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. So now that Seven have several free timeslots free now that Brothers & Sisters, No Ordinary Family, Detroit 1-8-7 have all been axed, how about they bring back City Homicide and put it in a decent timeslot. These axed shows were all crap or past their prime. City Homicide was still high quality, probably better since Daniel Macpherson left. Bring it back.

  2. The Event started out great, then had a long break, when it came back it was late at night, but I stayed up to watch it anyway, then it went to 7Mate and I couldn’t watch it anymore. 7plus is too painfully slow to watch TV. Honestly I think The Event should have been a mini-series rather than ongoing, especially if the stations aren’t going to keep screening it right through the whole series.

  3. Thanks for the great run down David.
    @nrc_02 , sci fi is not a dead or dying genre, Bad sci fi is a dead or dying genre. There is a common thread with most of the programs in the axed list, they were poorly made/executed or just plain bad ideas to begin with.
    It’s about time execs and writers got away from the “lost” & “heroes” school of ‘put as many twists and wierd story arcs a season as you can’.
    Oh yeah, and stretch it out for as long as possible without any resolution……

  4. V being cancelled makes me really sad. This show was showing so much promise and it delivered big time in season 2. In the US it was one of the few shows bucking the trend of the now axed shows and it actually gained viewers through the season. I am really disappointed at ABC. I thought Season 3 is going to be awesome and now we won’t even get to see it. 🙁

  5. Im really sad that Brothers & Sisters has been axed. Season 4 was excellent but I thought once Rob Lowe left it might go down. Dam it I will miss the characters and the Walker family dinners & issues.

    It was such a nice show to watch and I so thought they would do a shorter season 6. I think the actors did to by the way they were talking.

    Thanks for the laughs Walker family.

  6. LOL @ Scott. Well mate that’s what happens when you get married!

    As for this whole topic of waiting for a show’s 3rd season to get interested in it. Perhaps we are expecting too much from certain tv shows. Who says a series needs to keep going on and on and continue to get dragged out. I’d be happy for television shows to wrap up after the 4th season personally. Except Xena… that show should never have ended!

  7. science fiction is a dying genre. Networks don’t give them the time to establish a stable mythology that the genre relies on. SGU, caprica, dollhouse, now V. Sanctuary will be next. Luckily BSG: blood & Chrome already has its path setout, we know the outcome, that’s if it gets picked up by syfy, it doesn’t have men in tights hugging each other, so I doubt it. We already know sci-fi is a dead genre in Australia.

  8. Caprica and Stargate: Universe were cancelled months ago, I’m sure David posted stories on them and others as news cane through. These ones were likely but only were just announced.

    FYI just watched the season/series final of SGU on SciFi and it was great. The whole series was improving, particularity the last half of the 2nd season.

  9. I have not watched any US shows on 7, 9 or 10 since The Event premiered and was ditched to a late time slot a few weeks later. There is very little point in wasting the time on them.

  10. To all those not willing to invest in a show until it reaches a 2nd or 3rd series. I have many fond memories of short lived shows, that I loved but didn’t last. Glad i watched them becuase those shows are then usually never seen again. I could list some, but they may not mean much to most. Maybe David should do a column on short lived shows and get us to list our faves….?

  11. It seems that anything with a hint of science fiction is doing badly at the moment. Aside from those on the list Caprica and Stargate: Universe are also gone.

    …and my wife just asked me to add that she is ropeable about Brothers and Sisters being cancelled. I’m not getting any for a month.

  12. B&S wasn’t going to last against CSI and Good News Week anyway.Who apart from women actually watch that fluff.
    Put on a good comedy or something else when it dies.

  13. David-

    Better With You
    This romantic comedy has aired in Australia on GO!

    No it has never aired on GO! – Only 1 episode or2 aired on Nine over summer and it hasn’t been seen since.

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