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TV Networks Bring Down The Axe With A Vengeance

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It’s that time of year when networks announce their fall TV line-ups and…they announce which shows won’t be coming back. We all know it’s tough to juggle all of our favorite shows; our DVRs can only hold so much. Most of the time, the shows that meet a dark fate were probably expected to, but the ones we love, it’s almost too hard to hear. Okay, I’m talking about me, but let’s take a look at what did and what didn’t survive the axe.

At NBC, critics and viewers were torn on the musical series Smash, and unfortunately, when a show gets shuffled around and it finally lands on Saturday night, it’s not a good sign. The 2-hour series finale will air on May 26th, and we’ll see if “Bombshell” can clean house at the Tonys. Also gone at NBC: The New Normal, Go On, Deception, Whitney, and the White House comedy, 1600 Penn. Renewed for NBC: Revolution, Parenthood, Grimm, Chicago Fire, Parks and Recreation, Law & Order: SVU, The Voice has been renewed through Season 5. Still on the bubble is the thriller Hannibal, and its season finale will air in June. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Moving on, at CBS, the following shows are cancelled: Vegas (after one season), Golden Boy (it barely got off the ground), a sitcom that ran for a surprising seven seasons (?!) Rules of Engagement, and last but not least, CBS pulled the plug on CSI: NY after nine seasons. FOX has cancelled the Kiefer Sutherland drama Touch, and Family Guy spin-off The Cleveland Show. And believe it or not, as of this writing,American Idolwill forge ahead, judges or not, with season 13.

Finally at ABC, Reba McEntire’s Malibu Country got the axe while its lead-in, the Tim Allen sitcom Last Man Standing was renewed. Meanwhile, one of my very favorite zany sitcoms, Happy Endings is gone, however, it’s been reported the show may survive on cable. Body of Proof axed, and the following shows are still in limbo: the chef competition The Taste, and the quirky Wednesday night sitcom The Neighbors. Hot shows, Scandal, Revenge, Once Upon a Time, Castle, and…Nashville have all been renewed.

Did your favorite survive?


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