Tuesday, November 29, 2005

3 Shows Canceled Including 'Hot Properties'; 'Still Standing' Episode Order Cut

Three network shows have been told to halt production after only 13 episodes--two dramas and a sitcom. The dramas are FOX's Reunion & CBS's Threshold, and the sitcom is ABC's Hot Properties. Reunion has struggled following The O.C., after a decent start. FOX has not given word yet if they will air all or some of the unaired episodes in December. CBS moved Threshold to Tuesdays at 10 p.m. last week and it was a total bomb, so CBS will air an encore of Criminal Minds there tonight for the last Tuesday of November sweeps. As with Reunion, CBS has not given info yet if it plans to air the remaining episodes of Threshold. Threshold did average in its original Friday 9 p.m. slot, but when they moved drama Close to Home in that slot, that show did much much better.
As for the sitcom Hot Properties, ABC plans to air at least the Christmas episode (episode 9) on December 9. There is no word yet if ABC will air the other few episodes in the following weeks, because ABC had scheduled reruns of the show the rest of that month. The cancelation of Hot Properties marks the first time in at least four seasons that ABC canceled a fall sitcom this early. Believe it or not I'm with Her, Married to the Kellys and It's All Relative all lasted a full season, with the latter having made 22 episodes but a few were unaired. Complete Savages also lasted longer with 19 episodes.
So, what will replace these three shows eventually? They have not announced that information yet, but come January American Idol is coming back to FOX, and there is word that FOX might move the results show from Wednesday to Thursday. CBS will probably air encores of crime dramas for a while for Threshold and maybe the new drama The Unit by March. ABC will probably go with three choices, the most logical one would be to air the half hour Dancing with the Stars Results Show in place of Hot Properties (or switch Hope & Faith to 9:30 p.m. and have the Stars Results at 9). They can also bring back veteran sitcom Less Than Perfect and air it in its old slot or they can try new sitcom Crumbs here, too. I would prefer ABC air Stars Results on Fridays and have Crumbs/Less Than Perfect take the 9 p.m Thursday hour, which the canceled drama Night Stalker once aired.

Finally, CBS has cut the episode order for Still Standing from 22 to 18. It makes a lot of sense and this probably means this will be the last season of this struggling sitcom. 19 episodes will aie actually this season, since one is left over from last year.


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Saturday, March 23

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Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of March 18)

Friday, March 22

  • Matt LeBlanc (Man with a Plan/Episodes/Joey/Friends/Vinnie & Bobby) - Watch Matt on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Illana Glazer (Broad City) - Illana is a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Pamela Adlon (Better Things/King of the Hill/The Facts of Life) - Pamela appears on a repeat of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • J. K. Simmons (Growing Up Fisher/Family Tools) - J. K. is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Cobie Smulders (Friends from College/How I Met Your Mother) - Cobie appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Stephen Merchant (Hello Ladies) - Stephen is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Keegan-Michael Key (Friends from College/Playing Houe/Gary Unmarried) - Keegan-Michael visits LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Piper Perabo (Turn Up Charlie) - Piper is tentatively scheduled to appear on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Casey Wilson (Black Monday/Marry Me/Happy Endings) - Casey talks about Black Monday on Couch Surfing at 8am.
  • Natalie Morales (Abby's/The Grinder/Trophy Wife/Parks and Recreation) - Natalie appears on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • Mark Hamill (The Texas Wheelers) - Mark talks about Knightfall on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am and on Strahan & Sara at 1pm.
  • Tony Danza (Taxi/Who's the Boss?/Hudston Street/The Tony Danza Show) - Tony performs on ABC's Strahan & Sara at 1pm.
  • Maddie Corman (Mr. President/All-American Girl) - Maddie talks about the play Accidentally Brave on The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Patti LaBelle (Out All Night) - Patti will be on Steve, so check your local listings.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (January/February/March)

Step by Step - The Complete Fourth Season What I Like About You - The Complete Fourth Season Hangin' with Mr. Cooper - The Complete Second Season Alice - The Complete Ninth Season The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fifth Season

01/08 - Family Guy - 20 Greatest Hits
01/22 - Fuller House - The Complete Third Season
01/22 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fourth Season (WBShop.com)
01/29 - Ballers - The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)
01/29 - Crashing - The Complete Second Season
01/29 - The Game - The Complete Series
01/29 - Kidding - Season One
02/05 - Family Guy - Part 1 - Volumes 1-5
02/05 - Family Guy - Part 2 - Volumes 6-10
02/05 - Family Guy - Part 3 - Seasons 10-14
02/05 - First Lady of Television - Betty White Collection (40 rare and acclaimed episodes from her early days in television)
02/05 - Mama's Family - Seasons 1-6 - The Complete Series
02/12 - Rick and Morty - The Complete Seasons 1-3 (Blu-ray)
02/12 - Step by Step - The Complete Fourth Season
02/26 - What I Like About You - The Complete Fourth Season
03/05 - Hangin' with Mr. Cooper - The Complete Second Season (WBShop.com)
03/12 - Alice - The Complete Ninth Season (WBShop.com)
03/26 - The Wayans Bros. - The Complete Fifth Season (WBShop.com)
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