1/21," series creator Glenn Gordon Caron announced Thursday. "In what we believe will be a series defining episode, Allison and her family will stare destiny in the eye. And destiny will not blink."

News of the cancellation comes after CBS declined to pick up the back nine episodes, cutting the season to 13 shows.

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TNT Cancels 'Dark Blue'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 17th 2010 6:15AM
Cast of 'Dark Blue'Even the addition of Tricia Helfer to the cast couldn't save 'Dark Blue': The gritty undercover cop drama has become the latest show consigned to the junkyard this fall.

According to The Futon Critic, a spokesman for TNT confirmed that the network will not be ordering a third season of the series.

Although it stars Dylan McDermott and is executive-produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, 'Dark Blue' has struggled with ratings and reviews. The second season only managed to rake in an average of 2.25 million viewers, making it the least-watched of TNT's summer offerings.

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Patricia Arquette Says CBS Has Canceled 'Medium'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 16th 2010 8:05AM
Patricia Arquette in 'Medium'Last month we reported that 'Medium' looked to be in trouble after CBS cut the Season 7 order to 13 episodes. Now, star Patricia Arquette says that the show has offically been canceled. (Again.)

In an interview with 'Entertainment Weekly' Arquette said "we got canceled," and that the show only has two more episodes to shoot. She said she's still in the dark as to how her character Allison's story will wrap up for good, but that the writers are excited about it. "They're like, 'we're just going to burn the whole thing down!'" Arquette's not looking forward to saying goodbye, however. "It's been a great time. I love that time in my life."

So far the suits at CBS have been tight-lipped about the show's future, but it's been dogged by falling ratings. CBS acquired the series after it was nixed by NBC, but this season's been averaging 7.1 million viewers, down from last season's average of 7.79 million. By comparison, it averaged 8.45 million when it aired on NBC.

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'Lone Star' Canceled, But Fox Could've Saved It

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 29th 2010 2:30PM
lone_star_fox_2010As Maureen Ryan reported yesterday, Fox has axed 'Lone Star' because of poor ratings. Despite pleas from the Kyle Killen, one of the creators of the Texas-tinged soapy drama, the low viewership for Monday night's second installment was a death blow.

Fox felt they had no choice but to drop the show in favor of 'Lie to Me,' which takes over the Monday 9PM ET time slot.

For the record, in week one, 'Lone Star' netted 4.1 million total viewers, while week two was down to 3.2 million. Still, was cancellation the only solution for Fox? We don't think so; the network had options. Here's four ways the network might have saved or kept 'Lone Star' on the air ... at least for a while.

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'Lone Star' on Death Watch: Series Faces Cancellation After Just One Episode

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 22nd 2010 10:15AM
'Lone Star'Critics may have collectively loved 'Lone Star,' but that doesn't mean viewers tuned in when the show premiered on Monday night. After a disastrous showing in the ratings -- only 4.1 million people tuned in to Fox for the drama's debut -- the promising new series is now at risk of cancellation.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show's dismal debut means that 'Lone Star,' about a Texas con man juggling his wife and girlfriend, will inevitably be canceled -- it's just a matter of when. "No one in TV should be happy about this," an agent of a 'Lone Star' writer told THR. "This is going to have a chilling effect on networks taking chances on anything but cookie-cutter shows."

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Is 'One Life to Live' On the Brink of Cancellation?

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 2nd 2010 3:00PM
One Life to LiveAmid the fun and celebrations at last week's Daytime Emmy Awards, there was the nasty rumor that cropped up about 'One Life to Live' -- that for the second time this year, ABC is considering canceling 'One Life to Live.' Could it be true that ABC would pull the plug on the 42 year old staple of the daytime lineup?

The answer, sadly, is yes. Even though the rumor has been debunked by Soap Opera Digest and SoapCentral.com, the threat of cancellation remains strong for 'One Life to Live.' And certain things that have happened in the past few months just add to the anxiety.

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'Futurama' and 9 Other Shows That Beat Cancellation

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 23rd 2010 5:00PM
Futurama

It's a miracle! 'Futurama' is back from the dead. Or maybe it's just been thawed out of its cryogenic freeze? Whatever the case, it's back -- with the original voice cast -- on Comedy Central (Thu., June 24 at 10PM ET) and fans are happy.

Canceled in 2003, 'Futurama' got four straight-to-DVD flicks, the last one came out in early 2009. Fan interest was renewed and Comedy Central aired the films as episodes before green lighting the series for new episodes. Yes, Matt Groening is bringing Fry, Leela, Bender and the rest of the bang for new adventures in space. The cast is signed for 26 episodes. In the one hour premiere, the Professor attempts to resuscitate the crew with his birth machine after a devastating crash.

While 'Futurama' fans are celebrating this victory, it's important to point out that this sci-fi cartoon is not the only show to survive cancellation. What other shows have defied the orders of studio executives? Well, read on to find out!

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ABC Has Plans for 'Old Christine' ... Maybe 'Ghost Whisperer,' Too

by Allison Waldman, posted May 3rd 2010 12:03PM
cbs_the_new_adventures_of_old_christine_julia_louis_dreyfusFor the past two years, ABC has expressed interest in picking up 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' if CBS decided to drop it. This year is no different. According to Deadline.com, if CBS cancels 'The New Adventures of Old Christine,' ABC will snap it up. The network even has a plan for where to program the Julia Louis Dreyfus sitcom. It'll be paired with Patricia Heaton's 'The Middle,' leading in to 'Modern Family' and 'Cougar Town.'

That would make for a very solid night of comedy, likely Wednesday again, which is what worked so well this season for ABC -- with the exception of Kelsey Grammer's woeful 'Hank,' which was mercifully axed by ABC last November.

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Julianne Moore Returns to 'As the World Turns' on Monday

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 1st 2010 11:05AM
julianne_moore_close_upWhen it was announced last month that movie star Julianne Moore was returning to 'As the World Turns' for a guest appearance, it sounded like a prank. And the fact that today is April 1 -- April Fool's Day -- maybe you think this is a gag. It's not. Julianne Moore, four-time Oscar-nominated actress -- is really going back to her roots.

On Monday, April 5, Julianne Moore will be on 'As the World Turns' as Frannie Hughes, the character she played from 1985-87 on the CBS soap. She also played Frannie's look-alike British twin Sabrina. She was so good on 'ATWT' that she won the Daytime Emmy in 1988 for Outstanding Ingenue in a Drama Series. And she was! So often in the soap genre, actors are given the opportunity to play a twin -- evil or not -- and they either rise to the occasion... or crash and burn.

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Is This the Last Season for '24'?

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 10th 2010 9:30AM
24It looks like Jack Bauer might be running out of really bad days. The popular word is that the latest season of '24' may be its last.

Mind you, the franchise is far from dead. A movie version of the series is in the works. It's also not out of the realm of possibility of a sequel series which stars the CTU team minus Jack Bauer. After all, they have to be doing something when Jack's not around.

'24' is one of those series that benefited from timing. Would it have been as successful if it wasn't first released in the shadow of 9/11 and issues like terrorism and torture didn't suddenly become hot button topics?

The end of the series is probably a good thing. While the series is still good, it feels as if it's jumped the you-know-what and a change of venue might help reinvigorate interest in Jack Bauer.

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Comedy Central Yanks 'Michael and Michael Have Issues'

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 4th 2010 9:15PM
Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter'Michael and Michael Have Issues,' the behind the scenes sketch comedy fest from 'State' alumni Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter was one of the funniest "no surprise" shows in Comedy Central's line-up in a long time.

So it should probably serve as "no surprise" that Comedy Central has put the kibosh on it.

Showalter sent out the awful truth in Twitter form yesterday. Black also followed up Showalter's sad announcement with his own Tweet that contains a certain word that starts with "F" and ends with "K" and it isn't "fullback."

I was a fan and I looked forward to the second season, but now I'll just have to settle with the inevitable buck squeezing DVD release. You guys had me at "bunny stomping."

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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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Hannah Montana no more

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 9th 2010 2:05PM
Hannah MontanaThe Disney Channel has confirmed that this upcoming fourth season of the popular tween sitcom Hannah Montana will be the last. The final season will have guest-stars such as Ray Liotta and Two and a Half Men's Angus T. Jones.

Gee, what was the first clue that this would be the final season, Disney? Was it Miley Cyrus' increasing star power? Was it her singing career (which is for Disney records so it's not like the relationship is ending)? Was it the fact that she's getting older and before too long won't be able to pass for a high school student anymore? Or is she just fed up with the role?

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