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Spring Cleaning Sends Heap of TV Shows to the Dump

Hope you weren't getting too attached to "The Wedding Bells" or "Six Degrees." They were two of the shows axed this week as the networks reshuffled their schedules. Among the other casualties: "The Black Donnellys," which might only get to air two more episodes, and "7th Heaven," which is being canceled (supposedly for real this time). According to Variety, the networks said low ratings were behind all of the decisions.

Here's a summary of the changes:

  • "The Wedding Bells" will air this Friday but is unlikely to be back after that.
  • "The Black Donnellys" will get bumped from its time slot on April 23 to make way for "The Real Wedding Crashers." It's unclear if NBC intends to pull "Donnellys" completely before the 23rd or air the remaining episodes at another time; it only will have aired eight of its 13 episodes by then.
  • "Six Degrees" is done, effective immediately, and — for the moment, at least — it will be replaced by episodes of "Wife Swap" (hey, at least it's not more "George Lopez").
  • "7th Heaven" is scheduled to air its finale on May 13.

There's some good news for fans of "October Road": The show was only going to get to air four of its six episodes, but it's doing well enough that ABC is planning to let it finish out the season on Thursdays at 10. It will take a one-week break April 12 to make way for the premiere of "Notes from the Underbelly," but then "Notes" will move to Wednesdays at 8:30.

The CW's "Hidden Palms," which sounds like "Desperate Housewives" crossed with "Dawson's Creek," also finally got a time slot, and it will start May 30 at 8 p.m.

Photos courtesy of ABC, Fox, and NBC

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mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 8 years
six degrees was about as good as brothers and sisters, with less whining. i only saw a couple of episodes, but it was a decent show, even while portraying the usual group of young new yorkers hanging out in galleries, spiffy offices, cool bars and unrealistically large apartments.
Lucky-Penny Lucky-Penny 8 years
I liked TBD & Wedding Bells. There is nothing on TV anymore
designergirl designergirl 8 years
Anything will do well behind greys
Classy-Amelia Classy-Amelia 8 years
I am sadden that NBC decided to bump The Black Donnelly's off the schedule. I love that show. I hope they air all the episodes of the Black Donnelly's and October Road.
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
I'm really curious to see how October Road does this week. It's been losing viewers every week, but ABC was pretty pleased with how it did last week considering its lead-in was a rerun. I think some viewers might be giving the show time to grow and get better, but I'm really not sure that's going to happen.
bhilb bhilb 8 years
So sad about Six Degrees...I wish they had not brought it back on at all, because now I'm back into it. Boo.
Phil Phil 8 years
It's true, October Road's been doing well as a result of new episodes of Grey's Anatomy. And in comparison, in the last three weeks of new episodes of Men in Trees, the show was slowly gaining viewers. October Road however seems to be hemorrhaging 'em. I hope October Road didn't kill the momentum Men in Trees had been building.
miss-britt miss-britt 8 years
i really wanted to see The Wedding Bells, the commercial were always funny but it comes on Fridays. I don't watch tv on Friday. But hopefully that wedding crasher show is good even. ****"Everything in life is only for now."-Avenue Q****
esk4 esk4 8 years
the only reason october road did well is because the first two episodes followed new episodes of greys...
sonoma-b sonoma-b 8 years
LOVE October Road! Looking forward to Wedding Crashers. A friend told me it is funny.
Food Food 8 years
i was also just starting to get really into tbd, what's his name is easy on the eyes.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
TBD was growing on me, as well. Too bad.
yiddidea yiddidea 8 years
Too bad about The Black Donnelly's. I was just starting to like that show...
Phil Phil 8 years
So sad for Six Degrees. I liked the show. And sad for TBD. I finally was able to watch an episode last night, now that What About Brian is done for the season (?) and I was impressed. I wish I'd seen the previous episodes. Now - any news on the fate of What About Brian? I hope it doesn't get cancelled because it really is such a good show.
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