'Supernatural' picked up; 'Legal' leaving
It’s only week three of the new TV season, but the networks are already handing out the pinkslips and pickups.
Among the casualties Thursday: “Just Legal,” the WB legal dramedy from exec producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and NBC’s “Inconceivable”. News was better for the Frog’s McG-produced “Supernatural,” which snagged a full season order.
And looking ahead to next season, “Two and a Half Men” exec producers Eric and Kim Tannenbaum have snagged a put pilot commitment from ABC for a new comedy from scribe/exec producer Craig Doyle.
On the cancellation front, “Legal,” which starred Don Johnson, has been dumped after was immediately rejected by Frog viewers when it premiered last month. Ratings failed to get better, but some thought the net might give the show a chance in another slot, given its Bruckheimer pedigree.
Writing was on the wall this week, however, when the third episode of the Warner Bros. TV-produced “Legal” tumbled more than 50% from its “7th Heaven” lead-in, falling below a 1 rating in the adults 18-49 demo.
Net will air a repeat of the “Related” pilot in “Legal’s” timeslot next week. No word yet on a permanent fix.
Over at NBC, “Inconceivable” has been officially terminated. Peacock earlier this week said it was pulling the fertility clinic drama for a week but that no decision had been made on its future.
Net still isn’t commenting, but insiders said Touchstone Television has shut down production on the skein and that no future episodes are schedule. Skein lasted just two weeks.
On the positive tip, “Supernatural” became the first WB frosh this fall to get picked up for a full season, with the WB ordering nine more segs of the spooky skein.
” ‘Supernatural’ has delivered in a huge way for us,” said WB Entertainment prexy David Janollari. “We expect the show to be a long-term player at The WB.”
Skein has been a steady performer for the Frog in the 9 p.m. Tuesday timeslot, holding on to 91% of its sizable “Gilmore Girls” lead-in. It’s also given a major boost to the net’s young male numbers vs. last season.
Warner Bros. TV produces “Supernatural,” which is exec produced by McG, Eric Kripke and Robert Singer.
Other network frosh looking good for additional episode orders: CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother,” “Criminal Minds” and “Ghost Whisperer”; Fox’s “Bones”; and ABC’s “Commander In Chief.”
As for the Tannebaum project, would-be skein revolves around five fathers who become friends through their kids’ playgroup. The Tannenbaums will exec produce via their overall deal with Warner Bros. TV.
Doyle’s credits include MTV’s “The Andy Dick Show” and the NBC pilot “Weekends”.
Meanwhile, Paramount is making a few staff changes on just-renewed laffer “Everybody Hates Chris.” Howard Gewirtz is leaving his role as exec producer of the skein.
Gewirtz, a seasoned showrunner (“Just Shoot Me”), was brought in to help TV newcomer (and series co-creator) Ali LeRoi on the early episodes of “Chris”. With production on the right track, Gewirtz is leaving the show along with two younger writers.