May 15, 2011

Did CBS Cancel Your Favorite New Show?

Prior to the release of it's fall 2011-2012 primetime lineup this coming Wednesday, CBS has announced the cancellation of three freshman series.

Although debuting on a high note, S#*! My Dad Says starring William Shatner is among those getting the boot. Averaging 10.7 million viewers, the show based on a Twitter page of the same name, started a downward spiral after its debut last fall.

The Defenders starring Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell has gotten the axe ass well, after ratings suffered from its move in January to Friday nights. In its 19-episode run, the drama averaged 10.5 million viewers.

Mad Love was last on CBS's list of cuts, with weak ratings of just 7 million viewers on average. The comedy, starring Jason Biggs and Judy Greer, will air its finale on May 16th.

On Friday, CBS picked up two additional series:

Person of Interest

Stars Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ) as a presumed dead former CIA agent who teams with a mysterious billionaire (Michael Emerson, Lost) to prevent violent crimes in New York. Taraji P. Henson (Boston Legal) co-stars in the Warner Bros. TV drama from scribe Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight), who produces alongside J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk (Fringe), Ben Brafman (The 4400), Margot Lulick (Kings) and Greg Plageman (Cold Case). Dave Semel (No Ordinary Family), who directs. Though there were early fears of the project playing too dark, say sources, it tested well and has marketable names on and off camera. This is Abrams' second series pick-up this week, with Alcatraz getting a series order at Fox on Tuesday.

Two Broke Girls

Revolves around two 22-year-old women (Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs) who tackle life in New York as they try to make their dreams come true. The multicamera comedy from Warner Bros. Television is written by Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City) with stand-up comic Whitney Cummings on board as a producer. James Burrows directed the pilot. Cummings' comedy pilot for NBC also was picked up to series on Tuesday. This marks Cummings' second project to get a green-light for next season; her self-titled comedy will appear on NBC's schedule this fall. King's hairdresser drama A Mann's World didn't get the go-ahead at NBC.

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