Well, would you look at the time?! Apparently it’s cancellation-o’clock over at ABC because Zero Hour has run out of moments to prove itself. Hollywood.com has confirmed that the conspiracy thriller is being pulled off the schedule effective immediately due to its lower than low ratings.
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The freshman drama premiered February 14 with a total of 6.3 million viewers and a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 age demographic, making it the lowest scripted series debut in ABC’s history. On Thursday, Zero Hour’s third episode only gathered 5 million viewers and plummeted to a 1.0 rating.
Zero Hour followed the adventures of Hank Galliston (Anthony Edwards), a magazine editor searching for his kidnapped wife while simultaneously uncovering a collection of Bavarian clocks containing diamond treasure maps and learning the truth behind a 13th apostle of Christ. Once you read that plot description, it's easy to see how the general public could get lost following such an intricate storyline.
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So what will be placed in Zero Hour’s coveted Thursday night timeslot? According to ABC, the network will be airing encores of Shark Tank for the next two weeks in it’s place. After that, a non-celebrity version of Wife Swap will play for seven consecutive weeks beginning March 21. Moving into it’s summer programing, ABC will then debut new episodes of Wipeout on May 9.
This is certainly not the first freshman drama that ABC has axed after only a few weeks. Earlier this TV season the alphabet network pulled Last Resort and 666 Park Ave from the lineup before either shows could air their finished episodes. It'll be interesting to see how their newest upcoming drama Red Widow — which premieres Sunday March 3 — will do in the ratings and whether or not the network will allow more than a three weeks for the mobster drama to find its footing.
Do you think Zero Hour’s time was cut too short? Are you sad to see ABC cancel yet another drama?
UPDATE: An ABC rep contacted Hollywood.com, stating that the network is still determining when the remaining episodes of Zero Hour will air, but they are currently hoping to release them this summer.
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In Family Tools (previously Comeback Jack, Red Van Man, White Van Man) Kyle Bornheimer plays Jack Shea, the unluckiest guy you'll ever meet. After a string of failed careers — he left the Army after accidentally shooting someone, and left the Police Academy after accidentally shooting himself — Shea heads home to take over the family handyman business after his dad is diagnosed with a heart condition and forced to hang up his tool belt. Offering advice from a safe distance is his Aunt Terry (played by Leah Remini). The ensemble comedy is from Bobby Bowman (Raising Hope, My Name Is Earl, Year Dear, Family Guy) and Mark Gordon (Grey's Anatomy, Criminal Minds).
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Film and television director Ted Demme was pronounced dead Sunday at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center. He was 38.
Demme was brought to the emergency room in full cardiac arrest. The cause of his death has not yet been determined and an autopsy will be conducted, The Associated Press reports.
Demme, the nephew of Jonathan Demme, started off as a production assistant at MTV in 1986 and advanced to senior producer before he became the creator/producer of Yo! MTV Raps. He also directed videos for House of Pain, Henry Rollins and Bruce Springsteen, as well as co-directed the rap segment MTV's 10th Anniversary Special and Rock the Vote.
His first venture into feature movie direction was the 1993 urban comedy Who's the Man starring Dr. Dre and Ed Lover, but it was Demme's high-profile feature The Ref that got him noticed. The Ref starred Denis Leary as a burglar who takes a neurotic couple hostage. Though the film was a disappointment at the box office, it earned favorable reviews.
Demme's next outing was the 1996 buddy film Beautiful Girls starring Matt Dillon, Lauren Holly, Rosie O'Donnell, Timothy Hutton, Uma Thurman and Natalie Portman. He spent the following year working on several TV projects including an episode of the Robert Altman produced series Gun, a segment of HBO's Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground, Denis Leary: Lock 'n' Load and the 1999 Fox series Action.
Demme garnered his first feature producing credits on John Dahl's Rounders in 1998, with his former MTV co-worker and production company partner Joel Stillerman. That same year, Demme executive produced and directed Monument Ave starring Denis Leary in arguably his best performance to date. He then went on to direct Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence in the prison comedy Life.
In 1999, Demme picked up his first Emmy as one of the executive producers of HBO's A Lesson Before Dying.
Demme's last project was Blow (2001), starring Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz. The film was based on the true story of George Jung, the American connection to the Colombian drug cartel in the late '70s and early '80s.
Demme's wife, Amanda Scheer, and child survive him.