Time of death: Wednesday, November 28. According to TVLine
, the CW has cancelled freshman medical drama Emily Owens, M.D
The show, starring Mamie Gummer, received mediocre ratings over its first six episodes, barely topping 1 million viewers. The network will apparently be continuing to air the show through the first 13 episodes that have been filmed.
The cancellation is a very rare instance of the CW cutting a show in the middle of the season. Nearly every CW show gets to run for an entire season before getting cancelled, like Ringer
, The Secret Circle
, etc. Since the CW began, the only other scripted shows to get axed before airing a full season are The Beautiful Life
, Life is Wild
It was a bad day all around for medical shows as FOX also cancelled The Mob Doctor
. Those shows join Made in Jersey
, Animal Practice
, Last Resort
and 666 Park Avenue
on the list of new shows cancelled from the fall season.
The end of Emily Owens, M.D.
is bittersweet. It wasn't a great show, but it was mildly charming. The cancellation frees up the actors to pursue other projects. In my personal wish list, that would include co-star Justin Hartley getting a guest role as a villain on the CW's Arrow
, which would be amusing for Smallville
fans since he also played Green Arrow. Or he could return to Hart of Dixie
as Wade's brother. And Mamie Gummer is free to show up in court once again opposite Alicia on The Good Wife
The cancellation also means the CW will have an open slot in the spring. We already know that The Carrie Diaries
will join 90210
on Monday nights. It's likely that Wednesdays and Thursdays will remain untouched, and Hart of Dixie
will stay on Tuesdays while Nikita
stays on Fridays. The network has yet to schedule mid-season drama Cult
, but that still leaves one open hour of programming. Will the network just continue to air repeats, like it's doing with Arrow
Friday nights? Or will it fill in the hole with various unscripted shows it's been developing? Only time will tell.Emily Owens, M.D.
airs Tuesdays at 9pm on the CW.
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