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FOX Halts Production On Red Band Society

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Networks this season have been slower than usual to pull the plug on struggling shows. It took especially long to learn this season’s first casualty (Manhattan Love Story). With the dishonorable title out of the way, I expected a bloodbath from networks axing their underwhelming shows. Instead, they’ve just either halted production or removed them from the schedule without ever saying the ‘c’ word.

FOX is the latest to pull the ‘halting production card.’ It revealed it will stop Red Band Society after it wraps its initial 13-episode order. It will still air its Fall finale on December 3 but the final three episodes haven’t been scheduled yet. While there is still a possibility it could return for a second season, it’s highly doubtful. The show is on its death bed with the doctor’s hands just moments from pulling the life support plug.

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The Queen Latifah Show Canceled Once Again

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Queen Latifah just can’t get past that two-year hump. For the second time, The Queen Latifah Show has been canceled. The daytime talk program will shut down production at the end of the year, with broadcasts ending in March. Her first talk show ran from 1999-2001.

Had it not been for a two-year deal she inked for the show, I’m pretty sure it would’ve been canceled during its freshman season. Honestly, it’s not very good. Clearly hosting a talk show isn’t in the cards for Latifah. Maybe the third time’s a charm.

In such a crowded market, it’s getting harder and harder to successfully launch a new chatfest. Katie Couric, Bethenny Frankel and countless others couldn’t do it. Hopefully, Meredith Vieira has better luck. Latifah whose real name is Dana Owens posted a note on her Facebook. Read it below.

read Latifah’s post after the jump

CBS Cancels The Millers

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Not even the addition of Sean Hayes as a series regular could save the CBS sitcom. After airing only four episodes of its sophomore season, CBS has canceled The Millers. Poor Hayes. Even though he’s found success as a producer since Will & Grace, his attempts for a comeback in front of the camera have failed. This latest blow follows NBC canceling Sean Saves The World last season.

Entertainment Weekly reports production will shut down after the sitcom films its episode next week. The network plans to air next week’s episode but after that, nothing has been revealed.

It premiered last year to the tune of 13 million but only drew 6.48 million on its last outing. The Millers is the first returning sitcom to get the axe this season, but the fifth show overall to get canceled.

Do you watch The Millers? Will you miss it? Sound off below.


Two on-the-bubble freshmen series received very different news today. ABC ordered more episodes for one but halted production on the other. Care to make any guesses?

If you picked Selfie as the one who received bad news, you get a gold star. The alphabet network ruled out buying more episodes beyond its initial order of 13. Though ABC hasn’t made it official, Selfie is essentially canceled.

No word on whether ABC plans to air the remaining episodes or simply burn them off online as the network has previously done before. Personally, I enjoyed the show and think it fell victim to the Cougar Town syndrome. Good sitcom hindered by a polarizing title.

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FOX Cancels Utopia

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Both ABC and NBC have dropped some dead weight from their schedules and now it’s FOX’s turn to lighten its load. The network finally pulled the plug on the underperforming Utopia. Long overdue if you ask me. I’ll pretty much any reality show, but I only got through the first ten minutes of the premiere before switching channels for good. It was that awful IMHO.

The reality experiment stranded a group of people in a remote location in California to build a perfect society. The series intended to follow their progress for a year. But I guess we’ll never know if they would’ve succeeded since the cord was cut just two months into it.

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NBC Cancels ‘A To Z’ & ‘Bad Judge’

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Television viewers have not fallen in love with romantic comedies this season. ABC’s Manhattan Love Story was the first casualty this Fall. Now it’s NBC’s turn to break up.

The network ended its courtship with A To Z. The comedy starring Mad Men‘s Ben Feldman and How I Met Your Mother‘s Cristin Milioti failed to woo many viewers. The most recent episode only managed to attract 2.6 million viewers and a paltry 0.7 rating in the coveted 18-49 demo.

A To Z wasn’t the only show to receive bad news on Halloween. The peacock network put the nail in the coffin to another freshman comedy, Bad Judge. The Kate Walsh show fared better than A To Z with 4 million viewers and a 0.9 rating for its most recent outing, but wasn’t enough for network execs to save it. Both shows faced difficult competition from ABC’s powerhouse, Scandal.

Fans of either show can still catch new episodes for the next few weeks. NBC revealed they will air all 13 episodes they’ve ordered. Though unlikely, if ratings pick up, the network might have a change of heart. I don’t see that happening though. For now, they’re dead shows walking.

Will you miss either show? What show do you think will get axed next? Sound off below.

The First Canceled Show Of The Season Is…

In: Donovan, TV Shows

There’s no happily ever after for Manhattan Love Story. It took exceptionally much longer this year to happen, but the axe has finally fallen.

The ABC romantic comedy is the first causality of the new television season. The most recent episode attracted only 2.62 million viewers and a paltry 0.7 rating in the coveted 18-to-49 demographic. I saw the first episode but it didn’t really do anything for me even though I like the leads played by ANTM alum Analeigh Tipton and Jake McDorman.

ABC was also the first network to cancel a show last year. However, the axe fell on Lucky on October 4. CBS’ Made In Jersey and NBC’s The Playboy Club earned the dishonorable distinction on Oct. 10, 2012 and Oct. 4, 2011 respectively. Typically, networks have been swift and fast getting rid of dead weight but this year they’ve been taking their time. Will more shows follow suit now that the first casualty has occurred?

In other ABC-related news, the alphabet network gave good news to seven of its shows by ordering more episodes. Find out which shows will air less repeats below.

check out shows getting more episodes after the jump

FOX Cancels Hieroglyph Before Its Premiere

In: Donovan, TV Shows

One of the more interesting new shows FOX presented during their upfronts was the Egyptian-themed drama Hieroglyph. The forthcoming 2014-2015 television season doesn’t begin until September but we already have our first official casualty. FOX has canceled the show before even its premiere. The network did the exact same thing last year with Jason Ritter’s Us & Them.

Writers for the show were told the unfortunate news on Monday. The show starred Max Brown, Reece Ritchie, Condola Rashad and John Rhys-Davies. The mid-season drama was reportedly not creatively coming together the way executives had hoped. Check out the show’s trailer below released by FOX a couple months ago.

The world of ancient Egypt – a time of magic, Pharaohs, gods and thieves – lives again in HIEROGLYPH, an exciting action-adventure series from creator/executive producer Travis Beacham (“Pacific Rim,” “Clash of the Titans”). When a dangerous scroll, The Book of Thresholds, is stolen from Egypt’s most secure vault, master thief AMBROSE (Max Brown, “Beauty And The Beast,” “MI-5”) is plucked from prison to track down the perpetrator. Having spent the past five years in the darkest of pits, Ambrose quickly learns that his prison cell might be safer than the dangerous new world in which he finds himself: Atum, the empire’s capital. Ambrose must answer to Pharaoh SHAI KANAKHT (Reece Ritchie, “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”), a god in the flesh, a young ruler with a cool charm and a violent, frightening temper. The question for Ambrose is not whether he can trust his new boss, but whether he can trust anyone. Also stalking the halls of the palace is NEFERTARI KANAKHT (Condola Rashad, “Smash,” “Steel Magnolias”), half-sister to the Pharaoh, whose relationship with Shai’s closest advisor, MAGISTER BEK (guest star Hal Ozsan, “90210”), masks her own designs for power. Finding few leads in the palace, Ambrose’s investigation takes him to the doorstep of his long-lost love, PESHET (Caroline Ford, “Lake Placid: The Final Chapter”), a magic-wielding adoratrice, a type of homespun priestess who uses her femininity as a portal to the gods…for the right price. Peshet was the keystone in Ambrose’s merry band of thieves, an impressionable youth with great knowledge of magic, a woman who never saw a lock for which she didn’t have an unlocking charm. Five years later, Peshet has left her old life behind in a pious pursuit of divine contact. Ambrose’s journey also leads him to old friends, such as VOCIFER (John Rhys-Davies, “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark”), a peddler of mystical wares and Ambrose’s mentor. But he also comes face-to-face with foes both old and new, from RAWSER (Antony Bunsee, “EastEnders,” “Sex and the City 2”), the Pharaoh’s captain of the guard, who imprisoned him five years ago; to LOTUS TENRY (Kelsey Chow, “One Tree Hill”), a palace concubine and spy for a rival kingdom. As Ambrose unravels the mystery of The Book of Thresholds, he begins to see the extent to which sorcery has seeped into the halls of power in ancient Egypt, and how close it is to causing this great civilization’s downfall.

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