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"Smith" Pulled from CBS

smith.jpgWho would have thought that Ray Liotta's new show would be the first to get the axe?

USA Today says that despite Fox's recent decision to put "Happy Hour" on an undetermined hiatus, "Smith" is actually the first show of the fall season to officially get cut.

Liotta starred as part of a team of high-stakes thieves. Virginia Madsen, Amy Smart, Shohreh Aghdashloo and Jonny Lee Miller costarred. With such a high profile cast, where did things go wrong?

Technically, they really weren't that bad -- the most recent episode was viewed by over 8 million people. However, with such big names that is considered a flop in TV terms.

The Tuesday 10:00 p.m. timeslot will be filled by reruns of "CSI" and "Criminal Minds." -- Rachel Cericola

Posted by Rachel Cericola on October 6, 2006 9:27 PM
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Coming soon: CSI: Fargo.

Apparently, the only dramas CBS can muster up are procedurals.

-- Posted by: mac at October 7, 2006 12:36 AM

What a shame. I enjoyed this show, but I thought it was in a bad time slot. I gotta say Jonny Lee Miller (ex-Mr. Jolie #1) and Amy Smart were annoying. I liked Simon Baker though.

-- Posted by: Connie at October 7, 2006 9:52 AM

This really freaking sucks. I loved this show and I was hooked immediately.
Why does a good show like this get cancelled while crap like American Idol lives on forever.

-- Posted by: Jacob at October 7, 2006 11:30 AM

I can't believe this, everytime I get into a good show they cancel it. They don't even give them a chance for people to discover new shows. Seinfeld wasn't such a hit in the beginning but they gave it a chance and it turned out to be a sucess, this is STUPID !! That's why people watch reality tv because they always cancel good shows and leave stuff like celebrity duets...ewwwwww !!

-- Posted by: Sweetface at October 9, 2006 10:25 AM

It happens every year. The really good new shows are put up against established top hits. Of course they are doomed for failure.

-- Posted by: mike at October 9, 2006 10:00 PM

They didn't give it a chance to develop an audience. With so many new shows it takes viewers time to check them all out. Good show and it had potential to develop into a top thriller. Do we need another crime/law drama? At least this was a new idea. Liota was good with Madsen also. Every year they do this.

-- Posted by: robert Reddell at October 10, 2006 12:59 AM

This was by far my favorite new show this year. This sucks. I was looking at my Tivo schedule this moring and couldn't believe that it was cancelled. CBS SUCKS!!!!!

-- Posted by: Nick at October 10, 2006 8:02 AM


-- Posted by: diann MCGUIRE at October 10, 2006 1:27 PM

Prisonbreak and Vanished are only on break until 10/23 because of baseball.

-- Posted by: Heather at October 10, 2006 4:28 PM

Finally a show that uses something other than the law. It was a good show and what does CBS do, they pull it. 8 million viewers on the last show and they pull it. Why should we watch any new shows on CBS if they are not going to give it a chance. I have been telling my friends about this show and they were starting to watch to. It really makes you wonder if they fired the right people. Maybe their are some executives that should get the axe too.

-- Posted by: Todd Hammond at October 10, 2006 6:23 PM

Yes, it was a good show but I think they should do this type of show into a series of something like ten shows and then have an end of him either stopping with the crime or getting caught. Otherwise it just goes on and on and on and on. I mean look at Lost......eventually it will get pulled with out an ending!!!! The writers can just weave all sorts of webs and never have to explain anything!

-- Posted by: Jan at October 10, 2006 6:42 PM

I LOVD THIS SHOW, this is why I fracking hate CBS network. They should make Smith a move I'll pay 15 dollars to see it. I'm soooooo sad.

All those cutie guys ...I will be in moaning for a week :(

-- Posted by: Ronnie at October 10, 2006 6:43 PM

I loved this show - it was awesome and I was just looking forward to watching it tonight and did not see it listed. I came straight to the internet to see what happened. I am super bummed beside Prison Break this was my next favorite. I am really dissappointed they pulled SMITH. Why don't you pull The Unit or Shark....and put SMITH back on. I might have to switch networks.

-- Posted by: Jim at October 10, 2006 7:52 PM

It's too bad this show was cancelled...this show would have done better if it didn't have to compete with MLB playoffs.

-- Posted by: Steve at October 10, 2006 9:48 PM

I really liked this show. I would have preferred it on a different night due to a personal conflict. I think the network screwed up......

-- Posted by: Amber at October 11, 2006 10:00 AM

Smith is a great show. Clue in CBS - Don't cancel a show after three weeks!!

-- Posted by: Todd at October 11, 2006 2:01 PM

Another good series goes down to tubes. It's unfortunate the network (CBS) didn't give it a chance. I believe it could have worked. How 'bout this - cancel survivor and/or big brother to make room for something other than that reality crap.
CBS have CSI help you get a clue!!!

-- Posted by: Frank at October 11, 2006 3:21 PM

Damn shame! I looked for it and didn't know why it wasn't on. Stylish, fun, moves quickly, visually stunning (and I don't just mean the men!), Virginia Madsen can almost make one forget about Amy (doesn't seem-very) Smart. The conflicts were good and it was fun. It was the first show I've watched on CBS in years - especially since they toploaded on all the blood and gore and procedurals. (Hey CBS - I'm one of your desperately desired demographic!!!! Buh-Bye)

CBS what are you thinking? I guess the money you save can go into the "Katie Couric mascara fund for underpriveleged anchors making under $20 million who can't afford a good makeup artist or acting coach".

-- Posted by: Honey at October 11, 2006 11:37 PM

If you are upset that CBS cancelled Smith, consider filing a complaint.

With enough viewer complaints, CBS may reconsider its cancelling of the marvelous fast-paced Smith with its excellent cast including Ray Liotta, Virginia Madsen and Simon Baker and the show's superb writing.

Blame it on CBS's bad marketing, its only giving the show three episodes of airtime, and CBS's lack of promoting online viewing of earlier episodes of Smith forthose who needed to catch up.

CBS could have given a better re-cap at the beginning of episodes for new viewers just tuning in. It could have re-run the episodes during off-hours, much like Bravo does, to allow viewers to catch up.

To complain, call CBS viewer relations at any time day or night to leave a message, or, to reach a live person, call during the hours of 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EST - telephone CBS viewer relations at 212-975-3247.

You may also email (short for audience services).

You may also go to CBS's feedback form online to submit your complaint at Smith is still listed in the shows on that feedback form.

You may also sign this online petition to CBS to bring back Smith.

-- Posted by: smithfan at October 12, 2006 12:12 AM

I hope the executives of 'Smith' try to sell this show to the cable networks. Obviously this was too good of a show for CBS. What a mistake!

-- Posted by: Anonymous at October 12, 2006 1:59 AM

There may have been many things involved in the cancellations. 1) bad focus groups, 2) not enough advertisers lined up to fill the commercial time. 3) the budget of the show was a prequesite of more that 8M viewers and they had no reason to bealive it would increase..

Remember its a business at the end of the day, they don't care about the viewer.

-- Posted by: Matt at October 12, 2006 1:52 PM

Smith was an unbelievably great great show. It had the suspense and intrigue and I was looking forward to the next week to see the continuation of the series drama.

CBS blew it.

This had the makings of a 24 type of show.

CBS was way premature in cancellation.

Come on CBS, bring it back.

Find another time slot for it.

How do you pull a show after only 3 weeks.

Again, PLEASE bring this show back.

This show had success written all over it.

-- Posted by: Steve at October 12, 2006 11:20 PM

In addition to the CBS phone, email, feedback form and online petition to save Smith mentioned above, you can also vote that you thought Smith was a great show by going to the first official Smith fansite and voting on the question "What's Your Opinion Regarding Smith's Cancellation?"

-- Posted by: smithfan at October 13, 2006 3:48 AM

Loved the show and am upset to see it go. My husband and I were hooked from the pilot. What a mistake for CBS.

-- Posted by: Anonymous at October 13, 2006 2:38 PM

What a shame. I love the show. I don't understand why CBS axed a show that has 8 million fans on it. I would even pay if that's the only way to watch SMITH again.

-- Posted by: Chris D. at October 13, 2006 8:52 PM

this is the only show me and my wife started to watch. I can't believe
they cancelled without even letting it run a few episodes at least. crazy!

-- Posted by: leo at October 15, 2006 6:40 PM

I can't believe CBS took SMTIH off the air. I understand there's like 2 or 3 episodes left to show can't the viewers who liked the show, at least let us see what happens? I think show was good, I'm getting tired of all the different CSI's out there!

-- Posted by: fan of SMITH at October 16, 2006 3:53 PM

I have to say that I never ever expect this to happen, SMITH has everything to be a HIT show; it was not a good choice to put it against L&O (back to back) now, I'm a L&O fan too but believe me I was recording those shows and waiting for SMITH like waiting for XMAS. I'm madly in love with Simon Baker and I was soooo happy to see him every week. Please bring SMITH back. I'm talking to friends and co-workers and believe me if you bring it back a lot more than the 8 million viewers will tune in to one of the best shows ever, CBS please give SMITH another chance. Thank you in advance for your attention to my comments. Regards!

-- Posted by: Alma at October 16, 2006 5:00 PM

This is one of the few new shows worth watching. Come on CBS - bring it back!

-- Posted by: Brian Wheelock at October 16, 2006 10:37 PM

What in the world is CBS thinking? The show was good and I really looked forward to it and Jericho each week. Was the first time I watched network TV in a while. First Dan Rather's inaccuracies and now this!!!!!!!! CBS, you are losing touch!


-- Posted by: bret at October 16, 2006 10:41 PM

Smith was your best show ever. Is it possible to purchase all the episodes of 'Smith' on DVD.

-- Posted by: Sheila at October 17, 2006 9:37 PM

Smith was a show with strong acting characters but nobody to like. While the concept was interesting, you would think that in three weeks time, they would find some way to develop one or more of the characters so that the viewers would feel someway that what they were doing was either noble or good for a cause. Only the mechanic scored a favorable mark, because he protected his dead friend and girlfriend, while fending off the mob from invading his territory. Liotta was a scum, who didn't like his boss, didn't care about his co-workers, and distrusted his wife (Madsen). Virginia didn't trust Liotta and followed him everywhere, while attending AA meetings, whoopee! Smart was the perfect bitch, who nobody liked, only in it for herself, and quite incompetent as a thief/assistant. And the surfer dude from the Guardian...what else to say, he was the best cad.

While I'm surprised this is the first show to drop for the year, with very little show development in three weeks, it probably lasted one week more than it should have. And how do you get beat out by a 2.6 share of major league baseball? Even Leno brings a 2.4 share in a time slot 90 minutes later. Nuff said.

-- Posted by: Denny at October 17, 2006 10:50 PM

I really loved Smith. It is hard to believe that CBS pulled a great show and especially after 3 weeks. BRING IT BACK!!!

-- Posted by: Sparkles and Iran at October 18, 2006 7:52 AM

This show was doomed from the start because CBS put it against Boston Legal. Just like they doomed Commander in Chief.

-- Posted by: heas at October 18, 2006 10:58 PM

this show was okey not the best is okey show is little slow and i think kidnapped was way better then this show

i am happy they cut the plug from this show

it should be a movie not a show

-- Posted by: noor at October 19, 2006 3:46 AM

shark should be cancel to

-- Posted by: noor at October 19, 2006 3:49 AM

I went to the link and 95.2% of the votes (4353 votes) want to keep it. Also I thought I would mention there was an article in the 10/23-10/29 edition of TV Guide about the show being cancelled. It said that one reason the network pulled it so fast was that it cost more than 3 million PER episode to produce.

There is also a quote from Ray Liotta where he said the producers would have to share part of the blame for the show's failure, he said the entire cast was in the dark about where the story line was headed and it caused a bit of confusion around the set.

Here's a link to the article if anyone wants to read it

Personally I agree with all of you, I LOVED this show and am so disheartened that it was cancelled. Hopefully if we all pull together and show CBS there is enough interest, maybe, just maybe we can bring it back to life!?!

-- Posted by: UNCAngel08 at October 19, 2006 7:48 PM

Smith is a truly great show. Sell it to FX or Showtime if it's too much for Primetime. What a waste of some great actors and talent to just take it off the air...........pussy's!

-- Posted by: Andy Summers at October 20, 2006 3:52 PM

The show was on Tuesdays people not Mondays

-- Posted by: Angela at October 24, 2006 9:32 PM

I don't care that it did cost $3mil to produce. Quality cost's some cheese!

Here is my thought. It was what I call a "smart" show.

It was different, it made you "think" and had so much potential with all the differing characters and plot lines that could go in a myriad of ways.

Wonder how these top execs ever get their jobs in the 1st place. SMITH would become the top rated show in their time slot, no ifs, ands, or BUTTS about it.

-- Posted by: j-bo at October 25, 2006 5:21 PM

I am also very upset they cancelled Smith. It had me clued every week, and when I would DVR it and went looking for it, it was no longer there- I knew it had been cancelled. What a bummer!!! The other shows that CBS have are CSI THIS CSI THAT, now they are talking CSI Fargo ( YUCKERS ) something new and fresh like Smith would have been a notch in their belts. I do hope FX picks it up - It deserves a killer slot where the players can play harder.

-- Posted by: Shannon at October 26, 2006 4:03 PM

It's back to Boston Legal for me. To think that I was actually watching this show live and sitting through commercials while using Tivo for Boston Legal.

-- Posted by: Jerry at October 30, 2006 1:51 AM

Thanks for dropping us on our ass CBS! Maybe you can get yet another CSI to fill the slot you idiots. Oh, that's right, you already have it filled with CSI reruns. Enough with the CSI shit! Bring back Smith!

-- Posted by: Marian A. Coloroso at November 2, 2006 3:17 PM





-- Posted by: Mark Nicklay at November 3, 2006 12:02 PM

Hopefully, CBS will give the show a second chance following the new seasons. Since it had good elements for a blockbuster hit, with the great stars and interesting story lines. However, any other t.v. networks would be smart to take on the series Smith. Ratings would naturally build with a devoted viewer fan base would grow...

-- Posted by: Tina at November 7, 2006 8:14 PM

I hate CBS for doing that?

-- Posted by: Bob Villa at December 21, 2006 4:20 PM

This was the best show of the season! cbs sucks!

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