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Unofficial Deadline Looms for At-Risk Shows

Nov 10, 2011  •  Post A Comment

The unofficial deadline for new television shows — when those that are going to become early casualties will have a pretty good idea of their fate — is Thanksgiving, reports USA Today. And that deadline is looming.

New series usually get a 13-episode order for the fall, and shows that are doing well typically receive an additional nine-episode order, the story notes. Debut programs have about a one-in-three chance of succeeding, according to Horizon Media analyst Brad Adgate, the story says.

One current freshman show at risk of cancellation is NBC’s "Grimm," although it is likely be extended, the story says. "Prime Suspect," also on NBC, is on the fence, as are CBS’s "A Gifted Man" and ABC’s "Pan Am," according to the article.

Five shows have already been dumped: “The Playboy Club” (NBC), “Free Agents” (NBC), “How to Be a Gentleman” (CBS), “Charlie’s Angels” (ABC) and the reality show “H8R” (CW).

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