Viva CBS' 'Laughlin'? Well, no

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CBS' musical drama "Viva Laughlin" has become the first major casualty of the 2007-08 broadcast season.

The network on Monday canceled the series co-starring Hugh Jackman after two dismal showings -- a special preview Thursday and a regular slot premiere Sunday.

CBS will air a rerun of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" in "Laughlin's" Sunday 8 p.m. period this week before bringing back "The Amazing Race," which occupied the slot last year. The reality veteran will return for a 12th cycle Nov. 4.

"If there ever was a season (of 'Race') that I consider one of the best, it's this one," co-creator/exec producer Bertram van Munster said. "It's insanely funny, fast-paced and dramatic all at once."

"Laughlin," from Sony Pictures TV, BBC Worldwide Prods. and CBS Paramount Network TV, opened with a 8.4 million viewers and a 2.3 rating/6 share among adults 18-49 in the 10 p.m. hour Thursday, holding onto only 40% of its "CSI" lead-in audience.

On Sunday, the series based on BBC's "Viva Blackpool" managed a minuscule 6.8 million viewers and a 1.2/3 in adults 18-49 at 8 p.m. and shed almost a third of its audience between the first and the second half-hour.

Production on "Laughlin," toplined by Lloyd Owen, Jackman and Melanie Griffith, was shut down Monday. The series was in the midst of shooting Episode 9 of its 13-episode order. It wasn't clear if more episodes would be completed.

"Laughlin" is the first scripted and the highest-profile new series to get the ax this season. It joins previously canceled Fox reality show "Nashville" and CW's video magazine "Online Nation."
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