Cancellation Time (cough, Leno) is Here (cough, Melrose)
Come on already, network TV: I want some cancellations! I submit for your consideration Eastwick, Cougar Town, Grey’s Anatomy, Jay Leno, and Melrose Place … though somehow I think only the former is realistically going anywhere soon, and the latter a bit later.
Indeed, if we look at what has not been picked up, the writing may be on the wall for Trauma, Law and Order, Eastwick, the forgotten, Hank, Three Rivers, Til Death, and Brothers (with the latter two tellingly cut from November sweeps … which may delay their inevitable deaths). Almost everything else has scored a pickup, or at least a few more episodes in the case of MP (and Trauma, Hank, and Eastwick dropped further in the ratings this week, hitting new lows). More after the fold …
This means that the only cancellations thus far have been CW’s axing of The Beautiful Life, and NBC’s announcement that Southland won’t return …. And yet not so fast! It seems that TNT is in deals to add Southland to its lineup.
That said, in signs that CW know something’s wrong, Melrose Place is getting a bit of a shakeup, as both Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and Colin Egglesfield have been fired. Really, CW? You didn’t want to start with the entire writing team first? At the same time, CW have announced that MP won’t be replayed during the November sweeps; that honor is reserved for a show that’s actually doing well: Vampire Diaries. I don’t know which is sadder: the show itself, or CW’s apparent belief that Heather Locklear will rescue it.
NBC, on the other hand, is likely not going to cancel Jay, since, well, what would they replace him with, when almost everything else in their lineup is dying or only a half hour long, and Sunday Night Football only happens on Sunday? Somehow I wouldn’t be surprised if they aimed for The Biggest Loser (the network’s new slogan, by the way) five nights a week. That said, if you want evidence of how bad Jay is, he’s come dead last in every head-to-head in five weeks (i.e: 25 nights), with the rare highlights of beating Eastwick once, and the forgotten twice. His ratings suck so badly that last night a CSI: Miami *rerun* beat him in the ratings by a factor of over two. Ouch.
late addition: it seems as though my request was granted, and we have another victim. Trauma suffered massive bodily damage, and though NBC will let it play its 13 episodes out, then it’s history. And NBC, imma let you finish, but for the record, Jay Leno’s ratings are worse than Trauma‘sTags: Jay Leno, Melrose Place, ratings