ABC has decided not to pick up its three slumping sophomore series, “Pushing Daisies,” “Dirty Sexy Money” and “Eli Stone” beyond their initial 13-episode commitments, according to a report in Thursday’s The Hollywood Reporter.
Although none of the shows have received an official “cancellation” from the network, the writing is basically on the wall. “Daisies” averaged 6.4 million viewers this season, “Money” had 6.6 million, and “Stone” had 7.9 million.
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“Daisies” and “Money” suffered from short freshman outings due to last year’s writer’s strike.
Surviving the bad news was “Grey’s Anatomy” spin-off “Private Practice” – which a couple of weeks ago received a full season pick up. ABC will move “Private” behind “Grey’s” at 10 PM on Thursdays, starting in January, giving fans a solid two-hour block of sheer Shonda Rhimes wit.
On December 11, “Life On Mars” will go on hiatus, and return on Wednesday, January 28 at 10 PM, airing after “Lost,” which itself returns to Wednesdays at 9 PM.
ABC will also premiere “Scrubs,” the long-running NBC sit-com which recently jumpted networks, at 9 PM on Tuesday, January 6.
There has been some Internet chatter (mostly by fans) about “Daisies,” suggesting the show maybe get picked up by a cable channel or continue on as a comic book or a movie, although no firm details have emerged.
Showrunner Bryan Fuller told The Hollywood Reporter, “I can’t help but feel immense pride when it comes to ‘Pushing Daisies.’ I’m grateful TO everyone and FOR everyone who brought the show to life and for the very loyal audience that embraced us. If we are indeed dead on ABC, we now have to convince DC Comics to let us tell the rest of the season’s storylines out in comic book form and convince Warner Bros. features to let ‘Pushing Daisies’ live again as a movie.”
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