TV Cancellations & Delays Galore

“The actors on the Fox drama ‘Prison Break’ have been notified by 20th TV that the filming schedule might be extended to accommodate production of two additional episodes. The writers are yet to pitch ideas about the extra hours, but speculation is that they might serve as a conclusion to the four-year series…” (full details)

“NBC cancelled both its new tentpole Christian Slater spy drama “My Own Worst Enemy” and returning Brooke Shields comedy “Lipstick Jungle”. Both series have hit ratings lows in recent weeks and will end on their ninth and thirteen episodes respectively…” (full details)

“Fox confirmed on Wednesday that Saturday night comedy sketch series “MADtv,” which has been near cancellation in recent years due to poor ratings, will end its run at the end of this current thirteenth season…” (full details)

“The thirteen-episode second season of “Damages” premieres on Wednesday, January 7th at 10 PM US-EST on FX. William Hurt, Marcia Gay Harden and Timothy Olyphant have joined the cast for the second season…” (full details)

“The final eight episodes of the fifth season of “Nip/Tuck” is set to premiere on Tuesday, January 6th at 10 PM US-EST on FX. Sharon Gless, Portia de Rossi, Bradley Cooper, John Schneider, Jennifer Coolidge, Morgan Fairchild and Katee Sackoff will guest star in these upcoming episodes…” (full details)

“Showtime is developing an hour-long series about the life of an up-and-coming gay superhero who struggles to hide his secret identities. Based on Perry Moore’s novel “Hero”, comic book icon Stan Lee is set to executive produce alongside Moore who is writing the script…” (full details)

“Fox has pushed the debut of “Family Guy” spin-off “The Cleveland Show” back to Fall 2009 from its originally scheduled mid-season debut. A lengthy production schedule is the reason for the delay, but in the process Fox has demonstrated confidence in the series and ordered a full twenty-two episode season of the comedy…” (full details)

“Sci Fi Channel has renewed “Sanctuary” for a second season, ordering 13 new hourlong episodes. The series is the first to use live-action actors against virtual sets and is set to go into production in Vancouver early next year for a 2009 premiere….” (full details)

“Showtime is developing a dating-themed comedy from Tim Long, a longtme writer/executive producer on “The Simpsons.” The half-hour project, “Kevin and the Chart of Destiny,” is about a brilliant but lonely market researcher who designs an elaborate “dating system” — as laid out in a complex wall chart — in order to achieve his goal of finding a wife within one year…” (full details)