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May 19, 2009

NBC cancels 'Earl' and 'Medium'; CBS axes 'Unit'

My name is earlBelt-tightening broadcasters continue to take hard-line stances against older, modestly performing shows.

CBS has canceled long-running Sunday night military action-drama "The Unit" and NBC is putting an end to Thursday night comedy mainstay "My Name Is Earl" and thriller "Medium." The moves come after late-in-the-game saves for relatively new fan favorites like NBC's "Chuck" and Fox's "Dollhouse,"

Sources also say there's some potential silver lining: "Earl" studio 20th TV is talking to Fox and ABC about one of the networks possibly picking up the comedy.

ABC in particular has been receptive to picking up rival shows, having taken "Scrubs" after NBC canceled the series last year and committing to take on "The New Adventures of Old Christine" should CBS cancel the series (there's still no official word on "Christine," though ABC entertainment president Steve McPherson said this morning that last he heard CBS was renewing the show).

Both "Earl" and "The Unit" ran four seasons; "Medium" for five. "Earl" averaged 4.5 million viewers and a 1.7 adult demo rating this season; "The Unit" pulled 9.6 million viewers and a 2.4 rating; "Medium" had 7.2 million viewers and a 2.2 rating.

UPDATE: CBS RESCUES 'MEDIUM'

UPDATE: "The Unit" to continue -- in syndication

UPDATE: CBS Studios blasts NBC for canceling 'Medium'

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Con el final de la temporada de series, llega el momento de preparar los nuevos productos y eliminar aquellos cuyas audiencias no sean del agrado de las cadenas. En este caso, las elegidas son Me llamo Earl, The Unit y Medium. [Read More]










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