And when that happens, your show could disappear before the cover art is even dry for the complete series DVD set.
The year 2010 had no shortage of these short timers. In fact, the 2010-2011 season has already seen not one, not two but three series that bowed out after only two episodes. This, despite long-promoted hype and pre-season buzz. Mentioned here are the 2010 programs that had shorter runs than the presidency of William Henry Harrison.
The Will Arnett/Keri Russell comedy has been plagued with bad reviews and ratings since its launch. Fox pulled the series from its schedule once before in November.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the final five episodes -- including a one-hour finale -- will not air at all this month. The network said they will air eventually, but did not indicate a date.
In other TV news ...
• Jane Lynch will guest star on 'The Simpsons.' The recent Golden Globe nominee will play Roz, Homer's new assistant at the power plant. Lynch recorded her lines last week. [EW]
• Bravo's Andy Cohen has gotten a promotion. The 'Watch What Happens: Live' host has been named executive vice president of original programming and development at the cable network. He will continue to oversee the development slate of the network as well as host 'Watch What Happens: Live.' [Broadcasting & Cable]
• David Hasselhoff has joined the judging panel of 'Britain's Got Talent.' The former 'Baywatch' star whose reality series was pulled by A&E after two episodes will sit on the panel alongside Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Michael McIntyre. [Guardian]
'Glee' is doing so well in its Tuesday at 8PM ET slot, FOX has decided to shift the venerable 'American Idol' from its traditional Tuesday slot. So, now we'll see the performance show on Wednesdays at 8PM ET and the results show on Thursdays at 8PM ET.
Just like in years past, the arrival of 'Idol' sent ripples throughout the FOX schedule, with shows moving around to new timeslots all over the place. Not sure if viewers will ever get used to FOX's schedule roulette, even though they've been doing it for close to a decade now. But that's why man invented TiVo and the Season Pass, right?
More details, and a full schedule list, are after the jump.
Although the show has only just returned to screens after being preempted for the last few weeks, deadline.com reports that the next new episode won't air until Nov. 30. Instead, Fox will air new episodes of fellow newbie sitcom, 'Raising Hope,' in the 9:30PM Tuesday slot.
Yesterday we heard that network execs are looking at new Christian Slater comedy, 'Breaking In,' as a possible replacement for 'Running Wilde' at midseason.
According to deadline.com, Fox is in negotiations with Sony Pictures TV for a midseason order. Although the show's pilot tested well, the network passed on the series in May. However, they kept the project alive by ordering two scripts in June. This led Sony to extend the options on the cast, which means they should still be available if Fox decides to go ahead and order several episodes.
'Breaking In' is a single-camera workplace sitcom, set in a digital security firm. Sources say that Fox will use it to replace the chronically underperforming 'Running Wilde' in the 9:30PM ET slot on Tuesdays, airing after 'American Idol'.
Could 'Running Wilde' be the next series to be consigned to the fall TV junkyard? Not if star Will Arnett has anything to say about it.
Arnett stars in the sitcom as an egocentric billionaire who tries to win back his high school sweetheart, played by Keri Russell. Following disappointing ratings, he has taken things into his own hands, and is urging fans to sign a petition to save the struggling series.
As reported by The Live Feed, Arnett turned to Twitter to gain support, and wrote, "Never done a grassroots effort, but let's save the effing show Running Wilde forever! Or five decent seasons, plus a 6th for Two And A Half Men $$ [money]."
He also expressed his gratitude to fans and exasperation at the viewing figures: "Thanks to everyone who signed the petition ... f**king ratings sucked ... I guess America hates jokes?"
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The 'Less Than Perfect' and 'Popular' star has booked a recurring role on 'Rules of Engagement' as Brenda, the surrogate mother for Jeff (Patrick Warburton) and Audrey (Megyn Price).
Deadline Hollywood also reports that 'Dynasty' veteran Joan Collins will pop up this November as Bunny, Russell's (David Spade) mom.
In other casting news ...
• Mary Lynn Rajskub is heading to 'Modern Family.' Rajskub will play Mitchell's ex-girlfriend from his closeted days. [TV Guide]
• Robert Patrick has been tapped to join HBO's 'Big Love.' Patrick will play Bud Mayberry, the leader of a fringe polygamist group. [Ausiello Files]
• 'Sopranos' star Drea de Matteo will play Will Arnett's stepmother on 'Running Wilde.' Look for the actress to pop up as Didi next month. The role is potentially recurring. [Ausiello Files]
Fox Plans an Hour of 'Raising Hope,' Gives Full Season Order: Could This Mean the End of 'Running Wilde'?
Unfortunately, that means 'Running Wilde' will be pre-empted that night -- not a good sign for the flailing new series, which has been struggling in the ratings. The 'Raising Hope' experiment could be a sign that Fox has already started to think of replacements for 'Running Wilde' -- then again, it could also simply be a way for the network to drum up hype for 'Raising Hope.'
Additionally, Fox picked up the show's back nine episodes today, Deadline reports, officially ordering a full season of the series.
But the result is still not quite there yet. At some points, last night's episode worked, especially when Emmy started to pull the strings on Steve in his new/old job, becoming an evil oil executive in the service of "breaking a few eggs" to make her environmental protection omelete. But a lot of it still didn't work, and the parts that didn't work were in places where the writers have succeeded in the past.
And, yes, I'm going to make yet another comparison to 'Arrested Development' here. But more for illustrative reasons than to whine about how much better that show was.
The first thing they need to figure out is how to use David Cross, as Emmy's "militant" environmentalist fiance Andy, more often. The second thing they need to do is figure out how to give him more scenes with Arnett. They worked together well on 'Arrested Development,' they're funny together in 'The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret,' and they work well together here.
The actor/producer caught up with TV Squad at the the New York Television Festival to discuss the evolution of the series, which airs Tuesdays at 8:30PM ET on Fox.
"Our goal is eventually to have every person on 'Arrested Development' come on the show," quipped Arnett. "That's actually our secret goal that we've laughed about for a long time."
Ironically, she was emphatic about the food they were tasting. "I did not make [it]!" she declared. But that's only because Russell could barely keep it down, while Arnett struggled visibly as well. It took a clue from Ray before a winner could be declared.
"Think pasta," she prodded, to ensure this segment didn't take up the rest of her show.
It's hard to put my finger on what's wrong. Yes, the show evokes memories of Hurwitz's 'Arrested Development,' with some of the same asides, throwaway jokes, and absurdist elements 'AD' had. They don't fly as fast and furious, mainly because 'Wilde' is more about the relationship between Steven Wilde (Arnett) and Emmy Kadubic (Keri Russell) and not a big messy family like in 'AD.' But a lot of times, those jokes fall flat, which is what we see in the final scene of the pilot, where Emmy decides to move in with Steven in order to make him a better man.
The show's co-creator, Mitchell Hurwitz, created one of the most beloved comedies of all time, the absurd and wonderful 'Arrested Development.' 'Running Wilde' reunites him with former 'AD' actors Will Arnett and David Cross, so what could possibly go wrong?
A lot, it turns out.
Of course the school of TV-watching is year-round, but fall is truly the time when the networks pull out all the stops (hopefully) and show us what they've got.
So sharpen your pencils, TV fans, because class is now in session: AOL TV Editor Kelly Woo and our newest addition, Lead Critic Mo Ryan, joined me to break down all the new fall network shows. Good ("it's sexy, it's fun") or bad ("I've fallen asleep three times trying to watch this pilot"), we were brutally honest because we want this to be your go-to guide for what to watch, what to skip and those shows that fall somewhere in between.
What new fall shows are you most excited for? Sound off in the comments.
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