Alec Baldwin's talk show has been officially axed.
The 55-year-old actor's late night MSNBC series Up Late has been cancelled after claims the former 30 Rock actor made a homophobic slur against a photographer earlier this month. A spokesperson for Alec and MSNBC issued the following statement to UsMagazine.com: "We are jointly confirming that Up Late will not continue on MSNBC. This is a mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best."
The star reportedly called a paparazzo a "c**ksucking f*g" hours after winning a court case against his stalker in New York, but he later insisted he had called the man a "fat head." An insider told the New York Post's Page Six that executives were not impressed by his behavior and decided to cancel his show on Tuesday. "The decision has been made. He's gone. The [parent company] Comcast guys have decided. Word is spreading through the building," the source said.
The chat show was suspended from the Friday night slot two weeks ago and Alec admitted in a blog post at the time that the future of his talk show was unclear. "Whether the show comes back at all is an issue right now," he wrote.
It appears the actual Kennedys
are the ones to thank played a role in the cancellation of The Kennedys – a miniseries once destined for the History Channel.
The eight-hour event, featuring Greg Kinnear as President John F. Kennedy, was to have focused on focus on the personal relationships within the famous family. And though Katie Holmes “worked as hard” as she could to portray former First Lady Jackie Kennedy, the project was scrapped from the channel’s schedule.
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After back-to-back weeks of dismal ratings, Lone Star has finally been put to rest by FOX.
The series—which was given a prime slot post-House on Mondays—opened last week to 4.1 million and a 1.3/3 in the 18-49 demo. A second outing this week dropped even further. The drama lost 900,000 viewers and fell to a 1.0/3.
Shortly after receiving the overnight numbers, FOX made the official decision to pull the plug. Lie to Me, originally slated to return on November 10, will now fill the Monday 9 PM position as of next week.
(To get a look at TV Envy’s Fall 2010 Programming Schedule, click here.)
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Here’s an update on the shows you’ll be seeing more of in the months to come:
- Days of Our Lives (NBC) - Season 45
- Destination Truth (Syfy) - Season 4
- iCarly (Nickelodeon) - Season 4
- Kitchen Nightmares (FOX) - Season 3
- The Millionaire Matchmaker (Bravo) - Season 4
- Players (Spike) - Not officially canceled, but immediately pulled from schedule.
(Make sure to check out TV Envy’s Programming Schedule.)
Read More | Hollywood Reporter
The Beautiful Life may have been pulled after only two episodes, but it least it had a chance to air.
After enduring a premiere date change and a casting shuffle, Southland has been canceled altogether. The network made the last minute decision just two weeks before Season 2 was set to begin.
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There’s some good news and bad news for Mischa Barton.
The good news? She can now shelve that “My Wisdom Teeth Put Me in the Psych Ward” story. The bad news? She now has more free time on her hands.
Despite a recent debut on the runway, The Beautiful Life has officially become the first major cancellation of the fall fashion season. The CW dimmed the lights on the Ashton Kutcher-produced show after two weeks of dismal ratings.
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The reign for TV’s longest-running drama will soon come to a end. On September 18, Guiding Light will air its final hour.
Today, the execs at CBS officially made its announcement about the 72-year-old sudser. It was news that came as no surprise to anyone watching or involved. GL‘s ratings had been ranking at or near the bottom of daytime broadcasts.
The serial, which got its start on radio back in 1937, found its way onto the small screen in 1952. Approximately 15,700 episodes have aired in total.
Read More | TV Guide
What would November sweeps be without a few surprising shakeups? Here’s an update on the shows you will and won’t be seeing in the months to come:CANCELLATIONS
- 30 Days (FX)
- Lipstick Jungle (NBC) - Series will end its run later this winter
- Mad TV (FOX) - The show’s 14th season will be its last
- My Own Worst Enemy (NBC) - Series will end its run on 12/15
Read More | The Hollywood Reporter
Well, at least this will give Jerry O’Connell time to focus on becoming a new father.
After only three episodes. FOX’s Do Not Disturb has become the first casualty of the fall season. The show - which was only watched by only 3.5 million this Wednesday - has already been pulled off the schedule. As of October 1, the network will air a one hour block of ‘Til Death (1 original, 1 repeat) for the time being.
While it’s doubtful the show would have succeeded in any circumstance (the producers already acknowledged that the first episode was simply “bad television”), the series never stood a chance during its assigned time slot. Seriously - did FOX honestly think a freshman program could survive against Criminal Minds, Private Practice and Project Runway?
Read More | Entertainment Weekly
Apparently four extra months of rehearsal time wasn’t simply enough.
Although she was given a second chance to participate in Today‘s Summer Concert Series, Paula Abdul has just gone two-for-two. The American Idol judge has just canceled her live gig scheduled for August 29. This show-stopping move comes months after she was slated to perform on April 25.
Predictably, Abdul once again blames other commitments (this time for the FOX) as the reason for the decision. (As if the producers weren’t given plenty of notice about her morning show appearance.) Of course, an insider claims Paula’s busy calendar wasn’t really the issue. “Please. She can’t perform live. Her voice on the single is so mixed and electronicized you don’t know what she really sounds like any more,” said a source.
Wow. While I admittedly thought it was funny that Justin Guarini was doing free shows on Universal’s CityWalk, I must say he has now just earned a bit more of my respect. At least he has the guts to show up and face the public!
Read More | New York Post
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