May 13, 2005 |
CNBC is canceling comic Dennis Miller's low-rated political talk show after less than 16 months, replacing it with a business show rerun. The last episode airs tonight. Miller's prime-time program, featuring a mixture of comedy, interviews and political opinion, was seen by an average of 168,000 viewers since its January 2004 launch, according to Nielsen Media Research. That number has dipped to 114,000 this year with the presidential election campaign over.
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.
March 12, 2005 |
World Wrestling Entertainment is looking for a new television home. Cable's Spike TV, which has shown pro wrestling regularly on Monday and Saturday nights, said it has stopped negotiating with the WWE for an extension of a contract that ends in September. "WWE Raw" and "WWE Raw Zone" are regularly among the most popular programs on cable television, but a network executive speaking on condition of anonymity said wrestling was never as popular with advertisers as it was with audiences.
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.
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.
December 4, 2004 |
Match over: CNBC is finally pulling the plug on John McEnroe's low-rated talk show, effective at the end of the year. The former tennis star launched the program just last July and had been drawing a mere 75,000 viewers on average at 7 p.m. Coming in the show's place sometime in January is the now once-a-week "Big Idea With Donny Deutsch," hosted by the outspoken advertising executive.
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.
October 5, 2004 |
Last month, the producers of "The Next Great Champ," an unscripted series on Fox, beat back a lawsuit from rival producers who called it a rip-off show and tried to keep it off the air. The court victory was a brief moment of "Rocky"-like triumph for "Champ," which features boxing great Oscar De La Hoya and a legion of unknown fighters. But in TV, as in the ring, hope dies hard, and viewers have KO'd "Champ" in ways that raise questions about network TV's rush to reality.
September 28, 2004 |
"American Family," the sprawling dramatic series about a Mexican American family from East L.A., won't be returning to PBS for a third season, despite a best miniseries Emmy nomination and a stack of admiring reviews. As a casual viewer, I had assumed the show, perhaps the most costly drama in PBS history at roughly $1 million per episode, was canceled for the most obvious of reasons -- lousy ratings, which it had in spades.