May 12th, 2010
12:34 PM ET

‘Scrubs,’ ‘Better off Ted’ off the air; ‘Heroes’ return a maybe

TV networks are busy working on the fall lineups they will announce next week to advertisers, and in order to make room for potentially hot shows, networks are cleaning house.

Over at ABC, “Scrubs,” “Better off Ted,” “The Deep End” and “The Forgotten” are all done for while the possibility of another season of “V” is still unknown, according to the L.A. Times. “Flash Forward” is another series that seems to be coming to an end, but is still a question mark for the network.

Embattled NBC is picking up the series procedural drama “Chase” from Jerry Bruckheimer. The show, which follows a team of U.S. Marshals chasing down fugitives, has been added to NBC’s other recent pickups, including J.J. Abrams'“Undercover,” a drama about a couple who gets back in the CIA game.

There's also still hope for “Chuck” fans: NBC president Angela Bromstad told THR that while it’s too early for her to say what will happen, the show is the network’s “highest-performing Monday night show,” Bromstad said. “We look at it as a very strong player, and it’s a show that matches up with our new shows.”

“Heroes,” on the other hand, may not be able to save itself. Bromstad said in the interview that with shows “like ‘Parenthood’ and ‘Heroes’ that don’t perform well in repeats, we could be looking at shows sharing the same time slots (split between fall and spring)…With shows like that, we really have to sit down and figure out all the pieces of the schedule.”

Over at the CW, “The Vampire Diaries” is a definite yes while “Melrose Place” has been killed off. The network's buzzy pilot “Nikita" also appears to be off to a good start - the series, a remake of "La Femme Nikita," is reportedly starting to hunt for writers, according to

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  1. Deuce

    Heroes has been announced as officially dead. Now someone needs to shake Hayden Panitierre and let her know that her diva-ness is one thing that killed the show. Her self-importance and decision to destroy a storyline by refusing to shoot any further scenes with Milo was just one huge nail in the coffin. Someone needs to show her her IMDB page and remind her that without Heroes, she'd be a C-list actor and will soon return to SyFy-level budget movies VERY VERY soon!

    May 15, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. Lazlo

    Dear ABC,

    Thank you for proving once again that your's is a network that can take a show with a legion of faithful watchers, do no ad campaign for it, bury it in a lousy timeslot, and then cancel a show because only the legion of faithful fans watch it.

    Give BETTER OFF TED a real chance. The show is brilliant! One of the funniest things on TV, and you won't even give it a brief run on Wednesday nights, your one core comedy night. No, you'd rather show 2 episodes of the generic family sitcom, The Middle...ugh...

    May 13, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nanaimo

    Better Off Ted is very well made, cleverly written and perfectly acted. It should be renewed and placed in a better time slot. I personally promise to purchase every product that is advertised during my watching of Better Off Ted and I know that others are planning to join me in this unique fan-based-action to support the renewal of this show!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. v8a

    The only show that will be missed most is HEROES... I just hate the fact that we have to wait for a full year to watch the next season. That is why it has to be cancelled or moved onto the si-fi channel. If it continues somewhere, I will follow...

    May 12, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Vibecat

    Finally, rid of that dreck of a show Scrubs. Sorry but I never understood why ABC bothered to rescuscitate it from NBC. Sometimes "dumb" can be funny. Sometimes, as with Scrubs, it's just dumb.

    May 12, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pam

    'Better Off Ted' is awesome. It makes no sense why they would pull the plug on a genuinely funny show!

    May 12, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. GG

    Scrubs should have ended at its best when it was at ABC.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. debra

    does anyone know what happened to Lie To Me?

    May 12, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tina

    I finally gave "Heroes" a chance during the mid end of the final season......and i must admit season 1 was AWESOME!!

    Season 2 and 3 struggled to keep up the same hype as season 1 so I'm not surprised it's not being picked up

    They probably would've slaughtered the "heroes" name with a terrible season 4

    May 12, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. balls jesus

    parenthood is a spectacular show. best new show in the past few years as far as i'm concerned. heroes was good for 2 seasons, now it's almost a chore to watch. i'm just sayin'...

    May 12, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Travis

    Shame about "Better Off Ted." "Scubs" needed to go after the end of last season. This season seemed like a money grab and it was Circling the Bowl from the beginning of this year

    May 12, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kevin

    Better Off Ted was a great show. The dynamics between the lab geeks (Lem and Phil) and Ted were great. I can't believe they'd cancel a show like this and leave some of the other crap they have on.

    May 12, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Daisy

    I really enjoyed Better of Ted. I'm really bummed that it's not coming back. Bad idea ABC!

    May 12, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. New Yorker

    Only good show on network TV is "Modern Family." Excellent writing and excellent cast. Everything else sucks.

    May 12, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Vickie

    Better off Ted was a FAB show.. The lab geeks were AWESOME.. I wonder if they are going to start a facebook page to save it...?

    May 12, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Victor

    I'll miss Heroes. It was a good show that lost its way in the last two seasons.

    May 12, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Hates ABC

    Arrgh. Ted was great, I will miss that show. I just hope Season 2 will come out on DVD because that intercom episode was one of the funniest things I have EVER seen on TV. I need a hug.

    May 12, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  18. R H

    So sad about better off Ted, that was a good show. I still hope they air the last two episodes. All the rest can go the way of the toilet.

    May 12, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Tim

    This is old news.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |

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