Making room for its influx of all-new shows about corpses and the people who stand around arguing about those corpses, CBS has increased its own body count, handing out cancellation notices to Ghost Whisperer and—slightly more surprising—The New Adventures Of Old Christine at today’s upfronts. The “Jennifer Love Hewitt talks to dead people” paranormal drama was said to be on the bubble weeks ago despite being a solid performer in its Friday night slot, and the Julia Louis-Dreyfus comedy—despite earning a dedicated critical following and breaking the “Seinfeld curse” by earning an Emmy for Louis-Dreyfus in 2006 (an award for which she was nominated every year after)—similarly suffered when it was removed from its Two And A Half Men lead-in.
There is some hope for resurrection for both shows, however, as Ghost Whisperer is owned by ABC, and that network is said to have also “long coveted” Christine; Entertainment Weekly quotes one source as saying it’s a “50-50 shot” that the latter will make the jump. Also getting their walking-somewhere-where-you’re-not-on-TV-anymore papers: Cold Case, Miami Medical, Numb3rs, Accidentally On Purpose, and Gary Unmarried. Meanwhile, the “Patricia Arquette talks to dead people” drama Medium has been renewed along with Rules Of Engagement, which we think is about fighter pilots or something.
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