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TV comedies no laughing matter

Five network shows launched for the 2014-2015 season have already been canceled.

 It was no surprise that “Utopia” was the first new series to get the ax. The idea of putting a group of strangers in a remote location and letting them build a society was neither original nor interesting. It was a joke.

And speaking of jokes, the other four canceled shows were comedies (or at least described themselves as comedies).

ABC ended “Selfie” and “Manhattan Love Story” while NBC pulled the plug on “Bad Judge” and “A to Z.” Of the four, “Bad Judge” had the most potential but not enough to survive.

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Thomas Lennon’s acting for the birds

17 AgainIt’s interesting to find out just what makes an actor take a role. As much as we would like to think it has everything to do with the love of the art, often the decision is made just because the actor meets work. There are also occasions where the actor wants to work with a certain director or actor.

It was a fowl element that convinced Thomas Lennon to sign on for the new NBC comedy “Sean Saves the World.”

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CBS only adding five shows in the fall

PilotThe continued success of CBS means the network will be adding only five new shows in the fall — four comedies and one drama. And, those new shows will feature some big names: Robin Williams, Anna Faris, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Will Arnett, Toni Collette, Tony Shalhoub and Dylan McDermott.

Joining the network are: “Hostages,” a short-run series about a surgeon kidnapped before operating on the President; “Mom,” a comedy with Anna Faris playing a newly sober single mom raising two children; “We Are Men,” an ensemble comedy starring Shalhoub, Kal Penn, Chris Smith and Jerry O’Connell; “The Millers,” Will Arnett plays a man who must deal with his mother moving in with him; and “The Crazy Ones,” Williams and Gellar are a father-daughter team that runs an ad agency.

The other big news is “Mike & Molly” will be a mid-season replacement.

Not returning to the CBS lineup are “Vegas,” “CSI:NY,” “Rules of Engagement,” “Golden Boy,” “Partners” and “Made In Jersey.”

Here’s what the 2013-2014 CBS schedule will look like:
Monday: “How I Met Your Mother,” 8 p.m.; “We Are Men,” 8:30 p.m.; “2 Broke Girls,” 9 p.m.; “Mom,” 9:30 p.m., “Hostages,” 10 p.m.
Tuesday: “NCIS,” 8 p.m.; “NCIS: Los Angeles,” 9 p.m.; “Person of Interest,” 10 p.m.
Wednesday: “Survivor,” 8 p.m.; “Criminal Minds,” 9 p.m.; “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” 10 p.m.
Thursday: “The Big Bang Theory,” 8 p.m.; “The Millers,” 8:30 p.m.; “The Crazy Ones,” 9 p.m.; “Two and a Half Men,” 9:30 p.m.; “Elementary,” 10 p.m.
Friday: “Undercover Boss,” 8 p.m.; “Hawaii Five-O,” 9 p.m.; “Blue Bloods,” 10 p.m.
Saturday: Repeated programming, 8 p.m.; “48 Hours,” 10 p.m.
Sunday: “60 Minutes,” 7 p.m.; “The Amazing Race,” 8 p.m.; “The Good Wife,” 9 p.m.; “The Mentalist,” 10 p.m.

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.

ABC adding five new series

127960_GROUP_01r5_pre.jpg ABC is looking with the new lineup for the 2012-2013 season to continue the winning ways it found with its 2011-2012 TV season when it launched five successful shows. This season, the network will add five new programs to the lineup – two comedies and three dramas.

The most interesting move is the shift of “Revenge” to the 9 p.m. Sunday time slot previously inhabited by “Desperate Housewives.” It looked like “GCB” would take over that slot but ABC axed the new series and now “Revenge” gets the prime spot.

Several series won’t be returning. ABC canceled “Man Up!” and “Charlie’s Angels” a long time ago and “Pan Am” didn’t take off for the network. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Work It,” “Wipeout,” “Missing,” “The River” and “Cougar Town” have also been given the boot.

Here’s a look at the new ABC shows and the network’s fall schedule:

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