It was CBS' turn to jettison some deadweight today, with the network cutting three of its shows. $#*! My Dad Says, the first (and hopefully last) show to be based on a Twitter feed, was canceled along with new comedy Mad Love and Jim Belushi's The Defenders, according to Deadline Hollywood. All were bubble shows and considered slim bets to return.
The cancellation of $#*! is a win for creativity. CBS was eager to cash in on the Twitter feed, but never quite found a groove for the show other than "William Shatner plays a cranky man." Hopefully the show's failure will keep others from trying to make shows based on blogs, Twitter feeds, tumblr pages, match.com profiles, email addresses, and Friendster pages. The Defenders started okay and fell off from there, and CBS didn't feel the need to show star Jim Belushi (he's available, producers!) the loyalty ABC did. Mad Love is yet another of the rom-com Friends-y shows that failed this year.
CBS will present its upfronts presentation on Wednesday, where it will reveal its full schedule to advertisers (and us).