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back.jpgThe networks have announced their 2008-2009 schedules. Some of our friends didn't quite make it. Here's the damage:

NBC: 1 vs. 100, Amne$ia, Bionic Woman, Clash of the Choirs, Journeyman, Las Vegas, My Dad is Better Than Your Dad, Phenomenon, Quarterlife, The Singing Bee, Scrubs

Well, "Scrubs" is actually moving to ABC, so it didn't technically get cancelled. Almost everything else had been previously announced, but "The Singing Bee" was sort of a shocker. I thought that did much better than Fox's "Don't Forget the Lyrics."

ABC: Men in Trees, Big Shots, Carpoolers, Cavemen, October Road, Women's Murder Club, Cashmere Mafia, Miss Guided, Notes from the Underbelly, Oprah's Big Give, Here Come the Newlyweds, Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann

Did anyone think "Cavemen" was going to make it? Supposedly, Oprah pulled her own plug. "Men in Trees" and "October Road" are surprises -- as is "Dance War." I guess they are milking that franchise a bit too much. "Miss Guided" was mis-programmed. They held the show forever and dumped all of the episodes of Thursday nights. Also, it looks like Lucy Liu will head to "Dirty Sexy Money."

CBS: Moonlight, Shark, Jericho, Viva Laughlin, Welcome to the Captain, Secret Talents of the Stars, Kid Nation, Power of 10

Thank goodness they killed "Kid Nation." That was a lawsuit waiting to happen. Oh wait, didn't one happen? Wish I had checked out "Welcome to the Captain," just for Jeffrey Tambor.

The CW: Aliens in America, CW Now, Life is Wild, Online Nation, Beauty and the Geek, Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants, Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious

The only one that's shocking is "Beauty and the Geek." I thought it did well, and would get a pass simply because of Ashton Kutcher.

Fox: Back to You, New Amsterdam, Nashville, Canterbury's Law, K-Ville, The Return of Jezebel James, The Next Great American Band, Unhitched

Wow! They dumped "Back to You." That's big. I can't even tell you how many people ask me if I know anyone that watches that show. No one now, I guess. It just goes to show you that two huge names can't make up for crappy writing. Sorry to see Julianna Margulies out of work again, although it looked like a bad fit. And does this mean Karen will be back on "The Office?"

Plenty of shows were spared ("According to Jim!"), while there doesn't appear to be too many new shows coming -- at least not in the fall. The biggest buzz is for the Joss Whedon/Eliza Dushku joint "Dollhouse" (Fox), The yet-to-be-titled "Office" spin-off (NBC), the Molly Shannon/Selma Blair comedy "Kath & Kim" (NBC) and The CW's new "90210" incarnation. The rest of the list can be found on -- Rachel Cericola

Posted by Rachel Cericola on May 16, 2008 9:32 PM
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The majority of the new shows won't last anyhow because the stations don't give them enough of a chance to make "a lasting impression" with the viewers. 'Big Shots' was one of those shows because ABC literally threw it away 'before' it actually got started. While they did show some promos in the beginning, they waited right until the show got into full swing, and pulled 'all' promos three weeks "after" the show got on the air. People didn't even know if it was still on the schedule or not, because ABC kept putting 'other' shows in its place. This show was the 'only' one that was 'never' given the choice of being moved to a "better" day and time slot in order to save it.
I realize that most of these shows boil down to 'viewership' and 'dollars', but once again if you wish for them to become successful and have a loyal viewer base, why treat them like trash from the very beginning?
Lastly, there has 'never' 'ever' been one word of "official" confirmation about the shows 'cancellation', but I guess the gutless wonders at ABC absolved themselves by not including it on the 'upfronts' for this year, by way of cancellation by not including it on their schedule. Right on par for ABC, business as usual I guess.

-- Posted by: Jeanie at May 17, 2008 11:39 PM

I agree with Jeanie totally... I really want that show to make it, but it had big gaps in between new episodes were aired, even more so than shows suffering from the writers strike...

Of the shows cancelled I will miss that one and Las Vegas the most, mainly because it didn't have a ending... just a cliffhanger... and I will miss Journeyman too...

-- Posted by: Jennifer at June 17, 2008 7:51 PM

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