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Crossing Jordan: Is the NBC Drama Done?

Crossing Jordan castDr. Jordan Cavanaugh has encountered lots of scary killers and tough cases in her work in the Boston Medical Examiner’s Office. Played by Jill Hennessy, Jordan is sexy, smart and fearless but, is she any match for her the biggest challenge yet?

Crossing Jordan
debuted on September 24, 2001 on NBC. The title of the show plays off the lead character’s name and also alludes to the biblical story of the Hebrews crossing the Jordan River (often used as a metaphor for passing from this world to the after-life). The series initially involved Jordan and her father (Ken Howard) role-playing various murder case scenarios, allowing Jordan to figure out the crime’s circumstances. As the show progressed, the series has evolved into focusing more on its ensemble cast and their various cases. The current sixth season cast includes such diverse actors as Miguel Ferrer, Ravi Kapoor, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Valentine, Ravi Kapoor, Steve Valentine, Leslie Bibb, and Jerry O’Connell.

Jordan has been airing on Sunday nights since its midseason return on January 21, 2007. The show has been pretty consistently finishing in third place on Sunday nights. More importantly, it’s been attracting a low percentage of 18-19 year old viewers, the most desirable demographic of people for advertisers. Quite honestly, those are the numbers that networks care about the most.

NBC has now announced that its reshuffling its Wednesday and Sunday night schedules beginning March 4th. Deal or No Deal is moving to Sundays to take the 9pm slot while the sixth season of The Apprentice will shift to the less competitive 10pm timeslot. This move will create an “all reality show” night for NBC. Crossing Jordan in turn is moving to Wednesday nights (starting March 7th at 9pm) where it will be surrounded by fellow dramas Friday Night Lights and Medium.

That would sound like a good plan except that Crossing Jordan will now be up against the incredibly popular American Idol on FOX and Criminal Minds on CBS – a combination that previously scared ABC enough to move Lost. Deal or No Deal was doing pretty well as counter programming on Wednesday nights, giving viewers an alternative to the other networks who served up drama (CBS), comedy (ABC), and reality (FOX) programming.

Criminal Minds is consistently far more popular than Crossing Jordan and that’s not likely to change. Does NBC honestly expect this move to help Crossing Jordan or has the peacock network already given up on the series? Are they just burning off the episodes? Even before season six began, insiders suspected that this would be Crossing Jordan’s last. With most viewers (especially those 18-49) watching American Idol, is there any hope Crossing Jordan can survive? Not very likely. Unfortunately for fans, this may be one case that even Jordan Cavanaugh can’t win. Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

 

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SuperJ January 26, 2010 at 3:42 am

This is one of the dumbest shows I have ever seen. I hate how they let an autopsy specialist so far into areas of law enforcement and how brash and irritating the character “Jordan” is. She doesn’t listen to her superiors, gets away with being able to do practically anything she wants in the areas of law enforcement and seems to be the leader on investigations even though we know full well that an autopsy specialist is ALWAYS in the background when a case is being solved, they state cause of death, and keep the bodies on record. THAT’S IT. Also the jokes are terrible and cheesy, the sarcasm of Jordan is so immature that it brings you to tears wondering why she hasn’t realized how to be an adult…CSI or Law & Order is way better than this BS…AND THEY ARE ALL STILL RUNNING SHOWS! The fact that this show went to 2007 is mind boggling. Hennessy is not sexy, the other characters have cheesy lines, it just all seems like such a terribly written show. They couldn’t even end it in a way that it was liked, they cant even release it on DVD because NBC fails with their music copyrights even after 9 years from the start of the first season…if you want a show that is even decently watchable without all the childish immaturity and terrible actors, watch any other crime show. NOT NCIS…thats a completely different topic. ANYTHING else. I hope this show never comes back and that its irritating commercials that I see on Crime & Investigation Network go away, I am sick of hearing about this show. An autopsy technician involved in a hostage situation…just WTF NBC. Get out of my TV. The only thing that you’ve done well NBC, is The Office, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Deal or No Deal & Jeopardy. STICK TO COMEDY & GAME SHOWS! THEY ARE OBVIOUSLY YOUR FORTE; NO MORE BS CRIME SHOWS PLEASE!

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Rachel April 29, 2009 at 11:17 am

OMG! This is so stupid. I love watching Crossing Jordan so much that I continue to watch Season 6 for the 3rd time everyday at 12:00pm. I wish you guys would bring it back, and continue with a 7th season. I would love to see what happeneds with Lily and Bug and the new baby, Jordan and Woody…will they make it?…

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danielle June 2, 2008 at 11:21 pm

It’s 2008 its been canceled. I’m still pissed off because it was taken off. That was the one show I looked forward to seeing every week. The cast worked very well together in making an original show. I even got my whole family into watching it. It was the one night I knew for sure we would all agree on something to watch. NBC your stupid for canceling it.

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Connie Plough December 10, 2007 at 7:14 am

What finale? I want more! My favorite show! So who was the fool that canceled it?

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