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NBC renews three shows; Fox cancels two

Happy times over at NBC; sad times over at Fox.

NBC renewed its three new unscripted shows: "The Marriage Ref," "Minute to Win It" and "Who Do You Think You Are?" 

Fox canceled "Til Death" and "Sons of Tucson," which recently premiered. This means that all of the network's laughs will come from cartoon characters unless it picks up new live-action shows for next fall. Fox has greenlighted nine of those pilots for contention for fall.

In the next few weeks, there will be a lot more news coming from the five broadcast networks about their fall lineups. Show Tracker will have all the pickup and cancellation news. You can also check this handy chart to see how your favorite show is faring.

--Maria Elena Fernandez (follow me on Twitter @writerchica)

Photo: Joely Fisher and Brad Garrett on "Til Death." Credit: Fox


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Sons of Tucson = mercifully euthanized. Still waiting to hear on "Better off Ted." If ABC is willing to renew the mundane, predictable "Cougar Town," than BOT should be a no-brainer, even for a TV executive. Give me a year at any TV network and I could do a better job than these bozos. Heck, my 5 year old nephew could do better.

Man, NBC just makes it easier and easier to just delete their channel from my lineup and pretend the Peacock Net doesn't exist.

I had been told by a friend who works for the Production Company on "Marriage Ref" that is was contractually a 2 season deal no matter what - Foolish me not to believe him.

Now that he's been proven right, I shall skip NBC and give my time to CBS, ABC and of course, FOX and Cable.

And NBC wonders why the ratings for their biggest show (Biggest Loser) are falling? It's General Disgust with General Electric's ham handed handling of their schedule.

Can someone tell me again how Jeff Zucker has a job still?
The only person he's doing a worse job than is...well, Obama, frankly.
And THAT is saying a lot...

If this had been a subjective account, the second graph could have read:

"In its continuing effort to produce shows on the cheap and kick scripted dramas to the curb, NBC renewed its three new unscripted shows: 'The Marriage Ref,' 'Minute to Win It' and 'Who Do You Think You Are?'"

Of the three, watching from time to time with my wife of five years (the husbands on this show tend to make me look good), I have only seen "The Marriage Ref," which has some funny moments -- but not enough to sustain a full hour.

Watching this show makes you feel guilty when you consider that the Thursday-at-10 time slot once featured groundbreakers "Hill Street Blues," "L.A. Law" and "ER."

Wow, NBC canceled "Southland" and is keeping "The Marriage Ref" and "Who Do You Think You Are." "The "Marriage Ref" is one of the worst shows in recent memory and "Who Do You Think You Are" is just boring. NBC used to be my most watched network but I rarely turn it on anymore.

Til Death was canceled? I didn't even know that show was still on the air. I thought that was canceled years ago.


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