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Men in Trees: What Happened to ABC’s Anne Heche Drama?

Anne Heche of ABC Men in TreesABC surprised more than a few people when the network renewed Men in Trees for a second season. Great, but where did it go?

Marin Frist (Anne Heche) is a best-selling author and relationship coach who helps women find the right man, using her own life as an example. On a plane trip to attend an Alaska conference, she finds out that her finance has been cheating on her and realizes that she doesn’t know as much as she thought she did. Marin decides to stay in the remote town (where the ratio of men to women is 10 to one) so that she can truly learn how to find and keep a good man, and write a new book. The cast also features Abraham Benrubi, Emily Bergl, Seana Kofoed, Suleka Mathew, Derek Richardson, Sarah Strange, Cynthia Stevenson, Lauren Tom, James Tupper, and John Amos.

Men in Trees debuted on September 12, 2006 on ABC. Trees followed the Fall debut of Dancing with the Stars and attracted over 12.1 million viewers. The second episode lost a third of the audience and attracted just over eight million in its regular timeslot. Despite a season of ratings ups and downs, ABC renewed Men in Trees for a second year on March 21st.

Men in Trees
has been off the air however since March 8th. ABC pulled the series to make room for the debut of October Road. Trees was originally scheduled to return on April 12th but ABC has reworked its schedule more than once, delaying the return each time.

ABC has now announced that Trees fans will have to wait a whole longer to see new episodes — probably five months. The remaining five episodes of season one will now be part of Trees’ second season, bringing the sophomore year episode total to 27.

Though frustrating and unusual, this isn’t unprecedented. Grey’s Anatomy and Boston Legal both had 27 episode sophomore years. There have been rumors that ABC may change their mind and decide to air the rest this season. We’ll keep you posted so stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

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Terri September 24, 2009 at 7:30 am

I agree with all of the comments above. I loved this show! I hope ABC will bring it back. And this is the latest update on the status??? From 2007??? I’d love for someone to go to ABC and find out what’s going on now so I know one way or the other. I can only pray they bring it back!


admin September 24, 2009 at 8:15 am

@Terri: If you do a search on the site, you’ll find that the show was cancelled quite awhile ago. Sorry.


Robin September 23, 2009 at 8:02 pm

I hate it that ABC did this. PLEAAAAAAAAAAAAAASE bring this show back! It was one of the more interesting shows on television! I loved it, and many of my friends do not understand why it is still not on the air….3 nights of Dancing with the stars is a little much!


Jan September 14, 2009 at 9:32 am

Please bring Men in Trees back. This is one show I would not miss each week.


Jen January 21, 2010 at 3:30 am

Please bring Men in Trees back. It is my favourite show of all time. From an Aussie fan


Jim September 7, 2009 at 2:02 pm

Still waiting for “Men in Trees” to return. What the heck is going on? ABC obviously doesn’t know its viewers very well. Bring the program back, at least for the final episodes. This program is much better than the crap you’ve been showing.


Cindy August 28, 2009 at 1:23 pm

What the heck? I’ve been waiting for the return of this show for a LONG time and I’m still waiting. Why would ABC not bring it back? It’s a GREAT show and has many followers. ABC please consider bringing it back!


Sheila August 27, 2009 at 8:00 pm

PLEASEEE bring Men in trees back on, I just got my friends watching it and then it was GONE!


Carol August 27, 2009 at 8:36 am

PLEASE bring back Men in Trees. My husband and I both loved it. (At least until you added the “gay” story line. You didn’t need that.


Kristen August 10, 2009 at 9:31 pm

Bring back Men In Trees! It was wonderful TV. Something to look forward to kicking back and relaxing to after a long day. Much better than the crap you’ve been showing. Get with it guys. Listen to your audience. We really appreciated this show. Get it back.


jenny August 6, 2009 at 8:27 pm

one of the best shows that abc had on. BRING IT BACK.


julie klingberg August 2, 2009 at 2:02 am

is it possible to by men in trees dvds unable to find them


Vance July 18, 2009 at 3:46 am

Bring back Men in Trees!!!!!
The best series!!!!


CARA July 17, 2009 at 7:54 am

My husband and I are baby boomers and Men in Trees was a show that we both loved and looked forward to watching weekly. We are still waiing for it’s return! Hollywood needs to listen to what WE want to watch. October Road that replaced it “sucked”.


denise July 16, 2009 at 9:07 am

PLEASE bring back Men in Trees!!!! I love that show!!


cat July 11, 2009 at 11:47 am

Bring back men in trees!!!!!!!!


jasmin June 8, 2009 at 12:29 am



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