CBS cancels 'The Defenders' and William Shatner
by Lynette Rice
Categories: 2011 CBS Upfronts, 2011 Upfronts, Mad Love, Television
EW has learned that CBS handed out pink slips to the William Shatner starrer $#*! My Dad Says, along with The Defenders and the comedy Mad Love to make room for a new crop of fall shows. Despite attracting unfavorable headlines because of the faux expletive in the title, $#*! broke out of the gate strong last fall before its ratings started to tumble. The same went for Defenders, which took an additional shot in the arm after it moved time slots.
Despite its strong creative auspices (it’s from the talented Matt Tarses of Worst Week), Mad Love never caught on with viewers.
What shows will replace them? Well, we already know CBS ordered Person of Interest, a new drama from J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk that centers on an ex-CIA agent, presumed dead, who teams up with a mysterious billionaire to prevent violent crimes in NYC. It stars Michael Emerson and James Caviezel. The network also gave a thumbs up to Two Broke Girls, which is from Michael Patrick King and Whitney Cummings, and follows two broke 22-year old gals in Brooklyn. It’s a multi-camera laugher that features Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs.
CBS will announce its fall lineup on Wednesday in New York.
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