UPN stifles 'Sex'; NBC revamps Wed. sked
Production on UPN’s “Sex, Love and Secrets” has been silenced.
Meanwhile, across town Fox has ordered four more scripts of rookie sudser “Reunion.” And after two weeks of terrible numbers, NBC has decided on a last-ditch sked switch to save its rocky Wednesday lineup.
At UPN, the Silver Lake-set “Secrets” attracted just 1.4 million viewers in its bow last week, and placed eighth in its hour with adults 18-34. With seven more episodes already in the can, the show will remain on the air for now — for how long is unclear, although the netlet said it’s committed to airing all segs.
Production on “Sex, Love and Secrets” was ahead of schedule, giving the net enough breathing space to evaluate a few more weeks of the show’s performance without having to keep production active. As of now, it’s unlikely episodes nine through 13 will ever get produced.
Show, from Paramount Network TV, stars Denise Richards and focuses on the lives of a group of twenty- and thirtysomethings in hipster L.A.
As for “Reunion,” script orders don’t always translate into producing more episodes, but it’s generally taken as a good sign.
Warner Bros. TV-produced skein has done a decent job of holding on to its lead-in, “The O.C.” Most encouragingly, it didn’t lose any audience last week, despite facing stiffer competish from the premiere of original programming on ABC and the WB.
Meanwhile, the Peacock will rearrange deck chairs on Wednesday, switching time slots for the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced “E-Ring” and “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart” starting this week. “E-Ring” will now air at 8 p.m., with “Martha” moving to 9 p.m.
Shift means “E-Ring” won’t have to face intense drama competish from ABC’s “Lost” and CBS’ new “Criminal Minds.” It also provides another reality alternative in an hour dominated by dramas, though Fox last week did well by replacing “Head Cases” with “Nanny 911.”
Peacock might also be mulling changes to its Thursday lineup, with “Joey” continuing to falter at 8 p.m. Some industryites are already wondering whether the Peacock could return to a four-comedy lineup on the night, perhaps moving so-far-successful “My Name is Earl” to Thursdays.
But with Donald Trump’s version of “The Apprentice” holding steady, albeit at greatly reduced ratings, Peacock would be hard-pressed to sacrifice the ad coin already invested in the night. Moving “Earl” so soon could also be tricky, though a midseason move might be more feasible.