Axed: Brothers & Sisters, No Ordinary Family, V, The Event.

The axe also falls on Detroit 1-8-7, Off the Map, Mr. Sunshine, Better with You, Law and Order: Los Angeles, Outsourced, Perfect Couples.

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!

Detroit 1-8-7
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.

Mr. Sunshine
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.

The Event
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.

Perfect Couples
Ended with 2.26 million viewers back in April. Ditto.


Source: Hollywood Reporter TV Line

61 Responses

  1. The problem is the networks have More Money Than Sense. They only care about the short term and aim for high audiences and more cash, but end up shooting themselves in the foot because the shows don’t have enough momentum to keep the audience due to the poor quality of writers. In fact, I think more good writing was done when the american writers strike happened a few years back, it’s all been downhill since they settled.

  2. My mum’s not very happy with Brothers and Sisters being axed! Personally, none of these axes affected me, except perhaps the event, I tried to get into it when it started but already had too much TV on my plate and got disinterested.

  3. Sad about V, that was one amazing finale. B&S I’m just watching because I’m loyal but it’s had its day. Not sorry to see it go. Didn’t even bother watching No Ordinary Family knowing the leads had already been cast in new series, and The Event I’m not sorry to see go even though I’ll watch it to the end to see if there’s any resolution.

    Lesson to be learned, I’m not investing in any new show until it gets to at least a 2nd or 3rd season. Would never have bothered with The Event, FlashForward, Invasion, Surface, Reunion, Legend of the Seeker, or V if only I’d known.

    Shame because a lot of the new pilots being picked up sound good for next season.

  4. I was hoping Mr Sunshine would return, I found it funny and thought it would get a 2nd season. Do we know if all eps have aired? On some sites it says 13 eps were made but only 9 aired.

    The Event was no surprise, yes it lost it’s way early on but IMO later eps have improved.

    So of the ones not aired here yet, will we ever see them in this country now?

  5. Yes, very dissapointing for B&S, I really believed there was going to be a short season to tie up loose ends. Did Better with You really air on GO? I thought they only played 3 eps on nine, and havn’t seen them since.

  6. Don’t watch any of these shows so no big loss here. I’m quite happy about some of the pilots that are getting buzz for next season though..CBS has a new show called Person of Interest starring Jim Caviezal and Michael Emerson (Ben Linus from Lost), and the CW also has a few dramas that look good, one being the new series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar

  7. No surprises with any of those. I wouldn’t be putting any blame for No Ordinary Family on Greg Berlanti though, he had very little to do with the show outside of the pilot stage – Jon Harmon Feldman was the showrunner.

  8. Loved Brothers & Sisters but haven’t been into this season so probably for the best.
    I really like Mr Sunshine and Outsourced so disappointed with them being axed.

    Didn’t like No Ordinary Family and Detroit 1-8-7, were both pretty average, so not surprised.

    Now they just need to axe Criminal Minds:Suspect Behaviour and bring back the two characters on Criminal Minds they got rid of this season

  9. Geez… what will Seven do now? The Event…? Was that the show where the guy’s girlfriend goes missing on the luxury cruise boat and everyone thinks he’s crazy? Why do these stupid shows keep getting made?

    As for Matthew Perry, well the Friends curse strikes again

  10. Thats horrible about Brothers and Sisters, in my opinion it is nowhere near as good as it used to be but I would have liked a shorter season just to tie up loose ends and to end the series nicely instead of with just an ordinary season finale.

  11. V… what a shame. I cant see any reason to even get watching a show until it hits a 3rd season, then buy on DVD to watch. People invest time in TV and there are fans everywhere.

    Its not about entertainment, but what makes money. Fast food franchises are the same.

    Hopefully another network will pick V up.

  12. Seven should immediately remove No Ordinary Family from 7:30-8:30 Monday and replace it with the following;
    7:30pm Sunday Night The McCann Special
    8:00-9:30 Amazing Race (The following week return it to 8:30-9:30)

    Mondays 7:30 after that, probably repeats of Border and The Force

  13. so sad that b&s is gone, was definetly a show that could’ve had just one more half season. they could’ve created a lot of hype by promoting it as the final season and running till the winter break.
    and why can no network get it right when it comes to shows like the event/v/no ordinary family? theres always something missing, unlike prisonbreak and lost before them

  14. I’m sorry to hear V is gone but NBC were idiots for making LOLA, here’s a tip NBC when you have a successful show that’s run for 20 years that’s still successful, Don’t cancel it!

    Idiots, idiots run NBC. I think they hire their programming directors from the same place 9 does.

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