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FOX Renews Prison Break, Cancels Jezebel James

The Return of Jezebel JamesFOX to Jezebel:  “Three strikes, you’re out.”

After only two weeks on air, the new comedy starring Parker Posey and Lauren Ambrose has just been given the boot.  The Return of Jezebel James - which averaged only 3.2 million viewers during its hour long debut - failed to give its network a reason to feel hopeful.  After a second dismal outing, FOX opted to pull the plug on the show….effective immediately.

This news comes shortly after Canterbury’s Law was shifted to the Friday 9pm time slot.  That move was prompted by the program’s lackluster returns in its original Monday position.  Now that Jezebel has been axed, it’s unclear which show and/or repeat will serve as Canterbury‘s lead-in during the interim.

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This Week on TV (3/24-3/30)

The Hills

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MONDAY (3/24)
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 8:30):  The overly-promoted Britney Spears cameo finally airs tonight.  Let’s just be happy the show is only 30-minutes long.
  • Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious (CW, 9pm):  Nicole Scherzinger gives the girls tips on vocal expression.  Sadly, advice on releasing solo albums is not something she can dish out.
  • CSI: Miami (CBS, 10pm):  New episode.  “A bride is murdered at her wedding.  The investigation takes the CSIs to a strip club where the bachelor party took place.”  Strip club? This would be the perfect time for another Elizabeth Berkley appearance.
  • The Hills (MTV, 10pm):  Season premiere.  I wonder if LC wore any of her own designs in Paris.  Doubt it.

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Friday Ratings: A Slam Dunk for CBS

Til Death

  • The tournament (3.1/10 in 18-49) scored an average of 8.3 million for the evening.
  • (5.2 million, 1.3/5) roped in another 400,000.
  • (4.2 million, 1.4/5) released 100,000 from its chokehold.
  • * (4.1 million, 1.0/4) examined 300,000 more than last week.
  • (1.1/4) kicked off FOX’s night with 3.4 million; (3.1 million, 1.1/4) did about the same.

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FOX Moves Canterbury’s Law

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Drama, FOX, House, News, Ratings,

Canterbury's LawEven though I predicted ER would outlast Canterbury’s Law, I didn’t the latter’s demise would come so soon.

To be fair, the FOX show hasn’t yet been cancelled—but it’s really just a matter of time.  After a few disappointing turns in it’s regular time slot, the network has already chosen to make a few adjustments.

Come this Monday, repeats of House will immediately fill the 8pm time slot once filled by .  The Julianna Margulies program will then be relegated to the TV wasteland (otherwise known as Fridays @ 9pm) effective March 28. 

Unfortunately, Canterbury‘s new time slot will only guarantee the show a slow death.  It’s lead-in, , has also proven to be a ratings dud.

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This Week on TV (3/17-3/23)

How I Met Your Mother

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MONDAY (3/17)
  • Dancing with the Stars (ABC, 8pm):  Tonight’s Season 6 premiere focuses only on the men.  I think it’s safe to say Julianne Hough won’t be making it a three-peat with .
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 8pm):  New episode.  “Sheldon and Leonard are asked to a physics conference to present their work together.”  I’ve always wondered - if this show were to air on any other day, would it be half as successful?
  • How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 8:30):  New episode.  “Ted decides to live life like Barney on St. Patrick’s Day.”  You don’t want to know what they use as their lucky charms.
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS, 9pm):  New episode.  “Charlie teaches Alan how to break up with a woman.”  I hear hiring prostitutes can make a woman leave you.
  • The Bachelor (ABC, 9:30):  Season 12 premiere.  “Bachelor Matt Grant, a 27-year-old British financier, meets his 25 would-be soul mates.”  Apparently in America, you can finally afford to woo twice as many women as you can in the UK.

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Friday Ratings: Jezebel James a Ratings Dud

Although she may be loved in indie films, Parker Posey is apparently not a star on the small screen.  The premiere of her new show was a disappointment for FOX’s Friday.

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This Week on TV (3/10-3/16)

The Real Housewives of New York City

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MONDAY (3/10)
  • The Bachelor: Where Are They Now? (ABC, 8pm):  “Highlights from past seasons include segments catching up with past bachelors (Andrew Firestone and Aaron Buerge) and former contestants.”  So the whole point of the show is to say there is no point to this show.  Look at how successful it’s been!
  • Canterbury’s Law (FOX, 8pm):  Series premiere.  “Julianna Margulies stars as a maverick defense lawyer who plays by her own rules to help the falsely accused.”  I’m guessing will still be on long after this program goes off the air.
  • New Amsterdam (FOX, 9pm):  Regular day and time.  If you didn’t watch last Tuesday or Thursday, I’m sure you won’t tonight either.
  • October Road (ABC, 9pm):  Special time.  In the season (series?) finale, “Eddie’s ex-girlfriend shows up to reconnect with him, causing problems in his relationship with Janet.”  Since we may never get a satisfactory resolution from this ratings-starved show, let’s just pretend Janet kicks her ass.

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Upcoming Television Premiere Dates

Thanks to the , the Fall TV Programming Schedule I put together many months ago will now have to be burned.  Reality shows and mid-season replacements are now being brought in earlier than expected. 

Here’s a list of the TV premieres announced so far.  will be publishing a revamped programming schedule as soon as more dates are released.

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Episode Order Cut for ‘Jezebel James’

Posted by Wendy Michaels Categories: Comedy, Prime Time, FOX,

Parker Posey It’s never a good sign when the number of episodes ordered for a series gets cut. I’d think it’s a bit of doom and gloom when the show hasn’t even aired yet, but hey, at least the network is still giving it a chance. Albeit a much smaller chance. I’m talking about The Return of Jezebel James, the new sitcom starring Parker Posey. I love Posey—if you’re not familiar with her, check her out in Waiting for Guffman or Best in Show. She’s quirky and adorable and shies away from the mainstream (mostly). So, when I heard she’d be starring in a sitcom I immediately thought she was selling out a bit. No? The Fox comedy was set to run 13 episodes, but the network has trimmed the order to just seven. Is that bad news for the new series? We’ll have to wait and see, I suppose. The premise—Posey is a book editor who asks her sister (played by Lauren Ambrose) to be a surrogate since she’s unable to conceive. According to Fox, “We have always planned to launch The Return of Jezebel James in midseason, and seven episodes are all we need to allow us to program the series through the current broadcast season.” There you have it. Midseason replacement equals a short order. The show was created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, who also created Gilmore Girls.

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Parker Posey Signs on for Comedy

Posted by Wendy Michaels Categories: Comedy, Prime Time, FOX, My Name Is Earl,

Parker PoseyOne of my favorites, Parker Posey, will be joining a Fox comedy pilot. Anyone familiar with this Indie queen knows that she’s a fantastic presence, and the pilot comes from Amy Sherman-Palladino, the creator of Gilmore Girls. Together, that makes a pretty solid pedigree. The show, titled The Return of Jezebel James, stars Parker as a children’s book editor. The comedy comes into play when this newly single character asks her estranged sister to carry the baby that she can’t conceive. Well, I guess it could be funny. Did you see My Name is Earl last week? Kinda the same premise going on. Sherman-Palladino and her husband sent Posey the script for The Return of Jezebel James, despite her history of turning down other pilots. “I can’t believe it’s happening,” Sherman-Palladino said. “Because it’s a comedy, the character runs the gamut of emotions from laughing to flipping out to breaking your heart in 22 minutes, and only one in a zillion people has enough skill and charm to pull that off. Parker Posey is that person.” Isn’t that the truth? Anyone who’s seen her roles in Waiting for Guffman or Best in Show is well aware of her talent.

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