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.

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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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  1. Terri says

    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!

  2. Robin says

    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!

  3. Jim says

    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.

  4. Cindy says

    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!

  5. Carol says

    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.

  6. Kristen says

    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.

  7. CARA says

    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”.

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