Anne Heche and James Tupper by Jeff Petry/ABC Anne Heche and James Tupper by Jeff Petry/ABC

Lifetime has dared to burst ABC's bubble. The Alphabet net, sources tell the Reporter, courted the cabler to air either or both Men in Trees and October Road. Lifetime execs, however, reportedly declined to pick up either.

October Road pretty much sealed its fate with a low-rated season finale, while Men in Trees - despite having like a zillion episodes in the can - is still considered to be "on the fence" as it averages fewer than six million weekly viewers.