The annual bloodbath that is the American TV networks’ Upfronts continues apace. Today the news is that CBS have cancelled the Twitter-inspired sitcom $#*! My Dad Says, legal series The Defenders and the Judy Greer/Jason Biggs comedy Mad Love.
The William Shatner fronted $#*! My Dad Says had been one of the most anticipated projects of last year, being based on the Twitter feed of the same name. However, our experiences of the first few episodes were not pleasant and we quickly abandoned the series. It seems other viewers felt the same way and ratings took a dive.
Mad Love and The Defenders’ ratings suffered a similar fate.
There’s not an awful lot of information coming through about what CBS intend to replace these shows with. However, EW suggests that a new JJ Abrams series has been ordered. Called Person Of Interest, they describe it as:
an ex-CIA agent, presumed dead, who teams up with a mysterious billionaire to prevent violent crimes in NYC
But that sounds suspiciously like The Cape, doesn’t it? Well, without the cape. But since Abrams is one of my favourite people in TV for the creation of the wonderful Fringe, I’m going to trust him on this one.
The full CBS fall line-up will be announced on Wednesday.