Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Upfronts Comings and Goings

With the end of the television season each year comes the annual Upfront presentations where the networks announce their Fall television schedules and try to begin the building the hype for each of the new shows. Over the weekend check back for a full rundown of what's been picked up and where you can catch your favorite shows come September.

More than any development season in recent memory a number of big name pilots weren't picked up by the nets. Below is a list of those shows that were canceled and new shows that won't ever see the light of day.

Cancelled: Eleventh Hour, Without A Trace, The Unit, Life, Privileged, Lipstick Jungle, Prison Break, My Name Is Earl, Crusoe, Kath and Kim, Knight Rider, Kings, My Own Worst Enemy, The Unusuals, In The Motherhood, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, According to Jim, Pushing Daisies, Life on Mars, Dirty Sexy Money, Eli Stone, Samantha Who?, The Game, and Everyone Hates Chris

Not Picked Up:
  • The American remake of Absolutely Fabulous starring Kristin Johnston was passed on by Fox.
  • ABC decided against expanding the Supernanny franchise with Supermanny.
  • David E. Kelley's dry streak is continuing now that Legally Mad isn't coming to NBC
  • Brett Ratner's Cop House revolving around a halfway house for cops was passed on Fox.
  • Without his untitled pilot being picked up by NBC, perhaps Michael Rosenbaum will pop up on Smallville more next season
  • Gossip Girl's untitled spin-off following Lily's teenage groupie years is not on the fall schedule. But there are conflicting reports as to whether it could show up midseason. Did anyone actually like that episode a few weeks ago?
  • One of the potentially controversial pilots, Back, was passed on by CBS. The show starred Skeet Ulrich and followed a guy who disappeared on 9/11 only to re-appear 8 years later.
  • The Eastmans had an all-star cast that included Donald Sutherland, Jacqueline Bissett and Jesse Bradford
  • Another big name cast that didn't make it to CBS is Happiness Isn't Everything starring Richard Dreyfuss, Jason Biggs and Mary Steenburgen

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