Nets pull shows sooner than expected

ABC, NBC yank 'Samantha,' 'Motherhood,' 'Kings'

ABC and NBC got impatient Tuesday, yanking already tossed-aside series “Samantha Who,” “In the Motherhood” and “Kings” sooner than expected.

Alphabet net had already shortened the runs of “Motherhood” and “Samantha” by a week, opting to bring “Ugly Betty” back to the Thursday at 8 p.m. slot on April 30.

But “Motherhood” and “Samantha” were still slated to air one last episode this week – until ABC execs decided that they’d be better off with a repeat of “Grey’s Anatomy” leading into an original “Grey’s” at 9 p.m. Having been in repeats for a few weeks, “Grey’s” might have been hurt further by the weak numbers coming from “Motherhood” and “Samantha.”

That means last week’s “Motherhood” and “Samantha” segs wound up being the last of the season for both shows. “Motherhood” isn’t expected to return, but “Samantha” still has a decent shot at returning for a third season.

Seven episodes remain of this year’s “Samantha” order; those could either fold into next year’s order, or run this summer – should the show not make it on the fall sked.

Over at NBC, Peacock has opted to push the remaining seven segs of “Kings” to the summer. The show will now air on Saturdays at 8 p.m. from June 13 to July 25.

In the meantime, NBC will now air repeats of “Law & Order: SVU” at 8 p.m., followed by repeats of “Southland” at 9 p.m., on Saturdays. “Law & Order” repeats will then run at 10 p.m. That setup will last through May 16; “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” repeats will then run at 8 p.m. on May 23 and 30.

The “SVU” – “Southland” pairing is seen as a trial run for next fall; NBC could very well run the two gritty dramas together on Wednesdays.

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