Hello TV Ragers, and welcome to your semi-regular update on all the pilots, renewals, and cancellations that have taken place since the last issue was published. It's been nearly a month since the last AR&D, and I bet some of you fine people were beginning to think I had retired them altogether. In actuality, I just took a hiatus after putting together that mammoth 9-page, 3 part upfronts week edition back in May. That thing was a beast to compile. Anyway, without any further ado, let's get to covering some of the announcements made in the last month:
Legit, FX - This comedy stars Australian stand-up comic Jim Jeffries, who (in a long standing sitcom tradition) plays a stand-up comedian named Jim. Not content with where he is, the series revolves around Jim's constantly failing attempts to become "legitimate" in life. His hairbrained schemes are encouraged by his best friend Steve (Dan Bakkedahl), and Steve's brother Billy (D.J. Qualls).
Best Ink, Oxygen, Season 2 - This is a reality competition series revolving around the art of the tattoo. Hosted by American Idol alumnus Kimberly Caldwell, the show's short first season performed well for Oxygen, and its renewal is not a surprise.
The Devil's Ride, Discovery Channel, Season 2 - The Devil's Ride is a reality series chronicling the lives of the members of San Diego motorcycle club The Laffing Devils. Membership is quite varied, as club leader Gipsy is a former Marine who served in Iraq, while newest recruit Snubz has a degree in finance and a full time corporate career.
Nurse Jackie, Showtime, Season 5 - This pitch black dramedy stars The Sopranos' Edie Falco, a strong-willed ER nurse at an NYC hospital. She's great at her job, and keeps the place running correctly, but at the same time she pops all kind of pills to combat the intense stress involved. That's just the tip of the iceberg as to where the show has dared to go in its four seasons.
Rules Of Engagement, CBS, Season 7 - The only broadcast network comedy to not be renewed until after upfronts week, Rules remains a dependable clean-up batter that CBS loves to always have in its back pocket. The strategy has been the same for a number of years now: CBS picks up Rules as a mid-season replacement, tries out a bunch of new comedies, one of them fails, and Rules takes over its time slot to higher ratings. As long as the numbers remain so consistent, the show might just make it to ten seasons.
South Beach Tow, TruTV, Season 2 - The concept here is pretty self explanatory. The show follows the daily adventures of a family owned towing company located in Florida's South Beach area. Not much else to say. Now, I don't mean to pick on this show specifically, but I'm really starting to wonder how so many programs of this type can be on the air at once, and all find an audience. It baffles me.
Breakout Kings, A&E, Canceled After Two Seasons - Sporting the tagline It Takes A Con To Catch A Con, this action/drama featured a team of U.S. Marshals who got so frustrated with the justice system they recruited a crew of ex-criminals to help them bring down bad guys. Critical reviews were somewhat mixed, and the ratings were good but not great. Still, the show definitely had its fans.
Dog The Bounty Hunter, A&E, Canceled After Eight Seasons - While no official reason was given for the cancellation of this show, the speculation is that it had something to do with the round of death threats Dog and his family received earlier this year. That unfortunate bit of info aside, the show had an eight year run, way more than many much better shows have gotten.
John King, USA - CNN, Canceled After Two Years - CNN has been hemorrhaging ratings for years now, and this news hour was averaging some of the worst numbers of the late afternoon-early evening time period. King's 6pm slot will be filled by a third hour of The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer, and he will remain with CNN as a campaign correspondent.
Sanctuary, Syfy, Canceled After Four Seasons - Sanctuary followed lead character Dr. Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping) and her team as they search for super powered creatures or people, known as "Abnormals". The team attempts to both help and study the friendlier subjects, but must also capture and contain the dangerous Abnormals within the titular sanctuary. The show has built up quite the cult fanbase (as science fiction usually does), but unfortunately that didn't stop Syfy from dropping the axe.
And that's all for this edition. I'll be back tomorrow with another edition that will cover the other half of the announcements made in the last month. See you then.