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Men in Trees: ABC Cancels Anne Heche Drama

Men in TreesAfter being ping-ponged around the ABC schedule for two years, the network has cancelled the series about Marin (Anne Heche) and the residents of Elmo, Alaska. In retrospect, the writing’s been on the wall for awhile.

When Men in Trees premiered in the fall of 2006, it attracted a respectable number of viewers. Unfortunately, the show never seemed to be a priority for the network – possibly because it’s not produced by ABC’s in-house production company. Though its viewership was slowly growing, the TV show’s first season was cut short due to ABC’s scheduling of October Road (which is produced by ABC Studios). Instead of airing all 22 episodes, the network opted to air just 17 and added the remaining five episodes to the series’ season two order, in preparation for a possible writers strike.

When the writers strike hit in November 2007, it was expected that Men in Trees would benefit from the lack of original scripted programming on network television. That never seemed to happen and the series was put on hiatus in December. It returned once the strike was over in February and ABC cut Men in Trees’ second season order to 19 episodes, including the five from season one.

There series is on hiatus once again and isn’t scheduled to return until after the May sweeps period is finished – a sure sign that a network has lost faith in a series. ABC sent tapes of both Men in Trees and October Road to Lifetime to see if they’d be interested in taking on either series. They weren’t.

To little surprise, series creator Jenny Bicks was informed of the Men in Trees cancellation last week. She lamented to TV Guide, “I wish the show had not been moved six times and put onto two long hiatuses. No show could survive that.”

She says, “I am really proud of the work we did on MIT… A huge thank you to our supportive fans.”

On the positive side, Bicks realized that the series might not be back for season three and the cast and crew did some extra filming. As a result, an alternative ending for this season’s finale was filmed to serve as a series finale.

Men in Trees is scheduled to return to ABC on May 28th. If the network lets it remain in that Wednesday night timeslot for three episodes, the series finale should air on June 11, 2008. Based on the network’s track record with this show, it’s hard to say if that will actually happen. Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

 

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tracy lee November 5, 2009 at 4:04 pm

please bring the show back, i’ve been hoping some how you would because there are so many people disappointed that it was just canceled.
too many “csi, cops, hospital and reality shows on. men in trees was like an 80 show, like sisters, hotel, dallas, shows like that. shows like that are rare, please bring it back or put it on dvd for us broken hearted fans!

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Lynn Kelly October 12, 2009 at 8:38 am

I am very upset that men in trees has been cancelled and would like to see it back on in england woop woop cant wait to see it back i love cash he is very hot for me :P xx

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Jessica Kelly October 12, 2009 at 8:30 am

I love Men in Trees its amazing and i am so upset that it is not on any more. why its so fun, if you dont put it back on i will not be happy. also please put it on english channels so i can watch it as i am a lover ov men in trees and jack is very sexual :)

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Chandra September 30, 2009 at 8:01 pm

I loved MIT, I use to run home just to see the show from start to finish. Please Please bring it back with the same characters.

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Dee September 25, 2009 at 8:00 pm

I really miss MIT I watched it all the time whilst living in the UK. My family and I now live in Canada and no MIT to go with it. Please bring it back we loved it.

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Laura May 31, 2009 at 9:58 am

I love “Men in Trees”. The reality shows that dominate the airwaves are simply “awful”. It seems that whenever a fresh, well-written show comes on, the networks do not give it time to “take off”. Then when people really start to enjoy it, they move it. I got hooked on “Men in Trees”, then ABC kept moving it. I tried my best to keep up with that, and watched it faithfully. But…..it was cancelled anyway. I wish there was a way to let the networks know that many people do appreciate “good” shows rather than the trash that is prevalent today/

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Willem May 4, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Why the f*** did they cancel this marvellous show. Even in Holland we watched MIT. Its a good show with good actors and filmed in beautifull surroundings. So much better than all this lousy reality soaps, they make me SICK. I like a serie with a good script and actors who can realy perform; not this loosers which yoy allwaus see on this reality soaps. So bring it back on the screen.

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monica April 15, 2009 at 9:35 am

I love the show Men In Trees. I am really disappointed that the show has been cancelled. I wish ABC would really reconsider. This is a wonderful show that would definately be watched.

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elle March 5, 2009 at 9:54 pm

I always get hooked on shows that eventually become popular, and this was one of them. I think the “decision makers” made a HUGE mistake. The late bouncing times made it hard for moms like me who love this show to watch, but I craved it! BRING IT BACK AND MAKE IT A PRIORITY!!!

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Jeff February 15, 2009 at 7:19 am

AS EVERYONE HERE HAS STATED,MEN IN TREES WAS A VERY ENJOYABLE SHOW TO WATCH,MY WIFE AND I LOOKED FORWARD TO WATCHING IT EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT AND WE WERE ALWAYS DISAPPOINTED WHEN IT WASN’T ON.YOU NETWORK EXECUTIVES REALLY HAVE NO CLUE! THE LOCATION FOR FILMING LEAVES YOU WANTING TO ESCAPE LIFES REALITIES AND ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL BACKDROP NATURE PROVIDED EVEN IF ONLY FOR AN HOUR AT A TIME………BRING BACK THE SHOW AND ALL THOSE WONDERFUL PEOPLE ON IT ,SUCH A PLEASURE TO WATCH.

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tara February 8, 2009 at 1:55 pm

abc cancels all the good shows and quite frankly i am a little sick of it not all people want to sit around and watch ridiculous reality shows about everything right down to the life of a horse jockey who cares. some people would prefer to watch a good light hearted program such as men in trees with a talented cast and good story line. i would also like to state that if abc continues to cancel good shows it would be nice if they at least sent the show off instead of the abrupt end leaving all of its viewers with no closure

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Aradis February 8, 2009 at 8:34 am

Even in Germany MiT got many fans.
We’re kind of fed up too with all those “reality shows” and prefer some series who make at least some sense.
MiT was one of those. Money isn’t everything. And not all TV-watchers are stupid.

P.S. I know it’s a old post – but still…

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Pat February 7, 2009 at 8:27 am

I have been waiting and waiting for Men in Trees to return. I loved all the actors and thought they each brought something to the series. I am so disappointed that it has been cancelled. I hope you bring it back. Why did you change it so many times? Bad judgment! Now all we have is garbage that someone thinks interests us viewers. We look at the History channel more now than ever. You can take all your reality shows and put them where the sun don’t shine.

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Shona January 31, 2009 at 7:26 pm

BRING BACK MEN IN TREES I THINK ABC IS MAKING A HUGE MISTAKE THIS WAS AN AWESOME SHOW AND I WANT TO CONTINUE WATCHING THE SHOWS THEY HAD MADE

THINK OF THE ACTORS AS WELL ALL THE HARD WORK THEY PUT INTO MAKING THE EPISODES THE LEAST YOU COULD DO IS SHARE THEM WITH EVERYONE…………………………………………………………………………………………………………

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Kathy January 31, 2009 at 7:19 pm

I agree with much of the comments that I have been reading. ABC along with many of the other stations run more blood and gut shows now its hard to find something respectful to watch with your kids. My daughter and I never missed a show. Men in trees was enjoyable to watch and I think your companies need to take a better look at some of the shows you due run versus the ones they dump.
BRING IT BACK BRING BACK MEN IN TREES

Who knows if you guys dont repsond and BRING MEN IN TREES BACK maybe Halmark or another digital station will.

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