Ouch. It's got to sting like hell when a network yanks your series off the air after only one airing. Even more so when that cancellation occurs, not during the regular TV season, but during the typically viewer-light zone of late August.
However, that's just what happened to FOX's hybrid comedy Anchorwoman less than a day after the disastrous series premiere. FOX has confirmed that it has canceled the series, a docusoap/semi-scripted comedy in which former WWE diva (or something like that) Lauren Jones moves to a small Texas town to take over as an untrained anchorwoman on the evening news of a local station.
There aren't too many failed series that can claim credit to actually receiving cancelation notices less than 24 hours after their launches, putting Anchorwoman in a select club also populated by ABC's recent comedy fiasco Emily's Reasons Why Not, from last season.
So what's filling in for the comedy on Wednesday nights at 8 pm? Back-to-back repeats of fellow FOX laugher 'Til Death, of course. And, yes, Anchorwoman did perform just that dismally (1.0/3 share in A18-49) that FOX would rather air repeats of that tepid comedy than to continue to air Anchorwoman.
For fans of the series (um, there must be at least one or two of you out there), FOX will air the remaining four installments of Anchorwoman on fox.com.
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Jace is an LA-based television development and acquisitions exec who watches way too much television for his own good and would love a TiVo for every room in the house. (He’s halfway there.) His blog, Televisionary, can be found at televisionaryblog.com.