The Event has been cancelled after just one season by NBC and Brothers and Sisters, one of More4’s few non-reality shows, has been axed after five seasons by ABC.
This will no doubt be disappointing news for C4, who heavily advertised The Event in January in the hope that it would become ‘the new Lost’. The drama never took off in the states though, losing nearly 7 out of its 10 million viewers during its first season.
The cull of shows also continues with other networks. $#*! My Dad Says, William Shatner’s sitcom that never got beyond 5* in the UK has been cancelled by CBS, Entourage will not be returning after its current series on HBO, Outsourced has been cancelled by NBC and V has been dropped by ABC after two seasons.
It is also the time of year that we start to get a clearer idea of shows that are making a debut for the 2011-2012 season in the US, with NBC announcing their fall line-up. Notable shows include an US adaption of British crime favourite Prime Suspect, a programme that finished on ITV more than five years ago as well as Up All Night, a comedy starring Will Arnett from Arrested Development. There is also of course the US version of The X Factor, presented by Nicole Scherzinger and Steve Jones with Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole as judges, which will be making its debut on Fox.
As for shows that are being renewed, there aren’t too many surprises. The US Office, Desperate Housewives, Parks and Recreation and Community have already been renewed and 30 Rock will return although in mid-season due to Tina Fey’s pregnancy. Celebrity Apprentice will also be making a return although there is speculation of whether this will include potential Republican presidential nomine Donald Trump.
The only shows that show that is still up in the air is Two and a Half Men. Aston Kutcher has been lined up to replace Charlie Sheen on the show but there has been no confirmed news yet that the show will be ready for the start of the ABC fall season.