"Just Shoot Me," rest in peace.
The long-running NBC sitcom -- yanked from the network's schedule early in the season -- returned Tuesday for what was supposed to be a run through May, including an episode designed as a possible series finale that may have provided a degree of closure.
Yet after a dismal performance Tuesday against Fox's "American Idol," NBC immediately pulled the show, effectively canceling the series. The remaining episodes will now at best be burned off this summer.
Given that the series once drew high ratings as part of NBC's "Must-See TV" Thursday lineup -- last season averaging 14.4 million viewers following "Will & Grace" -- series creator Steve Levitan contends that the network mishandled the show, from its delayed premiere in the fall to what he claimed was insufficient promotion for its return against one of TV's most popular series. "Nobody even knew the show was back on," Levitan said. "We've had no chance this year."