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CBS Picks Up JJ Abrams “Person of Interest” + More TV Pickups & Passes For Star Trek Vets [UDPATE: Shatner Sitcom Canceled] May 14, 2011

by Rosario T. Calabria , Filed under: Abrams,Celebrity,Orci/Kurtzman,TNG,TOS,VOY , trackback

Next week the broadcast and cable networks hold their ‘upfronts,’ their annual presentations to advertisers on pickups and renewals for the 2011/2012 seasons. But news on the 2011-12 shows has already been released and we’re here to provide you with a quick run down related to all the shows picked up, canceled or renewed involving Star Trek vets. [Update: CBS has canceled William Shatner's comedy $#*! My Dad Says + Renewal likely for Hawaii Five-O]

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TV SHOW PICKUPS (& PASSES) FOR STAR TREK VETS

Two J.J. Abrams pilots get picked up: Alcatraz at Fox; Person of Interest at CBS

CBS scooped up the JJ Abrams’s drama "Person of Interest." The series was written by Jonah Nolan and stars Jim Caviezel, Kevin Chapman, Michael Emerson and Taraji P. Henson. As with "Alcatraz", Bryan Burk is also an executive producer on this series. Here’s the description courtesy TV Line:

Person of Interest is a crime drama centered on an ex-CIA agent played by James Caviezel (The Prisoner). Presumed dead, he teams up with a mysterious billionaire (Lost‘s Michael Emerson) to prevent violent crimes in New York City.

And as previously reported, Fox has picked up the J.J. Abrams’-produced "Alcatraz". The drama stars "Lost" alum Jorge Garcia and is centered on "a group of missing Alcatraz prisoners and guards who reappear in the present day and the efforts of a team of FBI agents to track them down and unravel the mystery behind their disappearance 30 years prior." Bryan Burk ("Star Trek") is also an executive producer on the project.

Perception to premiere next year on TNT; LeVar Burton a recurring character

This past March TNT gave a greenlight to "Perception" co-created by executive producer Kenneth Biller ("Star Trek: Voyager", "Legend of the Seeker") and co-executive producer Mike Sussman ("Star Trek: Voyager", "Star Trek: Enterprise"). According to the press release, the series "centers on a neuroscientist who works to solve complex criminal cases." Here’s the complete description:

In PERCEPTION, [Eric] McCormack plays Dr. Geoffrey Pierce, an eccentric neuroscientist who uses his unique outlook and expertise to help the federal government crack difficult cases. Pierce’s intimate knowledge of human behavior and masterful understanding of the mind are matched by his equally odd and imaginative view of the world. [Rachael Leigh] Cook co-stars as FBI agent Kate Rossi, Pierce’s former student and the person responsible for recruiting him to work for the government. [Arjay] Smith plays Max Lewicki, Pierce’s teaching assistant who has spent nine years at college. [Kelly] Rowan is Natalie Vincent, Pierce’s best friend and every bit his intellectual equal.

"Perception" also features LeVar Burton as a recurring character, playing Paul Haley (an homage to Roots’ Alex Haley), the dean of a fictional Chicago university where "Perception" is set. The order was for 10 episodes, with the series expected to premiere in 2012.

ABC picks up The River, starring Bruce Greenwood

Bruce Greenwood ("Star Trek") stars as a famed explorer in this thriller from the creators of Paranormal Activity and Michael Green ("Heroes", "Kings"). Here’s how ABC describes the show:

Famed explorer Dr. Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood) went looking for magic deep in the uncharted Amazon and never returned. Now, the shocking truth about his disappearance is out there, somewhere, just waiting to be discovered. To the millions of kids who grew up watching his nature show, Dr. Cole was a hero. To his own son Lincoln (Joe Anderson), he was more of an enigma. Now, six months after he vanished, Lincoln is finally ready to bury the past when Dr. Cole’s emergency beacon suddenly goes off. At the urging of his mother Tess (Leslie Hope), Lincoln reluctantly joins her on a search for his father. To fund the rescue, they agree to let Dr. Cole’s cagey ex-producer Clark (Paul Blackthorne) film the mission documentary-style. The mixed crew of old friends and new acquaintances includes the sexy and resourceful Lena (Eloise Mumford), loyal mechanic Emilio (Daniel Zacapa) and lethal bodyguard Captain Kurt Brynildson (Thomas Kretschmann). Once they find The Magus, the real adventure begins. In the search for Dr. Cole, they will encounter a scary new mystery each week, while struggling with their own personal jealousies, insecurities, secrets and desires. As they venture further into the Amazon, away from the world they know, the crew of The Magus will discover a place where one bad decision can be fatal, and where powerful magic is as real as science.

NBC passes on 17th Precinct, Locke & Key Being Shopped, + Fox retooling Exit Strategy

Three projects from different Trek vets did not get picked up for the fall (although some still may have life in them). First up, NBC took a pass on Star Trek: TNG/DS9 (and Battlestar Galactica) writer/producer Ronald D. Moore’s "17th District". The futuristic police drama was set in an alternate version of San Francisco where magic ruled instead of science. NBC decided to pick up the magic-themed "Grimm" instead.

Fox passed on Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman’s adaptation of the Joe Hill graphic novel "Locke & Key." There was talk about doing a limited series event, but that’s unlikely given cost. 20th Century Fox TV is reportedly shopping the show to other networks. Orci is certainly not giving up, tonight he sent out a tweet on Locke and Key saying: "Props, cheers, & mucho respect to Josh Friedman Who wrote and produced AMAZING pilot for Locke and Key. U have not heard the end of this;)." Meanwhile, another of Orci and Kurtzman’s pilots, the CIA action drama "Exit Strategy" (starring Ethan Hawke) is reportedly being retooled and remains in contention for midseason.

Chuck renewed for fifth and final season

"Chuck" has done it again. Year after year this beloved, but low-rated (down to 5.19M / 1.7 A18-49 rating this season), spy-fi series is on the brink of cancellation and this year was no different. But just as with years past it has escaped cancellation, however, this time that renewal comes at a price. The fifth season will be the show’s last and run at a shortened 13 episodes. Robert Duncan McNeill (Star Trek: Voyager) serves as a producer and director. McNeill has directed a total of 18 episodes over the course of 4 seasons, including two this season. "Chuck" concludes its fourth season this Monday at 8PM.

Body of Proof (starring Jeri Ryan) renewed for second season

The ABC drama "Body of Proof" (which stars Voyager’s Jeri Ryan) has been picked up for a second season. The Tuesday night drama has done well airing out of the "Dancing With the Stars" results show, drawing an average audience of 11.03M viewers and a 2.3 A18-49 rating.

Update: CBS cancels William Shatner’s $#*! My Dad Says + Renewal likely for Hawaii Five-O

There was some hope CBS would renew the comedy "$#*! My Dad Says", which stars William Shatner as the titular Dad, but that hope is now gone. CBS has decided to cancel the series. Ratings were okay, nothing amazing, basically right at the middle in terms of performance. Of the network’s seven comedies, "$#*! My Dad Says" ranked fourth among viewers (10.3M) and fifth among adults 18-49 (3.0 rating). As TrekMovie.com previously reported, CBS was considering a second season with a retooling that would have removed Jonathan Sadowski, who played the son Henry to Shatner’s Ed.

There’s also an update on the “Hawaii Five-O” remake (from creators/producers Roberto Orci / Alex Kurtzman-created/produced ), with Deadline reporting that the series is a “lock” for renewal.

GENRE SHOW SUMMARY

Beyond the shows from Star Trek vets, we’ll have a more comprehensive article up next week detailing all the old and new sci-fi/genre shows that will be airing next season (including Fox’s "Terra Nova" from Brannon Braga), but in the mean time, here’s a basic list of the renewals and cancellations:

RENEWED

CANCELED/ENDED

To Be Determined: Nikita [THE CW]

Comments

1. dmduncan - May 14, 2011

What’s the deal with Exit Strategy? Why is it being retooled? Any info?

2. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - May 14, 2011

I’m not happy that V and No Ordanary Family was canceled. V was getting so good and the Stupid!!!!! people at AbC has just lost. Liked The Event. Alcatraz and Person of Interest look great.
Sad that Smallville is now over. Was a great series. Though am not happy that we only got to see Clark for a brief moment as Superman. But all in all was a fantastic show. Love Supernatural. Looks like some great shows coming up for next season. Just hope that the Big Shots are a Lot Smarter then the Dumba$$e$ at ABC.

3. Mattyb.uk - May 15, 2011

So sad that V has been axed. What a good show. Still got a few shows to watch here in blighty. Wish american studios would look at how shows perform over seas before sealing their fates

4. pilotfred - May 15, 2011

V- SAD TO SEE THIS SHOW GO I FEEL THE 3 THIRD SEASON WOULD HAVE ROCKED

NO ORDINORY FAMILY- A PITTY ABOUT THIS AS AS I FELT THE 2ND SEASON WAS HEADING SOMWHERE

FRINGE- SO GLAD THIS HAS BEEN PICK UP THE THIRD SEASON THE BEST SO FAR

CHUCK- THIS ONE I AM THE MOST HAPPEST I LOVE CHUCK AND I AM SO GLAD THEY ARE ABLE TO FINISH IT OFF AND I AM SURE THEY WILL DO IT RIGHT

5. captain_neill - May 15, 2011

I am not surprised that No Ordinary Family got cancelled but I am annoyed that it has because as it is gettign to the end I find it is getting really good.

6. captain_neill - May 15, 2011

The Event is getting good but I had a feeling it was getting cancelled becuae I heard the ratings dropped.

Hard to find good shows these days. All the ones Istart get canceleld and the ones that are my favourites are no longer on the airwaves.

I am still a few years behind on Supernatural.

7. captain_neill - May 15, 2011

I hope Bllep My Dad Says gets a second year. Gettign rid of Henry is no biggie, he actually was my least favourite character.

8. Janice - May 15, 2011

Absolutely delighted to see Bruce Greenwood in a TV series ( ABC’c The River ).

9. Trekboi - May 15, 2011

Sad about V…

10. Jackson - May 15, 2011

#1-DMDUNCAN – According to DEADLINE.COM, Fox brass felt the action for EXIT STRATEGY needed to be infused with more character.

You can read more at the weblink
http://www.deadline.com/tag/exit-strategy/

11. Trek Or Treat - May 15, 2011

The only one of thse shows I watched was V, and I loved it. But look at the bright side. Now there’s more room for another insipid, pointless, lowest common demoninator, non reality, reality show. Great job ABC suits. You just lost another set of eyeballs on your network here.

12. Brian - May 15, 2011

Rebecca Madsen is the name of a character in Alcatraz, not the actor portraying her. She is being portrayed by Sarah Jones. Also, I don’t believe she is a Lost alum. I checked IMDB and Wiki and don’t see any reference to the show on her filmography.

13. Allen Williams - May 15, 2011

Its sad that chuck is only getting one more year. Its one of the few shows on TV that doesn’t suck. I hate reality TV so that rules out about 60-70% of whats on automatically.

14. trekker 5 - May 15, 2011

The River sounds awesome!! :)

15. dmduncan - May 15, 2011

Re “Exit Strategy” from http://www.deadline.com/tag/exit-strategy/

“I hear that Fox brass felt the action needed to be infused with more character.”

What does that mean???

And looky looky too, now all the recruitment shows for Seal Team 6 begin.

I hate TV.

16. Thorny - May 15, 2011

It sounds like NBC passed on “Wonder Woman”, too. After the travesty that was their “Bionic Woman” remake, and the failure of their relaunch of “The Rockford Files”, the only real surprise is that “Wonder Woman” made it as far as a pilot. Successful remakes of 1970s shows are few and far between. Next up is ABC’s relaunch of “Charlie’s Angels”.

CBS passed on Sarah Michelle Gellar’s “Ringer” but it is being offered to The CW. ABC Studios, which was to produce it, probably won’t because of CW’s low potential ratings.

17. Chadwick - May 15, 2011

Anthony, you really have to put up articles regarding the polls. Its suck to vote and then not discuss it unless posting about it in a random article.

Those of you who voted yes or good idea for a Star Trek cartoon are fracking tools!

Not that things happen based on our little polls but If there were to be a new Star Trek series and it was animated you know they would not bring a live action Star Trek out at the same time.

I would much rather have a new live action TV series than a fracking cartoon. Who gives a $hit about animated Star Trek, honestly.

18. Thorny - May 15, 2011

17… The article about the poll is there. It is the “Could Orci and Kurtzman Reanimate Star Trek” story.

19. the Dogfaced Boy - May 15, 2011

17. Chadwick – Try “Could Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman Re-Animate Star Trek?” from the list at the upper right.

20. Anthony Pascale - May 15, 2011

Chadwick
firstly not sure why it is hard to look past the first story, but mostly warning for trolling. This site does not tollerate namecalling, and especially since in this case you are namecalling on 3/4 of Trekkies

Pilotfred
stop with the ALLCAPS, what you have to say is no more important than anyone else

Captain_Neill
Why do i have to again remind you to stop replying to your own posts? Do you really need to make 3 posts in a row to make your point?

21. paustin - May 15, 2011

Glad to see V go, while we watched it faithfully. For us there was always the big decision to keep going or not, it wasnt that good.
The Event….same response really.
Enjoyed The Cape
and this goes back a few seasons but still bummed Flash Forward got canned as we did enjoy it…and kinda liked where Journeyman was going too.

But hey Fringe is still going and thats an awesome show.

22. ProtoVulan - May 15, 2011

What’s wrong with Jonathan Sadowsky?

23. Thorny - May 15, 2011

21…. “Flashforward” had a great pilot and then treaded water for what seemed like half the season before it finally (belatedly) started going somewhere. Similarly, “V” told the story of the enitre four hour 1980s miniseries in about 40 minutes of the pilot episode and then had nowhere to go for the rest of the series. Someone needs to send those guys a dictionary with the word “pacing” highlighted. Or they could ask the guys at “Fringe” what it means.

I agree about “Journeyman”, but I didn’t enjoy “The Cape” at all.

24. Red Dead Ryan - May 15, 2011

Good grief! Cop dramas, medical shows, reality programs, pyschic characters…….When the hell are these networks going to come up with SOMETHING REMOTELY original and interesting? Everything I see on the F*CKIN’ television is a lame variation of some other piece of SH*T!

F*CK!!

25. snoopytrek - May 15, 2011

kinda said the same a while back here on trekmovie when ‘The Shat’s’ stuff my dad says series was battling for ratings and uncertain of renewal..or maybe it was another site..

anyways, i like it. it took a while, as any new project, to get the characters in sync. also, this series is produced by the same people who did ‘Will and Grace’, the shooting and comedy styling is kinda the same…it took that one a while to kick in too and it eventually ended up in the top 20 every week.

hope they give it another chance..maybe a better time slot too. Guess TBBT as the lead-in didnt pay off after-all.

26. harry_g - May 15, 2011

@21… Totally agree about V. I watched it regularly hoping for it to grow and mature. I used to watch the original in the ’80s too. Although this incarnation was certainly better, I was watching it mostly to see how they were going to end the story, and now we won’t even have that – just like the old version. What a bummer! I really wish networks could notify shows of impending cancellation before the end of the season so proper endings could be filmed.

I won’t miss it much though. Of late the episodes had far too much gratuitous gore and meaningless deaths. The introduction of the Marc Singer character in the finale indicated yet another baseless major change of direction for the story, probably in an attempt to gather more viewers. Alas, we will not see where it would have gone. Let’s hope no one tries to remake this series again in 10 years.

Just a bit off topic, V was an extremely weak lead-in for Detroit 1-8-7, which IMO was one of the better attempts at a crime drama since NYPD Blue. As a result, 1-8-7′s ratings suffered and is cancelled by ABC too. Shame.

I liked Flash Forward, but it was starting to get too convoluted for my tastes. Would have been nice to see at least one more season though.

I positively loved Journeyman and am still sad that it had to go. One of the few genre series that focussed on how the main character’s “ability” played havoc with his personal life and affected the ones around him.

27. captain_neill - May 15, 2011

24

Something origianla on TV in this day and age, in the era of the reboot.

Seriously police dramas are a show popular within the mainstream.

28. Mattyb.uk - May 15, 2011

The csi franchise is due a reboot. Only cop shows i can stand is Hawaii five-0 and criminal minds. Last show i remember come out of Hollywood that was original was Fringe. And thats a hybrid but i do love it especially Walter

29. Craig - May 15, 2011

Damn, was really looking forward to 17th Precinct. :-/ Its just what the tv world needs, San Francisco based, sci-fi mixed with cop drama, and a handful of Battlestar Galactica alum. i really hope they can shop it somewhere else.

30. captain_neill - May 15, 2011

Its got to the case now that I am thinking Why bother starting any new shows? Everyone I get into gets canned. At least Warehouse 13 is still on.

I have still to watch Fringe.

20

I wasn’t replying to my own post, just a point I wanted to say about another show that I forgot to put in my first post.

I really do think getting rid of Henry in S@^t My Dad Says will improve the show.

31. Mark - May 15, 2011

Is the Walking Dead coming back?

32. Brandon R - May 15, 2011

According to William Shatner’s Facebook, $#*! My Dad Says has been canceled.

33. Rosario T. Calabria - May 15, 2011

Updated article with news that CBS canceled $#*! My Dad Says, plus an update on the Hawaii Five-O remake (renewal is likely).

#31 – Mark
The Walking Dead was renewed for a second season. It’s expected to air this fall, but no date has been announced yet (last season premiered on October 31).

34. Dee - lvs moon' surface - May 15, 2011

Hey guys! … on new projects … this looks interesting… CHRIS PINE FOR MUD … BUT NOT HARRY… but when??? … if it happens…

here:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/movies/2011/05/jeff-nichols-take-shelter-memento-chris-nolan-pine.html

:-) :-)

35. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - May 15, 2011

Sorry to see the Shats show canceled. Pretty much new Hawaii Five O would be brought back. That is a great show.

36. Keachick (rose pinenut) - May 15, 2011

Not great. Finally we get to see $#*! My Dad Says (first episode – last Wednesday) and now the series gets cancelled. Such a drag. Obviously overseas audiences just don’t get a look in or any kind of say on what they might like or not. Duh.

I’m glad that Hawaii Five-O has been picked up again. The second series starts this Wednesday night. I guess I’ll be watching the “giggle box” between 8.00pm and 9.30pm for the next number of Wednesdays.

It is also good news about Fringe. My younger son and I really like watching it. It is just a shame it is on so late.

Looks like Chris Pine could be going the Indie route again…oh the wait…

Bob – How is that script and soft prep going?

37. Tom - May 15, 2011

I love what he did for star trek and I love hawaii but I think the retool of hawaii 5-0 is the dumbest thing ok TV!

38. tony - May 15, 2011

V AND human Target where good sucks they cancelled them

39. Thorny - May 15, 2011

CBS loves Hawaii Five-O and will certainly renew it. I have no idea why. The show is mediocre at best, awful at worst, and it is now routinely losing its time period to ABC’s “Castle” (something timeslot predecessor CSI Miami never did.) Considering Five-O probably costs at least twice as much to make as Castle and is about as expensive as CSI Miami, it is a mystery why CBS has so much faith in Five-O. Maybe they see it as a slow-builder like NCIS, but there is little evidence of it yet. I think it is a foregoone conclusion that Five-O will be moved to another night next season… I’d say Thursdays at 10 after The Mentalist, with running-on-fumes CSI moving to Fridays.

40. dmduncan - May 15, 2011

Sorry Ron. Philosophically, BSG was a truly great and meaningful show. But 17th District sounds ‘orrible.

41. Battle-scarred Sciatica - May 15, 2011

Sad that the Ville of Small has concluded.
I’m not sure if I actually like the ending or not. Part of me loved it and part of me wanted more of SuperBloke.
Supes looked way too animated and you never really saw the boy Welling fully caped up.
Not a bad finale though and I suppose it was a (10year) tale of the boy Kent and not of the Big Blue Bugger.
I have not seen Hawaii 5-0. Is it worth watching?

I wonder what ol’ Ballzy thought about it?

42. wrongwayup - May 15, 2011

I’m not surprised that V was cancelled. I mean, yeah, it was pretty nicely done when it comes to design, the acting was ok and the story is interesting… But nothing was happening! At all! It was just dragging on and on. So, even though it is a shame that it’s ending, I think it’s no surprise.

43. Gene L. Coon was a U. S. Marine. Stand at ease. - May 15, 2011

@17 “Successful remakes of 1970s shows are few and far between. Next up is ABC’s relaunch of “Charlie’s Angels”

I watched a lot of TV in the 70′s. Let me tell you, those shows stunk back then, too. This website we post on celebrates the only successful TV show from that era. They all had short runs for a reason.

44. cristo - May 15, 2011

Calling all former trek stars, please save the network planets

45. Harry Ballz - May 15, 2011

41.

BSS, I watched the Smallville series finale. It could have been so much better. The last HOUR should have had Superman, not the last 10 minutes.

I keep hearing that the producers had contractual restrictions as to how much of Tom in “the suit” they could show. Here’s the thing. If they had admitted to that up front 10 years ago, the series would have died after 3-4 years. the viewers kept hanging on waiting for the pay-off. This means we were deceived all along, waiting for something that the producers knew was NEVER going to happen. Not good.

46. Daoud - May 15, 2011

At least they were able to introduce 99% of the expanded Superman universe of villains and heroes and Kryptonians…. not bad really.
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The suit though yes… should have been used more. The suit is to Superman as the Enterprise is to Star Trek.

47. Red Dead Ryan - May 15, 2011

Apparently, the rule was that the Superman suit could not be used during the run of the series. They were saving it for the movies. The studio didn’t want fans getting their Superman for free. That is why we didn’t see Tom Welling in the suit until the last ten minutes of “Smallville”, but even then we didn’t get much of a look. Maybe it was because they reused the suit worn by Brandon Routh and put a new cape on it.

48. James Cude - May 15, 2011

Sh!t dad says was lame on arrival as a laugh tracked network TV show. A less hammy actor and an uncensored HBO-style treatment would have done it justice. Maybe the guy can write a proper feature script of some of that material and do the concept as it should have been in the first place. Such a waste of quality source material. Sorry Bill.

49. sean - May 15, 2011

V was so appallingly bad I almost enjoyed it just for the nonsense. They really blew that premise. And that weird subplot about the ‘soul sucking machine’? Oi vey. If they’d renewed it, I’d have been shocked.

Can’t say I’m sorry the Shat’s show was canceled, maybe he can focus on being in a *good* TV show now.

50. sean - May 15, 2011

#17

“Who gives a $hit about animated Star Trek, honestly.”

Quite a few people, obviously.

51. Polly - May 15, 2011

Too bad about “$#*! My Dad Says”. I never even saw it once. Oh well.

52. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - May 15, 2011

I think Hawaii Five O is a great show and will only get better. A lot of people said that N.C.I.S was just a clone of the hit show J.A.G when it came on. Well. Guess which one is the #1 show on T.V.
V could have been a hit if A.B.C treated it right. I mean. 20 Eps over 2 seasons. Come on. What a Joke. Supernatural gets 22 Eps per year. Smallville got 22 or so per year. V never really had a chance because ABC did not give it one. That is why ABC Sucks. CBS as good as they are made a mistake on canceling the Shats show. But as the Shat said in Trek 3. Cell a Ve.

53. MikeThompson - May 15, 2011

Just watching “$#*! My Dad Says”. here in the UK on 5 US, I quite like it.

54. Christopher Roberts - May 16, 2011

52. Just thinking the same thing.

“As we say on Earth, c’est la vie!”

55. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - May 16, 2011

I’m glad V is getting the boot. I watched several episodes, but despite some good points, its missteps, in my opinion, were deplorably bad (Elizabeth Mitchell attempting to throw a convincing punch, Morena Baccarin’s mouthful of fangs). I gave up after 8 or so episodes. Also, I have a problem with a TV show based around xenophobia.

Never got into Smallville. I gave it 4 episodes.

56. denny cranium - May 16, 2011

shat my dad says looked great on paper but didn’t have the right chemistry.
I think that Shatner and the guy who played the son never got the chemistry right.
Sorry Bill

57. trekman_Dave - May 16, 2011

Love Beep My Dad says, Stupid CBS! Think about your UK audience, *”&£$”!!

58. Victor Hugo - May 16, 2011

I wouldn´t mind a “Smallville” spin-off, like “Zatanna: Mistress of Magic” or “Justice Society” or “Booster Gold”.

Smallville was a window to the DC universe on television, we need another one!

59. Horatio - May 16, 2011

Re #57 shat my dad says looked great on paper but didn’t have the right chemistry.

That is the fault of the producers and the network.

60. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - May 16, 2011

#53. You are right. Supernatural is underated. I’m glad TNT is showing it every day as that will give it a lot more Exposure. Can’t wait for the season finale and glad it is back next season.

61. Lyle - May 16, 2011

I really enjoyed Ed on #%$^ my Dad says… too bad every other character on the series was a boring cardboard cutout, especially Vince and Bonnie. Not surprised to see it go, but here’s hoping the Shat lands another role soon!

“V”, much like the 80′s version, took a pretty good premise for a miniseries and tried to streeeeeeetch it out into a multi-season drama, and failed miserably. Not surprised here either.

I myself did watch both shows every week, though.

At least “The Big Bang Theory” is still on the air..

62. Buzz Cagney - May 16, 2011

I quite enjoyed Shat my dad says. It was no Frasier, but then what is, but it had some good laughs.
Another series would have given it a chance to find its feet, but it seems they never really much cared for it enough to push it so no surprise its been cancelled.

63. Adam Bomb 1701 - May 16, 2011

“Chuck” is renewed (never saw it; never intend to) but “Law & Order – LA” gets cancelled. C’mon, already. “LOLA” is starting to get its act together, after an extensive re-boot, and Alfred Molina is one of my favorite actors. Then again, its lead-in is the also-cancelled “The Event”, a “Lost”/”24″ knock-off. If I want “24″, I’ll truck out my DVDs.
“V” was tedious. I mostly stopped watching after the first season, but did catch the last episode, mostly because Jane Badler from the old “V” was in it. I won’t miss it.

64. Buzz Cagney - May 16, 2011

Can’t say i’ve been fussed over Hawaii Five-O. Not my cup of tea. I friend of mine who is a big lover of the original show is very disappointed with it. I think he was expecting what he knew- I found myself saying to him ‘ah, but its not your fathers 5-0′
‘My father never even liked it’ came the reply!
Can’t please everyone!

65. Shannon Nutt - May 16, 2011

I thought NBC might be taking more chances with Comcast now running the show, but it seems determined to spend another year in the ratings basement. They pick up questionable new shows like “Grimm” and “The Playboy Club”, but nix build-in fanbase shows like “17th Precinct” (BG fans would have rallied to it) and “Wonder Woman”.

Granted, I haven’t seen the pilots for any of these, so perhaps they made the right choices…but given their track record, I doubt it. The days of “must-see” TV on NBC are long behind us.

Also, kudos to ABC…ever since the days of TWIN PEAKS, they continue to be the Network to take the “riskiest” chances on new shows.

66. Captain Hackett - May 16, 2011

I hope Syfs or cable network will pick up V.

67. thechosenonewhowasntseenbygodbecauseofasolareclipse - May 16, 2011

okay, i hope they will make a good star trek movie and even a series – and that it will be more like tng. maybe in a alternative tng-timeline, but also hopeful – not too dark.

what? they did not talk about trek? well, then i can go to bed again ;)

bye.

68. ML31 - May 16, 2011

V was lucky to get a 2nd season. It really was pretty predictable and not a good reboot. My guilty pleasure was The Event. A little sad to see it go. Thought they kept the tension ramped up even though the plot was a bit on the 24 side of outlandishness… And No Ordinary Family, while a stupid sounding premise, ended up being more like Heroes except the heroes were family instead of a group of strangers.

69. devonp - May 16, 2011

So disappointed, at least 10 programs i watch have been cancelled this season alone! Makes one wonder: “Why should I even bother to invest in these shows when chances are the networks won’t give them time to develop. Most disappointing is ABC’s Decision to Kill “V” … this show had great potential and season 2 rocked, but ABC’s decision to wreak havoc on the show with ridiculous scheduling patterns and reduced # episodes per season and a long hiatus between seasons, it’s as if they wanted it to fail and worked towards its failure! shame on ABC, why develop a show if you don’t plan on supporting it properly? Some other Network could have revived this old series and made it last if you hadn’t snatched it up & destroyed any likelihood of success! Thanks alot ABC!!!!!! I hope to God you do better with Charlie’s Angels this fall, fingers crossed!!!!! X

70. Keachick (rose pinenut) - May 16, 2011

Strange to be comparing cost of making Castle as opposed to Hawaii Five-O. One other thing H50 has going for it, apart from the main characters, who I happen to like, are the visuals! This programme gives the viewer a sense of space. The scenery filmed of Hawaii is awesomely beautiful and not too much time spent in the office or in dark seedy backstreets either. I could watch it just for the scenery. I wonder if tourism to Hawaii has increased since the show came to air. It would surprise me if it hadn’t.

Good characters, good stories, beautiful visuals!
(I can’t remember much of the original Hawaii Five-O series – a little before my time perhaps…)

71. Red Dead Ryan - May 16, 2011

71.
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Have you ever watched “Lost”? That show was also shot in Hawaii.

72. Aashlee - May 16, 2011

Unfortunately “$#*! My Dad Says” did not start well out of the gate and never recovered. We watched that first episode and said, “Never again.” About a couple months later, we tuned in between other programs, and it made us laugh, but not enough to make us regular viewers. If they had aired one of the later episodes first, more people might have stuck with it. Oh, well…You win some, you lose some.

“Hawaii Five-O” is a favorite in our house. We love the scenery, and we recognize many of the locations because we’ve been to Hawaii seven times. We like the actors and think that they do a great job of inserting local culture into the stories. We’ve made a game out of recognizing and counting product placements, though. It’s like playing the “Hi, Bob!” drinking game while watching the old “Bob Newhart Show.” (Take a sip every time you hear “Hi, Bob!”)

“Chuck” is just plain fun. We’re happy to be getting 13 more episodes. They may be running out of creative mojo on that one, though, so relatively low viewership may not be the only reason why it’s going away. Fun while it lasted!

Wishing everyone luck on their new projects. Make some good TV, folks!

73. Battle-scarred Sciatica - May 16, 2011

I have to agree with you Harry.
I did feel like a real gip off at the end.
The end could have been so much better.
Considering the series arc it still felt like a rush job at the end!
The red tape got the red cape!
The writing must have been on the wall from the very beginning for Smallville.
Writing covered in urine…. Which was then extracted from us metaphorically.
What a waste of my 10 years of viewing.
We were all Enterprised!

74. Keachick (rose pinenut) - May 16, 2011

#72 No, I could never get into Lost. I thought it was actually one of those “reality” shows like Survivor and they just irritate me. I didn’t warm to any of the characters, which is important to me, in order to make me want to continue watching. Also I think you have to start watching it from the beginning to get the gist of what is going on and I didn’t.

But…yes, I did notice how great some of the scenery was in the little that I did watch.

Perhaps, if it is repeated at a good time for me, I might give it another go…

75. Jim Nightshade - May 17, 2011

I liked the smallville ending but i wanted to love it—still think it strange that the voice of jorel was the original movies kneel before zod villain–story arc wise it was pretty well thought out–they way underused darkseid they were afraid to show him-almost made him a natural evil force kinda like what the 2nd ff movie did to galactus-i wanted to see epic costumed fights-new gods–hell boom tubes! didnt the masters of the universe movie rip off the kirby boom tubes—it was nice to see green arrow not be evil n more heroic—i hated cassidy being stabbed by lex—problem with lex is he was never made to be flat out evil in the series mostly just confused–until the end here-liked hoe cassidy used a drug to make lex forget what he knew–his last talk with clark was great–loved rosenbaum n nice to see him one last time–yeh way too little time in the suit–but was nice to hear the soaring john williams theme again–was also appropriate chloes scene was at the endvreading to her kid-very cute reminding us of the supermans movie beginning-

76. Chris M - May 17, 2011

Dissapointed $#*! My Dad Says” has been cancelled :-(

77. gingerly - May 17, 2011

@75

Lost was FANTASTIC. I mean it did have it’s ups and downs, but there was some really quality stellar trend-setting television, in that show.

WAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLTTTTTT!!!

78. Thorbury - May 17, 2011

Meh. Shatner was funny, but the jokes were awful. That kind of situation can only sustain itself for so long.

79. KMKProd - May 17, 2011

I really enjoyed the Smallville ending and am actually sad to see it go. I agree that the suit should’ve been used more, and perhaps the last 30 minutes been Superman taking on Darkseid and being “introduced” to the world. But, at least they didn’t do with a completely retooled music track… ending with the John Williams score was AWESOME! Especially, the slow methodical intro to it when the bomb scare was announced…that was nice. Would love to have seen the classic “flyoff” of Superman at the very end, ala Christopher Reeve/Brandon Routh, that would have been a nice tip of the hat and sendoff. But overall, I really liked it. Here’s hoping they surprise us with a “Metropolis” or other show in the future.

80. Jim Nightshade - May 18, 2011

I liked Shats sitcom but he was the only thing that made it funny…some of his scenes with whats her name from designing women were hilarious they had good chemistry together…maybe just do a new sitcom with them in it ….

V was gettiing better and the cliffhanger was awesome with lots of changes, deaths, shocking surprises etc….too bad we will never git to find out what happens…..no ending yet again sigh….

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82. paul catallo - September 22, 2011

Person of Interest could have been good, but it’s the same old garbage. The first episode just has to have the typical ‘black guy gang-banger’ with the heart of gold who would go to prison for his brother. It’s the NYPD cops who are evil and led by whites. The only good NYPD is a black female. The mysterious billioaire has a limp/gimp that’s annoying rather than interesting. Same old crap.

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