You could get whiplash trying to keep track of shows' comings and goings during a network mid-season as chaotic and badly managed as this one is turning out to be. Some thoughts about the latest news, much of which surfaced in the trades and some of which has yet to be confirmed by the networks:
First, the no-brainer:
is officially being laid to rest. Again. The family-friendly drama, which was brought back from cancellation a year ago when the new CW decided it needed to launch with as many familiar franchises as possible, is now gearing up to say goodbye to the Camdens once more, when the 11th season wraps May 13. This was hardly unexpected. The show went decidedly under the radar when the CW moved it from Mondays to Sundays, where it was stranded amid a sea of repeats and second-runs of shows like
America's Next Top Model
. It was time to go a year ago. This is just sad.
Now on to this spring's roster of mid-season losers. Hope you didn't get too attached to NBC's painful mob mess
The Black Donnellys
or Fox's romantic-comedy train wreck
The Wedding Bells
, because both are toast. Though it's a little fuzzy how many more episodes will air of either,
will likely host its last ceremony this Friday.
The Black Donnellys
may stay in place through April 16, but after that, nada. On April 23, the night
finally returns with new episodes, the 10 pm/ET time slot will be filled by
The Real Wedding Crashers
, a reality-prank series from the folks who brought you
. Way to waste a powerful lead-in, by the way. Couldn't NBC have used the return of
to try to bolster a show like
, which has been wasted on Wednesdays this season and deserves a chance to return to its original night? (It's rather apparent by now that NBC is keeping
off the air until summer, if then, so its return to Mondays wasn't even an option.) What a mess.
Speaking of messes, nothing quite matches ABC's scheduling. There's yet another wrinkle in the ongoing saga of Thursdays at 10, that hotly contested time period following
. Last time I weighed in on this, we had just learned that the pregnancy sitcom
Notes from the Underbelly
would be airing back-to-back episodes in the post-
time slot for several weeks. Not so fast. Now, after a one-night two-episode tryout on April 12,
will move to Wednesdays at 8:30, following
According to Jim
. Got that? No? I don't blame you. The vomitous
will now air the final two episodes of its six-week tryout on April 19 and 26. Does this mean
Men in Trees
, the odd (and best) show out in all of this foolishness, will get to return to the Thursday slot in May? No word yet that I've seen, but if I see an update, I'll be sure to post one. After all, I still feel like a fool for having celebrated the fact, a mere week ago, that ABC had scheduled
Men in Trees
' return for April, before all of this other nonsense intervened.
? Six feet under, again, after just two episodes on Fridays, where it was being burned off and thoroughly ignored by the public at large. (Look for
repeats in its place. Or better yet, don't.)
Stay tuned for more mid-season fun, because we're only three days into April. Who knows what's lurking around the corner?