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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Earl, Privileged, Samantha Who? cancelled; Medium jumps networks

The networks are unveiling their fall lineups this week and several shows have been cancelled. First and most distressing to me is the delightful Privileged on the CW. It won’t get a second season I’m sorry to say.

Instead, the CW is opting for several new shows, including a Melrose Place reboot starring Ashley Simpson-Wentz. Yeah, I’ll be watching that. That was sarcasm in case you missed it. The CW is also jumping on the Twilight popularity surge and adding a show called Vampire Diaries about blood-sucking brothers and a show called Beautiful Life about young models living together. I ask you, do any of those shows seem better than the always consistently entertaining Privileged? Time will tell I suppose.

Over at NBC, My Name is Earl will end this season. I’m happy to see it go, frankly. It was a good show for a short period, but it seems the gross factor has increased exponentially each season. NBC also cancelled Medium, but CBS has picked up the show to air after Ghost Whisperer. Chuck and Law & Order have both been renewed. Also, because of the new Jay Leno show eating up so many hours of the primetime schedule, Friday Night Lights won’t air until the summer of 2010. Don’t get me started on how crazy that is. By 2010, we probably won’t remember that Coach Taylor was fired and had to take a job with the Panthers’ new rivals. Southland and Parks and Recreation have also been renewed.

CBS has canceled The Unit, Without a Trace, The Ex List, Eleventh Hour, Harper’s Island, Swingtown, and Worst Week. It has several new shows lined up for fall and midseason: Accidentally on Purpose, The Good Wife, NCIS: Los Angeles, Three Rivers, The Bridge and Undercover Boss.

ABC announced the cancelation of Samantha Who?, The Unusuals, In the Motherhood, Surviving Suburbia, Homeland Security USA, Opportunity Knocks, and Life on Mars, in addition to Eli Stone, Pushing Daisies, According to Jim, Boston Legal, Dirty Sexy Money and Homeland Security USA. The network will add 11 new shows for fall: Cougar Town, The Deep End, Eastwick, Flash Forward, The Forgotten, Hank, Happy Town, The Middle, Modern Family, V and Shark Tank.


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