Chaos Is (Pretty Much) Canceled

... CBS has yanked spy dramedy Chaos from its lineup just three episodes into the season. The show was getting killed in the ratings, drawing a 1.0 in the adult demo last week. And that's on CBS. Ouch. The remaining 10 episodes will be burned off later this summer. Its Friday slot will be filled by a repeat of CSI:NY this week, Royal Wedding coverage the next week, and— [CBS via press release]

... Flashpoint returns to TV on Friday, May 6, filling the void left by Chaos. All 13 episodes will air uninterrupted. One per week, I mean. [CBS via press release]

... Remember that show Running Wilde? The one with Will Arnett and David Cross and all our hopes and dreams? Yeah, it got canceled. But the four remaining unaired episodes of the comedy will air on FX beginning April 28 at 10pm. [Deadline Hollywood]

... A sad farewell to actress Elisabeth Sladen, who has passed away at the age of 63. Sladen played Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who from 1973 to 1976, and also in the spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures. Sladen had been battling cancer. [BBC]

... Marisa Tomei is in talks to join HBO's More as the Story Develops, the new drama from Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin about a 24-hour cable news network. She's up for the role of the fictional news channel's executive producer, and would boss around a cable news anchor played by Jeff Daniels. [NY Post]

... Demi Lovato is not returning to her Disney Channel hit Sonny with a Chance. Instead, she'll focus on her music career and continue to recover from a host of personal issues, which include an admitted eating disorder and "cutting" problem. Yes, the pop music industry is the perfect place for an emotionally unstable tween with self-esteem issues. [People]

... NBC's Monday nights are getting crushed by the competition. This week, Chuck tied its series low with a 1.3 rating, The Event rang up a 1.1, and the revamped Law & Order: Los Angeles notched a 1.1. Canceled, canceled, and canceled! [Deadline Hollywood]

... FX's upcoming Wilfred has added Mary Steenburgen to its cast. She'll play the mother of Elijah Wood's character (a man who sees his neighbor's dog as a man in a giant dog costume). [EW]


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Chaos is a great show for god's shake why the even thinking of canceling it?
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CHAOS is a great series and I was getting into the characters. I loved seeing hallway agent get his own office. CBS please keep CHAOS -- at least move it to one of your cable channels, please.
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Chaos was fun, too bad it never had a chance
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Wahhh . I am sad about CHAOS. When originally looking at April premiers I think I read about the show. I didn't get excited until I saw the advert for it. I really hope that it is true that the remaining episodes are going to be aired this summer . I really am going to miss it. Even though USA the network had a CIA show . I could see this show paired with covert affairs or psych or burn notice? It would be amazing if USA picked the show up from CBS :?
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I was sad to hear the news of Elizabeth Sladen. I hope they do something, even small, to commemorate her during the premiere.
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What happened to advertising? Chaos was canceled before I even knew it was on! Shame on the networks. I watched on Hulu and liked the lightheartedness.

CHUCK. Again advertising??? Or lack thereof. Not given a fair chance either. I love CHUCK. Great cast and family friendly. I really hope for season 5!
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Chaos was fun, too bad it never had a chance. As for Chuck, I liked it but I'll certainly get over it. And I certainly will miss Elizabeth Sladen, our own Sarah Jane Smith. Maybe NBC could look into some reality shows to replace these decent shows with, or... they could go into aluminum siding. I hear it's making a comeback...
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I am so happy to hear Chuck is getting the Axe. The show has been unwatchable for at least a season. It jumped the shark awhile ago and has been running on fumes ever since. I look forward to seeing the great actors moving on to better (good) things.
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If Chuck does get canceled, which I'm hoping it won't, I at least want it to have a solid ending. If you are going to cancel a show that ran 4 years, at least give it a chance to end well.
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I didn't think Chaos would last too long, it does seem like a good show though. Regarding NBC, I don't really care if the Event and Law & Order LA are cancelled, but PLEASE do not cancel Chuck! It's funny and reminds us of actual people we know!
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Maybe those of us who liked Chaos should petition CBS to at least show the episodes the network has and try again at a different timeslot, like maybe Mondays at 9:00 and move Mike and Molly to Mondays at 8:30.
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It seems like i like the wrong shows i liked Chaos i thought it had a nice summer-show vibe to it, and then NBC apperently cancels Chuck WHY???! When will we get a new geeky hero? The reason why i started watching the show was because it reminded me of Jake 2.0, anyone who remember this show? When will we get a new of these shows? But FX will air the last four episodes of Running Wilde, WOOHOO, i'll never understand why so many people hated it, cause danm it's funny.
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chuck went too lovey dovey, took away from the comic gold that it was. but to cancel a show that has lasted this long for a show they'll just inevitably cancel three or four episodes in seems like a ridiculous thought process
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ohhh men, chuck is a good show, it would be terrible if it gets cancelled. I'm not from U.S but I guess that, according to chuck fans, NBC should change the timeslot for better ratings...
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you know NBC owns the rights to HOUSE right?

event was almost a sure goner... chaos was even worse...

chuck... failed to impress this season... thought they would do better after escaping the axe last year

oh well...
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Good show dead :(
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Why NBC didn't move Chuck to a new time slot is beyond me. How can any show compete against House, right now.
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We'll miss you Demi
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-.- chuck is great
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While I'll be sorry to see it go, "Chuck" has had a full and happy life.
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I can understand Chaos being canceled. I can understand NBC axing The Event. I know the Chuck ratings aren't superb but I'll still be upset if it gets canceled. The show has been on life support since the first season when it looks every season like there won't be another. Sooner or later there won't. I'll be sad. I love the concept of the show although I don't, at times, think the episode plots and arcs are done as well as they could be. Lastly, Law & Order: LA was a flop in it's first incarnation. If not for Law & Order: LA then I doubt they would have canceled the original LO for this season. But they did and here we are. They have now retooled the show with the cast shake-up, the role shake-up, adding a theme song, getting rid of Corey Stoll's horrible horrible moustache, and even filming it differently. I haven't looked but did they replace the director and producer? The key now is getting people who hated the first try at Law & Order: LA to give it another look now that they have retooled it. NBC has got to back the show and give it a healthy run of new episodes now that the show has been revamped. Anything less would be stupid on NBC's part and horrible for the Law & Order franchise. NBC has to give it a chance and not just kick it to the curb.
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the problem with chaos was it's name.I had no idea

what the show was when I'd read it in the guide - thought it was some sort of reality show. They should

have chosen a more catchy title - one that would have

hinted at its mission impossible genre. Soon as I saw what it was I was hooked.So sad.
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Okay what? Seriously! Can't they just put it on another network or something? I friggen' loved the episodes I saw of that show. Least we'll see the other 10 episodes. Excited for Flashpoint though!
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Why should we bother watching any new shows when the network just cancels them after a few episodes. They hype them up with promos and get you interested and then they cancel them. CBS & ABC are the worst when it comes to cancelling shows.
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I thought that Chaos was great, too. I am really not surprised it got cancelled, though, because it was on CBS and up against Smallville. It would have fit in well with the other shows on USA.
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Aw, I thought Chaos was great. Chuck might have a chance I think, with The Event and a few other shows that are definitely gone, they might need Chuck to fill some gaps. That's what I'm hoping anyway.
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RIP Elisabeth Sladen.
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PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL CHAOS!!!! it's a nice show.
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chaos was and still is a great show but it is just on a bad night. Fridays are a dead zone on most networks. I think that if they moved it to Wednesday or Thursday it would be fine. Or it could be great on a channel like TNT with shows like Leverage. Sad news about Sladen, Sarah Jane was and will always be one of the greatest companions of all time and has worked with more doctors than most other companions.
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You start showing a new show on Friday night and it's expected to draw a large

audience??! Of course not. Chaos is a really clever, cute show and deserves more of a chance than it has gotten. Boo CBS suits!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Chaos didn't have much of a chance to begin with. It started mid-season on a Friday, and Fridays now are getting pretty crowded. I wouldn't call Chuck cancelled yet, however it's falling on the wrong side of the bubble. But it started this season weak and looking like it would be it's last season anyways. It seems it will at least be allowed to finish out the season and hopefully give us a decent series finale.
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I never even heard of Chaos and I watch alot of tv, they must have done a terrible job promoting it.
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The problem with Chaos is this; I have no idea when it's even on... I managed to watch the first three episodes but it must be on against something I really enjoy.
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I can't say I didn't see it coming. Fridays are notoriously bad for ratings, and the 8PM timeslot has no strong lead-in, especially for a new show.
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CHAOS isn't a terrible show, or at least the idea has a lot of potential. The execution has been a little bit off, however. I can't say that I like any of the characters in the show (from a personality stand-point), and some of the gags were too obvious (the goofy looking guy is a human weapon... yawn). The last episode in the North Korean film festival seemed pretty amateurish in its set design and scripting. Heck, I think that the pilot has been the best episode so far, which probably isn't a good thing. Simply put, more care has to be taken, especially these days.
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Drats! I liked Chaos. Despite the numbers, I think Chuck will be just fine.
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I really liked Chaos, so sad it is cancelled :(
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Seems like NBC tries to kill their own shows by putting them up against competing shows that they can't possibly beat. It's sad to hear about Elizabeth Sladen.
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no! no!! no!!!
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What a shame, I love this show, I don't understand.
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Chaos was an okay show. There are worse shows continuing to be aired. unfair
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RIP Elisabeth Sladen, Though in the words of Noel Clarke #SARAHJANEWILLLIVEFOREVER
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shame for chaos, liked it ah well
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Aaron Sorkin wrote "Sports Night," right? And he tried "Studio 60." This track record doesn't make me excited about a Sorkin-dramatized 24-hour cable network. Don't get me wrong, it'll be brilliant, but the people who we really need to watch it just won't. In fact, probably only a few overeducated and supercilious geeks will watch it and it will die. That and we already know it will star Josh Malina and probably Bradley Whitford.
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Of course Chuck got crushed in the ratings in their timeslot. Chuck is up against How I Met Your Mother, Dancing with thee Star's and House. But still don't see it getting canceled. CBS really didn't give Chaos a chance really. I think they should have saved it for the summer schedule when they really have nothing on. RIP to Elisabeth Sladen, she will definitely be missed.
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Thank god chaos got cancelled.....thats the first time Ive not been able to finish a pilot after having started watching....terrible acting terrible characters terrible plot....just plain terrible
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what?? i like Chaos, CBS try being a lil nicer next time...poor show kicked off that fast :(
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My condolences to Miss Sladen's family and friends. ... I'm going to miss Chaos. (Canceling the series after only three episodes seems silly, to me. Give it another chance.) ... Yay, Flashpoint is coming back to CBS!
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