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.
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