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Lipstick Jungle Officially Canceled March 29, 2009 9:42 pm

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lipstickjungle-032909What’s been expected for months is now official,  NBC’s Lipstick Jungle has been officially canceled, that according to star Brooke Shields:

“It was going to stay and we just were officially told it’s finally not coming back,” Shields, who played movie exec Wendy Healy, told E! “I think a lot of people were really sad, but I think we hung on a really long time. It was three great years that we’ve been working on it.”

While NBC hasn’t officially made the announcement of the show’s cancellation, a source to TV Guide confirmed Shields’ version of the story.

Source: TV Guide


NBC Cancels The Chopping Block March 29, 2009 9:21 pm

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nbclogo-513After just three weeks on the air, NBC is pulling its weak performing original cooking competition series The Chopping Block.  According to THR’s James Hibberd, the network informed affiliates of the decision Thursday night.

Beginning this Wednesday, the show will be replaced with repeats of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. The repeats will be episodes that have already aired on the network.  USA Network episodes will still make their broadcast debut on NBC starting on April 29th.

The Chopping Block premiered on March 11th with just 3.77M viewers and a 1.4/4 A18-49 rating/share.  In week two the show fell to just 3.40M viewers and a 1.2/4 A18-49 rating/share, before completely fizzling out last week with just 2.58M viewers and a 0.9/2 A18-49 rating/share (32 and 36 percent slides, respectively, from the already low series premiere).

NBC plans to burn off the remaining episodes sometime in the future.

Comedy Central Cancels Chocolate News March 11, 2009 2:26 am

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davidalangrierchocolatenews-031109Fans of David Alan Grier will have to hope the comedian does well in his gig on Dancing With the Stars, because they won’t be seeing him on Chocolate NewsThe NY Times has been informed by a Comedy Central rep that the network has decided not to renew Grier’s news/sketch-comedy series, confirming a report that appeared on the website of The Baltimore Sun newspaper.

The series debuted on October 15th and ran for just 10 episodes.

ABC Cancels Life on Mars March 2, 2009 11:15 pm

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lifeonmars-030209ABC has notified the producers of Life on Mars that they won’t be ordering any additional episodes beyond the 17 currently in the works for the season, effectively canceling the show, reports TV Week. While the news will certainly disappoint fans, the early decision by ABC (who could have waited until as late as May) means that the producers will be able to write and film a worthy ending to the series.

Production is actually expected to continue for at least a few more weeks and the season finale is expected to air no later than early April.

“We felt it was the right thing to do for the producers and the fans and creatively,” ABC Entertainment Group President Steve McPherson said.

USA Network Cancels The Starter Wife February 12, 2009 5:52 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cancellations, News, Television, USA Network.
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debramessing-70208The USA Network has canceled the Debra Messing-starring drama series The Starter Wife.  The show premiered last fall after a successful six-hour miniseries in 2007.  The 10-episode first season had a lower than expected audience, drawing an average of just 2.4 million (low for a network whose top shows regularly pull in 4-6 million viewers).

USA tells Entertainment Weekly that the show was a “critical and creative success,” adding that the Dec. 12 season finale served as a “satisfying conclusion” to the franchise.

CBS Cancels Swingtown + Other CBS Bits January 14, 2009 5:49 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cancellations, CBS, NCIS, News, Swingtown, Television, The Mentalist.
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swingtown-72308CBS president Nina Tassler has confirmed what was assumed for some time, Swingtown has been officially canceled:

“We’re not going back to Swingtown,” Tassler said. “At the end of the day the show was well executed, it was well received, the performances were great, the writing was great. It was a risk, we took it, and we’re proud of it.”

Other bits from Tassler:

  • CBS will be ordering an additional hour of the successful freshman
    drama The Mentalist.
  • Plans are moving forward for the NCIS spin-off.  The new cast will be introduced in an episode of NCIS this spring.

Source: EW

Fox Cancels Prison Break + Schedules Sit Down, Shut Up January 13, 2009 4:05 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cancellations, Fox, News, Prison Break, Shut Up, Sit Down, Television.
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prisonbreak-011309After four seasons, the ride that was Prison Break is coming to an end.  Fox has announced that the currently running fourth season will be the show’s last.

Fox will shift the series to Friday’s this spring starting on April 17th at 8pm.  Four episodes remain.  The show will be taking over for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles once that show ends its first season.

“The show is just played out,” says Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly. “Creatively everybody feels enough stories have been told … we want to finish strong and not just give out next season.”

They might shoot extra series-ending episodes, but Reilly assures: “They have a cool ending.”

In other Fox news, the network announced that Mitch Hurwitz’s animated comedy Sit Down, Shut Up, will premiere on April 19, 2009, filling in for the King of the Hill slot on Sundays at 8:30pm after The Simpsons‘Sit Down’ will take over after the series finale of King of the Hill.

Source: THR

NBC Cancels My Own Worst Enemy and Lipstick Jungle November 13, 2008 6:02 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cancellations, Lipstick Jungle, My Own Worst Enemy, NBC, News, Television.
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myownworstenemy-111308NBC has pulled the plug on two of its shows: freshman drama My Own Worst Enemy and second-year series Lipstick Jungle, according to THR.  NBC had high hopes for ‘Enemy’, but the series got out of the gate poorly and sunk to a very poor 1.8 A18-49 rating and 4.3 million total viewers on Monday night.  Lipstick Jungle drew a weaker 3.3 million total viewers and a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 on Friday.

It’s unclear at this time how NBC’s schedule will change.  Production continues on the ninth, and final, episode of My Own Worst Enemy (four have aired) while Lipstick Jungle has all 13 episodes of its initial order complete.

Source: THR

Fox Cancels Mad TV November 13, 2008 5:54 pm

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madtv-111308After 14 seasons on the air, Mad TV is coming to an end.  Fox confirmed on Wednesday that the Saturday night sketch series, which in the past has escaped cancellation, will end its run at the end of this season.

“There’s been great interest in recent years,” said exec producer David Salzman. “We’ve had a number of networks inquire as to whether the show was coming off Fox and saying that they’d be interested. We have not started to talk to them yet, but now is the time to begin those conversations. I think we have real prospects, but you never know, especially given the economy.”

Fox decided to inform the show’s producers of their decision now, rather than later in the season, in order to give them a chance to end the series with a proper sendoff:

“This will give us a proper sendoff, a chance to promote the finale and bring back old cast members,” Salzman said.

Source: Variety

The Ex List Canceled October 28, 2008 11:38 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in 2008/2009 Television, Cancellations, CBS, News, Television, The Ex-List.

After a run of just four episodes, CBS has decided to cancel its low-rated new drama The Ex List.  This Friday’s episode, which will be its fifth, will be the end of the line.  Nine episodes are in the pipe, and while the remaining four may be run off some time in the future, CBS has not announced when that might be.  In the mean time, repeats of NCIS will fill in the Friday 9pm time slot.

The Ex List is actually the first new drama this season to be canceled and continues CBS’s unfortunate slump of failed TV dramas that don’t involve crime.

Source: Variety

CBS Cancels “EliteXC Saturday Night Fights” October 26, 2008 11:58 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cancellations, CBS, EliteXC Saturday Night Fights, News, Television.
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EliteXC Saturday Night Fights is coming to an end. The show had aired three installments on CBS, with the most recent airing on October 4th and had plans to air one more match, but Pro Elite, the company that ran the program, shut down for unspecified reasons.

Source: NY Times

Season Two Will Be Last for “Flight of the Conchords” September 2, 2008 12:59 am

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It looks like the upcoming second season of the HBO series Flight of the Conchords will be its last.  Stars Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement have revealed that they’re struggling with “a difficult second series” because they’ve “got a lot of half-songs,” Clement said. “We’ve got an album’s worth of beginnings of songs.”

McKenzie added that this season, made up of 10 new episodes, would likely be its last: “The second series seems to me like it would be a good end to the show. I feel like another 10… that will be enough.”

Source: The New Zealand Herald

“Stargate Atlantis” Canceled; Movies Planned [Updated With Press Release and New Chart] August 21, 2008 3:08 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cancellations, News, Sci Fi, Stargate, Stargate Atlantis, Television.

UPDATED ON AUGUST 22ND AT 4:00PM: Because some wondered how the other SCI FI shows have fared, I’ve gone ahead and posted a chart detailing the ratings of Stargate SG-1, Battlestar Galactica and Eureka as well as Stargate Atlantis.  Check it out by clicking this link.

UPDATED ON AUGUST 21ST AT 2:45PM: I’ve attached the press release from SCI FI confirming the cancellation and announcing the two-hour TV movie (then video release).  Check it out after the jump.

The SCI FI Channel is ending Stargate Atlantis after five seasons on the air, that according to a report by Multichannel News.  There is still good news, however, as MGM and SCI FI will continue the straight-to-video venture that has proven successful thus far with the first Stargate TV franchise Stargate SG-1, which has already had two movies released on DVD to financial success.  The movie will air on the network in 2009 and then be released on DVD (and presumably Blu-ray as well).

Airing in 10-episode blocks since its premiere in July 2004, the series has seen declines with each string of episodes, until the later half of last season.  Its current viewership level of a little over 2 million viewers (includes a mix of live and delayed ratings data per Multichannel’s report) and a 1.22 household coverage rating (Live+Same Day only) through the first five episodes of this season is an increase over the comparable season four start.  However, it’s still barely half of where the show started off at (4.2M viewers and a 3.2 household coverage rating) for its series premiere in 2004.  Season five’s household rating average of 1.22 is 15% higher than the beginning of season four.

Nevertheless, and regardless of the fact that it picked up viewers when Live + 7-day ratings were factored in, a show with a respectable budget going into its sixth season of production on a cable network available to more than 80% of the nation should be attracting a larger audience.

In the meantime, fans can appreciate that SCI FI has decided to air the season straight through, foregoing their hiatus between 10-episode halves (I suppose that announcement was a hint at things to come huh?) as well as an extended life through straight-to-video movies:

“We’re excited to tell Atlantis stories on a bigger canvas,” Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper, co-creators of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis and currently executive producers on Atlantis, said in a statement. “The successes of the two original Stargate [direct-to-video] movies The Ark of Truth and Continuum have shown us the opportunities that the movie format offers. We have plans for both SG-1 and Atlantis to remain vital as we expand the franchise.”

Other than it being announced that Stargate writers and producers (and current show runners) Joseph Mallozzi (who has a blog you can check at this link and confirmed the cancellation in this comment on his site) and Paul Mullie will write the first Atlantis movie script, there is no information about what the movie would be about, how many of the cast members would participate and who would direct. GateWorld.net’s report of the news indicates that MGM will make an official announcement on Thursday, so perhaps will get some more details at that point.

I know cancellations are hard to handle for some people but keep in mind that this is a business and sometimes regardless of how much you enjoy a show, the economics don’t warrant it staying on the air.  At least it got five seasons,much more than several other series even get a chance at.  Plus in this age of DVD and Internet entertainment there’s always the opportunity to revisit the material in some other form.

Also, Wright and Cooper are developing a third TV series in the franchise — called Stargate Universe –- and pitched it to the network in late 2007 (read a report on that from an April 2007 GateWorld.net article here).  SCI FI has made no announcement regarding that proposed new series.

I’ve included a chart below tracking the entire run of the show via the household coverage rating (click to enlarge).

Note: Two-hour episodes/nights are counted as one rating.  All data based on live or live+same day ratings.

Ratings for Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Battlestar Galactica and Eureka (click to enlarge)

My complete analysis, including a season-by-season breakdown, of the above chart follows directly after the jump.


“Tell Me You Love Me” Canceled By HBO July 27, 2008 12:12 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cancellations, HBO, News, Television, Tell Me You Love Me.
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HBO’s sex-infused drama Tell Me You Love Me has been canceled by the network, according to THR.

Creator/executive producer Cynthia Mort released the following statement about the show’s cancellation: “Given the considerable amount of time that has passed and despite the best efforts of everyone involved, we were unable to find the direction of the show for the second season. There are so many other stories to tell and many other ways to tell them. I look forward to doing that with HBO in the future.”

Dirt Gets Canceled June 9, 2008 10:45 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cancellations, Dirt, FX, News, Television.
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The FX Network has canceled the Courteney Cox-starring drama series Dirt, the actress told TV Guide“It just got canceled,” she said when asked about the prospect of a Season 3 pickup.  The actress though remains optimistic about the future, revealing she and her husband David have their own production company and are “developing all kinds of stuff right now. We’ll be producing more stuff together, for sure.”

The CW Cancels Aliens in America May 12, 2008 6:27 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in 2007/2008 TV Season, Aliens in America, Cancellations, News, Television, The CW.
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The CW has canceled the low-performing freshman comedy series Aliens in America, according to TV Guide.  Despite solid reviews from critics, the series just never managed to find a consistent audience from TV viewers, often dropping below 1 million viewers.  There remains just one episode left to be aired.  Through 17 original episodes, the show has averaged 1.60M viewers and a 0.6/2 rating/share among adults.


ABC Cancels “Men in Trees May 5, 2008 11:51 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in 2007/2008 TV Season, ABC, Cancellations, Men in Trees, News, Television.

Sorry Men in Trees fans.  TVGuide is reporting that ABC has cut down the sophomore drama.  The site reports they were informed of the news by series creator Jenny Bicks, who herself was informed of the cancellation decision late last week: “I am really proud of the work we did on MIT,” she tells me. “A huge thank you to our supportive fans.”


CBS Cancels “Secret Talents of the Stars” April 10, 2008 3:25 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cancellations, CBS, News, Secret Talents of the Stars, Television.
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After just one low-rated airing, CBS has pulled the reality show Secret Talents of the Stars.  For the time being episodes of 48 Hours Mystery will fill the time period, until Shark returns from hiatus on April 29th.  Secret Talents of the Stars attracted just 4.58M viewers and a 1.5/4 rating/share among adults 18-49.

“The Return of Jezebel James” Canceled March 24, 2008 11:19 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cancellations, Fox, News, Television, The Return of Jezebel James.

Fox has canceled their freshman comedy The Return of Jezebel James due to poor ratings.  For the time being, the network has slotted repeats of House to fill in for the pulled series.  ‘Jezebel James’ failed to attract an audience from day one, averaging just 3.13M viewers and a 1.1/4 A18-49 rating/share through three aired episodes.

CBS Cancels “Jericho” [Update] March 21, 2008 1:50 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cancellations, CBS, Jericho.

Jericho fans, it’s happening again. According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS has dropped the cancellation bomb on Jericho once again. Producers on the show have been told that the show is ending its broadcast run. The season finale will air on Tuesday, with an ending that helps give fans closure. Continue reading for my ratings analysis accompanied by a chart.


NBC Opts to Not Renew “Las Vegas” February 22, 2008 6:02 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cancellations, Las Vegas, NBC, News, Television.

Michael Ausiello of TVGuide is reporting that NBC has decided against renewing Las Vegas for a sixth season, meaning last Friday’s episode was the series finale.

The CW Cancels “CW Now” February 14, 2008 2:24 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cancellations, CW Now, News, Television, The CW.
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The CW has canceled its experimental teen-targeted entertainment news mag CW Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter.


“The 4400” & “The Dead Zone” Canceled December 19, 2007 3:13 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable TV, Cancellations, News, Television, The 4400, The Dead Zone, USA Network.

In a message to fans of The 4400, series creator/executive producer, Scott Peter has announced that USA Network has canceled the long-running original series. Also, it’s being reported that The Dead Zone has been canceled by USA as well.


The End is Near for “Journeyman” December 14, 2007 12:45 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cancellations, Journeyman, NBC, News, Television.

The date has come and past for NBC to decide the fate of their freshman drama series Journeyman.  The network has decided against picking up the show for a full season.


Food Network Ends “Emeril Live” November 28, 2007 2:08 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cancellations, Emeril Live, Food Network, News, Television.

Food Network has pulled the plug on Emerl Live, the 10 year cooking program starring Emeril Lagasse.