ABC is still doing well in the ratings so they can be picky about what they keep on their network schedule for the 2007-08 schedule. They have a lot of new shows. Here’s what won’t be returning:
Big Day – This quirky sitcom about a couple’s wedding day ran for 12 episodes, leaving one episode unaired. The ratings were low so it won’t be back.
Day Break – The Taye Diggs dramatic series was pulled after six episodes and ABC subsequently released the remaining episodes online. Diggs is committed to the Grey’s Anatomy spin-off Private Practice.
Extreme Makeover – This personal makeover series ran for four season and 55 episodes. Three have gone unaired. The Ty Pennington Home Edition will return for another season.
George Lopez – The six-year-old sitcom, which often performed better than most everything else ABC could put up against American Idol, has been dropped. The series finale ran last week on May 8, 2007.
The Great American Dream Vote – The Donny Osmond-hosted reality show was pulled after two episodes. Three episodes never aired.
Help Me Help You – Ted Danson’s sitcom, about an egotistical therapist and his patients, was cancelled after nine episodes. Four episodes went unaired.
In Case of Emergency – This sitcom starred David Arquette and Jonathan Silverman and just never caught on. One of the 13 episodes was left unaired.
The Knights of Prosperity – Nine of the 13 episodes of this sitcom have aired. The network said that it would return with Ray Romano as the new target of the “knights.” There was speculation that these four episodes would be combined with a small second season order but it didn’t happen.
The Nine – Many of the cast members have been committed to other ABC shows so it’s no shock that this series has been cancelled. ABC pulled this serial drama after just seven episodes and fans are still waiting to see the rest. The first seven are available on via iTunes and the rest may be released online at some point.
Show Me the Money – The William Shatner game show seemed to be a success initially but its popularity declined at warp speed. Six additional episodes were ordered and then quickly cancelled. Five episodes have aired to date.
Six Degrees – The first of ABC’s serial dramas to be pulled in the 2006-2007 season, Production was completed on 13 episodes and, after a brief return on Friday nights, the network has been releasing the episodes online. It’s no surprise that it won’t be back
What About Brian – The Barry Watson series was saved last year but the network felt the ratings just didn’t warrant a third year. The last episode aired on March 26th. Watson will star opposite Christina Applegate in new sitcom Sam I Am on Monday nights.
The Jim Belushi sitcom According to Jim has not been renewed for another season but it may not be dead yet. ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson said, “We are talking to the studio to see if there’s something financially, a deal that would make sense for us.”
Returning in the fall are: America’s Funniest Home Videos, The Bachelor, Boston Legal, Brothers & Sisters, Dancing with the Stars, Desperate Housewives, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Grey’s Anatomy, Men in Trees, Ugly Betty, and Wife Swap.
October Road and Notes from the Underbelly will return on Monday and Tuesday nights midseason once Dancing and Bachelor finish their fall runs (or sooner if new shows fail). Lost and Supernanny will return midseason (around January). Primetime is expected to return at some point during the season, as it did this year.
Nine series will air over the summer including Traveler, National Bingo Night, The Next Best Thing: Who is the Greatest Celebrity Impersonator?, and American Inventor. Their futures have yet to be decided. Stay tuned!