Monday, May 11, 2009
Castle Bumps Surviving Suburbia Into Cancellation?
Last week ABC put the Bob Saget sitcom Surviving Suburbia on hiatus, giving the Nathan Fillion/Stana Katic dramedy Castle the benefit of the Dancing with the Stars lead-in. While Surviving Suburbia has had pretty impressive numbers in comparison to other primetime TV shows, apparently it was losing a lot of its lead-in from DWTS. After Castle's jump in the ratings last week, ABC kept Surviving Suburbia on hiatus this week for Castle's season finale.
A schedule shuffle isn't necessarily a kiss of death for Surviving Suburbia, but it's probably not a good sign that the rest of the season will air between May 27-July 1, leaving a couple of episodes left over that ABC as yet has no plans to show. It seems kind of crazy to kill a show with good ratings, but this is ABC we're talking about, so I can't even muster the energy to register surprise at this point.
The good news is that Castle's jump in numbers, and Nathan Fillion's ridiculous amounts of fan love (and critic love), definitely adds some points to the column in favor of renewing the series. Let's hope ABC doesn't ruin every single one of our primetime TV hopes this year, and gives a few of these series a fighting chance to gain their footing.
Read more on Castle and Surviving Suburbia at TV.com, TV by the Numbers, and TV Series Finale.
PHOTO: Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle and Stana Katic as Kate Beckett, Castle screencap, c2009 ABC Studios.