February 16, 1999 |
While they probably won't match "The Fugitive" catching the one-armed man or Bob awakening from his eight-year dream on "Newhart," "Home Improvement," "Melrose Place," "Mad About You" and "The Nanny" will bid viewers farewell this spring, presenting series finales timed to boost ratings during the May sweeps. That kind of closure, however, will elude fans of the new shows like "Brimstone" and "Cupid," which have already been canceled. Let's face it, TV programs are ultimately products.
January 15, 2001 |
CNN is bracing for a round of staff cuts and reorganization this week, but in the meantime, some of its future programming plans are becoming clearer. One casualty will be "CNN Newsstand," a newsmagazine launched in 1998 to make use of resources at the sister Time Inc. magazines, including Time and Fortune, and to draw viewers during periods when there was no breaking news.
February 3, 2005 |
TV viewers are about to go where no TV viewer has gone in 18 years: a landscape with no fresh episodes of "Star Trek." Plagued by poor ratings and high production costs, UPN and Paramount Network Television on Wednesday announced that this will be the final season of "Star Trek: Enterprise," which stars Scott Bakula as Capt. Jonathan Archer. The four-year-old show is a "prequel" to the original "Star Trek" series that starred William Shatner and ran from 1966 to 1969. The finale will air May 13.
March 25, 2005 |
"Wall Street Week," a financial information program that became one of the longest-running national franchises in television, is retiring, Maryland Public Television said Thursday. The final show of the 35-year-old PBS series will be produced June 24. The first version of the show, hosted by Louis Rukeyser, ran from 1970 to 2002. At its height, the Rukeyser show was carried by 300 stations, earned more than $6 million a year and was seen by 1.
January 13, 2005 |
CBS pulled the plug on the reality series "The Will" after just one airing. The show, which attracted 4.2 million viewers for its premiere Saturday evening, was canceled Wednesday. The series, which featured 10 participants vying to be sole heir to a rancher's fortune, ranked 79th in viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research, making it the network's lowest-ranked show of the week. A rerun of "Cold Case" will air in its time slot Saturday.
January 7, 2005 |
It's the last season for the Osbournes. After three years on the air, MTV: Music Television announced Thursday that its popular series featuring the real-life adventures of rocker Ozzy Osbourne's quirky family clan will wrap up in 2005 with 10 new episodes beginning Jan. 17.
October 19, 2007 |
Three episodes and out: "Online Nation," a YouTube-inspired clip show that premiered Sept. 30, has been canceled, a spokesman for the CW confirmed Thursday. Instead, the CW will air encores of its new comedy, "Aliens in America," at 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Since Fox still says that the previously shelved "Nashville" will be back later in the season, "Online Nation" is the first official casualty of the 2007-08 TV season. -- Maria Elena Fernandez
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.