Friday, October 06, 2006

'Smith' is kaput

CBS has pulled "Smith," effective immediately, and will vamp with procedural crime show repeats at least until election night. After that, I wouldn't be surprised to see the "House"-esque "3 lbs." (Stanley Tucci as an arrogant neurosurgeon) replace it. Guess I don't need to bother watching episode three, huh?

Oh, and "Kidnapped" is moving to Saturdays at 9 beginning Oct. 21 for the remaining 10 episodes. "Dateline" and other filler are moving into the Wednesday at 10 timeslot immediately.

24 comments:

Nichelle Tramble said...

I am thisclose to being done with network television. The early cancellations are just ridiculous. Love your column, by the way.

Elizabeth said...

I am so freaking mad - Smith is my favorite new show! Were the ratings horrible?

La Binsk said...

Crap. Well, I guess that means I can just delete the eps of Smith that I had been recording on the DVR up until now.

And I'm pretty P.O.'d over the shabby treatment that the A&E channel is giving MI-5.

Michaela said...

Woohoo -- another prescient "too much TV taking up too much space, delete without watching" decision made by me!

Eric said...

Well, I should be able to pick up the first episode of The Nine on bittorrent...

Ryan said...

Damnit.

jim treacher said...

That stinks. Virginia Madsen still has nice legs.

Anonymous said...

Legs aren't all she has that are nice.

Dan Coyle said...

Ratings were worse than Studio 60; no more evil Amy Smart? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

Oh well, I hope Wells/Chulack have enough pull to release a DVD.

Anonymous said...

wow....
I thought it was okay but lacked the necessary danger an HBO or Showtime production can give these shows.
In fact I quit watching when my wife bought THE BROTHERHOOD DVDs.

I guess I'm kinda responsible for it's demise.

Damn me.

(Madsen was too good for the show, BTW)

Anonymous said...

It was a bit pedestrian in parts and was of course a total and blatant rip-off of Thief, I also will miss Virginia Madsen

undercover black man said...

What I don't get is: No way CBS got into business with John Wells -- and secured a star like Ray Liotta -- without guaranteeing to pay for 13 eps. So... if CBS paid everybody for 13 eps., why not air them?

Saturday night seems an ideal platform to burn off such an investment. And doesn't CBS-Viacom have some kind of cable channel where they could place 13 eps. of a first-run drama? I can't understand just disappearing the whole show after airing only two eps., not in this day and age.

Matt said...

They might have had a pay or play with Liotta, but I'd doubt they had it with the whole cast, and I'm willing to bet that with all the exterior shooting, this was not a cheap thing to do.

KristenK2 said...

Grah!

I was digging this show. Simon Baker and a sack of kittens, who could resist?

Anonymous said...

I guess this means there is no reason to watch this week's episode of Smith that I taped and haven't gotten around to watching, huh?

jim treacher said...

They should put it up against Kidnapped on Saturday nights and have a race to the bottom of the Neilsens. Liotta vs. Hutton: The Pasting for No Ratings!

Adam said...

Three Pounds is the one with my boy Feuerstein, right?

Milhouse said...

You mean they went to all the trouble of stealing that empty truck, and the machine gun, for nothing? What a waste of effort :-)

Anonymous said...

Matt, you're right that Smith is an expensive show to produce -- thanks not only to all the location shooting but also cast salaries and special effects -- but no more so than any of the Bruckheimer shows.

And make no mistake about it: Liotta, Madsen, Baker and Smart are all getting a "13" or better (which means they get paid for 13 episodes whether they get made or not).

-- Hollywood Writer Guy

Anonymous said...

Matt, you're right that Smith is an expensive show to produce -- thanks not only to all the location shooting but also cast salaries and special effects -- but no more so than any of the Bruckheimer shows.

And make no mistake about it: Liotta, Madsen, Baker and Smart are all getting a "13" or better (which means they get paid for 13 episodes whether they get made or not).

-- Hollywood Writer Guy

smithfan said...

If you are upset that CBS cancelled Smith, consider filing a complaint.

With enough viewer complaints, CBS may reconsider its cancelling of the marvelous fast-paced Smith with its excellent cast including Ray Liotta, Virginia Madsen, Simon Baker and Amy Smart and the show's superb writing.

Blame it on CBS's bad marketing, its only giving the show three episodes of airtime, and CBS's lack of promoting online viewing of earlier episodes of Smith for those who needed to catch up.

CBS could have given a better re-cap at the beginning of episodes for new viewers just tuning in. It could have re-run the episodes during off-hours, much like Bravo does, to allow viewers to catch up.

To complain, call CBS viewer relations at any time day or night to leave a message, or, to reach a live person, call during the hours of 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EST - telephone CBS viewer relations at 212-975-3247.

You may also email audsvcs@cbs.com (short for audience services).

You may also go to CBS's feedback form online to submit your complaint at http://www.cbs.com/info/user_services/fb_global_form.shtml Smith is still listed in the shows on that feedback form.

You may also sign this online petition to CBS to bring back Smith. http://www.petitiononline.com/cbssmith/petition.html

By the way, Word Verification does NOT work with Firefox 1.0.4 (!!!) It appears as a big blank.

Ian said...

SMITH was good! Very sad to see that, on the CTV network, they substituted JUSTICE with its stupid scripts, incredible overacting (esp by lead actor) and featuring technical capabilities that no office anywhere could really have, or afford.

Anonymous said...

Fools, the show rocked, the cast was great and easy to toss up once in a while. Loved it and why not, this is the life we live in.

txslady said...

I could not wait to see simon baker come back on a series ,my daughter called me from nashville to give me the the good news he was back & now my niece was hooked,these men are hot,hot,hot,hot,hot, I am so upset to say it mildly,they get a good show on & they pull it just as you get interested.Al I've got to say so glad i recorded them,I've only watched it a million times.