Head gets the axe

Fox announced Thursday that it will cancel the Chris O'Donnell/Adam Goldberg series, Head Cases, just two episodes into the new season. The show, ostensibly a comedy, exhibited poor ratings from the outset, and Fox had a contingency plan in place should any of its new shows flop: it kept episodes of reality shows like The Simple Life on standby to fill in. Now, the network will air repeats of Nanny 911 until baseball season ends, at which time new episodes of Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy will air.

Head Cases premiered to a paltry 2.4 Nielsen rating among viewers 18-49, placing fourth in its time slot. The second episode saw that rating cut in half as it went up against the boffo season premiere of time-slot competitor Lost.

Head Cases told the story of two lawyers, played by O'Donnell and Goldberg, who meet in a psychiatric clinic after suffering nervous breakdowns. When they leave the clinic, the lawyers decide to join up and open a practice that would focus on helping underdog clients with similar life problems. Once thrown together, they soon realized there was one problem: they possessed completely different styles of practicing law. While O'Donnell was smooth and charming, Goldberg was grouchy and edgy. The ensuing hijinks of the "law-plus-mental illness" plotline caused one TV critic to dub the show "Ally McCrazy." Unfortunately, audiences didn't go "McCrazy" for it.

Head Cases is one of many new shows this season starring big-screen movie stars. O'Donnell has been seen on the big screen in the films Scent of A Woman and Batman & Robin, while Adam Goldberg is remembered as Pvt. Stanley Mellish in the WWII epic Saving Private Ryan.

Other shows touting star power include the Geena Davis series Commander in Chief, about the first female US president, E-Ring, an action drama set at the Pentagon starring Dennis Hopper and Benjamin Bratt, and Ghost Whisperer, a supernatural drama wherein Jennifer Love Hewitt whispers to ghosts.

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I thought Head Cases was a great show. I seen one episode and the chemistry between both actors was hilarious. Yes the timeslot was a dumbass move by Fox but cancelling it and replacing with one of the most horrible reality shows to ever air on television the simple life was insane. I think Paris Hilton should rot in hell for even being popular and everyone who loves her show should go with her and bring back ACTUAL ACTING in head cases
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The people at Fox should look back on some of the shows that it decieded to cancel. A few come to mind like Seinfeld. Fox got rid of it and ABC picked it up then it became one the greatest sitcoms to ever run. Not to mention the numerous times they have cancelled Family Guy. Lucky for them they got it back. That just shows you that the people at Fox don't even wathc their own shows because they get rid of some the best written and wittiest material that they have.
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The people at Fox should look back on some of the shows that it decieded to cancel. A few come to mind like Seinfeld. Fox got rid of it and ABC picked it up then it became one the greatest sitcoms to ever run. Not to mention the numerous times they have cancelled Family Guy. Lucky for them they got it back. That just shows you that the people at Fox don't even wathc their own shows because they get rid of some the best written and wittiest material that they have.
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I can't believe Fox will not give this show any more of a chance. It was a really enjoyable show, yet they put it against too much competition and it never stood a chance. Why do they do that to so many good shows (TRU CALLING, THE TICK, etc)? Pull your heads out Fox and give something a chance BESIDES those TERRIBLE reality shows!!!!!!
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It's very sad that a show is yanked after only two episodes. They didn't even get their feet wet! I'm sorry to see it go! Betzkjdj
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FOX send me the remaining episodes!!!! well atleast they will surface online eventually and im not gonna think twice about d/ling them, illegal my ass you deserve it fox, how does 2 episodes in a bad time slot tell you anything? put it on mondays before prison break and i bet the ratings would be alot better
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wtf, why does fox cancel all the shows i get into, i loved this show, note to fox don't put stuff out that your gonna cancel 2 episodes in
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i saw 15 minutes of this show and it deserved to be cancelled. ugh. it was AWFUL.
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I am very dissapointed that "Head Cases" was cancelled. I don't think they gave the show enough time.
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There I was thinking that the age of reality tv was over and I could watch tv again with good shows like head cases. I loved the show. I have lost hope with FOX and they have lost a viewer, even more. They axed "John Doe" on me last year and now "head cases" (others in the past). I don't think i will ever watch a FOX new show until it gets a season 2. Now Fox should also FIRE the punk who put "head cases" against "LOST". I had to record one and watch the other. They should have just moved it to 10pm. Would have gotten more rating than a nanny911 rating.
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And i also want to add that all you people yelling at FOX have a VERY VALID POINT!! I mean look at family guy.......they gave that show the axe, and then adultswim picked it up, ratings soared over-time, and then when they saw how great the RERUNS were doing, and realised how stupid they were, FOX desides to call up seth for New Episodes ¬_¬, whoever runs FOX has there head up a horses a** half the time.....
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Aww!
You know i think the ratings were bad simply becuase of the time....maybe?? Becuase i know i REALLY wanted to watch it, but my anime shows on another station were on! so i watched them of course! instead of Head Cases..but i reallyyyyy wanted to watch this show!! Too bad, eh?
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Sorry, the submission didn't go through the first time and so I sent it again after a few minutes and then all of a sudden two popped up !?!?!
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Ok so let me get this straight... they didn't think that a new show was doing good enough and so they canceled it after only TWO episodes becasue they wanted batter rating??? And there common sense said "hmmm... not enough people are watching our station at this time... I know lets pull it and put on a show of all reruns!!" That is freakin brilliant. If you have to have a show on anyway to fill the time slot what moron thought it would be better to put on reruns instead of just playing the episodes they did have done of Head Cases until they found something to replace it. Who knows if they actually gave it a chance it might do something for them. I personally thought I would hate it but after watching the first eps. added it to my Tivo seasons pass list. I sware sometimes my 5 year old could run a station better...
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Ok so let me get this straight... they didn't think that a new show was doing good enough and so they canceled it after only TWO episodes becasue they wanted batter rating??? And there common sense said "hmmm... not enough people are watching our station at this time... I know lets pull it and put on a show of all reruns!!" That is freakin brilliant. If you have to have a show on anyway to fill the time slot what moron thought it would be better to put on reruns instead of just playing the episodes they did have done of Head Cases until they found something to replace it. Who knows if they actually gave it a chance it might do something for them. I personally thought I would hate it but after watching the first eps. added it to my Tivo seasons pass list. I sware sometimes my 5 year old could run a station better...
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no = not.

i.e. Arrested Development
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Nothing seems to last long on FOX. And they are no loyal enough to the good shows.
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This show had alot of potential. Fox should get their heads checked!! Bye Bye Fox, No Nanny 911 for me!!!
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I personal loved the show I have Tivo and have it set to record every episode. How highly disappointing. There are many shows that I never saw the first season but became a fan the second season or halfway through the season. 2 episodes if not enough to judge all viewers response. By the way I don't watch "Lost".
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That stinks. I really liked this show. The play between O'Donnell and Goldberg was classic.
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Is it any wonder network TV continues to lose audience share? To cancel a show after two airings in absurd. Shame on Fox. Brandon Tartikoff RIP. The day of the patient, smart network executive is gone. If the suits have no faith in a show, why should anyone watch?
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This is why I hate FOX. Never caught this show, but cancelling after 2 episodes!!! Who had time?? How do they expect to get viewers to take a chance on a new show when all they do is cancel them too quickly to allow a fan base to develop??

Oh, and YEAH, they had reality shows on stand-by. Just what this world needs!!



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That's too Bad...What a short run!
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Ouch.
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And we have our first casualty! Let the show slashing begin! Bummer time slot, weak concept and poor promotion got this thing dead in the water. Poor Chris O'Donnell - a week ago, he's a presenter at the Emmy's -- now he's unemployed.
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That's just peachy.
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The thing is fox is the worst tv network ever. These guys never understand thepotential they have. This show could habe gone for years.
It was at least a fresh look at something relatively tired. The acting was great but fox execs are just stupid.
Family guy taught us that
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This was a TV show? .. neato
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bummer dude
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It was a good show, but going up against "Lost"? Forget it. Fox could have at least aired the remaining four shows that were filmed. Now we'll probably never see them.
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They are replacing it with nanny 911 reruns great.
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Typical of Fox, how are they going to replace this show so quicky, I'll check and come back!
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probably wont get on dvd either not a big fan base
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Not unusual that FOX quickly cancelled the BEST new show they have without even giving it half a chance. "Head Cases" was left dangling in the wind to start the season without a Lead-in. The season premieres of "That 70s Show" & "Stacked" will not begin until Nov. 2. This show deserves beter. The leads, O'Donnell and Goldberg, deserve better. This show should be held off the schedule until Nov. (rebroadcasting the first 2 eps with lead-in) or flipped to FX and spiced up a little.
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Figures. Fox never did have much sense. I remember one year they 3 season finales for 3 shows they cancelled before the next season started. I am still waiting for that episode of partners.
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yet another show that FOX adds to it's gone pile. what the hell are they doing? i haven't seen this show, but they got rid of point pleasant basically the same way this did, except point pleasant lasted a little longer.
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I think that it was a good show but it had no chance going up against Lost. It would have done better on a different day or in the 8pm time slot.
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I'm sick of lawyer shows.
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Well that we have our first cancelation of the new season, it will be interesting to see which shows comes next. I'm not really that surprised.
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Am I shocked? No. What are the odds that Fox has another bad series.
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