Big Shots: ABC Pulls the Series, Will It Be Back?

Big ShotsABC is moving some shows around for the November sweeps period and, as part of that, is pulling freshman drama Big Shots.

Big Shots follows the lives of four businessmen who are successful in business but whose personal lives are a bit of a mess. The series stars Michael Vartan, Dylan McDermott, Christopher Titus, and Joshua Malina. Big Shots debuted on September 27, 2007 and six episodes have aired thus far. The premiere attracted a mediocre 11.6 million, losing about nine million from the premiere of Grey’s Anatomy that preceded it. The ratings have been slipping ever since and the most recent episode attracted just 7.3 million. (Numbers based on overnight ratings.)

Its no surprise that ABC is pulling Big Shots for at least part of the November sweeps. Women’s Murder Club will take its place for a special Thursday night airing on November 15th. Then, on November 22nd, October Road will kick off it’s second season before settling into it’s Monday night timeslot a few days later.

It looks like Big Shots may return to Thursday nights on November 29th. If the writers’ strike continues for very long, ABC will certainly want to make use of any current scripted content that’s already been completed.

However, Big Shots is one of the few freshman shows that were not given orders for additional scripts or episodes in advance of the impending strike. That fact alone puts the series’ future in question. It’s not known how many of Big Shots’ 13 episode order have been completed or scripted. One way or the other, the show’s production will probably be shutting down in a few weeks at most.

As the writers’ strike goes on, ABC will be faced with some serious economic decisions. They’ll have to decide how long they want to keep paying actor and production expenses for a mid-to-low rated show that’s not even in production. At this point, it’s looking doubtful that Big Shots will survive. Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

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  1. Mr.SouthMetroAtl says

    Yes quite a few of us are expressing our dismay in this terrible decision by ABC.
    If they don’t have the will to bring it back themselves, I hope they sell the rights to Big Shots to another TV station or to an Internet Cable source and I’ll gladly take a break from watching ABC pictures to catch this great series.
    SHAME ON YOU ABC for cancelling this show!

  2. adri says

    BIG SHOOT needs to come back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Best show ever

  3. Casey says

    Put the show back on! ABC is really ******** up. Big Shots, Men in Trees, and now I hear Ugly Betty. What are you thinking ABC!

  4. $uperK@t says

    you know somethings ABC has a bunch of idiots that don’t know what they are doing or should i say a good show when the come across one. bring the BIG SHOTS back!!!

    Or put them on the ABC board and those four guys will show you how its done you ABC idiots….

  5. Dena says

    I am so disappointed that “Big Shots” was pulled, I believe that the day & time may have played a role in its ratings. I am a woman and this show could be viewed as a man’s show, but I found it to be entertaining, fresh, and funny. All the characters made for GREAT entertainment. Bring this show back!

  6. lucy says

    you need to bring back more shows like this one. get rid of all the reality shows,they’re not reality when all they show is a bunch of rich spoiled people doing things i would prefer not to watch.that is one of the reasons i don’t watch tv. tooooo much reality shows.

  7. Anne Marie says

    Yes..I loved Big Shots! Who are the idiots that keep this reality crap rolling, yet cancel good shows???? If there is any way possible – PLEASE bring Big Shots back!

  8. Renecia says

    I agree with a lot the the comments, I will not and haven’t been ɷatching much television this season especially on ABC. They canceled lots of the best shows, Big Shots, Men in Trees, and of course Women’s Murder Club. I was soooo dissappointed and disgusted about Women’s murder Club being canceled but they put on all this reality junk and these awful new shows. I was also upset with Journey Man being canceled as well as Raines which has been for a longer time but it was still a good show. I don’t understand people, why they like to keep negative and junk shows on but cancel the good ones. I also would like to make one final comment about the CW not giving Girlfriends a proper Series finally because there concerned about finances and not spending money or it would be to costly for a proper and much earned series fanally episode when they weren’t to concerned about those things back when they canceled Half and Half which was a much watched show and people voiced there dissappointment about it being canceled for All of Us which should have been canceled when it started not to mention the two seasons it was running. They knew it would be canceled but chosed to run it a last season without viewers and killed a show(Half and Half) which had viewers. It made me wonder it there was a conspiracy to get rid of another black sitcom.

  9. Susan S says

    Please bring back the show ‘Big Shots’. I liked that show & it’s actors alot. I looked forward to watching it. It is alot better than most of the shows on now .

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