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October 26, 2006 | Martin Miller
"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 | From the Associated Press
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.
October 7, 2006 | Greg Braxton, Times Staff Writer
Two of the networks' most-touted new serialized dramas appear to be on the ropes after only three weeks of the fall TV season, but producers of both shows say they are not down for the count -- at least not yet. CBS has pulled "Smith," starring Ray Liotta as a thief encountering pressures on the job and at home, from its lineup and did not specify if or when the drama would return. The series, which co-starred Oscar-nominee Virginia Madsen, comes from acclaimed producer John Wells.
August 28, 2006 | Chris Lee, Times Staff Writer
Cancellation, low ratings and old age may have forced shows such as Showtime's "Huff," FX's "Thief" and NBC's "Will & Grace" from the fall TV lineup. But a halt in production couldn't stop those series from dominating in many of the Emmys' major acting categories Sunday night. Among those on the honored but off-the-air list: "Will & Grace's" Megan Mullally picked up the award for supporting actress in a comedy. And an absent Alan Alda won supporting actor in a drama for NBC's "The West Wing."
July 26, 2006 | From the Associated Press
"BET Uncut," the compilation of racy videos that drew protests while it kept some rap fans awake late at night, has been cut. "BET Uncut" aired in the wee morning hours Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, showing videos considered too risque to show at other times. But it upset some viewers who said many of them were degrading to women. The clips regularly showed obscured nudity and women gyrating wildly with sexual overtones.
June 21, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The British Broadcasting Corp. announced Tuesday that it was canceling "Top of the Pops," its flagship music chart show, after more than four decades on the air. Jana Bennett, BBC director of television, said the show, which first appeared in 1964, would air for the last time on July 30. "We're very proud of a show which has survived 42 years in the U.K. and gone on to become a worldwide brand, but the time has come to bring the show to its natural conclusion," she said.
April 1, 2006 | From City News Service
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.
January 26, 2006 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
AFTER airing just four episodes, NBC has yanked "The Book of Daniel" from its Friday time slot, effectively canceling the controversial drama. The show, in which Aidan Quinn played an Episcopalian minister who sees and converses with Jesus, drew condemnation from conservative Christians, who objected to the portrayal of Rev. Daniel Webster as a priest who, among other things, battles an addiction to painkillers. The Tupelo, Miss.-based American Family Assn.
September 23, 2005 | From Associated Press
The recycled news magazine "A Current Affair," which ran for a decade its first time around, has been canceled less than eight months after returning to the air. The Twentieth Television series, which launched in March with host Tim Green, will be replaced by "Geraldo at Large," a half-hour news show with Fox News Channel's Geraldo Rivera. "A Current Affair" will air through October.
August 9, 2005 | Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
NBC has delivered a quick verdict on "The Law Firm," dumping the legal reality series from producer David E. Kelley that debuted to low ratings last month, the television network said Monday. The show, which features celebrity legal analyst Roy Black judging litigators vying for a $250,000 cash prize, delivered a paltry 3.9 million viewers for its second episode Thursday, a plunge of 24% from its July 28 premiere.
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