Fashion drama is fall season's first victim

After some pretty ugly ratings, CW’s “The Beautiful Life: TBL” has become this fall’s first cancellation.

Dub confirmed Friday afternoon that production had halted on the show in New York. Insiders said repeats of dramas — mostly likely “Melrose Place” — will fill the timeslot effective next week.

Cancellation was expected, particularly after this week’s low numbers. The second and final episode of “TBL” averaged 1.1 million viewers — lower than a repeat of “Magic’s Biggest Secrets Revealed” on My Network TV.

“TBL” came from CBS TV Studios and Ashton Kutcher’s Katalyst shingle, and it was loosely based on Kutcher’s experiences as a young male model. Kutcher exec produced with Jason Goldberg, Karey Burke and Mike Kelley.

Show, which launched with a racy marketing campaign, starred Mischa Barton, Corbin Bleu, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Nico Tortorella, Ashley Madekwe, Elle Macpherson and Sara Paxton.

The CW has had a tough time finding a companion to “America’s Next Top Model” over the years. The net had hoped that it had found, in the model-centric “TBL,” the perfect scripted counterpart to its long-running reality hit.

Still on the bench at the Dub are the reality skein “Blonde Charity Mafia” and the scripted entry “Life Unexpected.” Netlet also ordered two new reality skeins last week, “Fly Girls” and an untitled entry starring socialite Tinsley Mortimer.

With so much buzz surrounding “Life Unexpected,” CW execs are taking pains to make sure that show is launched correctly — and have no plans to rush it to air too soon.

In other cancellation news, TBS has confirmed that it has ended sitcom “The Bill Engvall Show” after three seasons.

“While the show didn’t attract the audience we need to renew it for another season, we’re proud of the work of everyone involved,” the cabler said in a statement.

And A&E Network has opted not to give a third-season pickup its original series “The Cleaner.” The drama starring Benjamin Bratt as a crusader who helps people kick drug and alcohol addictions wrapped its sophomore season on Sept. 15.

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