Amidst the flurry of announcements from all the major networks, CBS has finally let its cancellation plans be known. Comedies $#*! My Dad Says and Mad Love as well as courtroom drama The Defenders will not be returning in the fall.
So far in the 2011 pilot season, CBS has both added and subtracted the least amount of shows among the big four networks. This shouldn’t come as a surprise – CBS regularly leads the ratings race, and therefore has less reason to make the kind of sweeping changes that both Fox and NBC announced last week.
The Defenders is, or was, a courtroom comedy/drama starring comedy veteran Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell. The two are a pair of defense attorneys never lacking for clients in Sin City. The Defenders delivered a one-two punch of laughs and suspense that, apparently, viewers still managed to dodge. The last episode delivered just north of 8 million viewers (low by CBS’ standards), down 30% from the series premiere.
Mad Love featured former Scrubs actress Sarah Chalke. Judy Greer (Archer‘s Cheryl), as well as Jason Biggs – and Tyler Labine rounded out a foursome of 30ish New York City chums looking for love in the Big Apple. Last week’s episode delivered 5.1 million viewers, a series low. The finale will air tonight at 8:30.
Easily the most puzzling of CBS’ cancelled shows is $#*! My Dad Says. While the William Shatner vehicle was no prize with the critics (and Screen Rant was no exception), it regularly scored high ratings to the tune of ten million viewers or more. Then again, the finale scored a mere 2.6 million in the 18-49 demo, oddly sliding away from the Twitter target audience.
To fill at least one empty spot in the lineup, CBS has ordered a new thriller from J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan and a Whitney Cummings comedy. Person of Interest will star James Caviezel, while Broke Girls stars Kat Dennings. Expect at least a few more shows to be picked up in the next week or so.
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Source: TV Line
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