It seems Rachel Griffiths was right, after all.
ABC (US) and NBC has axed a number of their shows, many of which which will hit the Seven Network.
ABC has axed Brothers and Sisters, No Ordinary Family, Detroit 1-8-7, Off the Map, V, Mr. Sunshine, and Better with You (the latter three are Nine Network titles in Australia) while NBC dumps The Event, Law and Order: Los Angeles, Outsourced, Perfect Couples.
Brothers and Sisters
Rachel Griffiths’ banter about unemployment at the Logies has ultimately proven true, although the network tried to push the “no decision yet” line. There was talk the show was to return with a shorter season but that won’t happen now. Though the ensemble drama still had loyal viewers in its recently wrapped fifth season, it no longer was the buzz or ratings draw it used to beThe show just had its season final in the US last week.
The second season, which even added the wonderful Jane Badler to the mix, dipped to 6.9 million viewers per week though fans blame ABC’s scheduling. It aired in Australia on Nine before being shifted to GO!
This crime drama starring Michael Imperioli had been preempted several times during its 18-episode run in the US. It was also the first new US drama Seven has offered up this year, but has already been bumped from a 9:30 to 10:30 start.
Matthew Perry comedy has averaged 7.3 million viewers in the US. Nine has been sitting on this since February and it will now have to premiere it with the hindsight of the axe already swung. Perry announced earlier this week that he’d be entering rehab.
No Ordinary Family
So much promise, so little execution, and coming from Greg Berlanti too. Seven premiered this one last week but online forums were already expecting it to become another FlashForward and The Event. In the US, where it matters, it started well but later in the season had lost half its premiere audience, averaging 6.6 million viewers. It was the second 2011 US drama Seven has launched this year.
Off the Map
Yet to screen in Australia is the jungle-set medical drama starring Martin Henderson and Zach Gilford. Also with Seven.
Better With You
This romantic comedy has aired in Australia on Nine.
This cancelation wasn’t a surprise. The highly serialised drama got off to an extremely promising start but fell fast. NBC didn’t help matters by shelving it for a long winter hiatus, but only after the audience already gave up. And it even promised not to repeat the mistakes of FlashForward. But there is a suggestion talks underway to possibly take the show to a different distribution platform.
Law and Order: Los Angeles
NBC announced that the series was being put on hiatus so that it could be reworked and relaunched. L&O:LA finally returned last month in the US but few cared. It will air in Australia on Seven.
Outsourced finished its first season in the less-than-hospitable 10:30 p.m. time slot averaged under 3 million viewers. Yet to air in Australia.
Ended with 2.26 million viewers back in April. Ditto.