TV fires up summer burnoff

'Loop,' 'Creature' to air in coming months

Summertime — and in TV land, the repeats flow freely.

But warm weather also signals the return of another small screen staple: Burnoff Theater. That’s the affectionate name network execs give to those shows that couldn’t cut it during the regular season — or, in many cases, weren’t deemed ready to even get a shot at airing during the frame.

This year, the number of shows getting the burnoff treatment seems a bit higher than normal.

Fox, for example, is bringing back “The Loop,” a once-promising comedy that got good buzz when it debuted back in the spring of 2005. Net renewed it for another season, then decided it no longer liked the show.

It’s now being written off on Sunday nights, with two episodes airing each week for a month, starting June 10.

CBS is also finally unveiling “Creature Comforts,” the comedy skein from the Aardman animation house that’s been sitting on the shelf for months. Eye execs liked the show, but never knew where to slot it during the regular season.

Over at the CW, net is finally taking the wraps off “Hidden Palms,” one of only two drama series it ordered a year ago. While the net retains options on some of the actors in the sudser, odds of it returning for another season are said to be very low.

Then there’s “Traveler,” the ABC drama that begins a multi-week run on Wednesdays this week. Alphabet says it’s not burning this show off — and the evidence suggests it’s telling the truth. Net gave “Traveler” a preview behind an original episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” a few weeks ago, and its promos for the show have been abundant.

While getting a run in the low-profile summer season is usually disappointing for producers of scripted shows, there are worse fates.

Just ask the folks behind “The Singles Table.” NBC greenlit the show to series in May 2006, produced six episodes — and, as of last week, had absolutely no plans to air any of them.

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