CBS Cancels 'Smith'

TV Heist Drama Is First Official Casualty of Fall Season

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Three weeks into the fall season and the networks are starting to decide what's going on the discard pile. CBS confirmed today it has canceled "Smith," its hour-long drama on Tuesday at 10 p.m.
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The show, which starred Ray Liotta and Virginia Madsen, had struggled in its time period against NBC's "Law and Order: SVU" and ABC's "Boston Legal." The show is one of a handful of CBS's new launches this season and was created by John Wells ("ER"). According to Advertising Age's fall pricing chart, CBS was getting an average of $117,000 per 30-second spot for "Smith."

Boosting 'The Class'
CBS also made a move to boost "The Class," the new David Crane ("Friends") sitcom, by switching its time period with "How I Met Your Mother," which will now air at 8 p.m. instead of 8:30.

Yesterday, NBC said it was canceling "Kidnapped," but took the unusual move of keeping the much-promoted drama on the schedule. The series moves from Wednesday at 10 p.m. to Saturdays and will wrap up its storyline in the 13 episodes that were ordered. "Dateline" will switch places with the show. The ad rate for "Kidnapped" is $180,000 per 30-second spot, according to Ad Age's price chart.

Separately, Fox's Thursday night "Happy Hour" has been pulled from the schedule, though the network said it is on "hiatus" and may reappear.

A delay for Mick Jagger
ABC also said this week it would push back the premiere date of "Knights of Prosperity," the show formerly known as "Let's Rob Mick Jagger."

New network the CW also said this week that it would move its struggling Sunday night African-American-skewing lineup to Mondays. The schedule features "Everybody Hates Chris," "All of Us" and "Girlfriends." Sundays will now feature "Seventh Heaven" and "Runaway."
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