Seems there's more drama about television scheduling these days than on the TV shows themselves. Medium star Patricia Arquette says her series has been canceled by CBS, and NBC midseason schedule is looking like a tossed salad, with Chuck being one of the few shows to land in a safe zone.
Arquette, who plays psychic Allison Dubois on Medium, told Entertainment Weekly, "We got canceled." It's not a big surprise, considering that CBS had just reduced the episode order this season from 22 episodes to 13 due to low ratings.
The actress said that she was trying to find out what the writers had planned for the last episode. "I don't know what it's going to be, but they're really excited about it. They're like, 'We're just going to burn the whole thing down!' I'm really excited."
Since Arquette's character nearly died due to a brain tumor and the show has flirted with killing her off more than once, it should be interesting to see where they finally end the series. Still, CBS has not confirmed the cancellation.
Meanwhile, over at NBC, there's a big shake-up when it comes to the network's midseason schedule. While The Event is scheduled to air original episodes on Nov. 22 and 29, the series will go into hiatus to make way for the new midseason superhero series The Cape, which premieres with a two-hour episode on Sunday, Jan. 9, with an encore on Monday, Jan. 10, before moving into The Event's 9 p.m. timeslot on Jan. 17.
However, Event fans need not despair quite yet. NBC plans to bring back the aliens-are-among-us conspiracy series with a big two-hour kickoff on Monday, Feb. 28. Rumor has it that there will be a recap show to catch up viewers on the events of the first 10 episodes. Sources at NBC have confirmed that that's a possibility but say nothing has been decided yet recap-wise.
One series that has not been affected by NBC scheduling is Chuck, which will continue to air in its Monday 8 p.m. timeslot. Chuck is set to return from reruns after the holidays on January 17.
One other NBC scheduling note: Earlier, the network announced the cancellation of J.J. Abrams' Undercovers, which had two episodes remaining to air and another three that might or might not air at a later date. However, today NBC announced that this week's episode of Undercovers would be pre-empted in favor of a Dateline NBC special on the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton. At the moment, Undercovers is still schedule to air on Wednesday, Dec. 1.
Here's NBC's press release on its midseason schedule:
NBC ANNOUNCES NEW MID-SEASON SCHEDULE
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - November 15, 2010 - NBC today made several mid-season schedule announcements, including the premiere dates for four new series - the dramas The Cape and Harry's Law, the comedy Perfect Couples and the alternative series America's Next Great Restaurant. The lineup also includes series time period changes for Law & Order: Los Angeles, Chase, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Parenthood.
Additionally, returning series Parks and Recreation, The Biggest Loser: Couples, Who Do You Think You Are?, Minute to Win It, The Marriage Ref and The Celebrity Apprentice resume on the schedule while other moves maximize the amount of original, non-repeat programming on the network.
Following are night-by-night details:
The new action-filled drama The Cape will premiere with a two-hour episode on Sunday, January 9 (9-11 p.m. ET). An encore broadcast of the two-hour episode airs Monday, January 10 (9-11 p.m. ET) with new episodes starting in its regular time period on January 17 (9-10 p.m. ET). The highly buzzed-about drama The Event returns with a two-hour edition on Monday, February 28 (9-11 p.m. ET) and begins airing in its regular 9-10 p.m. (ET) time slot on March 7. The new drama Harry's Law debuts at 10-11 p.m. (ET) starting on January 17. Parenthood will return on January 4 with new episodes in its current time period (Tuesdays, 10-11 p.m. ET) and will move to Mondays on March 7 at 10-11 p.m. (ET) with original episodes to complete its second season. Chuck continues at 8-9 p.m. (ET) on January 17.
The new season of The Biggest Loser: Couples premieres on Tuesday, January 4 at 8-10 p.m. (ET). Law & Order: Los Angeles will move to Tuesdays at 10-11 p.m. (ET) on February 8.
Beginning January 5, Minute to Win It returns at 8-9 p.m. (ET). The freshman drama Chase relocates to a new night and time at 9-10 p.m. (ET) beginning January 12. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit moves to a new time beginning with a two-hour episode from 9-11 p.m. (ET) on January 5 before resuming in its regular time of 10-11 p.m. (ET) the next week. The new alternative series America's Next Great Restaurant premieres from 9-10 p.m. (ET) on March 16.
The new Thursday-night lineup features wall-to-wall comedy beginning January 20 with Community at 8-8:30 p.m. (ET) followed at the new comedy Perfect Couples at 8:30-9 p.m. (ET). The Office continues at 9-9:30 p.m. (ET) and Parks and Recreation returns from 9:30-10 p.m. (ET). NBC opens a new hour of humor with 30 Rock moving to 10-10:30 p.m. (ET) and the freshman series Outsourced concludes the night at 10:30-11 p.m. (ET).
The alternative genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? returns on January 21 (8-9 p.m. ET). Dateline NBC will return on January 7 (9-11 p.m. ET).
The Marriage Ref returns for its second season on March 6 (8-9 p.m. ET) followed by the return of The Celebrity Apprentice (9-11 p.m. ET), also on March 6.
The premieres of the new January-March program schedule follow in a grid (all times ET); new series are capitalized.
8-9 p.m. - Chuck
9-10 p.m. - THE CAPE will premiere with a two-hour episode on Sunday, January 9 (9-11 p.m.). New episodes start in its regular time period on January 17 (9-10 p.m.)
10-11 p.m. - HARRY'S LAW (beginning January 17)
9-10 p.m. - The Event (returns on February 28, 9-11 p.m.; resumes in its regular time slot March 7)
10-11 p.m. -- Parenthood (debuts in this slot March 7 with all originals)
8-10 p.m. -- The Biggest Loser: Couples (beginning January 4)
10-11 p.m. - Parenthood (beginning January 4 for four episodes)
10-11 p.m. -- Law & Order: Los Angeles (beginning February 8)
8-9 p.m. -- Minute to Win It (beginning January 5)
9-10 p.m. -Chase (beginning January 12)
10-11 p.m. - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (originals beginning January 5 with two-hour episode, 9-11 p.m. ET)
9-10 p.m. - AMERICA'S NEXT GREAT RESTAURANT (beginning March 16)
THURSDAYS (all beginning January 20)
8-8:30 p.m. - Community
8:30-9 p.m. - PERFECT COUPLES
9-9:30 p.m. - The Office
9:30-10 p.m. - Parks and Recreation
10-10:30 p.m. - 30 Rock
10:30-11 p.m. - Outsourced
8-9 p.m. -- Who Do You Think You Are? (beginning January 21)
9-11 p.m. - Dateline NBC (beginning January 7)
7-8 p.m. - Dateline NBC
8-9 p.m. - The Marriage Ref (beginning March 6)
9-11 p.m. - The Celebrity Apprentice (beginning March 6)