CBS Cancels 'S#*! My Dad Says,' 'The Defenders,' 'Mad Love'
The network has axed three freshman series ahead of its upfront presentation this week in New York.
CBS is making room on its 2011-12 schedule by axing three freshman series.
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S#*! My Dad Says
Starring William Shatner and from Warner Bros. TV, the multicamera comedy aired 18 episodes in its plumb Thursday at 8:30 slot following hit The Big Bang Theory before it was replaced by Monday comedy Rules of Engagement. It averaged 10.7 million viewers, according to Nielsen.
The CBS Productions drama starring Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell had performed decently on Wednesdays but suffered after its January move to Fridays. The drama averaged 10.5 million viewers for its 19-episode run, according to Nielsen.
The Jason Biggs and Judy Greer comedy from CBS Television Studios and Sony had averaged 7 million viewers in its midseason Monday time slot. While the couples comedy failed to reach hit status out of the gates. Its finale airs May 16.
On Friday, CBS picked up the following to series:
Person of Interest
Stars Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ) as a presumed dead former CIA agent who teams with a mysterious billionaire (Michael Emerson, Lost) to prevent violent crimes in New York. Taraji P. Henson (Boston Legal) co-stars in the Warner Bros. TV drama from scribe Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight), who produces alongside J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk (Fringe), Ben Brafman (The 4400), Margot Lulick (Kings) and Greg Plageman (Cold Case). Dave Semel (No Ordinary Family), who directs. Though there were early fears of the project playing too dark, say sources, it tested well and has marketable names on and off camera. This is Abrams' second series pick-up this week, with Alcatraz getting a series order at Fox on Tuesday.
Two Broke Girls
Revolves around two 22-year-old women (Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs) who tackle life in New York as they try to make their dreams come true. The multicamera comedy from Warner Bros. Television is written by Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City) with stand-up comic Whitney Cummings on board as a producer. James Burrows directed the pilot. Cummings' comedy pilot for NBC also was picked up to series on Tuesday. This marks Cummings' second project to get a green-light for next season; her self-titled comedy will appear on NBC's schedule this fall. King's hairdresser drama A Mann's World didn't get the go-ahead at NBC.
CBS is scheduled to unveil its complete slate to media buyers on Wednesday in New York.
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