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CBS puts end to military drama; My Name is Earl, Medium off NBC sched, but could land elsewhere.
May 19, 2009
Unit disbanded, Earl, Medium dead?
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It doesn't look like The Unit will be doing any more tours. The drama has been left off CBS' schedule after four years on air. Also on the outs were a pair of NBC shows: My Name is Earl and Medium. However, they may find a new home.

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Network also renews Old Christine, Unit, Engagement; welcomes six newbies.
May 14, 2008
CBS kills Moonlight, saves Mother

CBS today made a bunch of television fanatics very angry. The network put a stake through the heart of Moonlight lovers everywhere, opting not to bring back the vampire drama for a second season, says The Hollywood Reporter.

The decision comes on the eve of CBS' upfronts in New York City, which will outline the network's upcoming schedule. Moonlight had been considered a bubble show with a very devoted fan base--devoted enough to even donate blood in its honor.

On the other hand, today was a good day for fans of How I Met Your Mother, and they may have Britney Spears to thank for it. The comedy was granted another season, possibly in part to Spears' guest appearances, which boosted ratings during sweeps.

Also getting another season and proving the Seinfeld jinx ...

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CBS orders full seasons of its new nerd comedy and The Unit; ABC wants more Grey's spin-off.
Oct 19, 2007
Big Bang, Practice picked up

Television viewers, you can put down your axes... for now. Three shows were deemed worthy enough to continue airing today, as networks continue to whittle down their fall lineups by keeping what they like and booting what they don't.

CBS has apparently been impressed enough with its new half-hour comedy The Big Bang Theory to let it stick around. The network today announced that it is ordering a full season of the show, making it the first new comedy to be given a pickup.

The laffer stars Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons as two hapless geeks who couldn't pick up a woman with a forklift. Their dorky worlds are turned upside-down when an attractive blonde moves in next door and befriends them. According to CBS, the show averages almost 9 million viewers per week.

Unsurprisingly, one of the most hyped new shows is also getting a pickup thanks ...

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TV Series Finale on the eventual fate of this CBS favorite
Aug 21, 2009
Blog Spotlight: The Unit: What Would Have Happened in the Fifth (and Likely) Final Season

Much to the dismay of the show’s loyal followers, The Unit was cancelled by CBS in May. The series’ viewership had declined in its later years but, despite being preempted several times, still attracted 9.67 million viewers in season four.

The Unit was supposedly being seriously considered to continue in first-run syndication but the deal didn’t work out, likely because of production costs. Sadly, while the military drama and Dennis Haysbert, Regina Taylor, Robert Patrick, and Scott Foley will be around in syndication for years to come, we won’t be seeing season five of The Unit.

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Simon Cowell reality show is Fox's greatest American hero.
Feb 14, 2007
Ratings: Idol's walking on air

Fox's American Idol rolled over everyone last night, as is its wont. The reality show pulled in a 12.9 rating in adults 18-49, with 31.0 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen Research. House followed and messed up the competition as well, scoring an 11.1 rating, with 26.0 million viewers overall.

At 8 p.m., Fox flew with its 12.9 for Idol. CBS earned a 3.6 for NCIS, and NBC scored a 2.4 for Dateline and took a 2.0 for a repeat of America's Funniest Home Videos. CW earned a 1.9 for Gilmore Girls.

At 9 p.m., Fox scored its 11.1 for House, CBS earned a 3.6 for The Unit, ABC took a 3.4 for Primetime, NBC snagged a 2.9 for Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and CW landed a 1.1 for Veronica Mars.

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It's time once again for TV upfronts, when networks converge to host a series of presentations in which they bombard advertisers, press representatives, and others with exciting news about the upcoming season. Whispered gossip fills the air, series pickups and cancellations are announced, and network presidents wax poetic over the undeniable greatness of their latest small-screen creations. We want to make sure you've got the goods on all of this important news, so we'll continue to update these pages as new information is revealed. Keep checking back, and by the end of the week you'll have the fall season memorized!
May 10, 2006
2006 Upfronts
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Fall schedule announced! The NBC upfront took place Monday, May 15; this section will be updated as announcements are made.

Renewed Shows

The Apprentice (to return midseason)

The Biggest Loser

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Crossing Jordan (to return midseason)

Deal or No Deal

ER

Las Vegas

Last Comic Standing

Law & Order

Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Medium

My Name is Earl

The Office

Scrubs (to return midseason)

New Shows Picked Up

20 Good Years
This new comedy from the cocreator of The Cosby Show follows the adventures of two friends who finally realize that life doesn't last forever. John Lowry and Stanley Friedman are an odd pair to be buddies. They're polar opposites in every way and have a hard time seeing eye to eye. The one thing they can agree on is that they only have ...

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Verdicts
Sep 18, 2010
The Best and Worst New Shows of Fall 2010
You are about to be drowning in a ton of new shows, and navigating those tricky waters can be a daunting task. Thankfully, we've seen the pilots of the most of the networks' new offerings and can tell you which ones are worth watching.
Teen detective scores best ratings ever; viewers seek divorce from new alphabet wedding sitcom.
Nov 29, 2006
Ratings: Mars hits, ABC trips

Veronica Mars found the Hearst rapist last night and viewers found Veronica Mars.

The detective show scored series-best ratings in The CW's targeted 18- to 34-year-old demographic, and tied its best ratings in 18 to 49-year-olds, with 3.5 million viewers overall. The episode "Spit and Eggs" tied up a 13-episode story arc about a rapist stalking the campus of the fictional Hearst College, and in the final seconds skillfully set up a new mystery.

Fox's House scored its best ratings since the show's season-three premiere in September, with a 6.8 rating/17 share in 18 to 49s and 17.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen overnights.

Last week, ABC soared to a 7.0 rating with the finale to Dancing With the Stars. Last night, the network's new wedding comedy Big Day debuted poorly in the ...

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Good doctor and Dancing dominate; Standoff stumbles, Help Me tumbles.
Nov 02, 2006
Ratings: House doles out ratings candy

Halloween brought a treat for House fans and Fox.

Everyone's favorite grouchy doctor returned to the air last night, and he gave Fox some a win in the 9 p.m. hour. House scored a 5.8 rating/15 share, making it the night's number one show in the 18-49 demo, with 14.1 million viewers overall. The show wasn't helped at all by the also-returning Standoff, which landed a 2.0/6 in 18-49s, with 4.9 million viewers, according to Nielsen overnights.

Across the dial, Dancing With the Stars dominated from 8-9:30 p.m., with a 5.3/15 in 18-49s, 20.4 million viewers overall. At 9:30 the Ted Danson comedy Help Me Help You tripped up with a 2.8/7 in 18-49, 9.5 million viewers overall, down from last week's 11 ...

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Playwright extraordinaire David Mamet and Shield producer Shawn Ryan talk about their hit action show, The Unit.
May 11, 2006
David Mamet talks about his Unit

When a guy like David Mamet, writer of such modern classics as Glengarry Glen Ross and House of Games, collaborates with a guy like Shawn Ryan, executive producer of The Shield and writer for Angel, one can reasonably expect the result to be special. In this case, it is--the CBS covert-ops action series, The Unit.

The Unit is the number one new show of the season, and it's not even a "real" show--it was a midseason replacement that didn't air until March. When it did air, however, it immediately blew up in the ratings, landing in the top 10 every week.

In a conference call, Mamet and Ryan spoke about what they think makes the show so special.

"It really starts with [author and former Delta Force soldier] Eric Haney, who really lived this life for a long time with Delta Force," Ryan said. "The most frequent question ...

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