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New network shows continue to fall

Six new programs for the 2014-2015 network TV season have been canceled and several more are in trouble. The latest casualty is the FOX series, “Red Band Society,” that will end with 13 episodes.

It joins the previously canceled “Selfie” and “Manhattan Love Story” on ABC; “Utopia” on FOX; and “A to Z” and “Bad Judge” on NBC. Although it has not been officially axed, production on NBC’s “Constantine” has been halted with 13 episodes. Its full fate won’t be known until the 2015-2016 schedule is announced.

This goes along with the plug being pulled on the CBS comedy “The Millers.”

If you are making bets on which shows will go next, the leading contender is “Mulaney” on FOX where the season order was cut to 13.

It’s important for the networks to cultivate new shows because a lot of long-running series will end this year including “Glee,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Parenthood” and “The Mentalist.” Things are looking a little rocky when it comes to “CSI” as its season has been cut to 18 episodes.

The loss of these veteran shows will create a lot of holes in the 2015-2016 schedule.

‘Utopia’ failed FOX experiment

If you ever have the opportunity to make a wager with Simon Andreae, executive vice president of Fox’s alternative programming, take it. There’s no way to lose.

During the summer, when FOX unveiled it’s new reality series, “Utopia,” to TV critics, Andreae was confident the year-long program would be a hit. He was wrong by 10 months as the network finally canceled the series that was DOA.

Only Andreae seemed to not be able to see what everyone else saw: the show was a stinker from the start.

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CW’s fall schedule includes three new shows

rei-mary-tout_115412-5d75a8-188x188ORG-marcel-tout_115402-bf0896-188x188TOM-john-tout_115409-82f33c-188x188The CW Network will add three new show’s to its lineup when the 2013-2014 season opens: “The Originals,” “The Tomorrow People” and “Reign.”

It’s obvious the network has noticed the success it has had with fantasy and supernatural programming like “Arrow” and “The Vampire Diaries” as “The Originals” looks at Louisiana vampires while “The Tomorrow People” deals with humans born with paranormal abilities. “Reign” is the story of Mary Stuart, the woman the world would come to know as Mary, Queen of Scots.

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Megan Hilty’s TV days a ‘Smash’ hit for her

MEGAN HILTYIt wasn’t a shock when NBC announced there would be no third act for “Smash” canceling it after only two seasons. Once original episodes of a show get moved to Saturday, the end is near. If you want to see what will now be the series finale, it will air at 9 p.m. May 26 on KSEE (Channel 24.1).

The series became a little confusing in the second season, especially for those of us who aren’t followers of the theater. Often, it felt like there comments made that only those who have love the theater would understand.

The biggest thing I got out of the two seasons was getting to see and hear Megan Hilty as Ivy Lynn. I never got to see her stage work in “Wicked” or “9 to 5: The Musical” but was lucky enough to get to be introduced to her through the TV series. When I ran into Hilty at an NBC party, I told her that there are three female artists who give me goosebumps when I hear them sing — Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenowith and her.

After thanking me for the compliment, we talked about TV, how tough it is to work on Broadway and her new album.

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Matthew Perry’s ‘Go On’ won’t

TV-NBC Sneak PreviewsThe networks will announce all of their new lineups for the 2013-2014 season starting Sunday with NBC. But, the Associated Press already is reporting a few of the changes for the Peacock Network.

It looks like Matthew Perry just can’t find the long-running success he had on “Friends” as his “Go On” has been canceled after one year. The cancelation follows one-year runs for Perry’s “Mr. Sunshine” and “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.”

During my interview with John Cho on Wednesday for the upcoming “Star Trek Into Darkness,” the actor who plays Sulu said he had not heard about the fate of “Go On,” where he was a series regular.

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CW pulls plug on ‘Emily Owens, M.D.’

It’s not been a good couple of days for TV medical practices. In the wake of FOX announcing the new drama “The Mob Doctor” was dead, the CW Network is passing on additional episodes of “Emily Owens, M.D.” after the initial order of 13 is produced and airs. The series stars Mamie Gummer (also known as Meryl Streep’s daughter) as a quirky medical intern trying to juggle work and her personal life.

It’s bad when a new show gets canceled. It’s embarrassing when it’s the CW that does the cutting because there are nights when there are more people starring at their reflection in a puddle than watching the network.

“Emily Owens, M.D.” becomes the seventh new series to get the ax. The two medical dramas follow ABC’s cancelation of “Last Resort” and “666 Park Avenue,” NBC’s booting of “Animal Practice” and the CBS ousting of “Partners” and “Made in Jersey.”

A total of 21 new shows launched on the 2012-2013 schedules for the four networks.

FOX puts out hit on ‘The Mob Doctor’

FOX’s drama “The Mob Doctor” will be swimming with the fishes come January.

The series, that has struggled in the ratings since it debuted in September, will end with the last four episodes being burned off by Jan. 7. This opens the time slot for the new Kevin Back thriller “Touch.”

The end of “Mob Doctor” isn’t technically a cancellation. FOX entered 13 episodes of the medical.crime drama and will broadcast all of them. But, no new episodes are being ordered. That’s a bit like saying someone isn’t dead but they have stopped breathing and no more days of life have been ordered.

Although the series wasn’t the right fit for star Jordana Spiro, the actress should get another series soon. She’s very talented especially when it comes to comedy. Check out episodes of her former series “My Boys” for proof.

The end of “The Mob Doctor” is the sixth new show to get the ax following ABC’s cancelation of “Last Resort” and “666 Park Avenue,” NBC’s booting of “Animal Practice” and the CBS ousting of “Partners” and “Made in Jersey.” A total of 21 new shows launched on the 2012-2013 schedules for the four networks.

The next to go should be ABC’s “The Neighbors.”