It’s hard to say that any of these cancellations come as much of a surprise. Joss Whedon’s “Dollhouse” really had no business being picked up for a second season (based on last year’s ratings), but Fox will be kind enough to let the show run out its 13-episode order. Look for the series finale in December. I know that some of you stuck with it, partially out of loyalty to Whedon, so this may actually come as a relief. You don’t have to blame yourself (and Fox is doing Whedon another solid — he’s set to direct an episode of “Glee” in the spring).
There’s no such mixed feelings when it comes to ABC’s “Hank,” which was perhaps the worst sitcom of the season. Kelsey Grammer will go back into the TV pilot mill, and will undoubtedly reappear next season with another traditional, laugh-track sitcom about a wealthy man struggling somehow. ABC will fill the slot with reruns and holiday specials. No word on if or when the remaining episodes in the can will be burned off, though my guess is that they will find a home on a Saturday night block sometime over the holiday break.
Also, the woefully underperforming “Eastwick” has also gotten the ax. I doubt many tears will be shed, although online petitions to save the show have already surfaced (really?). The remaining episodes will air through the rest of the year.
However, ABC’s “The Forgotten,” which is also underperforming, has nevertheless gotten an extra five episodes added to its slate. A new showrunner is also expected to come aboard.
Finally, one last TV note: It looks like a lot of folks agreed with Steven’s assessment of “V,” as the series fell a sharp 30 percent from its first week — the biggest one-week loss off of a premiere episode of any show this season.