May 6, 1998 |
In a television year that has seen midseason shows downed like ducks in a shooting gallery, the fact that "Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place" is still on the air after eight weeks is a feat in itself. While less than a clear-cut hit, the comedy has done well enough in the Wednesday night slot behind "The Drew Carey Show" to have bolstered ABC's resolve to cancel the series that used to be there: the controversial "Ellen."
April 1, 2006 |
CBS has pulled the first-year comedies "Out of Practice" and "Courting Alex" from its schedule after their second consecutive fourth-place finishes in their new Wednesday time slots. "The Amazing Race" will move to the Wednesday 8-9 p.m. time slot that "Out of Practice" and "Courting Alex" had occupied, effective immediately. Reruns of CBS' crime dramas and specials will fill the Tuesday 10-11 p.m. time slot that "The Amazing Race" had been in.
October 26, 2006 |
"Twenty Good Years," a new NBC comedy about two old New Yorkers joyously living each day as if it were their last, has been canceled. The show, starring veteran actors John Lithgow and Jeffrey Tambor, is being pulled indefinitely after Nov. 8. Last week the Wednesday night show ranked 67th for the week with just more than 7 million viewers.
October 20, 2006 |
The CW drama "Runaway" never took off. The first-year series about a family in hiding, starring Donnie Wahlberg and Leslie Hope, has been canceled because of declining ratings. Its 9 p.m. Sunday slot will be filled by repeat episodes of "America's Next Top Model," according to the network. "Runaway" and the football comedy "The Game" were the first new programs for the fledgling CW, a hybrid of the WB and UPN.
December 20, 2000 |
Let's hear it for all the swell new "reality" shows that the networks--inspired by big ratings for "Survivor"--will crowd into prime time next month, including a "Survivor" sequel set in Australia. But first, a moment of silence for "Winning Lines," "Greed" and "Twenty-One." What's that? You don't recall those short-lived prime-time quiz shows, brought to you last January thanks to the surprise popularity of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" on ABC?
October 23, 2007 |
"Viva Laughlin," which only premiered last Thursday, was canceled Monday by CBS. Hugh Jackman appeared in the first installment and was one of the executive producers of the drama, which was met by largely scathing reviews and low ratings in its first outing. The second episode performed poorly in its regular 8 p.m. Sunday slot following "60 Minutes."
June 3, 2004 |
One of Mexico's most popular news programs went off the air, as Brozo the clown removed his wig and plastic nose to bid viewers farewell. Speaking haltingly and holding back tears, Victor Trujillo said he decided to end the 2 1/2-year-old morning news program because of the death of his wife, who co-produced the show, a month ago. Brozo appeared daily to discuss and laugh at the news. He often used the circus atmosphere to draw viewers into serious subjects.
November 3, 2004 |
Rob Lowe, who flopped last season in a freshman NBC drama, lost another bet Tuesday as his new series, "Dr. Vegas," was yanked by CBS. Calling the sudden disappearance a "hiatus," CBS announced that a repeat episode of its hit drama "Without a Trace" would air this week in the 10 p.m. Friday slot, followed the rest of November by reruns of "Cold Case," "CSI: Miami" and "CSI." There was no mention of a return by "Dr. Vegas," which ranked 58th last week in audience with 7.
November 12, 2003 |
Now that production on the WB's "Tarzan" has halted, the show seems poised to join Fox's "Skin" and NBC's "Coupling" in the pantheon of dead shows whose total promo time seemed to outlast their runs. All three were among the most heavily publicized shows of the new season, so they hit the dust with an especially loud thud -- imparting a sort of ceremonial, sacrificial tang to the term "network offering." The gods must be pleased.