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Outlaw: NBC Shuts Down New Series; Cancelled Next?

OutlawAfter some very lackluster ratings, NBC is shutting down production on Outlaw. Is it the next to be cancelled?

The Outlaw TV show follows the crusades of a Supreme Court Justice (Jimmy Smits) who decides to step down and go back to being a lawyer to fight injustices. The NBC series also stars Carly Pope, David Ramsey, Jesse Bradford, and Ellen Woglom.

Outlaw debuted via a special preview on Wednesday September 15th, following the season finale of America’s Got Talent. The series premiere was reasonably sampled with a 2.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 10.68 million viewers.

In its regular timeslot a week and two days later, episode two attracted only a 1.1 rating in the demo and 4.89 million total viewers. Last Friday, Outlaw garnered only a 1.0 rating and 4.72. Though expectations are lower on Friday nights, this performance is terrible.

TV show supportNBC has now shut down production of the series while execs mull over how to proceed. They supposedly want to see how the series performs over the next couple weeks but there’s no reason to expect that the numbers will get any better.

Eight episodes of Outlaw have been produced and five haven’t aired yet. While it seems likely that NBC will air them all at some point, it seems even more likely that Outlaw will be cancelled soon.

What do you think? Do you watch Outlaw on NBC? Do you think the show could be saved? What would you change?

 

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Cecilia December 19, 2010 at 3:20 pm

We love Jimmy Smitts and loved the show as well. Great topics and good acting. Maybe NBC should place it in another spot and see how it does???

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pretipol December 19, 2010 at 1:46 pm

i tape and watch both outlaws and blue bloods. for me outlaws has more substance than blue bloods and i am saying this even though tom selleck is my all time favorite actor. nbc should reconsider their decision and give outlaws a chance to grow on us and its ratings. pleaseeeeeeeeee bring dont cancel it. thks

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Noreen December 9, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Love the show. Put it back on. There is so much ———- stuff. Finally get something
very interesting.

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fran parsons December 6, 2010 at 9:53 am

Its no wonder,you moved the time slot every week.
This was a refreshing new series. first time it aired,
was one tuesday,then on friday ,then on saturday.
those stupid reality showes should not be allowed on tv.
don’t you know a good thing when you see it?

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sev December 3, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Are they stark raving mad? Outlaw is one of te best shows on TV NBC YOU’RE OUT OF YOUR MIND!!!!!!!

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N. Williams December 2, 2010 at 11:39 am

They really should give the show a chance. i’ll admit i cant catch it on NBC because i have to work nights sometimes but i alwayssss watch it online to see what happened!! THIS IS A GOOD SHOW! GIVE IT A CHANCE!!

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Gayle November 29, 2010 at 9:05 pm

PLEEEEEEEASE Don’t cancel this show! I wondered why it was not on anymore! I think this is one of the best new shows on! I LOVE Jimmy Smits and the story lines were fantastic!
I don’t think you gave it enough time!

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Carol November 28, 2010 at 1:37 pm

I loved “The Outlaw” and Jimmy Smits. I don’t understand why this got taken off the air.

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camilla November 27, 2010 at 10:39 am

this is a great show and jimmy smits does a great job of portraying a character who
really cares about real issues. this was a victim of putting this show in a time slot
opposite the new tom sellick show. sellick is a huge star and smits isn’t as big or
well known. it didn’t stand a chance. putting it on saturdays was better, no competition,
but it is always being pre-empted by totally stupid shows. why? bring it back NBC!

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Greg November 20, 2010 at 10:23 am

Hate to see this happen to good shows.watched it every week.why don’t they cancel stupid comedy shows like “bleep my dad says”why don’t they try wednesday night after survivor or something.I just think it was a victum of bad programming

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Sharon Schmidt November 18, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Great show. Great actors,writing and production. It’s a shame – but then NBC needs to keep it’s ratings high — what’s happened to intelligent viewers? They’ve probably all died….or work for a network!

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ron November 10, 2010 at 5:21 am

this show needs to be saved, why keep putting stupid ass sitcoms onn when shows like these have real life story lines? Fuck NBC I am sick of this shit with them thats why more of us are switching to FX and fox

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Susan November 8, 2010 at 10:01 pm

we watch it, enjoy it. However we are programming geniuses

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Anonymous November 5, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Outlaw was just starting to get interesting its a shame they did not give it a chance. It is a lot better than all that reality nonsense and has a different take than the usual legal / cop shows, perhaps they should think of something other than ratings and advertisers and grow a pair.

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Paige Peebles November 5, 2010 at 4:02 pm

It stinks – can’t get cancelled fast enough for me. another liberal flop

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