In a surprise move, Eye has opted to ax “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and “Ghost Whisperer,” both of which were previously expected to return.
Among bubble shows, CBS is only picking up comedy “Rules of Engagement” and drama “Medium,” which it grabbed last year from NBC.
That means shows axed by the Eye include “Christine,” “Ghost,” “Cold Case,” “Miami Medical,” “Gary Unmarried” and “Accidentally on Purpose.”
On the “Old Christine” news, Warner Bros. TV execs are now expected to shop the show to ABC, which has shown interest in the Julia Louis-Dreyfus starrer in the past.
“Rainy day brings gloomy news with ‘Cold Case’ and
‘Miami Medical’ not being renewed,” Bruckheimer TV prexy Jonathan Littman wrote on Twitter.
Neither were expected to return, and Bruckheimer TV still has reason to be upbeat this season, having landed newbies “Chase” on NBC and “The Whole Truth” on ABC. But the production shingle’s execs were disappointed that “Miami Medical” didn’t get more of a shot — and got lost in the midseason shuffle.
Launched in 2003, “Cold Case” saw its audience drop below 10 million viewers this season, which didn’t help its cause. Kathryn Morris starred on “Cold Case,” which revolved around a team of investigators that went back and solved dusty, unsolved cases.
The show, created by Meredith Stiehm, was known for mixing popular music of the era that each week’s crime was first committed. But the expensive music rights costs on “Cold Case” have prevented the show from being released on DVD; that means fans will have to tune into the off-net repeats on TNT in order to catch a glimpse of the show beyond this season.
“Accidentally’s” cancellation also wasn’t a shocker, as the Jenna Elfman comedy hasn’t made much noise, particularly after it moved to Wednesdays. And “Numbers” has actually been cancelled for some time, as the show ended its run and its stars went off to star in new pilots.