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CBS’ ‘Clubhouse’ strikes out

Sports drama misses the mark

CBS has sent “Clubhouse” to the showers.

Eye has canceled the struggling frosh drama, yanking the ensemble hour from its sked, effective immediately. Baseball-centered skein from Spelling Television struck out in its first Saturday airing this past weekend, scoring disastrously low demo numbers.

CBS will stunt its way through the November sweeps on Saturdays at 8 p.m., repeating the “Dallas” reunion this week; a repeat of the “Amazing Race” season premiere Nov. 20; and a “Cold Case” rerun Nov. 27.

“Clubhouse” garnered positive reviews and was a fave of Eye execs hoping to add another non-crime drama to the net’s lineup. After an extensive marketing campaign, show bowed to weak numbers in its original Tuesday night slot and grew weaker in subsequent airings. Eye gave the show another shot on Saturdays, but it tanked.

A 9 p.m. timeslot following “Joan of Arcadia” might have made sense, but CBS execs were probably loathe to move the aging “JAG” one more time.

Cancellation of “Clubhouse” follows last weekend’s axing of Eye Friday frosh “Dr. Vegas.” “CSI: NY” has been renewed for the full season; no word yet on the fate of new comedies “Listen Up” and “Center of the Universe.”

As for other nets, the WB has quietly restructured its Thursday and Friday lineups for the rest of the calendar year. Movies will now air on Thursday nights, while original episodes of “Blue Collar TV” shift to 9:30 Fridays, right after “Reba.”

“Drew Carey’s Green Screen Show” will return at a later date.

NBC has killed “Hawaii” and “Father of the Pride”– though the Peacock hasn’t yet copped to the latter death — while the WB axed “Studio 7” before the season began. Over at Fox, net nixed “The Jury” and “Method & Red.”

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