Showtime Cancels United States of Tara

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... Cable channel Showtime has canceled United States of Tara, the comedy-drama starring Toni Collette. In its third season, the show had been averaging 326,000 viewers, considerably down from 558,000 viewers last season. [Deadline Hollywood]

... But it wasn't all bad news at Showtime. Nurse Jackie and The Borgias were renewed for fourth and second seasons, respectively. The Borgias has been particularly impressive, outperforming the best season of The Tudors in just its first season. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC continues to play the name game, changing the title of the upcoming fall drama Good Christian Belles to G.C.B.. The show's original title was Good Christian Bitches, but naturally, someone had a problem with that. ABC also changed the name of Don't Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23 to the way-too-tame Apartment 23, completely taking the bite out of it. The irony of all this is that all this was accomplished by bitching about the names. Bitch! [Variety]

... BBC America is bringing Chris Hardwick's popular Nerdist podcast to TV. Nerdist, in which geek culture is discussed by dorky luminaries, will be turned into a panel talk show featuring celebrity guests. [THR]

... Just so you know, Ashton Kutcher's deal to star in Two and a Half Men is only one-year long. But that could all change depending on how much you, yes you, watch. [Wall Street Journal]

... It's a good thing Supernatural was already renewed, because Friday's finale really disappointed in the ratings. Only 2.1 million people watched, for a crummy 0.8 rating in the adult demo, down 20 percent from the last original episode that aired. Were you guys too busy stocking up on canned goods to prepare for the Rapture? Who's gonna eat all that Chef Boyardee now? [Deadline Hollywood]


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