Television executives are making tough decisions about which long-running shows to cancel in favor of new programs to place on their fall schedules, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Veteran shows that are potential cancellations include ABC’s "Brothers & Sisters," NBC’s perennially threatened "Chuck" and Fox’s third-year crime show "Lie to Me," the story says. Their futures will likely be based on how executives feel about the new shows that might replace them.
The networks will announce their new lineups in their upfront presentations later this month, the piece notes.
ABC is in a tough spot, with its top shows such as "Grey’s Anatomy" drawing a relatively older audience. The network has gone years without a new hit, aside from "Modern Family," the piece notes.
NBC is also facing a challenge, and needs to make the network competitive once more, the story says.
CBS, with the fewest holes to fill, has ordered 16 drama and comedy pilots, compared with 22 for NBC and 24 for Fox. But CBS is dealing with the potential loss of "Two and a Half Men," the story says.