We’re a couple of weeks into the fall television season and studios have already brought out the axe. Last week, Fox spilled first blood by canceling the critically-acclaimed drama Lone Star. On Friday, ABC followed suit by canceling the faux-documentary drama My Generation.
Lone Star was canceled by Fox after only two aired episodes, ceasing production after only five. The series, which followed a con man leading a double life, was popular among TV reviewers for its engaging plot and character-driven story. From its inception however, many critics predicted that show might be better off on a cable network like FX. Those predictions turned out to be true. In its initial episodes, Lone Star received very poor ratings, leading Fox to consider dropping the show after its pilot episode.
Conversely, ABC’s My Generation wasn’t popular with critics or viewers. Despite considerable marketing support for the show, which used a documentary style to tell the story of several high school classmates 10 years after their graduation, never caught on with audiences. After a less-than-stellar response to its pilot episode, viewership sank 31% for the second episode, earning a pitiful 1.1 rating among the key 18-49 age demographic. Like Lone Star, the show got the boot after only its second episode. My Generation completed shooting on eight total episodes but it is unclear whether ABC will broadcast those episodes in another format.
According to a Fox press release, the network will replace Lone Star with new episodes from the third season of Lie to Me, the network’s popular police procedural starring Tim Roth. According to Variety, ABC has not yet determined what will replace My Generation in the 8:00 PM time slot, which leads into the popular medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. Variety wisely points out that there is no reality TV show on any network during that time slot, so don’t be surprised if ABC moves a reality program into the open spot.
As the fall TV season progresses, several more shows will undoubtedly find their heads on the proverbial chopping block. We will keep our eyes on all of the off-screen drama as it develops. In the meantime, check out our preview of the fall season and make your best bet as to what shows will make it and what shows won’t.