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2006-07 Shows: ABC Renews 14, What About the Rest?

Big Day on ABCThe networks traditionally announce their Fall schedules at the network upfronts in May. As part of that announcement we find out which shows won’t be returning and, therefore have been cancelled. Several of the networks have announced early renewals for some of their more popular shows. Today, ABC came out and announced that eleven of their existing series have been picked up. In addition to the three renewals that were previously announced in January, that makes fourteen renewals.

Here are the lucky ones: America’s Funniest Home Videos, The Bachelor, Boston Legal, Brothers & Sisters, Dancing with the Stars, Desperate Housewives, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Grey’s Anatomy, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Lost, Men in Trees, Supernanny, Ugly Betty and Wife Swap.

The only real surprise was Men in Trees which has a checkered ratings history. The network hasn’t announced the quantity of episodes they’ll be ordering for each show as yet and I suspect Trees will get a tenuous 13 episode initial order.

What about the rest of the ABC shows? Well, it doesn’t look very good for most. For the most part, it seems like ABC has already made up their mind on many of them.

According to Jim — The series has been around for six years and, as such, is pretty expensive. The ratings haven’t been anything to write home about but have been more resilient than the other sitcoms up against American Idol. There’s a good chance ABC will call it quits.

George Lopez on ABCBig Day — The wedding sitcom went off the air in January after 12 of the 13 episodes aired. Its ratings were poor and ABC is highly unlikely to bring it back for another year.

Day Break — Passionately loved by may fans, ABC made all 13 episodes available on their website. Though the final episode left some questions unsolved, its unlikely to return to series television. In addition, Taye Diggs has signed on to co-star in the proposed Grey’s Anatomy spin-off.

George Lopez — The sitcom is in its fifth year on television. It’s likely expensive and has enough episodes for syndication. There’s a decent chance it won’t be back.

Help Me Help You — The offbeat sitcom was pulled last December due to low ratings and nine episodes. There’s been no word of any interest in its return and Ted Danson has signed on to co-star with Glenn Close in a new drama series for FX.

In Case of Emergency — This sitcom was decimated by American Idol. It will go off the air on April 4th. ABC is calling that episode the season finale though there will still be two episodes left unaired. It’s a longshot for renewal.

The Knights of Prosperity — This series went off the air this month and ABC maintains that it will return this season. It had the misfortune of being pitted up against American Idol but also consistently lost viewers from According to Jim and George Lopez lead-ins. If ABC has a hole to fill in their schedule, this sitcom has a decent chance for a second season, as several at ABC like it (including Entertainment President Steve McPherson).

The Nine — Only six episodes have aired and there are still no plans to air the remaining seven. Several people in the cast have taken on other Fall series, including two for ABC. This one’s not coming back for a second season.

Show Me the Money — The William Shatner game show was a hit initially but quickly slipped in the ratings. ABC still has a few episodes in the can but its very unlikely the dancing girls and host will be back.

Barry Watson on What About Brian on ABCSix Degrees — This series is miraculously returning on Friday after an almost five month absence. Once considered a “dead duck,” there are rumors that it may get a second season. It will likely depend on how well it performs in the ratings.

What About Brian — This series was given a second chance after a disappointing freshman year. It usually loses a significant amount of its lead-in audience and frequently lost to NBC’s ratings-challenged Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. The season finale airs next week and Brian’s unlikely to be given a third chance.

We’ll know for sure how many of these shows survive or are revived once the network schedules are announced in May. Based on how things are looking right now, none of their chances look very good. Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

Postscript: October Road came out of the gate solidly but it’s too early to tell how it will do over the long haul. American Inventor is returning for a second season on June 6, 2007.

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Deborah October 9, 2008 at 9:46 am

plsssssssss bring back Casmere Maffia.It was the best show ever.Really saddddd! about not seeing anymore shows of them.

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Gina October 22, 2007 at 7:17 pm

What about Brian is one of the best of ABC! Bring it back. What are we gonna do without seeing where that last episode leads to? Bring it back, please.

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Mona Roberts September 24, 2007 at 5:39 pm

I hope you bring back what about Brian that was a good show. mona

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Rosely July 4, 2007 at 6:40 am

Plsssss renew What about Brian? I think it´s the greatest series bout young adults and it´s very unfair that ABC cancelled it.

PLSSSSSSS PUT IT BACK ON AIR!

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Rosely July 4, 2007 at 6:39 am

Plsssss renew What about Brian? I think it´s the greatest series bout young adults and it´s very unfair that ABC cancelled it.

PLSSSSSSS PUT IT BACK ON AIR!

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RG May 18, 2007 at 10:32 am

You got to be kidding…Canceling “What About Brian” is very disappointing. This show was just starting to get interesting. ABC – please reconsider.

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CR May 14, 2007 at 7:22 pm

I am devastated to hear that What About Brian is likely to be cancelled. I live in Australia and can’t get enough of this show. It is a really mature show compared to most of the drivel on tv and I really hope ABC reconsider.

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Amy May 5, 2007 at 1:29 pm

I am very upset to hear that What about Brian Daybreak have been cancelled. There aren’t many shows left on TV that I really liked. I love What about Brian? I looked forward to Monday nights just because of that show. Why do they let you get interested in the show and then yank it off of the air. I am very dissapointed and DayBreak was a very good show too. It finally got to the next day and now its over. I also liked the show Six degrees. I did not even watch ABC at all until I got into those shows and probably will not again if those shows are gone. I really hope they give then another chance especially What about Brian? This is really a shame….

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Gina May 3, 2007 at 5:53 pm

What About Brian is one of my favorite shows and I really hope they give it another chance. I’ll be very disappointed not to be able to watch it on Monday nights.

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Badley April 9, 2007 at 4:55 pm

i really thought that big day was hilarious!! in part because my family had 2 weddings within 2 months, and my aunt was panning both, one for her daughter and one for her niece! and i thought that this show was soooo my family, including the wierd father-in-law!!!(he was married into our family! lol.)

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Badley April 9, 2007 at 4:55 pm

i really thought that big day was hilarious!! in part because my family had 2 weddings within 2 months, and my aunt was panning both, one for her daughter and one for her niece! and i thought that this show was soooo my family, including the wierd father-in-law!!!(he was married into our family! lol.)

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Candace April 6, 2007 at 1:51 pm

I loved What about Brian. I hope they give it another chance.

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Lisa April 2, 2007 at 3:58 pm

I’m very disappointed to see What about Brian? and Daybreak cancelled. I really looked forward to watching What About Brian on Monday evenings and I don’t think Daybreak had enough time to make a standing. I can’t believe the way both of those shows ended. I am very disappointed.

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John March 28, 2007 at 9:04 pm

It’s not always the shows screwing themselves. I lay a huge amount of blame on the networks themselves. Ever since they started replacing shows during the off-sweeps months, rather than airing reruns, things have taken a turn for the worse. How is a show supposed to build a loyal viewership, when it may run for 4-8 episodes, then be off the air for 4 months?? This year, all the networks did this over the new year. Most all shows took a “winter hiatus” while they aired a bunch of crap in place of the regulars.

It’s my opinion that the networks are more to blame for low ratings than the shows themselves.

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Timothy March 26, 2007 at 2:32 am

I do not get why shows screw up their own show. I mean George Lopez was great when it first came out, and the war at home was good but now they have gotten so perverted and mean, and it is not funny anymore. Why can’t shows go back and be more like they were in the 1950’s? I will gladly watch anything of that era, over anything that’s on tv today.

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