NBC reportedly will drop the guillotine on its first new series this season, canceling the Castle Rock Entertainment comedy “The Second Half.”“The Good Life,” a Disney TV comedy starring standup comic John Caponera, is expected to join the Tuesday lineup in January, although possibly in a different slot. “Second Half” has been airing at 9:30 p.m. following “The John Larroquette Show.” NBC, in trying to establish a two-hour comedy block Tuesday, has extended its 8 and 9 p.m. anchor shows — the in-house comedy “Saved by the Bell: The College Years” and Witt-Thomas’ “Larroquette”– to a total of 19 and 22 episodes, respectively. No decision has been made on the show they sandwich, Warner Bros.’ “Getting By,” and “Good Life” could end up in that half-hour. An NBC spokeswoman acknowledged that “Second Half” hadn’t been picked up for additional episodes but wouldn’t officially confirm its cancellation. Ironically, “The Second Half”– starring and exec produced by comic John Mendoza, playing a divorced father — scored its best rating since its Sept. 7 premiere last Tuesday with “Coach” out of the picture, airing opposite the low-rated ABC miniseries “JFK: Reckless Youth.” The show has averaged just an 8.6 rating, 13 share for its nine telecasts, a 13% drop-off from its “Larroquette” lead-in. Another new NBC series, “Against the Grain,” is on hiatus but hasn’t been canceled, with the last two of eight episodes ordered to air Dec. 17 and 24. The cancellation means every network has KO’d at least one new show. ABC yanked “The Paula Poundstone Show” and said it won’t order more episodes of “Moon Over Miami,” Fox Broadcasting Co. is dropping “Daddy Dearest,” and CBS has axed “The Trouble With Larry,””Angel Falls,””South of Sunset” and “Family Album.”
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