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Jennifer Love Hewitt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Heather Locklear, Hayden Panettiere -- who would you save? [poll]

May 19, 2010 | 10:11 am

Jen-love-hewitt-web The TV networks' fall-lineup announcements have been brutal for the likes of Jennifer Love Hewitt and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, whose "Ghost Whisperer" and "The New Adventures of Old Christine" got whacked -- and the death of dreams, even if they're not our dreams, makes the Ministry sad.

But, "American Idol" does a save -- what if we could give the Michael Lynche treatment to someone in television's scripted domains?

Heather Locklear and pals such as Michael Rady and Shaun Sipos have been set off to sea on the "Melrose Place" ice floe, marked as the only scripted series not returning to the CW.

Add to that "Ugly Betty's" America Ferrera, who got some notice and wrapped it up in April; Courtney B. Vance and Joseph Fiennes from "FlashForward," who should have known the future looked bleak; and the whole "Heroes" crew, among them Hayden Panettiere, Zachary Quinto, Ali Larter and Milo Ventimiglia.

We're putting Alyssa Milano on the list over her nixed "Romantically Challenged," but somehow we think the top-notch tweeter is going to be just fine no matter what.

Heck, we could even extend the competition to Campbell Brown over at CNN, but that ...

... hardly seems fair to the others, given that she bailed on her own accord in the face of bad ratings -- plus when last we checked, the news still wasn't a scripted drama.

Stick to the category, right?

So, that's not even close to listing all the familiar character faces we won't be seeing come fall, but it's plenty enough for a nonscientific online poll. So, while Dick Wolf on his own tries to engineer a save for the entire "Law & Order" cast, please let us know who you'd save, if you could.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Jennifer Love Hewitt's "Ghost Whisperer" will now have to communicate with fans from beyond the grave. Credit: Karen Neal / CBS / Associated Press

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