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And the first TV show death this fall is -- drumroll, please -- Fox's Lone Star. Though some critics liked this nighttime soap starring Jon Voight about a con man with an emerging conscience, it wasn't able to attract enough viewers to escape cancellation. (And after only two episodes, to boot.)
Whether or not you liked Lone Star, it's a reality check for those of us who've been settling into our couches and getting invested in some new shows: They're not necessarily going to be there next month, or even next week. So, how are the other fall shows doing? Which ones are on the chopping block, desperately hoping we'll tune in and support them?
ABC's My Generation -- you know the one about the group of high school kids, 10 years later? -- might not be long for this world. Its ratings were similar to Lone Star's. And that network's new courtroom drama, The Whole Truth, hasn't lured in many viewers, either. Who could blame the show, though, when ABC hardly promoted it? I certainly won't be pointing any fingers at its star, Maura Tierney, who's gotten a bum deal all the way around. First, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to drop out of NBC's Parenthood to receive treatment. And now her new show is struggling for attention. But despite low ratings, The Whole Truth is still chugging along, for the time being.
Viewers haven't been particularly wild about Fox's loopy comedy, Running Wilde, despite its super-endearing stars, Keri Russell and Will Arnett. The show's creator, Mitch Hurwitz, is used to throwing TV parties that no one comes to; his last show was Arrested Development. Frankly, that was more clever than Wilde, and we all know how that ended. Not even Emmy awards could save it.
Over on NBC, the Jimmy Smits legal show, The Outlaw, has had a difficult debut. This formulaic show may not deserve to survive, but you've got to feel for Smits, whose last TV drama, CBS's Cane, hit the skids fast, too.