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ABC Cancels 'The Whole Truth,' Orders More 'No Ordinary Family,' 'Better With You,' 'Detroit 1-8-7'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 26th 2010 10:30AM
The Whole Truth
Well, it was fun while it lasted. ABC has not ordered the back-nine episodes of 'The Whole Truth.' However, the network handed out full season orders to 'No Ordinary Family' and 'Better With You,' and ordered more scripts for 'Brothers & Sisters' and 'Detroit 1-8-7.'

While people involved with 'The Whole Truth' have taken to Twitter with different statements, it's clear that ABC will not be ordering more than the 13 episodes already in production.

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Why It's Good That Networks Are Quick To Cancel Low-Rated New Shows

by Gary Susman, posted Oct 4th 2010 5:20PM
My Generation cast
Now that ABC's 'My Generation' has joined Fox's 'Lone Star' in the dubious-achievement category of new fall shows canceled after just two low-rated episodes, there's sure to be a lot of hand-wringing about how the networks are too quick to kill fledgling shows that haven't found an audience yet, and how they're not trying hard enough to nurture shows.

But maybe it's a good thing that the networks are quick on the draw and not willing to coddle shows that can't survive the Darwinian fall schedule without help. Maybe it's actually merciful, not merciless, to euthanize shows that fail the sink-or-swim test. Maybe it's actually the smart thing to do, both from a business perspective and for TV fans as well.

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Fall TV 2010 Ratings Winners and Losers

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 4th 2010 1:00PM
LOLATwo weeks into the fall season, there's no better time to sit back and see how everybody's doing.

A lot can change from a hyped premiere to the second episode. A show's viability rests more on how many viewers it can retain over the long run, after the initial marketing campaign is over.

Unfortunately, before we could even finish compiling our list of the winners and losers of this fall season, the first cuts of the season were made, with Fox yanking 'Lone Star' and ABC pulling the plug on 'My Generation' after two airings.

But there were triumphs as well as disappointments. Check out our fall TV ratings winners and losers ...

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Is 'FlashForward' Heading to Starz?

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 23rd 2010 12:20PM
'FlashForward' may have been discarded by ABC, but that hasn't stopped fans from aggressively campaigning for another network to pick up the series. It's worked before for other shows and according to TVOverMind, Starz might be the savior fans are hoping for.

A fan posted on the Save FlashForward! Facebook fanpage that they were told by a Starz's representative that the network is aggressively looking into picking up the series.

To prove their dedication to the series, 'FlashForward' fans have staged blackouts in front of ABC offices.

The series starred Joseph Fiennes (right) as an FBI agent looking into the cause of a worldwide blackout that showed citizens a glimpse into their future.

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CBS Cancels 'The Bridge' After 3 Episodes

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 22nd 2010 10:00AM
Aaron Douglas, The BridgeEverybody, it's time to say goodbye to 'The Bridge.' Wait, what do you mean you weren't one of the 2.8 million viewers watching the Canadian import that aired Saturdays on CBS?

Vulture is reporting the low-rated cop drama has gotten the boot from CBS after just three episodes. Its replacement? Repeats of CBS's canceled crime procedural 'Cold Case.'

Aaron Douglas, Chief Tyrol to 'Battlestar Galactica' fans, headlined 'The Bridge,' a series about a police union head cleaning up the corrupt force.

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'Party Down' ... I Wouldn't Dream of Doing Anything Else

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Jul 9th 2010 6:30PM
Party Down
"When I die, I want you to have a huge party and remember all the good times we had. No wake. No funeral. Just stuff me in the high-five position, set me in the corner and put on my Hot Summer Jams 2000 mix until the cops come!"

Everyone has said that -- or something like that -- at some point in their life, but how many times does it actually happen? Never ... until now.

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Back From the Dead: Shows We Want Revived

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 1st 2010 4:00PM
Freaks and Geeks
Everybody has one, the show that was canceled too soon. You fall in love with a series, but the general public doesn't and then the giant axe comes-a-fallin'. You write to the network, you send nuts, candy bars, photos, whatever, you start an online petition and everything prove futile.

But, shows have beat cancellation years after they were buried! 'Futurama' recently rose from the dead, so why can't our favorite canceled series also get a reprieve?

We named the ones we miss the most and why, plus a pitch to get them back (some more serious than others).

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Co-Creator Rob Thomas, Famous Fans React to 'Party Down' Cancellation

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 1st 2010 11:00AM
Party DownThe party may have just ended, but that hasn't stopped fans from speaking out and lamenting the loss of 'Party Down.'

While it may not have had huge ratings, those that did tune in for 'Party Down' were loyal and the series creators and stars knew that.

"We wish we were making more episodes," series co-creator Rob Thomas wrote in an e-mail to TV Squad. "We had a great time doing the show, and we were very proud of it. I've never seen a cast as eager to work on something as I did with 'Party Down.' You hear the phrase, 'labor of love' thrown around all the time in this business, but if you knew how far everyone involved was working below their rates, you'd understand that 'Party Down' is one place 'labor of love' was truly applicable."

Thomas is no stranger to cult-hits though, he also created 'Veronica Mars.' Check out what other famous fans had to say via Twitter about the loss of this comedy gem.

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Starz Cancels 'Party Down,' 'Gravity'

by Andrew Scott, posted Jun 30th 2010 2:10PM
Party DownThe party is officially over for 'Party Down.'

According to the Ausiello Files, Starz has pulled the plug on the critically acclaimed but low-rated sophomore comedy series, about a bunch of Hollywood wannabes who work as waiters.

The show, from creators John Enbom, Rob Thomas, Dan Etheridge and Paul Rudd, featured a wide range of talented actors, including Adam Scott, Megan Mullally and Jane Lynch, who left the show after season 1 due to her commitment to 'Glee.'

Meanwhile, Starz has also canceled 'Gravity,' a dramedy about a group of suicide survivors.

"We're grateful to everyone involved in the shows, and are proud to have had them on the channel. Starz remains committed to aggressively expanding our original programming lineup," Stephan Shelanski, executive vice president of programming for Starz Entertainment, said in a statement.

Both 'Party Down' and 'Gravity' struggled in the ratings this season -- 'Gravity' in particular, which drew an audience of just 123,000 for its debut episode in April.

RELATED: Co-Creator Rob Thomas, Famous Fans React to 'Party Down' Cancellation

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MTV Denies 'The City' Has Been Canceled

by Kim Potts, posted Jun 29th 2010 11:40AM
Canceled?! What? It just, finally, got good this season!

We're talking about 'The City,' 'The Hills' spin-off series that was rumored to be on the chopping block now that 'The Hills' is winding down to its Jul. 13 series finale.

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HBO Cancels 'The Life and Times of Tim'

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 4th 2010 1:20PM
life and times of tim hboHBO has canceled 'The Life and Times of Tim,' but the show's producers hope to resurrect the offbeat animated comedy on another cable network.

MRC, the company behind the series, is pitching 'Tim' to Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, TBS and other cable nets. According to Deadline, more than one outlet is interested in picking up the show. The pickup deal would include all existing 20 episodes and a potential new season.

The series was originally produced for Fox in 2007, but the network passed on the pilot. Comedy Central showed some early interest, but HBO eventually gave the show a 10-episode order in 2008.

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ABC Passes on 'New Adventures of Old Christine'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 3rd 2010 9:20AM

New Adventures of Old ChristineSo much for new adventures: Sources confirm that 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' will not be moving to ABC. The network had been considered a possible new home for the show after it was canceled by CBS on May 18.

According to the Ausiello Files, Warner Bros. TV, which owns the five-year old Julia Louis-Dreyfus vehicle, officially pulled the plug yesterday after talks with ABC broke down. The news follows surprise reports last week that ABC had also declined to rescue 'Ghost Whisperer' after it was canceled by CBS.

ABC had a two-year deal in place to acquire both shows if CBS passed on them, and while it had been thought more likely that it would pick up 'Ghost Whisperer,' as it was an ABC Studios-CBS TV Studios co-production, executives at the network had expressed interest in picking up 'Old Christine' over the last few seasons.

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CW Renews 'One Tree Hill,' 'Life Unexpected'; 'Melrose Place' Canceled

by Andrew Scott, posted May 18th 2010 1:55PM
One Tree HillIt looks like 'One Tree Hill' will live on for another season

According to the Live Feed, the CW gave the longrunning series a surprise renewal order today, while also picking up the low-rated freshman dramedy 'Life Unexpected.'

This will mark 'One Tree Hill's' eighth season on the air.

Meanwhile, the CW also made room for two newbie series. First up is 'Nikita,' starring Maggie Q as a rogue assassin.

Also getting picked up today: 'Hellcats,' a new series about a competitive cheerleading squad at a Southern university. Ashley Tisdale of 'High School Musical' fame stars alongside singer-actress Aly Michalka.

And now for the bad news: The CW has decided not to renew its 'Melrose Place' reboot for a second season, according to Variety. 'Merlose' is the network's only scripted series not returning next season.

Apparently, Heather Locklear can't save everything.

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CBS Cancels 'Cold Case,' 'Ghost Whisperer' and More; 'Medium' Renewed

by Andrew Scott, posted May 18th 2010 12:28PM
Cold CaseCBS officially canceled seven series today, the Live Feed is reporting.

Among the shows axed is the Sunday-night procedural 'Cold Case,' which slipped in the ratings in recent seasons but still drew relatively decent numbers in its 10PM timeslot. 'Cold Case' ends after seven seasons on the network.

Meanwhile, in a somewhat surprising decision, CBS will bid farewell to its steady Friday-night drama 'Ghost Whisperer,' starring Jennifer Love Hewitt.

'The New Adventures of Old Christine' will also depart the network this season, though it's possible it may be saved by ABC. No official decision has been made.

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Upfronts News Roundup: Bubble Show Updates

by Chris Harnick, posted May 17th 2010 1:45PM
Cold CaseIt's mid-May and that means one thing: The networks are doing their upfront presentations! Yes, it's a wonderful and exciting time to be a television fan. We've got the updates on all the major cancellations and renewals from CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox complied all in one place. Did your favorite show survive?

Canceled: After seven seasons, CBS pulled the plug on 'Cold Case.' Despite a loyal fan base, ratings fell during its tenure on TV. The show averaged 14.18 million viewers in its first season, but slumped to 9.55 during its seventh and most recent. Falling ratings and high production costs are likely to blame here.

Canceled: Despite insider predictions that the show was safe, Jennifer Love Hewitt's 'Ghost Whisperer' will not return next season. The show aired on Friday nights, a night many consider the place shows go to die, and flourished. Over five seasons it averaged approximately 10 million viewers. While not great numbers by CBS standards, they were good for a Friday night -- though apparently not good enough to warrant a sixth season. UPDATE: According to the Ausiello Files, ABC may save 'Ghost Whisperer,' though no official decision has been made.

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