Musical Laughlin booed off stage

CBS' Viva Laughlin debuted Thursday night with a follow-up episode on Sunday, and if you didn't check it out, you may never get a chance to see it again.

The network canceled the show after just two episodes (and only four days after it premiered) today, reports Variety. CBS still has not decided what to do with the unaired episodes, such as stream them online or march them off to a cable network.

As with controversy-laden Kid Nation, the show was largely considered to be one of CBS' big gambles this fall season (as well as a leading candidate to be axed) because it didn't exactly fit the network's M.O. Based on the BBC series Viva Blackpool, Laughlin focused on an entrepreneur trying to open up a casino in Laughlin, Nevada. However, the real risk involved the show's gimmick: Actors would occasionally sing and dance à la Cop Rock.

The program was executive produced by Australian Hugh Jackman, who played Wolverine in the X-Men movies and had a successful stage career before that. Jackman also played the role of Nicky Fontana in the show.

Reality show The Amazing Race will take over the Sunday night 8 p.m. time slot occupied by Viva Laughlin beginning November 4. Next Sunday, CBS will air a repeat of CSI.

CBS' decision marks the first new scripted television show to be canceled this season but certainly won't be the last. All eyes will be on viewer numbers over the next few weeks. Non-scripted shows no longer airing include The CW's Online Nation and Fox's Nashville.

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