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.
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.
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.
March 11, 2004 |
The law offices of Young, Frutt and Berluti -- the fierce criminal law team of ABC's "The Practice" -- will close its doors for good on May 16 when the Emmy-winning drama ends after its eighth season and some of its characters move into a new firm and the high-end world of civil law. The new series, which has no title yet, will join ABC's fall schedule, ABC president of entertainment Susan Lyne announced Wednesday.
February 14, 2004 |
The final nail in the coffin for the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" franchise on TV was hammered in when the WB announced this would be the final season of "Angel," a 1999 spinoff of cult favorite "Buffy." Internet rumors about the show forced the network to announce its decision before working out future "Angel" or "Buffy" projects with series creator Joss Whedon, WB co-chief Jordan Levin said in a statement. * Jonathan Taylor
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.
March 8, 2003 |
CNN's afternoon "TalkBack Live" will talk no more. The 9-year-old program from the mall on the ground floor of CNN's Atlanta headquarters, hosted by Arthel Neville, was abruptly canceled Friday. It will be replaced by a third hour of the newsier "Live From.... " Although its ratings were strong, "TalkBack Live" was an anomaly on the CNN schedule, with its studio audience and frequent panels of shouting talk radio hosts.
February 27, 2003 |
MSNBC's turn to the ideological right drew criticism Wednesday from a number of sources, including liberal talk show host Phil Donahue, whose 7-month-old program was canceled Tuesday because, while drawing the network's highest ratings, it wasn't the breakout show that executives wanted.