"Studio 60" pulled by NBC
Bad news for fans of Matthew Perry's "Studio 60." The last scheduled episode is next Monday, Feb. 19. NBC just pulled the Feb. 26 episode -- the last Monday in sweeps -- to launch "The Black Donnellys," a drama from the Oscar winners Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco ("Crash"). The series follows four young Irish-Americans in New York City involved with organized crime.
"Studio 60" from writer Aaron Sorkin has been a distant second at 10 p.m. Monday to CBS' "CSI: Miami." Last week's "Studio 60," the second of a three-part sweeps story, drew 7 million viewers, down 1.5 million from the season average. "CSI" averages 17 million.
NBC says "Studio 60" will "return to the schedule later this season on a date to be determined."
Translation: Goodbye until summer, after the new fall lineups are announced?
I liked the show, but felt it never lived up to NBC 's summer hype. It wasn't another "West Wing" or "Sports Night" from Sorkin. And I heard from plenty that it was too inside TV for many viewers. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.