Cancellation Watch: NBC Kills ‘L&O’; ABC Axes Four; CBS Cancels Seven

Joseph Fiennes of 'FlashForward' (Photo: ABC)

Joseph Fiennes of 'FlashForward' (Photo: ABC)

Let the Cancellation Watch begin!

It’s Upfronts week, a big deal in TV land, since it’s when the networks announce plans for their fall 2010 primetime schedules. Which shows are getting the axe and which shows are coming back? Find out below.

On the ABC front, there’s surprising news regarding two of their high-concept dramas with moderate ratings: ‘V’ has been picked up for a second season, while ‘FlashForward’ has not.

~’FlashForward‘ is a thing of the past
~Alyssa Milano’s ratings-challenged sitcom ‘Romantically Challenged
~’Better Off Ted‘ is dead
~The failed reinvention of ‘Scrubs

Previously Reported: ‘Happy Town’ Yanked

Missing from the list but not expected to return: ‘The Forgotten’ (star Christian Slater already has another pilot) and ‘The Deep End.’ ‘Shark Tank’ and ‘Wife Swap’ also have been omitted from the fall schedule, but may pop up midseason.

Renewed: You will see more from the Visitors–‘V’ is coming back. ‘Brothers and Sisters’ will also be back, but with a reduced order of 18 episodes.

Funny ladies take a hit: ‘The Sarah Silverman Show’ has been canceled and ‘The Wanda Sykes Show’ is also dunzo after just one season.

Time Out: As previously reported, the clock stops on ’24’ after eight seasons. Series finale won’t end well for Jack.

Fox’s official cancellations: ‘Dollhouse,’ ‘Past Life,’ ‘Til Death,’ ‘Brothers,’ and ‘Sons of ‘Tuscon’

Surprise Saves: Fox has renewed ‘Lie to Me’ and ‘Human Target’

CBS Bloodbath: The network CANCELS: ‘Ghost Whisperer,’ ‘Cold Case,’ ‘Numbers,’ ‘The New Adventures of Old Christine,’ ‘Gary Unmarried,’ ‘Accidentally on Purpose,’ and ‘Miami Medical.’

CBS Saves: ‘Medium’ and ‘Rules of Engagement’

More ‘Life:’ The CW renewed on-the-bubble shows ‘Life Unexpected’ and ‘One Tree Hill’

CANCELED: ‘Melrose Place’ gets evicted from The CW’s schedule.

Over at NBC:

SAVED: ‘Chuck.’ The lovable spy who’s perpetually in jeopardy of being canceled has been renewed–for 13 episodes.

CANCELED: ‘Mercy’ and ‘Trauma’ have been taken off life-support.

Officially Dead: ‘Heroes’ gets the axe

Pilot Collapse: Word is NBC’s ‘Rockford Files’ remake is such a mess, it’s no longer happening (fans of the classic can breathe a sigh of relief).

The Biggest Shocker:

It’s official: NBC announced Friday that they have canceled ‘Law & Order.’ The long-running crime procedural was one season shy of taking the record (it currently ties Gunsmoke at 20 seasons) for the longest running drama in TV history.

“The full measure of the collective contributions made by Dick Wolf and his ‘Law & Order’ franchise over the last two decades to the success of NBC and Universal Media Studios cannot be overstated,” Jeff Gaspin, Chairman, NBC Universal Television Entertainment said in a statement. “The legacy of his original ‘Law & Order’ series will continue to make an impact like no other series before.”

UPDATE: The ‘Law & Order’ franchise lives on: NBC has renewed ‘Law & Order: SVU’ and NBC has picked up the new spin-off, ‘Law & Order: Los Angeles’ aka ‘LOLA.’ If that makes sense to anyone, please let me know.

The ‘Law & Order’ mothership will end its run after 20 seasons on Monday, May 24, at 10 p.m./EST.

What do you think about the cancellations? Will you miss any of these shows? Do you think ‘Law & Order’ deserved that history-making 21st season?

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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