The biggest television networks have been firing on all cylinders this week, choosing what shows to renew, what new shows to add, and what titles would be executed via cancellation.
The busiest of the powerhouse networks have been ABC and NBC, who extended and killed off some big names in their lineups. The biggest of these was easily NBC’s Heroes, which people have expected to get canceled for a long time now, but it just kept on going. There were thoughts of bringing the show, which lost its appeal by the end of the second season, back for one more closing season. Instead, NBC decided to just end the show now, but they may still do one more special finale to wrap up whatever might need wrapping up in the world of Heroes. The network also ended Law & Order (but renewed spinoff SVU) and medical dramas Mercy and Trauma.
On ABC’s side of the court, they decided to cancel a bunch of shows, including their “next Lost” hopeful, FlashForward. The show started out strong with an epic occurrence and some solid storylines, but over the course of the first season, interest was lost and the rating dwindled. Also in ABC’s line for a ride to the afterlife from the Ferryman are shows like Scrubs (which was canceled long ago but has been network jumping), Better Off Ted, and Romantically Challenged.
On to happier things: NBC has renewed fan-favorite Chuck, and ABC has renewed the up-and-down science fiction remake, V. To these shows and their currently-running hits, the networks will replaced their deceased titles with brand new ones that have hopes of becoming the next big thing.
This is just a basic round-up of of NBC and ABC’s chaotic last week — many networks are doing the same thing, and as you can see, it’s a wild time to be in the business!