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Upfronts Buzz: Samantha Who? Canceled, While ABC and CBS Pick New Shows

Over the weekend, things were looking pretty good for Samantha Who? to return in the Fall. But apparently, the numbers just didn't work: Christina Applegate's show won't be back on ABC next season because the budget just couldn't be cut down enough for ABC to pick it up.

Meanwhile, the network turned its attention to picking up new shows — and it's got a bundle of them. It's the next network to present at the Upfronts tomorrow, and its rumored list of shows includes Eastwick, V, Flash Forward (which has already gotten advertised during Lost),the crime drama Happy Town, a law show called The Deep End, a new police drama called Copper, and a Jerry Bruckheimer show called The Forgotten.

ABC also has four comedies in the works, including Cougar Town with Courteney Cox, Hank with Kelsey Grammer, The Middle with Patricia Heaton, and the mockumentary-style Modern Family. That's a ton of new shows, and I'm curious to see where they all fall on the schedule tomorrow.

Meanwhile, over at CBS, four series were reportedly ordered, though the official word won't come till Wednesday. Julianna Margulies's The Good Wife and Alex O'Loughlin's Three Rivers both reportedly earned spots on the schedule, as has the Jenna Elfman comedy Accidentally on Purpose and the NCIS spinoff with Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J.

Lots more to come in this crazy week, but let's talk about these developments for now. Sad about Samantha Who? or not surprised? Liking the sound of any of the new shows?

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kscincotta kscincotta 7 years
I wasn't a big Samantha Who? fan, but I'm still stunned that ABC figured out a way to keep Scrubs on their schedule way past its prime and dropped Samantha instead. It just doesn't make any sense to me.
nutrihuney nutrihuney 7 years
So bummed ABC cancelled Samantha Who? Christina was their darling last season, how quickly they turn on their stars. I hope they air the remaining episodes. I just might be done with ABC after LOST is finished. I become invested in their shows, then they move them around then dump them. :-(
care0531 care0531 7 years
I love Samantha Who!I always thought it should be an hour. Those 30 minute shows on later don't do as well.Bummer.
care0531 care0531 7 years
I love Samantha Who!I always thought it should be an hour. Those 30 minute shows on later don't do as well. Bummer.
TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 7 years
I'll miss Samantha Who :( Jennifer Esposito is so perfect playing Andrea and it was so nice to see Melissa on tv again 'cause I missed her as Sookie in Gilmore. No more Samantha Newly :(
TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 7 years
I'll miss Samantha Who :(Jennifer Esposito is so perfect playing Andrea and it was so nice to see Melissa on tv again 'cause I missed her as Sookie in Gilmore. No more Samantha Newly :(
closetrebels closetrebels 7 years
Aww I loved the first season of Samantha Who. The 2nd one was still funny but not as memorable. Too bad though :(
yummymango yummymango 7 years
Too bad. The show started strongly; but like dannysf said, it went downhill :(
dannysf dannysf 7 years
I loved Samantha Who?, although it did go downhill a bit recently. Sad.
Allyace Allyace 7 years
That's too bad about Samantha Who? but you had to know that them moving it around a ton and then pulling it from the schedule early wasn't good.
Allytta Allytta 7 years
they make too many shows. i can't see them all but really want to. anyway, Samantha Who was a good laugh at times. But i won't miss it
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